Originally Posted by spkrs01
Thanks and look forward to it...........
So far, the W7 has had a 3 hr warm up before using it. I'm using the HP-A8 as the DAC as I personally feel the AKM AK4399 DAC in the HP-A8 implementation is tad more detailed than the WA7's PCM5102A DAC. I'm using the 000 cables.
So far, I get the warm fuzzy feeling with this combination. With Anne Hathaway's I Dreamed A Dream, the vocals sounded raw and lacked the crisp clarity that one would hear in a typical soundtrack, whilst the accompanying orchestra has the detail and lushness. If the vocal channel is the same as used in the movie, then this is actually a good thing 'cos the soundtrack is accurately represented - raw vocals but rich orchestra.
Meanwhile, with the "This is Chris Botti" album, all I can say is "wow"! that lush rich warm and smooth sound from the WA7 together with the MH335DW's warm signature goes really well. All that's missing in my apartment is the romantic candle lights, a warm bath, and my wife (and her earphones or this atmosphere would be all too one-sided). It's a very coloured (and therefore inaccurate) tonal signature but maintains toe tapping musicality and the sense of spaciousness is tremendous. I must say I'm lost in the space more so than focusing on any detail it may present.
Similarly with the Best Audiophile Voices VI's Sarah Morgann's "Through The Eyes Of Love", her vocals are lush and rich. The lower mids to the mid-bass decay actually works well in the warm presentation. The piano sounds so fluid. It's like listening to vinyl.
Switching to something different, like Usher's Climax the intro worked really well with some deep electronic however I think I miss some of the highs to give the track some sparkle. Having said that, Taylor Swift's Red has a nice deep thump but surprisingly no boominess but a rather quick decay instead. Her vocals are also lush rich. So whilst I may not necessarily be enjoying the whole of Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" album, I could easily enjoy Taylor Swift's entire Red album (or most of the tracks anyway).
Hope this gives a little bit of an idea of the synergy between the two. Bedtime otherwise I'd be able to do a better comparison between the WA7 and, say, some SS amp with the MH335DW.