Assuming I roll a Sophia Princess 274B into the WA22, given one more single choice - would you swap the Sylvania 7236 in as the power tubes before the smokey
RCA VT231's as driver tubes?
Quite keen to hear what the ol' WA22 can do, so far it's definitely been the most laid back Woo listen for me including the WA6 basic and WA6-SE.
The WA6/6SE are the most SS sounding Woos I've heard and they're not my favourite for that reason. I like a tube amp that sounds like a tube amp. If I wanted a SS sound, I'd go with a SS amp. Now amps like the MAD Ear+HD can be really, really tubey and pair VERY well with Grados IMO. The WA2/WA22 are more musical and tube-like in their presentation compared to the WA6SE. I don't see the WA22 in your profile so I don't know if you're running it with a balanced source (a real must for this amp)? But yes, the Syl 7236s and RCA VT231s would be a great step in the right direction.
I also find that on certain recordings due to the PS1000's more distant presentation of the mids, it can be certainly more forgiving than other more
forward sounding cans (particularly the 225/325), then again this occasionally contradicts itself with other recordings and everything is typically
Johnny G, right up in your face - it's always a roulette wheel before pressing play with a new recording on these, impossible to presume what it
will sound like - all part of the fun!
FWIW, I have never been a fan of the PS1000s. I wouldn't use a John Grado headphone to evaluate gear, way too coloured for that. Instead, I would look for synergy with John Grado headphones. Just my two cents.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 2/7/12 at 5:00pm