Thanks. I see you have both a WA6SE and the Stratus, any chance you can give a quick and dirty comparison?
I'm new to the tube scene and am very much considering Donald's amps, one gripe/fear is that I don't like my sound too laid-back (I sold my HD650 because of this),
I like the sound a little bright as long as it doesn't hurt / isn't plain fatiguing. What I'd love in a tube amp is 3D-sound presentation, realism, transparent soundstaging.
So basically I want a more realistic-lifelike sound but not ridiculously smoothed out, can this be achieved through tubes? Advice much appreciated.
The Stratus gives a HUGE sound and ticks all of the boxes you listed. I have about 100 hours on mine and the sound is absolutely sublime with the HD800, the best I've ever heard it sound.