Originally Posted by daigo
That's great to hear. There are only limited impressions about them here or elsewhere on the internet, but it seems they had designed the Svetlana2 with the W3000ANV in mind so it's great to hear another person saying they are a good pairing. I've not heard any sibilance issues with my two amps so I guess either my hearing is bad or I have been lucky with good amp matches.
Hey Daigo, cheers on the post.
A month or two ago I was looking for a "perfect match" for the W3000anvs and I remember you recommended the Elekit and saying the Woo was a decent fit. I was really lucky to find a Svetlana 2 from a fellow Headfier to get auditioned here in Singapore. I must state a few things:
- I've always been skeptical of tube gear, having never tried it - especially with the already "tubey sound" of the w3000anvs.
- I've never thought DAC's really mattered, and that the amp was more important.
I was pleasantly mistaken.
These are my impressions in short.
1) I have been using the Naim Dac V1 which is a very musical, pacey Dac/ Amp (i've only just found it's a better DAC than an amp) with my HD700s. I was really happy with that combo but the same could not be said about that pairing with the W3000anvs. It was airy, magical (completely the w3000anvs credit) for a very VERY small amount music genre, which it was "unbeatable". But very simbilant. Worse than my peaky HD700s. Something just didn't add up. I knew the W3ks could do more.
2) I auditioned the Svetlana with the W3Kanvs with a hyper analytical benchmark DAC. The combo was decent, but didn't blow me away. I wasn't inclined to pick it up. It could be that the Svetlana tubes weren't warm, but the Combo just didn't sound right, or rather - it wasn't worth the 1k+ USD I would pay for the Svetlana.
3) We switched to the Naim Dac -> Svetlana. Now, this. Is magic. I've spent thousands in the span of a few months, all in the quest for the perfect sound. I really enjoyed the Fostex 900 with it's matching amp and it's full bodied sound. The Naim -> Svetlana -> W3000anv combo, seemed to bring all of it's strengths, full bodied, awesome mid bass, with the classic magical mids of the w3ks, eliminating it's simbilance. It's like this combo had the paceyness/ prat/ musicality of the Naim, and the bass of the Svetlana, which also dropped it's treble peak.
The sound to me borders on excitement on the high, without going into simbilance, it literally pushes the boundaries of being awesomely exciting, without crossing over.
It's like the perfect sweet spot for most types of music. Sure, the chain can't beat my HD700s (Possibly Even 800s) on the Naim in decay and dynamics of it's solid state counterpart, but ultimately, it doesn't matter. If I do Batman, or challenging classical music, and I'm looking for separation and dynamics, I'll switch back to my solid state. But I've found that in the last week since owning the Svetlana, I've only switched to another combo for short spurts and for certain genres.
This chain is also really good with the HD800s which I'll get at some point, but I find myself no longer to be in a rush.
I no longer troll forums, to buy/ for sale threads as I've done in the last few months. I no longer dream of the Fostex 900, or the Sony R10. I no longer hunger for Stax/ Blue Horizon.
This sound is exactly what I want, the perfect sweet spot.
If anyone is in Singapore, and would like to audition the W3000Anvs with one of it's best amp pairings, as project86 says "Regardless of Price", drop me a message and I'll welcome you to my office for an audition.