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What headphones work best with the WA2

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

Everyone asks what amp with this or that headphone, I want to go the other way.  I have a WA2 and want to know what headphones work best with it. 

 

I listen to almost everything except for straight ahead rap and AM radio country.

 

Like to get both closed and open can recommendations

post #2 of 35

T1s, HD800s, and surprisingly the LCD-2s too.

post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 

Thanks any closed that you can recommend

post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by R_burke View Post

Thanks any closed that you can recommend



Not with the WA2. Most closed cans are low impedance and not ideal for OTL amps.

post #5 of 35

Date your amps

 

Marry your headphones

post #6 of 35

"not ideal" doesn't mean its bad. I read a raving review of the closed Denon D7000's - and they loved them most with the WA2

 

and i even found the links :)

 

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0709/woo_audio_2.htm

 

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/headphones/denon-ah-d7000-headphones-review-49299396/

 

but beware, R_burke, - the D7000 doesn't isolate much. But few high end closed phones do, I believe.

 

Anyway - do not let the "OTL only for high imp phones scare you. WA2 and LCD-2 is supposed to be a good match - the infamous mr Skylab here on headfi even found WA2 driving the current-hungry HE6 satisfactory :))
 

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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Not with the WA2. Most closed cans are low impedance and not ideal for OTL amps.



 


Edited by ardilla - 8/18/11 at 4:52am
post #7 of 35
Thread Starter 

 

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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

"not ideal" doesn't mean its bad. I read a raving review of the closed Denon D7000's - and they loved them most with the WA2

 

and i even found the links :)

 

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0709/woo_audio_2.htm

 

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/headphones/denon-ah-d7000-headphones-review-49299396/

 

but beware, R_burke, - the D7000 doesn't isolate much. But few high end closed phones do, I believe.

 

Anyway - do not let the "OTL only for high imp phones scare you. WA2 and LCD-2 is supposed to be a good match - the infamous mr Skylab here on headfi even found WA2 driving the current-hungry HE6 satisfactory :))
 



 


I wondered about this when I saw the recommendation for LCD-2, it's low resistance.  Right now it's kind of a toss up between the LA7000 and the LCD-2, on the one hand I want isolation, but what I really want is the best all around sound - not particularly flavored one way or another
 

 

post #8 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

"not ideal" doesn't mean its bad. I read a raving review of the closed Denon D7000's - and they loved them most with the WA2

 

and i even found the links :)

 

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0709/woo_audio_2.htm

 

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/headphones/denon-ah-d7000-headphones-review-49299396/

 

but beware, R_burke, - the D7000 doesn't isolate much. But few high end closed phones do, I believe.

 

Anyway - do not let the "OTL only for high imp phones scare you. WA2 and LCD-2 is supposed to be a good match - the infamous mr Skylab here on headfi even found WA2 driving the current-hungry HE6 satisfactory :))
 



 



Actually it sounded good, just that I have heard the Ed. 8s better on other amps (with lower output impedance).



Quote:
Originally Posted by R_burke View Post



 


I wondered about this when I saw the recommendation for LCD-2, it's low resistance.  Right now it's kind of a toss up between the LA7000 and the LCD-2, on the one hand I want isolation, but what I really want is the best all around sound - not particularly flavored one way or another
 

 


The LCD-2s are planars and damping factor requirements are not the same as with low impedance dynamic headphones.

 

post #9 of 35

HE-500 on the WA2, anybody?

post #10 of 35

baka1969's review/comparison of the WA2 vs the WA6SE seems to indicate that HE500 is a great match with the WA2. He recommends the HD800 as well. Skylab also mentions theWA2 with the HE-500 in his HE-500 review saying the WA2 drives them with no issues.  

 

Read up here if interested :)

http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-he-500/reviews/5112

http://www.head-fi.org/t/555749/sibling-rivalry-the-woo-wa2-vs-the-woo-wa6se-review-posted-update-6-3-2011


Edited by ardilla - 9/26/11 at 4:27pm
post #11 of 35

 

Well - I have had the LCD-2 (rev.1) here for a couple of days now, and it pairs REALLY well with the WA2 IMO. Just love it! Exceptional lushydelicoiusness and deep soundstage

 

 

post #12 of 35

Good to hear.  Several people have said the LCD-2 is a great compliment to the HD800.  I'm planning on using Thunderpants for that role so I've been listening to my modded Fostex's on the WA2 a lot recently. So smooth dt880smile.png

 

I listened to an HE-500 on the WA2 for about an hour and they were a good pairing.

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

 

Well - I have had the LCD-2 (rev.1) here for a couple of days now, and it pairs REALLY well with the WA2 IMO. Just love it! Exceptional lushydelicoiusness and deep soundstage

 

 


Surprisingly good to my ears.

 

post #14 of 35

im interested in either the

LCD2

HE 500

or maybe

the T1

to go with my wa2

 

@Draygonn, with the HE500 did you ever find the WA2 just wasn't enough to really drive them?  i'd hate to drop 600$ or so on the he500 or even more on the LCD2 if they are just too power hungry.

cause i think the wa2 is only about 400 mW at 40 ohms or so

 

also great info there ardilla.  i love you guys.

its like a wealth of knowledge from these woo peoples

 

 


Edited by Rawrbington - 1/11/12 at 6:02pm
post #15 of 35

My vote goes for the LCD-2.1. I just put the "Vegan" earpads on it and I like it even better. My efforts are noted in this post: http://www.head-fi.org/t/586157/audeze-lcd-2-vegan-earpads-feedback-installation-mini-review

 

I think the LCD-2 sounds "surpisingly good" on the WA2 with Sylvannia 7326 tubes. More than enough power IMO. I rarely, if ever, exceed 12 o'clock on the volume.

 

My Beyerdynamic DT-990 also sound very good.


Edited by Rizlaw - 1/11/12 at 6:18pm
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