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Hi, super noob here, im about to get the WA3 with the pre-amp, and because of I'm a noob, not sure what I'm planning to do with the preamp is right(or safe lol), can i connect my swan m200 MKIII to it? Well ofcus the main reason for the WA3 is to drive my new HD 650

 

my setup is gonna be:

HT omega halo claro analog out(temporary DAC)--->WA3---->HD 650 & m200 MKIII

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Laciel View Post

Hi, super noob here, im about to get the WA3 with the pre-amp, and because of I'm a noob, not sure what I'm planning to do with the preamp is right(or safe lol), can i connect my swan m200 MKIII to it? Well ofcus the main reason for the WA3 is to drive my new HD 650

 

my setup is gonna be:

HT omega halo claro analog out(temporary DAC)--->WA3---->HD 650 & m200 MKIII

 

Thanks.

You can without a problem, i'm currently using an Audio-GD C2 as a preamp in input of my Swan M200 MKIII, all is working perfectly, no gain problem, just be aware to set the volume to 0 on the WA3 and switch on your setup in this order :
1. DAC

2. Preamp

3. Swan M200 MKIII

 

EnjoY your music !

 

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Thanks, now i can order my amp with no worry :D

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just curious, the Swans are active and they can go pretty loud and clear, is there a need for another preamp? whats the benefit? 

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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

just curious, the Swans are active and they can go pretty loud and clear, is there a need for another preamp? whats the benefit? 



Well my sound card have only 1 pair RCAs out, for me to hook up both headphones and speaker at the same time, i need the preamp in my wa3, i don't think there's any major sonic improvement to swans, it's just more convinient for me.


Edited by Laciel - 1/8/12 at 10:04pm
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i see, thats good then, if you have told me that there was a sonic improvement, then I would've put another dent in my wallet haha.tongue.gif
 

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Well my sound card have only 1 pair RCAs out, for me to hook up both headphones and speaker at the same time, i need the preamp in my wa3, i don't think there's any major sonic improvement to swans, it's just more convinient for me.



 

post #7 of 13

Laciel, just out of curiousity, how does the M200 sound when using the WA3 as a preamp? 

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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post

Laciel, just out of curiousity, how does the M200 sound when using the WA3 as a preamp? 



After using them for a week, i do notice difference , as you may know the m200 have a very forward sound stage, with the w3 the sound stage is wider.

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After using them for a week, i do notice difference , as you may know the m200 have a very forward sound stage, with the w3 the sound stage is wider.


Very interesting.  Does it warm the sound at all?
 

 

post #10 of 13

Swans MKIII are already slightly warm and with the combination of tubes in the setup yields a very pleasing sound for me. Tubes + Swans are a great combination for sure. 

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Very interesting.  Does it warm the sound at all?
 

 



Now that you asked, it did a comparing test,

 

halo claro with LME49720NA opamps--->M200= Forwarded and sound stage, very detailed, the bass is a bit too punchy for my taste, probrabry because i swapped out the opamps, as the LME49720NA is pretty bright.

 

halo claro---->m200=a less forwarded, wider sound stage, a bit less detailed, but smooth and warm, bass is tamed, just as eclipes said, it's very pleasing

post #12 of 13

Very interesting, and I thank you both for your inputs.  I've been thinking about getting a tube preamp along with either the Swan M200 MkII or MkIII to go along with a Vinyl player.

post #13 of 13

I'd love to have a pair of those active Swans, but I already have too many speakers sitting around the house :)

 

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