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yes.gif K1000 Output: that's right, baby! Last summer, Jack and I were getting my WA5 300B monos spec'd. My Woo, should I resume completion of this project, will have the HE-6 leashed up to separate L/R K1000 Outputs. :veryevil:

 

I moved in another direction entirely last summer, but may resume the project at a date TBA. 

 

The WA5 with upgraded tubes is a great headphone experience. I love it with my HD800 (and LCD-X), but what it does with the HE6 is something else again. I had no idea what this headphone could do until I plugged it into that K1000 socket.

 

Ear-speakers - exactly what the HE6 is.

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The WA5 with upgraded tubes is a great headphone experience. I love it with my HD800 (and LCD-X), but what it does with the HE6 is something else again. I had no idea what this headphone could do until I plugged it into that K1000 socket.

 

Ear-speakers - exactly what the HE6 is.

Some of us already had the benefit of owning a few capable speaker amps of quality to throw at the cans; still have :Dhair. The audio landscape is littered with those who gave up!

 

Still waiting to hear a WA5/HE-6 pairing. Perhaps, autumn...

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One complaint, I guess. The 22's volume knob moves in steps, instead of continuously like the 6SE, and you can sometimes hear a click if you change it while music is playing. But only sometimes. A minor complaint in the scheme of things.

Would it make you happier to know that stepped attenuator is generally regarded as better than POTs for more transparent SQ and better low level volume L/R channel matching. On GSX2 this is an $200 optional upgrade. smily_headphones1.gif

Personally I find the wa22's steps are fine enough for volume adjustment. If you find steps too wide, maybe you can adjust the DAC lineout volume so you can use more of the wa22's adjustment range.
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One complaint, I guess. The 22's volume knob moves in steps, instead of continuously like the 6SE, and you can sometimes hear a click if you change it while music is playing. But only sometimes. A minor complaint in the scheme of things.

The WA22 uses a DACT CT2 stepped attenuator for volume control. It's a better quality one than the WA6 SE which uses  an Alps potentiometer (also good but not the same level as DACT CT2).

 

Please see below a comparison between Alps & Dact.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/213420/dact-stepped-attenuator-vs-alps-blue-velvet-my-observations


Edited by punit - Today at 1:58 am
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One complaint, I guess. The 22's volume knob moves in steps, instead of continuously like the 6SE, and you can sometimes hear a click if you change it while music is playing. But only sometimes. A minor complaint in the scheme of things.

The WA22 uses a DACT CT2 stepped attenuator for volume control. It's a better quality one than the WA6 SE which uses  an Alps potentiometer (also good but not the same level as DACT CT2).

 

Please see below a comparison between Alps & Dact.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/213420/dact-stepped-attenuator-vs-alps-blue-velvet-my-observations

Thanks for that read, punit.

 

The WA22 seems to have all of the features that I am looking for for my HD800.......it has definitly become the front runner in my search for a new amp

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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.

 

Do you find the HD800 noisy through the WA5 K1K output? I certainly do..

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The WA5 with upgraded tubes is a great headphone experience. I love it with my HD800 (and LCD-X), but what it does with the HE6 is something else again. I had no idea what this headphone could do until I plugged it into that K1000 socket.

 

Ear-speakers - exactly what the HE6 is.

 

I completely agree. It's an interesting alternative to the WA5 + SR009. 

 

HE-6 + WA5 is simply explosive. Blown away every time.

 

I don't really enjoy it with my HD800 though.

 

By the way, I am probably going to get rid of the Sophia RP300B after getting NOS AVVT AV32B. When is this going to end..

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I've heard some really good things for a very long time about the storied NOS AVVT...congrats!

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Would it make you happier to know that stepped attenuator is generally regarded as better than POTs for more transparent SQ and better low level volume L/R channel matching. On GSX2 this is an $200 optional upgrade. smily_headphones1.gif



Personally I find the wa22's steps are fine enough for volume adjustment. If you find steps too wide, maybe you can adjust the DAC lineout volume so you can use more of the wa22's adjustment range.

 



In total agreement.
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Would it make you happier to know that stepped attenuator is generally regarded as better than POTs for more transparent SQ and better low level volume L/R channel matching. On GSX2 this is an $200 optional upgrade. smily_headphones1.gif

Personally I find the wa22's steps are fine enough for volume adjustment. If you find steps too wide, maybe you can adjust the DAC lineout volume so you can use more of the wa22's adjustment range.

 

 

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Originally Posted by punit View Post
 

The WA22 uses a DACT CT2 stepped attenuator for volume control. It's a better quality one than the WA6 SE which uses  an Alps potentiometer (also good but not the same level as DACT CT2).

 

Please see below a comparison between Alps & Dact.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/213420/dact-stepped-attenuator-vs-alps-blue-velvet-my-observations

 

Now that's interesting, I have no problems with the steps being not fine enough, on low gain with my LCD-XC's (and with the standard 4v balanced in) there's plenty of room to maneuver. But I'm a habitual knob-twiddler and just prefer them to be absolutely smooth and silent. I'm sure I'll get used to it though.

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Are there any difference by using the k1000 output or high gain output driving the hd800?

Although i just have a new wa5-le, but i am quite interested in this question.

The wa5-le sounds good on the hd800 after changing tubes, fuse and cabes.. maybe will get a max wa5 next year..

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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

Would it make you happier to know that stepped attenuator is generally regarded as better than POTs for more transparent SQ and better low level volume L/R channel matching. On GSX2 this is an $200 optional upgrade. smily_headphones1.gif

Personally I find the wa22's steps are fine enough for volume adjustment. If you find steps too wide, maybe you can adjust the DAC lineout volume so you can use more of the wa22's adjustment range.

You kinda touched on a subject I was going to ask latter.

I have the WA22 on the way. I will be feeding it from the Oppo HA-1 DAC.

When I listen I sit a long way from the volume controls. Part of the reason for the Oppo was the remote volume.

I can technically set the WA22 on a pre-set volume and control the volume input from the Oppo. That way I can still have remote volume control.

Is there anything wrong with doing that?
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