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post #31 of 40

Any thoughts on these alternatives: WA22 or WA2 + Decaware Taboo

post #32 of 40

Well, then I made my own comparison: 

 

Woo WA2 vs WA22

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/615810/the-beauty-and-the-beast-wa2-vs-wa22

post #33 of 40
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Thanks for the review. FWIW, I always thought the WA22 sounded best with the 7236 tubes (preferably the Tung-Sol over the Sylvanias) and while the 6SN7 Sylvanias were good, they weren't the end game driver tubes either to my ears. I think with some tube rolling, you might be surprised just how much better the WA22 is over the WA2 (especially for the LCD-2/3s).

post #34 of 40
The 7236 I have. I want to push the wa22 to the warmer, lusher side.. Roll of the treble a bit and more low mids... Then it would be perfect ,D

Suggestions?
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

The 7236 I have. I want to push the wa22 to the warmer, lusher side.. Roll of the treble a bit and more low mids... Then it would be perfect ,D
Suggestions?

Which 7236s Sylvania or Tung-Sol?

 

I found the WA22 didn't need any help on the warmer/tube-like side; thus my strong preference for the Tung-Sol 7236s. Driver tubes, I liked the brown base 5692 Sylvanias, CV181Z Shuguang Treasures and VT-231 Sylvanias.

post #36 of 40

Sylvania. I guess I a just like it warm.. 

 

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Which 7236s Sylvania or Tung-Sol?

 

I found the WA22 didn't need any help on the warmer/tube-like side; thus my strong preference for the Tung-Sol 7236s. Driver tubes, I liked the brown base 5692 Sylvanias, CV181Z Shuguang Treasures and VT-231 Sylvanias.


Edited by ardilla - 6/28/12 at 5:16am
post #37 of 40
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Sylvania. I guess I a just like it warm.. 

 

 

If you can swing a pair of Tung-Sols, I'd strongly recommend it. They were dead quite, neutral and clean and a bit more "lush" than the Sylvanias to my ears.

post #38 of 40
I have three pairs.. They are indeed very good, but I would like to try something warmer
Edited by ardilla - 7/3/12 at 6:32pm
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

So I’ve had my WA22 for about a week now and here are some of my thoughts on how it sounds and compares to the WA2 (thanks to Shane...Sophonax for letting me hold onto his WA2 for a few days after he bought it from me).
My initial comparison will focus on both amps being run in un-balanced mode as at the time of the comparisons, my W4S DAC-2 hadn’t arrived.

Why can't use Ballanced headphone without a ballanced imput from the DAC  ?  Is't it possible to use the ballanced versions of the LCD-2 or HD800 with this WA22 with a NON_Ballanced imput ? does it make sence ?   If not, what ballanced DAC will you recommand with this WA22 ?

post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

Why can't use Ballanced headphone without a ballanced imput from the DAC  ?  Is't it possible to use the ballanced versions of the LCD-2 or HD800 with this WA22 with a NON_Ballanced imput ? does it make sence ?   If not, what ballanced DAC will you recommand with this WA22 ?

Simply because of the topography of the WA22. In order to get the full power (1.5W) you will need a balanced source. Otherwise, you're only listening to half of the amp. wink.gif

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