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post #31 of 102

i have the WA2 with the t1. there are times when im just amazed with the SQ, and some other times not so much but it never sounds just good, its always great.. just sometimes greater than others :)  i assume its like that with many of the amps you picked, but personally i think the WA2 is a great amp overall. (i have the stock version)

but be ready to spend for tubes. i havent because i have been spending money on my portable setup but buying expensive tubes usually comes with the territory.  i have some upgraded tubes, but average ones.

post #32 of 102
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Okay how about some Crack!!

 

 


The Crack amp reportedly does not work very well with the LCD-2. My experience with orthos on mine is much the same. It just doesn't put out enough juice for them. It sounds absolutely wonderful with Senns though, and utter magic with my Sextett. I would suggest maybe the S.E.X. amp by Bottlehead if going that route.


Wow, this is difficult.

post #33 of 102
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Thanks for all the hard work guys and the Crack does look great and I would love to build it myself... the only issue is I recently had shoulder surgery and have my left arm strapped to my chest to imobilize it... it has been like this for a week and I have another 2 weeks of it to look forward to -_-.That being said I am most interested by synergy between the HD 800 and the amp. If it can work with my lower impedance ones that is merely a bonus (and a very good one indeed). Apparently the LCD-2 can work well with OTL amps though as it does not need dampening like normal dynamics do.

 

post #34 of 102

I think it was in the reviews here that said the Crack couldn't drive the LCD-2... http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/521988/amp-a-b-comparisons/

and the author said he favoured the Crack over the beta22 for his HD800. Unfortunately I can't get the page to load right now (php error?).

 

That said, the Bottlehead stuff is great to build. That was my first real soldering experience and it was no problem. The only tricky part was a tight fit with some of the caps and figuring out how to get my iron in there without melting some wires (also my fault for having a fat iron when I should have gotten a skinnier one).

post #35 of 102

My new WA22 and the T-1's are killer!

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My new WA22 and the T-1's are killer!



liiiiiiiiiittle bit out of my budget but glad you like it!

post #37 of 102

Think of it as Future Proofing your audio investment.

 

You know how the upgrade itch goes....
 

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My new WA22 and the T-1's are killer!



liiiiiiiiiittle bit out of my budget but glad you like it!

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Think of it as Future Proofing your audio investment.

 

You know how the upgrade itch goes....
 

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My new WA22 and the T-1's are killer!



liiiiiiiiiittle bit out of my budget but glad you like it!


 


haha yeah but i was supposed to end with the ref 7 and phoenix ;)... also I don't want balanced yet I want to hear "SET magic" everyone speaks of.

post #39 of 102
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The more I read about the Sonett... the better it seems to be both on an objective level, and the impressions people are giving... but damn that is going to be expensive ... even more so when it crosses the border.

 

Anyone know if the balanced on will give true "SET" sound or if only the SE one will? It is neat how he is doing the balancing.

 

 

I also took a good look at the ZDT and Zana Deux... I really need to hurry up and win the lottery LOL.

 

Lloyd never answered my most recent email: Does anyone know how much voltage the MAD EAR HD super || puts out at 300 and 600 ohms?


Edited by sokolov91 - 12/23/10 at 9:57pm
post #40 of 102

The Cayin HA-1A is still my favorite amp in my collection after all these years.  It has improved with my sources and cans, whilst other tube amps got the chop for not keeping up.  Its EL84 driven and yes, my favorite is the SET mode.  TTVJ sells this amp for around the 800 dollar mark.  I don't think any other amp in this price bracket can claim to be single ended triode (SET).


Edited by SP Wild - 12/24/10 at 12:15am
post #41 of 102

When I first realized that tubes can give that long decay of midrange notes and the sustain of shimmering cymbals, I knew they were for me and to date I have not been disappointed.  But there is a caveat...they are not prone to deliver great bass at price points less than $1K nor can they always drive well some of the better headphone units that are designed for detail and soundstage presentation such as the T1, LCDs, and HD800s.  But those newer flagship units were not around when that realization came to me.  Back in 2004, one of the better units that was well regarded in the headfi community was the EarMax Pro, a smallish two-tube unit.  When reading about it, I stumbled across a review for the Opera Consonance Cyber-20 in Positive Feedback (which is still available for review online), where in the reviewer replaced his then-reference unit (guess what it was? the EarMax Pro!) with the Cyber-20....I ordered it unheard and have not been disappointed with it as long as I have relatively sensitive cans, such as the 102 db sensitive Audio Technica AD2000...

 

I have had it for 6 years now. It is a very musical and lush sounding amp, especially with a pair of NOS 1956 12AU7 Amperex Bugleboys in play,  There is one on sale on Audiogon for $399 now.  

 

It is a relatively unknown amp and tube rolling with it is what makes it shine.  Check the forums for a more unbiased view than mine.  I have tried the Woo products and they don't seem to have the oomph to drive my cans the way the Cyber does...it seems to have a bit more cojones for the demanding moments.

 

Or check out the HIfiMan EF5... for $399 it seems to have a killer reputation.... mine is coming soon to give the Cyber some feelings of inferiority....

post #42 of 102
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The more I read about the Sonett... the better it seems to be both on an objective level, and the impressions people are giving... but damn that is going to be expensive ... even more so when it crosses the border.

 

Anyone know if the balanced on will give true "SET" sound or if only the SE one will? It is neat how he is doing the balancing.

 

 

I also took a good look at the ZDT and Zana Deux... I really need to hurry up and win the lottery LOL.

 

Lloyd never answered my most recent email: Does anyone know how much voltage the MAD EAR HD super || puts out at 300 and 600 ohms?


If I end up buying the HD800, then I would probably go for the Sonett over the WA2 or WA6SE. It's supposed to pair well with the HF2 as well from what I've read. Who knows, it might even make the W5000 sing. I haven't seen any reports regarding its performance with the T1.  

post #43 of 102

Another vote for the WA2 it sounds great with the hd800 and does a fair job of driving the LCD2.

 

I've yet to hear the T1.

 

I am also currently building a crack and speedball, and for the price, you can't really go wrong...

post #44 of 102

I still say the MAD. Who wants to pay over 30% in takes and duties? confused_face.gif (and that's not even counting shipping and clumsy/stinky customs handlers...)


Edited by Armaegis - 12/24/10 at 11:04am
post #45 of 102

Since we are talking tubes here...I have a question concerning tube types and tubeyness.

 

For the people who have heard a variety of tubes, do you think certain tube types are more lush generally than others, or even better sounding?

 

For example the EL34's vs. the EL84's or the 300B's, and what about the smaller preamp tubes like the 5670's and 6922's.  Is there a tube type thats just more musical?

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