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New Woo Audio 6 w/ PDPS vs Woo Audio 6 SE?

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I have a new Woo Audio 6 which has the PDPS standard. I am loving the sound so far but I am wondering if I am missing something in sound quality that the SE could offer. I already e-mailed Jack Wu and am awaiting his reply. Could someone that has experience with both amps shine some light here? Will the SE have more impactful bass? If so how much?

 

Also, would the WA6 be able to power the AKG K340?

 

UPDATE!

I just received my Woo Audio 6 SE. It is absolutely fantastic! It is such a huge improvement over the Woo Audio 6. More on it later

 

Copy and pasted impressions:

 

I finally received my Woo Audio 6 SE.  I have midterms for my last few classes in undergrad coming up so I will post all my impressions later and let my amp burn-in more.

 

But right now I have to announce that the Woo Audio 6 SE is absolutely amazing. Very VERY powerful. 

 

The low end is definitely hitting. It has the low end impact of Music Hall ph 25.5, and the incredible spaciousness in the Woo Audio 6. It may actually be even more spacious and detailed. 

 

Absolutely astounding...

 

I believe I have found my perfect amp. Amazing with my AKG K701s and my Denon D7000s. We'll see how it goes with Ultrasones. Volume knob only needs to go half way max. Anymore is deafening.

 

Once again the amp has the following:

Powerful, impact bass

Incredibly spacious - I actually do not know how much more spacious this could get

Amazingly detailed - All the layers of the tracks in the song are easily located and discerned

 

My AKGs actually sound amazing with trance with this amp... Just wow... 

 

I need to calm down now and get back to studying...


Edited by wind016 - 7/10/10 at 10:04pm
post #2 of 30

I would be interested i  knowing Jack's view,please post when received.

post #3 of 30

In my experience, WA6SE was clearly an upgrade from WA6. Bass was much more controlled and soundstage was huge. I didn't feel like I wasted money from going WA6 to WA6SE. However my WA6SE was maxxed version so I don't know how stock version might compare to WA6. Hope Jack can answer your question better. 

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This is like many audiophile dilemnas - at the $1000 and up levels, any small incremental improvement means a large $$$ cost.  Buy what you can afford - and if you're the type that is concerned about getting better and better quality, then buy at the max level of your ability.  Personally, I'd rather spend the extra $400 to take the questions away between WA6 and WA6SE, because for me, as $400 is not that big a deal.  But the next jump up the Woo line is $1000 increment, and I do not know if I am willing to make that jump even though it is still affordable.

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Originally Posted by zeroeight View Post

This is like many audiophile dilemnas - at the $1000 and up levels, any small incremental improvement means a large $$$ cost.  Buy what you can afford - and if you're the type that is concerned about getting better and better quality, then buy at the max level of your ability.  Personally, I'd rather spend the extra $400 to take the questions away between WA6 and WA6SE, because for me, as $400 is not that big a deal.  But the next jump up the Woo line is $1000 increment, and I do not know if I am willing to make that jump even though it is still affordable.


Exactly my thought. If I have limited budget, I would be still happy with WA6. However, If I can afford WA6SE then I will go that route.

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Oh the dilemmas of rich people.  

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I know it really sux to be able to afford all of these goodies  

 

Wished I could afford some top of line speakers like the Magico Q5 to go along with my MBL electronics.  But then it's kinda hard fitting all of them into my Ferrari.

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Jack Wu did not really reply to my questions.  He told me the return policy is 20 days.


Edited by wind016 - 6/21/10 at 2:39pm
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Anyways, I returned the amp. It does not have enough power for me. I believe the WA 6 SE will be the answer while keeping everything else I like about this amp.

 

Jack not answering any of my questions was VERY irritating though. I am also looking into Meier Concerto


Edited by wind016 - 6/21/10 at 2:40pm
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I heard both the WA 6 and WA 6 SE at Canjam 2010 and imo the SE is far better. The WA 6 was dull and boring but the SE was very exciting. It had far better bass, soundstage, etc. I would buy one if I didn't already have a PS Audio amp.  

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Originally Posted by wind016 View Post

Anyways, I returned the amp. It does not have enough power for me.


well.  perhaps if you're trying to power orthos or something.

 

i've never found my wa6 lacking power.  but all things are relative.

 


 

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Originally Posted by wind016 View Post

Anyways, I returned the amp. It does not have enough power for me. I believe the WA 6 SE will be the answer while keeping everything else I like about this amp.

 

Jack not answering any of my questions was VERY irritating though. I am also looking into Meier Concerto



He let you try it out with your gear, and then took it back when you weren't satisfied.  How much do you want him to do?  If you cannot judge with your own ears, in your own place, with your own equip, then there is no answer that Jack or anyone else can give you.

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Jack could easily answer my problems. All I wanted to know was what the difference the SE would have compared with the regular 6. I told him the headphones I used and asked whether the SE would provide more bass impact and if it could power more difficult to drive headphones.  All questions were unanswered and I had waited the 4 weeks for the Woo Audio 6. I would have to wait another 4 weeks to try the SE. The decision would be much easier if he simply answered the questions. I already ordered the SE because I believe from what I read on reviews on Head-fi, that it would answer my problems.

post #14 of 30
Well initially I was set on getting a wa6se. But knowing that I'd have upgradeitis, for which there is no cure, I had to get the maxxed version. Then jack told me I'm better off going wa5le stock would be better. Only problem is that I like to listen to stuff before I buy. Neither of which I can in Australia. Looking forward to the Brisbane meet to hear the standard wa6se thou... Ahaha thought you guys could lol at my dilemma
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Originally Posted by jonoliew View Post

Well initially I was set on getting a wa6se. But knowing that I'd have upgradeitis, for which there is no cure, I had to get the maxxed version. Then jack told me I'm better off going wa5le stock would be better. Only problem is that I like to listen to stuff before I buy. Neither of which I can in Australia. Looking forward to the Brisbane meet to hear the standard wa6se thou... Ahaha thought you guys could lol at my dilemma



Lol i feel u... Ill let u know how the se is when i get it. But for now, ill have to say that the Woo Audio 6 most definitely cannot power an Akg K701 well. The bass impact is almost the same as w/o an amp. There are cheaper amps that will give the 701s better bass impact. The amp will give a smooth tube character but there are also cheaper options for that. Hope that helps anyone else with the same problem
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