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post #286 of 1409

Tinting is different than changing it's transparency/opacity.  Etching in acid would change the latter, not the former, obviously.  See-through glass is polished.  If it's not polished, or if polished glass is roughened up, then you can't see through it any longer.  Or at least not as easily.  But ... no idea how they do it!!

post #287 of 1409
I agree with rave dog assessment it does sound good with the hd800 not so Brite
I listen to every amp he had at the show eve. The mono blocks
And in hearing g TAISTE only two amps sounded as to what I like
The wa7 stock tubes as I cannot say what it would sound with upgraded tubes
But the other was the wa22.
Though the wa22 was better in a listen at the show the wa7 is good for the headphones
And my iem, s sing with it
Cheers enjoy
post #288 of 1409

Picked up my fireflies at the fedex today and dag-nabbit without the power cord I am stuck momentarily enjoying the DAC only out to my Paradigm MilleniaOne CT desktop speakers.  DAC sounds ok, not sure it sounds better then my HeadRoom Ultra Desktop Amp did only difficulty in it being i need to rely on the speakers remote instead of volume by knob and remember to throw the switch in the back.  I do like how it runs the DAC without the power supply.

 

Build quality is impressive down to even the separate power supply which looks like someone really cared to design it right.

 

Can't wait to power it up and hear the tubes.

 

 

... edited ...

 

... whoa I am half a dummy... taking apart my HeadRoom to take it to work I see it uses the same power cord bigsmile_face.gif

... plug the T1's in and fire up the lovely warm electro gold glow regular_smile%20.gif

... absolutely no burn in and awesome sound fill my head atsmile.gif

 

 

i only wish I could get the RCA out at the same time as the headphone out so I could blend the paradigm thump with the t1 lush and switch back and forth without touching anything.


Edited by groovyd - 4/17/13 at 4:07pm
post #289 of 1409
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RavenDog View Post

Ordered Silver WA7 on March 6th and received in home April 16th.  Haven't quit listening to it since.  For me, it's a great match for my Sennheiser HD800/s and HD580's with the HD650 replacement cord ($15) - takes the sharp edges from it and has brought in the instrumentals quite well.  Background is dead silent.  Fatigue factor reduced significantly.  You just never know about these things, until you own or try them... 

 

Also, I'm using the standard tubes that accompanies the WA7.  I bought but haven't yet tried the upgraded tubes yet ($100) - I'm very happy with the standards.  

 

Has anyone compared the two sets of tubes? 

Yep! First page of this thread- the WA7 review itself, where i not only reviewed the unit over a week or so of entries, but also reviewed its performance with 3 different sets of tubes. Im still rocking the EHX upgrades myself. Gave up on the other russians (Reflektor), they are a bit too creamy for me, although for 4/6 of my headphones and to my ears are still an improvement over stock. 

post #290 of 1409
Kevin are u Shure it is glass I have not unboxed. Mine yet
And I thought jack said. Acrylic supplier
I'm not saying ur wrong I never touched it
AL D
post #291 of 1409
Quote:
Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Kevin are u Shure it is glass I have not unboxed. Mine yet
And I thought jack said. Acrylic supplier
I'm not saying ur wrong I never touched it
AL D

 

Since I don't have mine yet smile_phones.gif, I'm just assuming it's glass.  Maybe it's not?  That would nix the HF idea to try and "cloud" up the polished "glass" !!

 

But if it's acrylic, that might not stand up to the heat of the tubes either ...

 

[Added:] Looks like glass.  From his email:

 

Quote:

Unfortunately, on-going problems with glass manufacture are preventing us from shipping Fireflies with smoked glass.


Edited by Kevin Brown - 4/17/13 at 4:10pm
post #292 of 1409
Thread Starter 

its glass.

post #293 of 1409
Ok Ty
post #294 of 1409
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post

But if it's acrylic, that might not stand up to the heat of the tubes either ...

Certain kinds of acrylic can stand up to some pretty extreme heats.
post #295 of 1409
Well someone who has it give it a tinkle
post #296 of 1409

I didn't tinkle but, yes, it's glass.  Woo calls it "High clarity tube protection glass"

The smoked version has an almost dark silvery mirrored look to it.  I have the black base with the smoked top and I quite like the understated dark look.

post #297 of 1409
Quote:
Originally Posted by V-Duh View Post

I didn't tinkle but, yes, it's glass.  Woo calls it "High clarity tube protection glass"
The smoked version has an almost dark silvery mirrored look to it.  I have the black base with the smoked top and I quite like the understated dark look.

Even in pictures I see what you mean. The dark glass is truly beautiful. I think I've decided that the WA7 will eventually become mine but I do regret that I won't be able to get the dark glass. I'm sure it'll look wonderful with the clear glass but there was just something so nice about the subtle nature of the smoked glass.
post #298 of 1409
Quote:
Originally Posted by RavenDog View Post

Ordered Silver WA7 on March 6th and received in home April 16th.  Haven't quit listening to it since.  For me, it's a great match for my Sennheiser HD800/s and HD580's with the HD650 replacement cord ($15) - takes the sharp edges from it and has brought in the instrumentals quite well.  Background is dead silent.  Fatigue factor reduced significantly.  You just never know about these things, until you own or try them... 

 

Also, I'm using the standard tubes that accompanies the WA7.  I bought but haven't yet tried the upgraded tubes yet ($100) - I'm very happy with the standards.  

 

Has anyone compared the two sets of tubes? 

 

I have both EHX and stock and have yet to progress beyond the stock tubes. T90, HD800, HD600, HE-500. Mostly T90. Haven't spent much time on the other head amps since arrival of the WA7. Silent background with all headphones, no fatigue factor (except the weight of the HE-500.) A very interesting comparison would be the WA7 with the WA6-SE.

post #299 of 1409
I heard it at the show in the end I bought the wa7 for the office but home wa22

The wa6 was to bright and not enough bottom in fact all of the woo amps sounded the same
Except the above two and heapphones the beyers we're two Brite for me but extremly fast and detailed. The headphones I have Nd liked best at the show are the hd800
And the audezee LC 3 were not in my TAISTE either not detailed enough and not bright enough
Gain no Insults to Anyone. It's just my TAISTE
AL D
post #300 of 1409

My spin on the Sovtek vs EH thing

 

Straight out of the box I felt the two variants were quite separate

 

While the Sovtek tube had quite a dark presentation the EH version seemed bright in comparison

 

Following around 60 hours on each set I can no longer detect a difference between the two with both sets settling into a more neutral signature

 

Preference goes to the EH set as I feel it has a slight edge in dynamics however the edge is well within what could be considered psychological or simply slightly higher gain

 

Basically with the Sovtek tube you are getting the full WA7 experience and the EH is for those like me who can't resist shiny things

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