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post #346 of 413
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So far the amp can handle dynamic and very busy music passage without bunch together. Vocal little on the bright side of my liking with T1 (Both need burn-in thought), with HD650 is right at home. Still effortlessly let music flow, sounds like the amp don't even breath hard to pump out music. Bass come out hitting harder with more clear definition. Music added little density. WA22 sound much much more open, you can pin point instruments easier than before. Soundfiled enlargement and effortlessness are the most noticeble change. I hope the vocal will come down and round off little bit after brun-in. Ofcourse I love warm sound, some one may just like it as it is.
post #347 of 413
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I hope the vocal will come down and round off little bit after brun-in. Ofcourse I love warm sound, some one may just like it as it is.
I mean the amp brings T1 sound closer to HD800 in vocal and still on warm side, but with great bass. Less bright than Grado by a lot. It will never sound like Audio Technica L3000 warm or ED8 warm. I never likes HD800 anyway. Just gave you guys a idea how "Bright " it is right now.

The amp did clam down compare to when I just got it at meet.
post #348 of 413
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I mean the amp brings T1 sound closer to HD800 in vocal and still on warm side, but with great bass. Less bright than Grado by a lot. It will never sound like Audio Technica L3000 warm or ED8 warm. I never likes HD800 anyway. Just gave you guys a idea how "Bright " it is right now.

The amp did clam down compare to when I just got it at meet.
Try some Tung Sol 7236 power tubes. They did help to 'even-out' the bright vocals on my D7000s.

Wow, who would have thought I'd be giving tube recommendations to Seamaster?
post #349 of 413
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I run IsoTek Enhancement CD for 12 hours per day. Things are getting better faster with both WA22 and T1.
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The WA6SE has GE tubes and Sophia Princess 274B, I am not sure if the amp had cap upgrade. But I will ask people at meet.
In what way was the 22 better than the wa6se? I'm contemplating on getting either a 6se with upgraded parts or a stock wa 22, and don't know what I should get. The 22 and its tubes are more expensive, and so I'm hoping if a wa6se with upgraded parts could be able to match up with a stock wa 22...
post #351 of 413
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In what way was the 22 better than the wa6se? I'm contemplating on getting either a 6se with upgraded parts or a stock wa 22, and don't know what I should get. The 22 and its tubes are more expensive, and so I'm hoping if a wa6se with upgraded parts could be able to match up with a stock wa 22...
I'd say the differences are minor, but:

1. WA22 is balanced
2. WA22 has twice or more of output power
3. WA22 has a lot of room for upgrade.

That's about what I can think of. In reality, if your source and headphone is not balanced, you would hear only a slight improvement over 6SE.
post #352 of 413
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I'd say the differences are minor, but:

1. WA22 is balanced
2. WA22 has twice or more of output power
3. WA22 has a lot of room for upgrade.

That's about what I can think of. In reality, if your source and headphone is not balanced, you would hear only a slight improvement over 6SE.
Totally agree. It is the balanced headphones you are after with WA22 (stock).
post #353 of 413
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The price for my Mod cost $800 without shipping. That price is OFFICAL from Dan, same price as for everyone else too.
post #354 of 413
Seamaster - what are the values of the caps replaced - I can see 4 x .22uf in the picture. What about the other ones? (Just trying to price out the upgrade =))
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The price for my Mod cost $800 without shipping. That price is OFFICAL from Dan, same price as for everyone else too.
atbglenn pointed out to me that because of the DACT CT2 balanced stereo stepped attenuator, one of the MW caps had to be installed right below one of the 6080 sockets (or on top of the socket depending on how you look at it)--it looks like it is over the left channel 6080 socket. I guess this must be okay since Dan positioned it there himself.
post #356 of 413
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atbglenn pointed out to me that because of the DACT CT2 balanced stereo stepped attenuator, one of the MW caps had to be installed right below one of the 6080 sockets (or on top of the socket depending on how you look at it)--it looks like it is over the left channel 6080 socket. I guess this must be okay since Dan positioned it there himself.
I don't notice any inbalanced or difference between L/R channels. The solder point of those two caps are the same. Only the lead wires are prebent in to different shape but the lenght are the same.
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The Seattle meets are where it's at to listen to this stuff.
I saw some photos of the meet. It looked like a great turnout. How many meets to you have in Seattle a year?
post #358 of 413
Typically 3-4 meets a year with an occasional mini meet.
post #359 of 413
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I don't notice any inbalanced or difference between L/R channels. The solder point of those two caps are the same. Only the lead wires are prebent in to different shape but the lenght are the same.
I did worry very much at meet when I just got the amp, and asked many people to tested out. It was the CDs that not ideally mastered.
post #360 of 413
That last meet came together very well. The Newbies were in for an awesome experience this time around. The people and the gear were incredible. The meet was very laid back with the best opportunities to mix and match gear. My cans were poached most of the meet. Seamasters T1's were all over the place. Just a really good meet in general. Those Portlanders are a great bunch of Head-fiers.
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