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post #16 of 18

Sorry to wake this thread up again, but I was wondering about actual sonic differences between Wo 6se and the Wa22.. I've been reading through all the forums, but nobody has given a detailed answer about the actual sonic difference in the amps.. Just the reply from Jack.. "WA22 is better if the source if balanced, if not WA6SE is better..."

 

Is there anbody out there who has owned both of the amps at length,  who can help?

 

 

 

 

post #17 of 18

So glad to see this thread revived. I would love to know the answer to this as well. 

 

I have also searched for comparisons and difference between the WA22 and the WA5LE but have not found any true write-ups. Most of have anecdotal comments but it would be really helpful to get some real insight.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

So glad to see this thread revived. I would love to know the answer to this as well. 

 

I have also searched for comparisons and difference between the WA22 and the WA5LE but have not found any true write-ups. Most of have anecdotal comments but it would be really helpful to get some real insight.

 

Well, I have owned both.  I had a WA5 for about 6 months.  Bought it intending it to be my primary speaker amp as well as headamp.  Couldn't find any high efficiency speakers that I liked, so sold the WA5 and replaced it with a Cary SLI-80 and a WA22.  I have had the 22 now for about four days.  I am no reviewer but will try to help you out a little bit.  The WA5 is extremely dynamic, punchy, fast, and has an "effortless" kind of sound.  To my ears, not an extremely "tubey" or warm sound but extremely transparent, clear and DYNAMIC without ever being bright.  You can really sense the power (or current) behind the music.   Very, very nice!  And did I mention dynamic?  

 

The biggest difference I have noticed with the WA22 so far is that it is a little warmer and and a touch more euphonic.  It is more responsive to tube rolling though.  It can be almost lush sounding with the 5998's.  With the 7236, it is a little closer in sound to the WA5 but a touch less dynamic maybe.  It's subtle though.  (I have tried 6080, 7236, and 5998's)  I am using a different dac now with the WA22 - a W4S Dac-2 where I was using a EE minimax with the WA5 so that may skew my impressions a little.  Headphones are all the same with both amps, but not the HE-6 with the WA22.

 

If I had the experience and writing skills of some of the folks here, I guess I would write a more extensive article but hopefully this helps you a little.
 

 

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