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There is one on Agon for 1150 now.
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yeah i wouldn't be able to grab it. i'd have to sell HE-500 + norse cable + DLIII, and hope its worth it. i suppose i can buy used in the future though and save money on the DAC. 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 4/18/13 at 7:21am
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I got my W4S DAC-2 on eBay in December for $1200

I got mine here on Head-Fi's for sale area for $1200 as well....Great DAC!

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another option might be to check with Wyred4sound directly for B-stocks, might be a little more than buying used but will come with full warranty=

peace of mind

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at the WA5's price, i'd consider a DNA 2A3 as well.

 

hmmm i give up, im just going in circles, i'll just wait till i can listen to a WA22.

 

As much as I like the WA5LE while in my house for a month, I can't justify spending another $1000 for 300B tubes...

 

I think I will try to forget about the WA5 and spend more time with WA22 instead...

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As much as I like the WA5LE while in my house for a month, I can't justify spending another $1000 for 300B tubes...

 

I think I will try to forget about the WA5 and spend more time with WA22 instead...

 

same reason im not considering it. not to mention jack just raised its price from 2500 to 2750....  there wouldn't be much tube rolling with the WA5. i'd also have to get matched pairs of rectifiers and still buy 6SN7. (double 596 and double EML/Sophia, ouch)

 

 

really gotta hear a WA22 soon. also still considering keeping HE-500, just popped in the GZ34 (plastic base mullard) + 6GL7 combo with them on the WA6-SE and im surprised how good they sound, they're forward and livelier with a lot of bass. 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 4/18/13 at 7:55am
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same reason im not considering it. not to mention jack just raised its price from 2500 to 2750....  there wouldn't be much tube rolling with the WA5. i'd also have to get matched pairs of rectifiers and still buy 6SN7. (double 596 and double EML/Sophia, ouch)

 

 

really gotta hear a WA22 soon. also still considering keeping HE-500, just popped in the GZ34 (plastic base mullard) + 6GL7 combo with them on the WA6-SE and im surprised how good they sound, they're forward and livelier with a lot of bass. 

 

On WA6/SE, I still think the GZ34 (metal based or black) sounds the best.  Even better than EML, Sofia, or 596...

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On WA6/SE, I still think the GZ34 (metal based or black) sounds the best.  Even better than EML, Sofia, or 596...

 

i think they're all on the same level roughly, just different presentations. i have to do more tube rolling with GZ34 though, it can be edgy at times. 

 

i can imagine the rare early 50s metal base to be very good though, probably like my mullard black base, but improvements everywhere.

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I wasn't too impressed with the GZ34 (black and metal base) with my WA22, until I paired them with 5998s. Then I really started enjoying them. It's more "solid state" sounding than the 596 though, so while it's better for rock and electronica, I still prefer the 596 overall.

 

The metal base version is an improvement over the normal black base, but to me it's not a day and night difference. Sure it's smoother, less edgier and punchier, but ridiculous prices make it poor value for money. Look for a used, cosmetically-challenged one that collectors would shun if you really want a metal base version, I paid $200 for mine and I wouldn't go higher.

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Gee like this?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/450115/wooaudio-wa22-vs-wa5le

 

It all depends if you like the 300B sound and it really comes down what your ears like.  I did find that finding a good balanced DAC was a bit of  a pain in the neck. I went thru four different balanced DAC's before I found the one I like and it is not the most expensive one I tried. Part of the problem was too many parts in the DAC that needs to be carefully matched in four sections to sound good in balanced mode. I really enjoy the Beyers T70 on the WA5LE but I am not too crazy about the HD800.


If possible, can you briefly describe the 300B sound. Thanks.

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another option might be to check with Wyred4sound directly for B-stocks, might be a little more than buying used but will come with full warranty=

peace of mind

 

That's :thumb: my story. And snapple10 nailed it Olympic style! My "B-stock" DAC-1 was still honoured with the 3-year warranty. I like biggrin.gif that! A couple of months later, I returned the DAC to Wyered4Sound for speed work... speed kills!  upgraded Digital Board; Low ESR "Super Caps."

 

Note: If any member decides to buy a DAC-1 or 2 in the used market, the warranty is transferable. 


Edited by Silent One - 4/18/13 at 11:30am
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FYI ~

 

I just received a quote from a broker: 4 United Electronics USAF-596 (NIB) - $275 each.

 

Um, NOnea THANK YOU! ... Next! :thumb:

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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post

 

As much as I like the WA5LE while in my house for a month, I can't justify spending another $1000 for 300B tubes...

 

I think I will try to forget about the WA5 and spend more time with WA22 instead...

 

I know what you rolleyes.gif mean. BUT...

 

... for my potential WA5 build, I currently have under consideration the '45' tube or 2A3. WooAudio has already built a number of WA5|WA5-LE amps around the '45' tube instead of the 300B. FAR cheaper tube options. However, it will only output 2 watts, though many say it returns a better sound. Something to consider. 

 

And me? Still undecided.

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FYI ~

 

I just received a quote from a broker: 4 United Electronics USAF-596 (NIB) - $275 each.

 

Um, NOnea THANK YOU! ... Next! :thumb:

WTF.

 

Damn inflation works fast in audiophile circles!

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That's not even funny anymore...

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