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Woo WA3 versus Schiit Valhalla

post #1 of 7
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Hello, I've been on here for a few months searching and searching for my perfect set up. As a student I am basically poor, so I'm unable to buy and try all the products that catch my interest, so I TRULY appreciate all the help you people give to me. I do try to do all the research I can but at some point it's more effective to ask for a specific comparison.

 

My headphones are HD650. I'm using the KICAS amp but am not impressed. I've narrowed it down to the WA3 and the Valhalla. Both amps are really highly regarded, and I understand the basic pros and cons of each. Schiit is more affordable, has tubes that are designed to work best which will prevent me from sinking into tube-rolling (which I'm afraid I will enjoy too much but cannot afford), great warranty, AWESOME customer service.

 

Woo has amazing build quality, sound quality, and alluring upgrade potential.

 

Both seem to synergize with the 650s but the Woo comes up more often.

 

Based purely on sound quality with the 650s (not build quality, looks, or performance with any other phones) which is "better", OR, if they are equally good but different, how are they different? How would you describe the sound of each in relation to each other.

 

Also, I'm really tempted by the WA6 but it is really pushing my budget ... is it worth the extra $$$? I know there are threads about this but they all ended up off track and failed to answer the question.

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nothing? no one heard both?

post #3 of 7

bump

post #4 of 7

im curious too.  i asked in a thread once and no one bothered to compare them. they said the lyr is usually compared with more expensive amps but for my headphone, i needed a wa3 vs lyr comparison. i ASSUME they are saying that the lyr sounds better, but i cannot confirm that.  i think with high ohm phones its closer than some may think.  tubes also matter with both.

post #5 of 7

Bump. I have the exact same question as well!

 

EDIT: this is a similar thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/568921/woo-audio-3-vs-schiit-lyr-valhalla


Edited by dragon042 - 1/18/12 at 12:47pm
post #6 of 7

From everything I've read (and I own the WA3 and the Asgard) is that the WA3 is a little warmer and more tubey sounding than the Valhalla.  In fact, the Valhalla can be slightly analytical.  It's very clear and precise, especially for a tube amp. 

 

The choice comes down to which sonic characteristics you prefer.  Smooth, warm, and tubey, vs. more analytical and clear.

post #7 of 7

For me, I am somewhat of a purist and I prefer the more traditional or closer to traditional design of the tube amp, so I usually go with the Woo. That said, it's the sum of the whole design that matters the most so ultimately, it's the sound that is most important.

 

Best to audition at a meet and bring your favorite CDs. Other people's opinions are not important. Audio is an art remember and it's subjective.

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