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post #9961 of 19447
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post
 

The 4-pin XLR output of the WA5 was originally designed to drive the K1000 (which is even less efficient than the HE-6), so it should have no problem handling the HE-6 in terms of sheer power. David Solomon also seems to enjoy the HE-6 with the WA5. However, Mike Ting of Headfonia apparently found it disappointing.

 

Since the WA5 comes with the mighty 4-pin XLR output, I decided to plug in the Hifiman HE-6 headphone to it, only to find myself with this huge “Whaattttt? Where did that $6,000 go?”

http://www.headfonia.com/true-beauty-wooaudio-wa5-headphone-amplifier/

could be the tubes he was using which may have been  stock tubes which are a poor choice for this amp

post #9962 of 19447

@Dubstep Girl - I'm not one to go gaga over 6moons reviews, but this review on the F5 actually goes through descriptions of various First Watt amps from not only the reviewer, but Mr. Pass himself. Read it through the end and you'll get a grasp on various sounds of the amps. The F3 is commonly known as the most tube-like of them all.

post #9963 of 19447

I agree with Frank. I listened to the HE-6 and GSX MkII combo at RMAF andIi was not impressed. My HE-6 sound much better out of my T50 or the Alpeh 3 than form the GSX MkII IMO.

The Aleph 3 will give 4.8 watts in 50 ohms and the T50 8 watts. In both cases I found them plenty powerful to drive the HE-6 correctly. WOTTS has my Aleph 3 and can testify for that.

post #9964 of 19447
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@Dubstep Girl
 - I'm not one to go gaga over 6moons reviews, but this review on the F5 actually goes through descriptions of various First Watt amps from not only the reviewer, but Mr. Pass himself. Read it through the end and you'll get a grasp on various sounds of the amps. The F3 is commonly known as the most tube-like of them all.

The f3 seems interesting, is it powerful enough too?
post #9965 of 19447

Not to be too redundant, there are lots of vintage speaker amps you might consider and should definitely listen to if you have a chance that drive the HE-6 well and sell for well under $1,000. In addition to the many, many already mentioned, the B&K ST-202 which can be had for $100-200 has a very liquid, tube-like sound. For actual tubes consider the Conrad Johnson MV50 and MV52 ($500 & up). Also, the Yamaha M60 run in class 20W class A mode has plenty of very clean power ($300 & up). Finally, the  Pass designed 100 watt Threshold 400A, factory upgraded to the Stasis /e topology, not infrequently appears for sale, although in any incarnation the 400A seems to be getting scarcer ($500 & up).

post #9966 of 19447
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The f3 seems interesting, is it powerful enough too?

It's rated at 15w, but since preproman has the 10w F1, im sure the F3 would do just fine. The only caveat is that you'll need an active pre, the input impedance is too low for a passive pre. Here's a great comparison chart, along with relevant links to the First Watt amps.

 

http://www.firstwatt.com/prod.html

(scroll down a bit)


Edited by brunk - 11/1/13 at 3:33pm
post #9967 of 19447

Also:   http://www.firstwatt.com/f4.html

 

"

The F1 is super clean and dynamic. If your source is lean, your music will be lean. If your source is rich, your music will be rich. It is the real truth machine, with nothing taken out and nothing added. Ruthlessly revealing.

The F2 adds some 2nd harmonic to this. On lean source material this sounds better than the F1. It is putting a little color in your music, and on dry material it is a pleasant addition. Some like that additional color, some do not. Your choice.

The F3 sounds has a very light touch of sweetness. Sounds more like a great tube amp than any solid state amp I have heard, except that it has the same basic tonal characteristics from highs to lows - something most tube amps dream about.

The F4 sounds like a cross between the F1 and the F3. Cleaner than the F2, a touch of sweetness, but the truth is still front and center. I have not heard this amp in my system (yet), so my thoughts about this may change. It is a very exciting product."

post #9968 of 19447

^ +1 I would also like to add that you may like the Aleph J Dubstep Girl. Especially if you put a tube preamp behind it. It's has some wonderful qualities of a tube amp. Matter of fact when I decide to build another First Watt amp for myself, the Aleph J is the one in my sights. One caveat though, its power consumption is 200 watts! Sizzlin'


Edited by brunk - 11/1/13 at 3:58pm
post #9969 of 19447
Would my mytek 192 be a good pre? Or if i rebuy a wa2? What do u guys use?

Also gsx mk2 is a pre isnt it?
post #9970 of 19447

Master 1?

post #9971 of 19447
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

Would my mytek 192 be a good pre? Or if i rebuy a wa2? What do u guys use?

Also gsx mk2 is a pre isnt it?

 

Yes the GS-X mk2 is a good pre.  I used it with the F1J when I had it.

post #9972 of 19447
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

Master 1?

 

How about some impressions on the EF-6?

post #9973 of 19447
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

Would my mytek 192 be a good pre? Or if i rebuy a wa2? What do u guys use?

Also gsx mk2 is a pre isnt it?

Yeah GSX mkII has a pre. The WA2 could be a great option as a pre too, and i know that amp is one of your original favs. That's 2 birds with one stone right there. Not sure about the Mytek Pre, but it certainly doesn't hurt to have multiple options to find a good mate with the amp.

post #9974 of 19447
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The f3 seems interesting, is it powerful enough too?

Reno hifi has a great in home demo program and several f3s at different prices. Just risking the shipping cost to find out
post #9975 of 19447
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Reno hifi has a great in home demo program and several f3s at different prices. Just risking the shipping cost to find out

'nuff said, there you go DSG!

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