Greeting Fellow Head-fi'ers!
I am looking for a new amp for my HD800's and have narrowed it down to about two choices with a couple of outside contenders. Currently I'm running my Oppo BDP-105 into a Woo Audio 3 to my Senn's.
After much deliberation I've narrowed it down to the Woo Audio WA2 and the Decware CSP2+.
My criteria include the following:
1, Tube/OTL topology
2. Preamp functionality.
3. Price somewhere between $1k and $1.5 K
4. Aesthetically pleasing
The pros and cons of each amp:
Woo Audio WA2
*I like my WA3 and feel like it would be a significant upgrade to go to the WA2
*Very good looking
*Tube sound to roll off some of the upper end brittleness of the HD800's
*Good price, but the tube rolling may push this amp to the upper end of my price range
*Not as detailed as some of the upper end amps (I love detail)
*I've never heard the amp, but am familiar with the Woo house sound with the WA3
*Maybe too warm?
*Very competitive price
*On paper looks very compelling
*Seems like excellent preamp functionality
*Have not heard it although Steve has a 30-day money back guarantee
*Not as good looking as the Woo
*Will the top-mounted everything but a strain on my interconnects?
Also, two other contenders are the Eddie Current Super 7 and the Decware Taboo. My major problem with the Super 7 is how it looks. Just a black box with tubes sticking out. Not very good looking at all, in my opinion. With the Taboo, I'm worried that since Steve has a picture of the Taboo with planar magnetics, that amp may sound too "solid-state". It's been my experience that the LCD's and the Hifiman's sound better with SS amps, but the 800's respond better to tubes.
So, there you have it--my current conundrum. I'd love to hear from anybody that has heard these amps. I went to Canjam last year, but none of the Eddie Current or Decware offerings were available to listen to.
Any help you could give would be appreciated.
Over and out.
Edited by moses1258 - 4/10/13 at 1:21pm