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post #646 of 2012
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

BLUE HAWAII SE

Since that is on my to buy list, you've made a wonderful suggestion and a reason for me to nag Justin to make one in black when the time comes. bigsmile_face.gif

post #647 of 2012
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

I ran balanced and balanced to se adapter for the WA22 and WA6SE respectively. The WA22 lacked body with the HD800's, instrumentation and music effects were too distant to each other in the already large expansive soundstage of the 800.

 

Surprisingly I didn't find the WA22 to be warm sounding at all but I felt there was always something lacking with it, not coherent hard to tell as I'm not up to date with the audiophile terminologies. The detail extraction was just ok with the 800 but I knew that more could be heard from a more synergistic and a different league amp.

 

Also another thing to add is that I found no sound differences whatsoever running balanced and se compared to each other. I think the only Woo that would be a big step up from the WA6SE would be the WA5LE or something such as running balanced from Woo's prototype monoblocks but the price on those is unbelievable.

 

The WA22 is close to 2k (or 2k here) may as just throw in some extra cash and get something good enough that will last you a long while to come. Getting the WA22 mean's that itch to upgrade will still reside because the sound in my opinion don't live up to the price. Build quality and aesthetics of the WA22 is extremely nice though, something Woo products get a lot more praise about.

Sorry, but IMO, "body" is one of the greatest strengths of the WA22; especially with the HD800s. Had this discussion a few years back with Skylab and he agreed they were a fantastic pairing. But then, it really depends on the tubes used (just like most tube amps). That said, I'd love the hear the Stratus...looks very intriguing!

post #648 of 2012
...and you and Rob each sold it off, iirc...

-Daniel
post #649 of 2012
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

...and you and Rob each sold it off, iirc...

-Daniel

Sold it for an LF and then the LF a few months after GS-X arrived (all's good now). smile.gif


Edited by MacedonianHero - 3/21/13 at 6:28pm
post #650 of 2012
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Sorry, but IMO, "body" is one of the greatest strengths of the WA22; especially with the HD800s. Had this discussion a few years back with Skylab and he agreed they were a fantastic pairing. But then, it really depends on the tubes used (just like most tube amps). That said, I'd love the hear the Stratus...looks very intriguing!

It could've been the tubes but I didn't find any strong points of the pairing whatsoever. I actually found my upgraded Crack a better sounding combo with any of the Senn's I tried than the WA6/WA22 I tried. The biggest disappointment for me and since I run balanced for all my gear, hp's, amp and dac, the balanced out on the WA22 was no different to it's SE, if balanced had provided some increase in resolution of the sound or a more controlled soundstage with the HD800 than my impressions would've been a bit more different and for almost $2k I find that unacceptable.

 

The LF is one amp I'm really intrigued about after hearing that it is one of the best amp pairings with the 800's.


Edited by DefQon - 3/21/13 at 6:54pm
post #651 of 2012

so WA22 isn't necessarily better than WA2/WA6-SE? and its easily bested by the DNA amp and others?

post #652 of 2012
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

It could've been the tubes but I didn't find any strong points of the pairing whatsoever. I actually found my upgraded Crack a better sounding combo with any of the Senn's I tried than the WA6/WA22 I tried. The biggest disappointment for me and since I run balanced for all my gear, hp's, amp and dac, the balanced out on the WA22 was no different to it's SE, if balanced had provided some increase in resolution of the sound or a more controlled soundstage with the HD800 than my impressions would've been a bit more different and for almost $2k I find that unacceptable.

 

The LF is one amp I'm really intrigued about after hearing that it is one of the best amp pairings with the 800's.

Must have been some pretty poor tubes. That said, I thought the WA22 (with the right tubes) was as on par with the LF with the HD800s. 

post #653 of 2012
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Must have been some pretty poor tubes. That said, I thought the WA22 (with the right tubes) was as on par with the LF with the HD800s. 

I may need to re-evaluate my findings with another set of tubes if I ever make it around to testing the WA22 again if it's that much of an improvement and almost on par with an LF.

 

@DubGirl: The WA22 was slightly better than the WA6SE. Not by a large margin.

post #654 of 2012
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Must have been some pretty poor tubes. That said, I thought the WA22 (with the right tubes) was as on par with the LF with the HD800s. 

 

 

I know you like the matched quad Siemens with the LF.  So what's the preferred tubes with the WA22?

 

I know the EMLs are the ones to go with for the Stratus. 

post #655 of 2012

Best WA22 setup EML 5UG4, Sylvania 7236, Hytron 5692/Sylvania 6SN7W.

 

WA22 is a good amp it's just easy to find better amps for less, not necessarily tube though.  For example I thought the B22 was pretty much a direct drop in for the WA22 load out above for half the price.

post #656 of 2012

The biggest plus for this amp in my opinion is that NOS tubes are available.    The 300b and px4 amps can't say that.  I will take a wild guess here that a $300 pair of NOS 2A3's sound better than any of the new production 2A3 tubes,  am I right ?

post #657 of 2012
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Originally Posted by catfish View Post

The biggest plus for this amp in my opinion is that NOS tubes are available.    The 300b and px4 amps can't say that.  I will take a wild guess here that a $300 pair of NOS 2A3's sound better than any of the new production 2A3 tubes,  am I right ?

 

Could be. I'd like to try some of the NOS 2A3's. Having said that, many of us are having great results with the Sophia Princess and EML's.

post #658 of 2012

Just got my EML Mesh Plate and 5U4G tubes ...

 

 

Also received a new companion for the Stratus...

 

Nice way to start off the weekend. smile_phones.gif


Edited by drheadphone - 3/22/13 at 2:15pm
post #659 of 2012

Very nicely done. Enjoy!
 

post #660 of 2012
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Originally Posted by drheadphone View Post

Nice way to start off the weekend. smile_phones.gif

Indeed!  Nice!

 

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