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post #436 of 1537
Any idea if wa7 is a good match for HD800? I listen mainly to jazz, vocals and some classical
post #437 of 1537
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Originally Posted by smellyfungus View Post

although most people said give the tubes some time to establish their sound its hard to have my wa7 on without listening to it.
 

And there in a nutshell is what the wa7 is all about.

 

I want to compare and contrast my T90, HD800 and HE-500 but once I pick one and plug in, I tend to forget all about comparisons and just enjoy the music with the sonic signature the selected headphones present. It is similar to having one camera body and several lenses. The wa7 is one extraordinary amp allowing each headphone to deliver its full potential.

post #438 of 1537

Further proof that everyone hears differently.  I'm not certain if there was any more detail for me on the EH tubes with my LCD3 or FitEar 334.  However, I definitely found the sound bright and fatiguing enough to get a headache.

 

I found that the stock tubes let me enjoy the music.  I haven't heard back from Woo on a return for the EH tubes but there website shows a 15% restocking fee.  I would be out at least $25 (restocking + shipping both ways) on the experiment so I've put the EH tubes on the For Sale forum and see if someone else can benefit:

 

FS: EH Tubes for WA7


Edited by utdeep - 6/9/13 at 10:37am
post #439 of 1537

I already have over 30 hours on my EH tubes and I can say that with HD650 (still didn't try D7000 yet) but for me sound is as good as with stock tubes except a little treble distortion on a few recordings (not bright) but still can't get more clear and refined sound people talking about but still I'm enjoying my music regardless of genre but think jazz is best and as I said before this is best setup for HD650 regarding bass quality, details, clarity and balance. But I'm still planning to try stock tubes to hear if there is any difference. I heard TH-900 at the recent NYC meet in april on WA7 with stock tubes and they sounded great actually being best sounded cans I have tried.

UPDATE: Just now trying again recording I heard some treble distortion before but right now it's smooth and clear.

post #440 of 1537

I listen to Classical, Jazz, and lots of Vocals with the WA7/HD800 pairing and found it amazing.  I'm sure most people would say that this isn't the best amp for the HD800 but I haven't heard anything better.

post #441 of 1537

I see a lot of references to jazz and classical being beautifully rendered by the WA7. Do owners believe it's also a good choice for fast-paced, multi-layered and more compressed material (e.g. progressive/technical metal) when paired with neutral/bright headphones, e.g. DT880? Or should one go SS for that? 

 

On connectivity I was wondering, given the lack of SPDIF support; what are the options when one would prefer using CDs for playback but through the WA7s internal DAC. Is it possible to connect a CD player with USB out directly to the WA7? 

post #442 of 1537

While using HD650 I really enjoying not only jazz or classical but rock and metal (listening to latest Black Sabbath album as I'm writing this).

And no you can't connect any digital source to WA7's DAC for conversion but you can connect your player's analog output to WA7's RCA jacks to be used as input to amplify received signal and send to headphones.

post #443 of 1537
While I spend most of my listening time with jazz on the T90+wa7 combo, I am currently listening to Distance - My Demons and Explosions in the Sky (thanks
migasson.) The depth and complexities are amazing as presented on this pair.
post #444 of 1537

Thanks that's great to hear. Too bad I can't audition this amp in Belgium/Netherlands; a bit risky to spend this  kind of money on an amp without hearing it, but in the end ... I might ;). 

post #445 of 1537

How does this pair with the Beyer DT990/600s?

post #446 of 1537
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Originally Posted by atomicbob View Post

And there in a nutshell is what the wa7 is all about.

 

I want to compare and contrast my T90, HD800 and HE-500 but once I pick one and plug in, I tend to forget all about comparisons and just enjoy the music with the sonic signature the selected headphones present. It is similar to having one camera body and several lenses. The wa7 is one extraordinary amp allowing each headphone to deliver its full potential.

 

Bam.  smile_phones.gif   I used my RS2i's for the 1st 3 weeks or so.  I just late last week switched to the Q701's.  And I still have maybe 4 more pair of headphones I'll switch to over the next little while.  But the WA7 is just so listenable.  Very inviting.

post #447 of 1537

Kevin, that's a good description I reckon. I'm listening with a borrowed pair of 1plus2s from the IEM port and enjoying the result very much. I have better power on the USB as well as the amp too though. I still reckon the law of diminishing returns kicks in hard going from this amp to a better system.

post #448 of 1537
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

 I still reckon the law of diminishing returns kicks in hard going from this amp to a better system.

 

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post #449 of 1537
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

 I  . I still reckon the law of diminishing returns kicks in hard going from this amp to a better system.

That was exactly what I thought when I reviewed it.  Jack did a terrific job with the WA7.

post #450 of 1537
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Originally Posted by utdeep View Post

Just got the EH tubes and I'm not a fan at all.  Using LCD3s, I feel the sound is much brighter.  Yuck!

The EH tubes are pretty neutral and transparent. Through my limited experimentation, the flavor of your DAC will have a fairly significant effect on your impressions. I too find the EHs bright when using the WA7 built-in DAC (via USB) - even with LCD-2.3s. When I switch to an audio-gd DI v3 (usb converter) -> CIAudio VDA-2 (dac) -> WA7, the sound is much warmer, smoother... more analog sounding. I sense no brightness or harshess with this set-up. I'm still deciding if this DAC is the best fit for the LCD-2, as I do miss some vibrance that a brighter DAC will bring to the LCD-2... nonetheless, the dac change has made quite a noticeable difference.

 

EDIT: actually after more concentrated listening, the VDA-2 is indeed quite a bit more engaging than the WA7 built-in dac. I'm hearing more ambient sounds, the sound is fuller & smoother, bass a bit more prevalent. I keep anticipating a harsh peak or a wall of muddled sound, but they never come with the VDA-2.


Edited by mojolo - 6/12/13 at 8:49am
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