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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Otheronek View Post
 

Any updated thoughts about the difference between the two.  If so please explain what you like and don't like about either.  I appear to be a beyer lover at the moment....  currently using the DT990.

 

 

Thanks for your thoughts.  OOK

 

 

Giving this a bump... Bueller.... Bueller?

post #17 of 24

If you want something that fits a normal shaped desk better, Valhalla.


Edited by Rem0o - 4/15/14 at 5:02pm
post #18 of 24
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If you want something that fits a classic desk better, Valhalla.


Thanks... I am more interested in sound qualities.

post #19 of 24

Well, I don't think you'll find someone who has owned both at the same time and has the credibility to tell you accurately if it fits what you want sound wise. Well, that was the case for me. I tried myself to find that person when I shopped for an amp, and after a few months of reading tons of different opinions and non-sense, I realized I needed to base my decision on things I could evaluate without hearing the said amp.

So here are the questions I came up with:

Does it have enough power for my cans?
Is the topology adapted for the type of cans I have?
Does it fit where I want it to fits on my desk?
Does it look good?
Does it have the features I want (I/O) ?
Does it fit my budget? **** (Notice the two amps you're considering are NOT in the same price bracket)
(In the case of tube amps): Are the tubes cheap and available?

Just with these types of questions, you should be able to narrow down your decision. After that, take the plunge.

Hope that helps.


Edited by Rem0o - 4/15/14 at 5:50pm
post #20 of 24

I've had the two next to each other last year. Back then I thought they were very similar. In my opinion both will do for especially high impedance headphones but the Woo has the edge as you can roll tubes in countless variations. That has to be the biggest advantage over the Valhalla.

post #21 of 24
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I've had the two next to each other last year. Back then I thought they were very similar. In my opinion both will do for especially high impedance headphones but the Woo has the edge as you can roll tubes in countless variations. That has to be the biggest advantage over the Valhalla.

 

Thanks...that is exactly what I was looking for....  Peace OOK

post #22 of 24

Welcome ofcourse. To help you in your decision making I find it important to add that I am not the most experienced guy around so it's wise to take my impressions with a grain of salt. That does not change what I wrote about them. Had I listened to the amps now, a year later, I could have had a different opinion. Let me also say that Woo has the definite lead in build quality. Valhalla isn't shabby at all, very nice actually but Woo is so sturdy and solid it's in the next league in my opinion

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post
 

Welcome of course. To help you in your decision making I find it important to add that I am not the most experienced guy around so it's wise to take my impressions with a grain of salt. That does not change what I wrote about them. Had I listened to the amps now, a year later, I could have had a different opinion. Let me also say that Woo has the definite lead in build quality. Valhalla isn't shabby at all, very nice actually but Woo is so sturdy and solid it's in the next league in my opinion

 

Being a concert taper and investing is quality gear for that hobby (20K and counting over the years)  I am very aware of the variables that come into play in terms of sound.  Doing all my editing in Soundforge 10 pro with a pair of KRK monitors and listening on the various systems I have had throughout the house, I get it. 

 

But I appreciate the post.  I knew there was at least one person out there who has heard both and could give me some form of opinion on the two.  I had the luxury of hearing the WA3 at the recent NY meet and loved it.  I unfortunately didn't get to hear a Valhalla.  It seems they are very comparable to everything I have read. Everyone seems to sway one way or another, but there is no definite winner. 

 

I am disappointed in the recent bump in price to the Woo Audio products...  making them almost twice the price of the schiit amp.  Twice the price doesn't always mean twice as good.  I also learned a long time ago that measurements are great but they don't tell you everything, trust your ears more.  If it sounds good to you, then it sounds good.  But everyone hears differently.  While looks are important... they aren't everything, to me both amps are absolutely stunning in looks. 

 

I am in no rush to purchase and I think I will remain patient and wait till I can hear a Valhalla for myself.  Hopefully there will be another meet close to NEPA by the end of the year where I can try both.  But I am still interested in what people have to say...

 

Peace OOK

post #24 of 24
I am looking at the same 2 amps for some Sen hd 600s. Starting lean toward the Woo based on build quality and overall stronger review support from owners and those that have listened (just my take on it). I hope you search pays off! Keep us updated.
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