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Woo Audio 6

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Ever since I got into the headfi hobby I've always been curious about tube amps and what this magical sound is that they deliver. I've been threw several amps before I finally realized my "dream" solid state amp with the Solo SRG, mind you I aint saying the best there is but I feel pretty comfortable stopping at that point as far solid state amps are concerned. In fact I am quite happy with what I hear out of it but I finally feel like the time has in fact arrived to try out something tube based and like the SRG I've always had my eye on the Woo Audio 6. Maybe I have a thing for amps in silver I don't really know...lol! I use several different headphones at the moment because I like hearing a different presentation and I ain't looking for a jack of all trades headphone so with that being said I use the HD600, K701 and SR225s with all of them sounding great from my SRG. My question is what should I expect to come out of these cans from this amp? I'm not really looking at this as an upgrade although some may feel it is but I really just want to get a taste of the tube amp craze that seems to be going on here and always has been. I can't say for sure at the moment but I really doubt I will be upgrading anything on it if I do purchase one. Most of my equipment has been purchased over a very long time so it will probably stay in completely original configuration which would be just the plain Woo 6. So with that big long story what can I expect out of it? Will I still be getting all the microdetails and all of that jazz I so enjoy from my SRG or am I going to be blown away by a level of warmth I've never heard from an amp? Anybody care to drop their two cents feel free!
post #2 of 21
The Woo6 is a wonderful amp. I think you'll be very happy with it, more than the SRG.

The sound is warm, but not too thick or muddy. It has strong impact and good dynamics, and a nice boost at the bottom end. Top notch Build Quality too, far better than the Graham Slee Amps build quality.
post #3 of 21
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Sounds like it will be a good complement although I'm not sure what build quality issues the graham amps have. My seems to be built just fine.
post #4 of 21
WA6 is very fine amplifier, just don't forget if you order one, to get the PDPS mod too (very important upgrade) and maybe the Sophia Princess for a more lush, tubey sound
post #5 of 21
I heard the hum at high volume with low impedance phones. It'll be a good match for your hd600, but not so much for K701.

The beauty of tube is that you can roll different tubes and get different flavors of musics from it. It's not day and night difference, but you can change the signature of the sound to the way you like it. You can't really do that with SS.
post #6 of 21
I only heard hum with IEM only, it does not happen to all my Audio Technica headphones.
post #7 of 21
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I think to start with I will stick strictly to the stock configuration so I can at least get a taste of the tube sound before I start going nutz on upgrades and stuff like that.
post #8 of 21
I should be able to let you know in a few weeks
Got Solo SRG ordered W6se last week. Should be fun, my first tube amp no idea what to expect.
I know its not the standard Woo6 but its the best I can do. I would expect it to be a upgrade but as I listen to rock/metal and I value speed I will have to see.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by BMBROWN911 View Post
I think to start with I will stick strictly to the stock configuration so I can at least get a taste of the tube sound before I start going nutz on upgrades and stuff like that.
I agree that you should stick to stock before throwing around a lot of cash on up grades and tubes EXCEPT I strongly urge you to go along with those suggesting the Pseudo Dual Power Supply. The PDPS upgrade is cheap and well worth the cost.
post #10 of 21
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I haven't pulled the trigger yet but I I will closely consider it when I do.
post #11 of 21
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Nigel James are you talking about the SRG 2? Would be interested to hear your impressions on it. That is another upgrade I will be making sometime hopefully in the near future. Love my original SRG but if Graham improved even a little I think it would be worth the cost of an upgrade! Cheers!
post #12 of 21
It's been stated before and I'll do it again: power supply the heart of any tube amp
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by BMBROWN911 View Post
Nigel James are you talking about the SRG 2? Would be interested to hear your impressions on it. That is another upgrade I will be making sometime hopefully in the near future. Love my original SRG but if Graham improved even a little I think it would be worth the cost of an upgrade! Cheers!
No I have the SRG 1 and I won't be upgrading to the SRG 2.
Although I had a 3 week gap between selling my 2007 Solo and receiving the SRG I can't say I noticed any significant difference with regards SQ. However the SRG does sound alot better with the K701's but not as good with the HD650's.
Did you ever have the older version (2007 or Green) to compare yours too.
post #14 of 21
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I never heard the older Solos. My first was the SRG. I've read on here in numerous threads that the older Solos didn't do so well with lower impedence headphones but I cannot attest to that from my own ears. I know that the SRG I have sounds great with all headphones I've heard including the HD600s but yea I would love to hear the tube sound and look forward to what you think of the Woo6 since you've already heard what I have from the Solo! Cheers!
post #15 of 21
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I never heard the older Solos. My first was the SRG. I've read on here in numerous threads that the older Solos didn't do so well with lower impedence headphones but I cannot attest to that from my own ears. I know that the SRG I have sounds great with all headphones I've heard including the HD600s but yea I would love to hear the tube sound and look forward to what you think of the Woo6 since you've already heard what I have from the Solo! Cheers!
Graham Slee will tell you that he designed the original Solo with Grado's and I do not think it had any problems with low impedance phones although the only ones I had at the time were the K701's. I will say though that the SRG is better with the AKG's than the 2007 version was. A much fuller sound with a deeper bigger bass.

A number of people though the previous Solo's (pre SRG) were harsh with Grado's but that is the fault of the phones and not the amp as Grado's are known to be harsh and the Solo is quite revealing so they won't hide that fact. Thats why most people recommend tubes with Grados.
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