I'm really turned on by the fact that I keep reading the WA7 is one of the most un-tubey sounding tube amps on the market. I don't really like warming up a signature too much because I tend to like cans that are next to neutral and/or somewhat on the bright side. There's a couple of things that are keeping me from purchasing the WA7. Maybe you guys can help me look at it from a different perspective because I would really like to be excited about buying it.
The biggest thing is the fact that it's an amp/DAC combo. I like the idea of dedicated equipment so you can tinker with finding the perfect combination yourself. When you want to replace your DAC with something better, you can, but now you're only using a portion of your $1000 purchase. That's a turn off for me. I thought maybe the WA6 was a DAC-less WA7, but I don't think that's the case.
The other thing I'm worried about is that the tech in DACs change much faster than the tech in a tube amp. If I purchase a DAC, I would like upgradeable options on there. When new tech becomes available in the future, will I be able to change out a USB card or an analog converter component on the WA7?
Another thing. I don't like power bricks. I get that it makes the desktop footprint smaller on the WA7, but I already think the thing is way too small. This one isn't so important. Just something that bugs me. "Oh that little thing in the corner, that was $1000." Bah. Give me some heft.
Alright, so the third thing was pretty superficial, so don't even bother commenting on it because that's just me being picky. The first two, though, I think they are valid issues I have to get by. Thoughts?