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post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by Houbi View Post

...just made the payment for my WA2 and HPS-R, all in black. beeing so damn excited!!!  happy_face1.gif

 

Congratulations, black is the new gold! Really enjoy the black ones myself, but while you're waiting make sure you pick up a couple of microfiber cloths because those things collect dust like there is no tomorrow! :D

post #17 of 35

...since i'm allready used to clean glossy stuff, no Problem so far bigsmile_face.gif

 

(or is it my fiancee who make's them dust-free every saturday...? beerchug.gif )

 

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Edited by Houbi - 10/27/12 at 5:02am
post #18 of 35

Wow! Nice!! I need me to get a fiancee! :D

post #19 of 35
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Wow! Nice!! I need me to get a fiancee! biggrin.gif

...you should definitely do so!! biggrin.gif
post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

The stock tubes vary, but I think there are many nice cheap tubes. I think the better thing is to start with stock tubes and use that as a reference for finding upgrades to tune the WA2  your sound of your preference. e.g. I really like the Svetlana WInged 6H13C tubes

 

 

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I just ordered a couple of these on e-bay for $9.00 USD. The seller has 100% feedback so I figured for the price, the risk of getting bad tubes was relatively low. They should be here in about two weeks, I'll let you know how the gamble worked out.

 

@Houbi: Congratulations on your purchase. I remember how excited I was when I payed for mine and how terrible the wait was. That's some nice setup you have there. Care to share some details as to how are you planning to integrate the WA2 there?

post #21 of 35

hey there

 

yes, i'm really thrilled and have great hopes that this Setup will blow my mind forever... :) So far from reading here, WA2 and T1 seems to be a magical combination, i hope that is true.

 

in the first time, i'm planing tu use the WA2 together with the onboard RCA's of my Xonar Essence STX (which is quite an amazing soundcard btw!). I'm changing some OpAmp's at the Moment, to find the best ones for me and my hearing.. i think that Setup will perferm quit well, let's see.

 

 

 

After buying a Beyer T1, a WooAudio WA2 and last night an iBasso DX100 (all within 5 days... :) ), i will have to roll tubes a bit later on... :) same applies to my DAC, it will have to wait a Moment...

 

But i'm Planing to buy a CambridgeAudio DACMagic Plus which seems to be an absolutely amazing DAC. I think this DAC will put the Setup even further! But i'm already sad

about haveing an Essence STX with no right to exist... it will only be user for the Logitech Speakers.... let's see..

 

 

 

 

i'm also planing tu replace the caps of the WA2. WooAudio once offeredBlackGate Caps upgrade, but can't anymore since no more of them exist.. i didn't knew Black Gate caps before i started reading about WooAudio. Well, i think Black Gate Caps are well known in the american and asian Region. Here in Europe we also have a top notch manufacturer of capicitors, which still exists :)

 

The Company is called Mundorf, in the european Region, everything with "high end" on it, will have Mundorf caps. there is nothing else :) so i think i will take that rout.

 

i think that everyone who couldn't get any Black gate caps anymore, should seriously consider Mundorf as an alternative. take a look  yourself: http://www.mundorf.com/english%201.1/kondensatoren.htm

 


Edited by Houbi - 10/29/12 at 3:27am
post #22 of 35
damn...! I completely missed it!!! -.-

Ok, so here's the second version of my last post: I'm planing the headphone rig in my office, separated from the HT stuff.

my bad smily_headphones1.gif
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

The stock tubes vary, but I think there are many nice cheap tubes. I think the better thing is to start with stock tubes and use that as a reference for finding upgrades to tune the WA2  your sound of your preference. e.g. I really like the Svetlana WInged 6H13C tubes

 

 

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I got my pair of 6H13C today, directly from Cheliabinsk, Russia. After a quick check in my tube tester, that showed everything to be alright, I plugged them into my WA 2 and pressed the power button.

 

For starters these are silent for all intents and purposes, as opposed to both my pairs of Sylvania 6080 and 7236 tubes which have quite audible hum. This pair of 6H13C exhibit a very mild, barely noticeable buzz.

 

As to the sound, well, they sound perfectly alright to me: no audible distortion, no high end screech or bloated bass, natural sounding imaging... What more can I say?  I suppose it is a bit of a gamble but, for just $9.00, I think this pair have been one of the best audio purchases I've ever made. Not to mention they look gorgeous :)  After all, why own a Woo and not put some nice looking tubes in it? ;)

post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 

^ Great!

 

I bought 8 of these tubes and two of them were noisy, the rest dead silent. The 6H13C is underrated

post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

^ Great!

 

I bought 8 of these tubes and two of them were noisy, the rest dead silent. The 6H13C is underrated


Most definitely!  I have discovered that the slight buzz I can hear from one of the tubes is actually microphonics. I had my laptop with a sppining CD-ROM in the drive and the vibration was picked up by the tube. I'll have to keep that rack clear of any vibarionts and/or get a set of spikes and tube dampers.

 

Once I removed that source of noise, my amp is deliciously silent. I will buy some 3 more pairs of these tubes once the holidays are over.

 

cheers!

post #26 of 35

Seriously thinking about picking up a WA2 early next year and pairing it with a HD650. Does the WA2 put out much heat? (Ha! Spoken like a true Lyr owner)

 

I'm pretty happy with the HD650/Lyr pairing but...I really wanna watch the tubes glow, man. biggrin.gif

post #27 of 35

It's a great amp, sounds great and looks beautiful. With my HD-600 the sound is to die for. It does, however, give out quite a bit of heat (2 rectifiers, 2 preamp and 2 power tubes!).

post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 

Do you have a problem with heat? 

 

I do not find it to be a very hot amplifier. Hot - but never too hot to touch. And when it comes to visual tube-glow-satisfaction the WA2 is my absolute favorite.. :D

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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post

Seriously thinking about picking up a WA2 early next year and pairing it with a HD650. Does the WA2 put out much heat? (Ha! Spoken like a true Lyr owner)

 

I'm pretty happy with the HD650/Lyr pairing but...I really wanna watch the tubes glow, man. biggrin.gif

post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Do you have a problem with heat? 

 

I do not find it to be a very hot amplifier. Hot - but never too hot to touch. And when it comes to visual tube-glow-satisfaction the WA2 is my absolute favorite.. :D

 

 

i never find it too hot either. it was a little hotter with the stock tubes though, those 6080s really get hot.

post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Do you have a problem with heat? 

 

I do not find it to be a very hot amplifier. Hot - but never too hot to touch. And when it comes to visual tube-glow-satisfaction the WA2 is my absolute favorite.. :D

 

How bright is the glow from the stock WA2 tubes?  Room-brightening type glow, or just a very faint glow that doesn't really lighten up the room at all? Thanks!

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