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post #30721 of 30965
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Originally Posted by bonesnv View Post
 

 

Sure, just shoot me a PM.  To be up front, the stock tubes are fairly abysmal but my ears are not your ears, so definitely listen first then decide.  I believe there are others with the same setup so hopefully they chime in as well here.

 

If you don't NEED balanced, which I guess nobody REALLY needs it, then you may want to look at the WA5/LE which can get away with some of the less expensive tubes and still sing.


Cool.

 

WA22 already ordered.

 

I have the Oppo HA-1 and I like the balanced connection on that. Main reason I went WA22.

I will use the Oppo as a DAC into the WA22. Then I can pick and choose (music depending) between SS and Tube.

post #30722 of 30965
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Originally Posted by Badas View Post
 


Cool.

 

WA22 already ordered.

 

I have the Oppo HA-1 and I like the balanced connection on that. Main reason I went WA22.

I will use the Oppo as a DAC into the WA22. Then I can pick and choose (music depending) between SS and Tube.

 

You're golden then.  I would recommend going back to page, 2026ish I think or around that, for the long list of tube recommendations everyone gave me when I was getting my WA22.

 

Hit me up when you want to go over some combinations.

post #30723 of 30965
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Originally Posted by bonesnv View Post
 

 

Sure, just shoot me a PM.  To be up front, the stock tubes are fairly abysmal but my ears are not your ears, so definitely listen first then decide.  I believe there are others with the same setup so hopefully they chime in as well here.

 

If you don't NEED balanced, which I guess nobody REALLY needs it, then you may want to look at the WA5/LE which can get away with some of the less expensive tubes and still sing.

 

When I was going to buy a Woo amplifier I had my sights in the WA22 because I was coming from a balanced SS amp and wanted to keep my system fully balanced. I went to the Chicago CanJam that year and talking to Jack he told me that the WA5 or -LE are superior amps compared to the WA22 even being single ended.

 

I listed to the WA22 and the WA5-LE. I was able to confirm what Jack was saying and two weeks later I ordered my WA5-LE.

post #30724 of 30965

Do the wa5/le benefit from put it on an isolation platform?

I heard that heavy tube amps need some isolation.

I does know speaker systems can tell the difference of isolation easily,

but is it important in headfi systems?

post #30725 of 30965
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Originally Posted by musicman59 View Post
 

 

When I was going to buy a Woo amplifier I had my sights in the WA22 because I was coming from a balanced SS amp and wanted to keep my system fully balanced. I went to the Chicago CanJam that year and talking to Jack he told me that the WA5 or -LE are superior amps compared to the WA22 even being single ended.

 

I listed to the WA22 and the WA5-LE. I was able to confirm what Jack was saying and two weeks later I ordered my WA5-LE.

 

yup.

 

there is no comparison the WA5 is a much better amp than the WA22. the WA22 even with the best tubes can't touch the transparency, speed, naturalness, and finesse that the WA5 has.

post #30726 of 30965
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Originally Posted by musicman59 View Post

When I was going to buy a Woo amplifier I had my sights in the WA22 because I was coming from a balanced SS amp and wanted to keep my system fully balanced. I went to the Chicago CanJam that year and talking to Jack he told me that the WA5 or -LE are superior amps compared to the WA22 even being single ended.

I listed to the WA22 and the WA5-LE. I was able to confirm what Jack was saying and two weeks later I ordered my WA5-LE.

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

yup.

there is no comparison the WA5 is a much better amp than the WA22. the WA22 even with the best tubes can't touch the transparency, speed, naturalness, and finesse that the WA5 has.

That's okay. I can't extend that far $$ wise anyway. I just listened to the WA2 which sounded silkier compared to the Oppo HA-1 and figured I would be happy with that. Add extra power, tube rolling and balanced from the WA22 then it should be great compared to the Oppo.
post #30727 of 30965
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Originally Posted by musicman59 View Post
 

 

When I was going to buy a Woo amplifier I had my sights in the WA22 because I was coming from a balanced SS amp and wanted to keep my system fully balanced. I went to the Chicago CanJam that year and talking to Jack he told me that the WA5 or -LE are superior amps compared to the WA22 even being single ended.

 

I listed to the WA22 and the WA5-LE. I was able to confirm what Jack was saying and two weeks later I ordered my WA5-LE.


If you can stretch the budget to the full WA5 you get a very handy balanced output for driving power hungry headphones and the WA5 makes for a decent amp for undemanding floor standing speakers. The balanced output is labelled as being intended for the K1000, but it does great things with my HE6 and HD800.

post #30728 of 30965
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post
 

I just could not help myself. Heer's the new Woo Audio and Tea WA2 Super Edition

 

Woo WA2 TE Super Edition.jpg

 


 

 

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Woo WA2 TE Super Edition WIDE.jpg  Woo WA2 TE Super Edition 1920 x 1080.jpg

 


Classic. :beyersmile: 


Edited by Badas - 8/20/14 at 9:09pm
post #30729 of 30965

Oddly enough my 6SE arrived today, but the 22 and upgraded tubes will arrive tomorrow. I'll wait until everything is here to set them up. Plan is to run them with the stock tubes for a while, then try the upgraded tubes, to get experience with both. Complicating things is I'm still in the process of rotating through DACs to find one that actually works properly, so the next few weeks will be fun.

 

One thing to note: I did try the WA5 at the California Audio Show last weekend, and for whatever reason it didn't pull me in. Whereas the 22 I tried at the Head-Fi meet was magical. So I remain happy with my decision to stick to the mid-range of the lineup.


Edited by Stereolab42 - 8/20/14 at 9:04pm
post #30730 of 30965
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Originally Posted by Stereolab42 View Post
 

Oddly enough my 6SE arrived today, but the 22 and upgraded tubes will arrive tomorrow. I'll wait until everything is here to set them up. Plan is to run them with the stock tubes for a while, then try the upgraded tubes, to get experience with both. Complicating things is I'm still in the process of rotating through DACs to find one that actually works properly, so the next few weeks will be fun.

 

One thing to note: I did try the WA5 at the California Audio Show last weekend, and for whatever reason it didn't pull me in. Whereas the 22 I tried at the Head-Fi meet was magical. So I remain happy with my decision to stick to the mid-range of the lineup.

Congratulations on your new amps.

Funny how you say "So I remain happy with my decision to stick to the mid-range of the lineup". IME, in most cases I find the "mid-range" products to be the bests ones!

post #30731 of 30965

Hi guys, I'm interested in upgrading my EF-5 to a WA7 to pair with a HD700 and LCD-2 (non rev). The thing is, I am somewhat not quite sold on the dac section of the amp. For those of you who has listened to the WA7, how would you rate the dac? To give you an idea of what I'm currently listening from, I have an audio-gd dac with wolfson 8741 chips. Also, does the amp section alone justify the $1000 (1400 with the psu) price tag, in your opinion?

post #30732 of 30965
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Originally Posted by Legi0n View Post

Hi guys, I'm interested in upgrading my EF-5 to a WA7 to pair with a HD700 and LCD-2 (non rev). The thing is, I am somewhat not quite sold on the dac section of the amp. For those of you who has listened to the WA7, how would you rate the dac? To give you an idea of what I'm currently listening from, I have an audio-gd dac with wolfson 8741 chips. Also, does the amp section alone justify the $1000 (1400 with the psu) price tag, in your opinion?

I had compared the 10.32 to the original WA7 and much prefer 10.32. I love the WA7 design and aesthetics but it's sound doesn't impress me. Haven't tried the wa7d or with the new psu so can't comment on that.

FWIW a friend of mine who listened to these along with me ended up choosing the Alo pan am+passport as he sit have desk space for the 10.32.
post #30733 of 30965
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Originally Posted by Legi0n View Post

Hi guys, I'm interested in upgrading my EF-5 to a WA7 to pair with a HD700 and LCD-2 (non rev). The thing is, I am somewhat not quite sold on the dac section of the amp. For those of you who has listened to the WA7, how would you rate the dac? To give you an idea of what I'm currently listening from, I have an audio-gd dac with wolfson 8741 chips. Also, does the amp section alone justify the $1000 (1400 with the psu) price tag, in your opinion?

I also trialed the WA7 at home. I didn't try the DAC, I feed the Oppo HA-1 directly into the WA7. WA7 didn't impress. I felt like it was a toy and not a serious amp. Just my opinion.

The Oppo had the edge over the WA7. Oppo didn't have an advantage over the WA2 tho.
Edited by Badas - 8/21/14 at 1:52am
post #30734 of 30965

Anyone here have any idea what a second hand WA22 runs ?

 

$1500-$1600 maybe ?

post #30735 of 30965
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Originally Posted by Badas View Post


I also trialed the WA7 at home. I didn't try the DAC, I feed the Oppo HA-1 directly into the WA7. WA7 didn't impress. I felt like it was a toy and not a serious amp. Just my opinion.

The Oppo had the edge over the WA7. Oppo didn't have an advantage over the WA2 tho.

 

+1

 

its an alright amp, but seems like its better suited for less serious rigs and maybe for a cute little setup for the office or something

 

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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

Anyone here have any idea what a second hand WA22 runs ?

 

$1500-$1600 maybe ?

 

about right, but i've seen them as low as 1400, i think 1500 is fair. obviously depends on upgrades, extra tubes, condition/age, etc.

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