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post #12721 of 19260

There's a Toronto HeadFi meet at the end of the month and I think someone is bringing an HDVD800 so I will be able to try it.  Will also go out and audtion the WA6 before I decide.

Yup.. auditioning is the fun part!!

 

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post #12722 of 19260
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Any comments/comparisons on MAD Ear versus Woo WA6? The Woo is readily available in my city now.


i just recently had a wa6 here and was able to listen to both at the same time. the tubes were stock in the wa6, sylvania's in the mad.

other than maybe the soundstage being a little larger with the mad, and MAYBE a tad more detail, they were hard to even tell apart.

it does make me want to try the wa6se , and its hard laying off the one on the sale thread now !

 

i will add the differences in sound, of the two, minuscule, and could be just my gut talking me into what i was percieving

on the other hand, build , heft, perceived "quality" and looks, WOO all the way

not that the mad is cheap, ugly are anything, the woo just oozes class


Edited by jaywillin - 3/10/14 at 11:50am
post #12723 of 19260

I remember the SR80 being bright with lots of detail.  but i think soundstage and comfort was hands down DT990.  not to mention stronger bass.  I had my DT990 paired with Fiio E10 with bass boost on.  I also remember not being super impressed with the DT990 without the amp , where as i never used the grados with an amp.

post #12724 of 19260
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Thanks all.. the place doesn't do trial purchases so I would have to audition and decide.  I'm hoping that the WA6 will also work well with the HD800.  If I do go this route, I'll aslo get the Sophia Princess.  Other option is the Sennhesier HDVD800/HDVA600 and hope the heck it works well with thr RS1i (output is high imdedance to match with the HD800).  The Naim works well with the RS1i and that will be staying.  Just trying to find a combo that's awesome/neatr end game with both.  Time to start auditioning. :)

I use the WA6 with my RS1i's (low impedance), and there is absolutely no noise, it is dead silent, and they sound beautiful!

I also can't comment on using the (high impedance), because I don't own any headphones that need it, and I've never used it at all with the Grados.

post #12725 of 19260
Joseph, do you have the Sophia rectifier tube or is your WA6 all stock?
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Joseph, do you have the Sophia rectifier tube or is your WA6 all stock?

Yes I do have the S/P-274B and 6SN7WGT driver tubes. I also have a 1959 Mullard 5V4G/GZ32, which I recently got, that also sound very nice, and I'm waiting for a 1958 Mullard 5AR4/GZ34. I've never tried the stock rectifier tube that came with the WA6 at all. I also have 6EW7 driver tubes that Jack Wu gave me in place of the stock 6DE7, and they sound nice also. I'm also waiting for the 6FD7 (fat bottle) driver tubes from Woo to check them out.

So I never listened to the WA6 with the stock tubes that it comes with at all.

post #12727 of 19260
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I wish some of you were in michigan.  Id really like to hear PS500 or 325i before I plunk down a couple hundred $ on something i dont "need".  I had SR80s and loved them, then moved on to Beyer DT990 pros.  My memory of grado is foggy and im not sure which headphone to get now that i dont have any...


 



I think the 325 or 225 would be a better compliment to the DT990. The PS500 is that same style as the DT990, big bass, recessed mids with some treble bite. In my opinon the DT990 does it better than the PS500.
post #12728 of 19260
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I use the WA6 with my RS1i's (low impedance), and there is absolutely no noise, it is dead silent, and they sound beautiful!

I also can't comment on using the (high impedance), because I don't own any headphones that need it, and I've never used it at all with the Grados.

 



+1, i dont have any noise with the WA6 and Grados. But the WA6 is not an OTL amp so it is better suited for low impedance headphones than an OTL tube amp. Having said that I also have a LD MKIII (OTL) and I've never had any issues with it and Grados.
post #12729 of 19260
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I remember the SR80 being bright with lots of detail.  but i think soundstage and comfort was hands down DT990.  not to mention stronger bass.  I had my DT990 paired with Fiio E10 with bass boost on.  I also remember not being super impressed with the DT990 without the amp , where as i never used the grados with an amp.

 

Yes, but you don't get Grados for soundstage usually (unless you're going for the higher-end ones). Comfort is also obviously better with the DT990 although I find them a little clampy personally. Bass is alot boomier with the DT990 but better quality on the 325i with flat pads (imo).

post #12730 of 19260
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You said it is close to the LD I+?


The LD1+ is the best bang for the buck.....but the MAD Ear+HD sounds much better...more detailed and way more textured.....the synergy is just pure bliss.......grab a Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate tube and be done :D 


Edited by whirlwind - 3/10/14 at 1:26pm
post #12731 of 19260
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The LD1+ is the best bang for the buck.....but the MAD Ear+HD sounds much better...more detailed and way more textured.....the synergy is just pure bliss.......grab a Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate tube and be done :D 

 

Good to know....

 

at almost 8 times the price....;)

post #12732 of 19260

Just received my 325is! Been jamming to em through my LD1+ and Fiio e10. Already in love. They add that much needed forwardness that I feel as if my magnums don't really cover. That's not to say I don't love my magnums. I do. I just think that these are a great addition to my small little collection :))) 

 

Anyone else have magnums plus 325is? What're your thoughts? 

post #12733 of 19260

Thanks all for your impressions on the WA6!  I'll go an addition right before the HeadFi meet. The two places are pretty close and I don't think there will be a WA6 at the meet.

post #12734 of 19260
Might be getting a pair of LCD2s tomorrow. Not Grado related I know.
post #12735 of 19260
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Might be getting a pair of LCD2s tomorrow. Not Grado related I know.


its cool, you can still be in the club !

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