Hello Head-Fiers. A few months ago I tried asking for help finding an amp but found no replies, so I've been left to my own devices and have lead myself to Woo Audio. I am trying to plan ahead in my choice of amps, so let me explain myself. A year ago I purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD650s and an Audinst HUD-mx1 DAC/ amp. I am very fond of this combination, but as it happens, I've decided to start looking for something that will both cure my upgraditis and open myself up to future upgrades throughout my chain.
Currently, I am looking with an amp in the $750-$1250 range and am pretty much settled on buying something from Woo Audio. Obviously, this leads me to the WA2 and the WA6-SE. I really like the two-block design of the latter, but I'm thinking that the warmth from the WA2 might be a good thing for me. I listen mostly to classical and soundtracks, so I'm looking for something that will pair well with my HD650s. I've been trying to get some ideas from Jack, so I realise that the WA2 is warmer and the WA6-SE is punchier. I'm just trying to find opinions from fellow Head-Fiers to solidify a choice.
I know the question of what I'm going to use as a source is going to come up, so here is the answer: for the time being, my source will be my Audinst for the time being. Yes, I realise I will not get near 100% of what either one of these amplifier choices is offering from this, but I'm not going to split my budget to get both an amplifier and DAC when I can get something very good now and upgrade my DAC in about a year for a similar budget, potentially balanced to open myself up to an electrostatic system later (way later) down the road.
Finally, the final bit of my potential dilemma. I plan on having a good DAC and a one of these two Woo Audio amplifiers in approximately a year's time from now. I know this will be very good for my HD650s but I can forsee myself starting to wonder what a different headphone would be like. Therefore, I am also trying to figure out which one of these amps pairs better with the Sennheiser HD800, the likely headphone I'd upgrade to. Of course, that decision is several years down the road, but I'm trying to make a future-proof investment, so I'd like your opinions on that as well.
Thank you very much for your asistance.