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Sweet. Your welcome. I have a 30 year old bottle of Hennessy here as well. 

Ooo yes please :-)) 

 

I think I will take you up on a visit to you in the New Year magiccabbage.  

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wa5 (with decent tubes) beats fully balanced and maxed out wa22 pretty easily...

Thank you DG for your post.   Much appreciated. 

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p.s.  My favourite whiskies are Irish Whisky's i.e. Jameson, Bushmills and Redbreast !  ;-)  

OT, but, no love for Powers?

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OT, but, no love for Powers?

Haven't tried Powers or Paddy but heard they are also great Irish Whiskies ! 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post


wa5 (with decent tubes) ...

 

That's the key statement for me. The WA5 is all about the tubes that you put in it. It is a very transparent tube platform and it scales very well with better tubes.

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Anyone tried the EML 300b XlS?

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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

 

That's the key statement for me. The WA5 is all about the tubes that you put in it. It is a very transparent tube platform and it scales very well with better tubes.

Hi TonyNewman,

 

How is the Aurilic Taurus Mk2 vs the WA5 and WA6 with HD800 and HD600 (as notice you have these amps) ?  

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Hi TonyNewman,

 

How is the Aurilic Taurus Mk2 vs the WA5 and WA6 with HD800 and HD600 (as notice you have these amps) ?

 

I mate the HD600 with the WA6 - they seem to pair really well together, even with a modest DAC like the SimAudio Moon 100D. This is my PC audio rig for gaming / web surfing / casual listening and it works really well. Sometimes I am surprised at what the WA6 + HD600 combination can deliver - very enjoyable mid-range setup.

 

My 'serious' setup has the Vega DAC feeding the WA5 and Taurus Mk2 via a split RCA feed. The XLR DAC otuput goes to the TRV-845SE big rig amp. I have done a lot of A/B testing with the RCA split feed and I can't hear any degradation from splitting the RCA output, even when running all 3 amps simultaneously from the Vega.

 

The WA5 is very tube dependant - put top tubes in the thing and it usually beats the Taurus, particularly with a modded HE6 driven from the K1K output. Put crap (stock) tubes in it and it doesn't. No surprises there :wink_face:

 

With appropriate tubes the WA5 produces great musicality. I really, really like it with the right 300Bs and vocal tracks (SERPs, Psvane WE300B replicas ... etc). Something about the SET sound that the Taurus (or any other SS amp I have heard) just can't do. Yummy stuff. There is a richness and timbre, combined with detail, that can be utterly enchanting, but you have to be into the tube sound and the right tubes have to be in there. If you buy a WA5 you really should include a hefty wedge of cash for tubes in your budget, otherwise there is no point.

 

After modding the HD800 I am finding it sounds best from the Taurus in BAL mode. Even better than via the WA5 HPH output. This really surprised me, as I had previously found it better from the WA5. This is a great combination and I am getting a new love for the Taurus + HD800 after modding. I used the adhesive foam inserts and it made a huge difference to my enjoyment of this headphone.

 

Nothing beats the modded HE6 from the WA5 K1K port to my ears. This was the main reason why I bought the WA5 in the first place - to drive the HE6 with enough juice to get the best (or very close to the best) from it - and it hasn't disappointed. The HE6 thread has a ton of words about this great headphone. Combining the abilities of the modded HE6 with the SET sound signature was my goal. The WA5 is one of the very few headphone amps that can do this. Only downside is the cost - the HE6 + WA5 + good tubes is a big investment. Not quite into BHSE + SR009 territory cost-wise, but not all that far away either.

 

Hope this helps. Apologies for blathering on a bit. I'm very enthusiastic on this gear :tongue_smile:

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^

 

Cool you have modded the HD800 now.

 

I have listened to Tony's rig. With a second opinion I can confirm that the modded HE6 + WA5 is the best music I have ever heard. That good.

 

All this talk is making feel inferior. :D I now want to throw my prize WA22 in the bin.

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