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post #1036 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

Finally someone did a real 339 review!

And nice pictures V, feel free to come over and take pics of all my audio toys :D
 

Who knows... Who knows... Maybe I'll drop by some time in the future. ;)

post #1037 of 2619

Great review! We won't say the contrary on this thread right?! I find the pictures lovely V, nice job and nice photo skills!

post #1038 of 2619

And nice review lol
 

post #1039 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

The competition has arrived...

 

Actually, I am still waiting on your comparison between the Woo and the 339. I am on the verge of getting one of the two to upgrade my 332C. Very interested in your comments.

post #1040 of 2619

I wasn't really planning on doing a real review on Head-fi, I hardly ever do.

 

The 339 is the more tube sounding amp, more soul, warmth and bass feeling. The WA2  is the clear sounding amp, bigger soundstage, very nice detail but maybe a bit (too?) dry. Bass and warmth is inferior to the 339. So it kind of depends on the sound you would like to have. They both are great amps, it just depends on your preference, but the sound is very different.

 

I have to admit I haven't listened long to the WA2, or any of my other gear recently, but I don't think my view of the WA2 will change soon, still rolling tubes to make it warmer sounding.
 

post #1041 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

I wasn't really planning on doing a real review on Head-fi, I hardly ever do.

 

The 339 is the more tube sounding amp, more soul, warmth and bass feeling. The WA2  is the clear sounding amp, bigger soundstage, very nice detail but maybe a bit (too?) dry. Bass and warmth is inferior to the 339. So it kind of depends on the sound you would like to have. They both are great amps, it just depends on your preference, but the sound is very different.

 

I have to admit I haven't listened long to the WA2, or any of my other gear recently, but I don't think my view of the WA2 will change soon, still rolling tubes to make it warmer sounding.
 

Thanks for the comments. I guess you are saying that one is not superior to the other only difference is the "house sound" of the manufacturer (which is to be expected). I noticed that the Woo is using what looks like standard copper wire with plastic shield for their point to point while Figaro uses metal rails (presumably some version of tin). That in itself should account for a difference in sound. Of course there are many other differences in their designs, but they are both otl so tube choice and the quality of the components will add up to the sound signature. Frankly the 332C I have sounds so good with my T1's I am taking this upgrade itch with some restraint. The dual volume knobs on the 339 really put me off as I am often tweeking my volume knob as it is. Imagine doing that with two knobs. Well, I guess you can imagine that smile.gif

post #1042 of 2619

The dual volume-knobs are great if you have unmatched tubes. With the diminishing supply of matched NOS-tubes, dual volume is going to become more and more crucial.

post #1043 of 2619

I haven't regretted the dual volume control one single time actually, don't let that keep you from buying this wonderful amp
 

post #1044 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

I wasn't really planning on doing a real review on Head-fi, I hardly ever do.

The 339 is the more tube sounding amp, more soul, warmth and bass feeling. The WA2  is the clear sounding amp, bigger soundstage, very nice detail but maybe a bit (too?) dry. Bass and warmth is inferior to the 339. So it kind of depends on the sound you would like to have. They both are great amps, it just depends on your preference, but the sound is very different.

I have to admit I haven't listened long to the WA2, or any of my other gear recently, but I don't think my view of the WA2 will change soon, still rolling tubes to make it warmer sounding.

 

Ultra, are you saying you are listening pretty much only to the 339 or that you are not listening to your headphones at all lately? Do you ever stem much w speakers? If so, what are you using?
post #1045 of 2619

It depends on my mood and headphone used. I use the HE-500 with the 339, the senns with the Crack, WA2 or 339, the LCD-2 with the Violectric. For the other headphones like the HE-400, aiaiai, Beyer custom pro, T70,.. I use the Violectric mostly. The WA2 now is a preamp for my speakers too. (an old Kenwood amp and B&W speakers)

 

But the last few weeks it has been incredibly hot here, too hot to use headphones
 

post #1046 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

It depends on my mood and headphone used. I use the HE-500 with the 339, the senns with the Crack, WA2 or 339, the LCD-2 with the Violectric. For the other headphones like the HE-400, aiaiai, Beyer custom pro, T70,.. I use the Violectric mostly. The WA2 now is a preamp for my speakers too. (an old Kenwood amp and B&W speakers)

But the last few weeks it has been incredibly hot here, too hot to use headphones

 

Looks like it is time to start the custom IEM collection! biggrin.gif

I am going to start auditioning some high efficiency speakers to pair up with the Taboo when it arrive so I can double dip with the Hd650's. Sometimes it is nice to enjoy the music in the open room.
post #1047 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

I wasn't really planning on doing a real review on Head-fi, I hardly ever do.

 

The 339 is the more tube sounding amp, more soul, warmth and bass feeling. The WA2  is the clear sounding amp, bigger soundstage, very nice detail but maybe a bit (too?) dry. Bass and warmth is inferior to the 339. So it kind of depends on the sound you would like to have. They both are great amps, it just depends on your preference, but the sound is very different.

 

I have to admit I haven't listened long to the WA2, or any of my other gear recently, but I don't think my view of the WA2 will change soon, still rolling tubes to make it warmer sounding.
 

 

This simple impression is actually MUCH more honest and meaningful than a bunch of thousand meaningless flowery, poetry, politely protecting the interest of both manufacturers.

I mean, bashing one product is bad too.

Most of the time I almost not be able to understand what these people is intended to say.

 

Just be frank and let the readers judge what sound they like.  Some people like it dry, some people like it steamed, some like deep fried, let 'em chose.

 

Thanks Ultra!  good one!

Short and clear message.

post #1048 of 2619
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

It depends on my mood and headphone used. I use the HE-500 with the 339, the senns with the Crack, WA2 or 339, the LCD-2 with the Violectric. For the other headphones like the HE-400, aiaiai, Beyer custom pro, T70,.. I use the Violectric mostly. The WA2 now is a preamp for my speakers too. (an old Kenwood amp and B&W speakers)

 

But the last few weeks it has been incredibly hot here, too hot to use headphones
 

 

I turn on aircon when I listen to headphone here biggrin.gif

post #1049 of 2619

 

They do look good next to each other :)

post #1050 of 2619
Nica photo.
I like those RCA red tubes too.
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