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Has the WA2 been improved since it first came out? Or is it pretty much the same?

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Has the WA2 been improved since it first came out? Or is it pretty much the same?

I have no idea, You have heard it? 

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I have no idea, You have heard it? 


No. I only ask because most of thei impressions I've read are kind of old. I'm wondering if they improved or updated the design. But yeah thanks for impressions of the WA2

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Its brilliant! People talk about T1/WA2 which is brilliant. I prefer HD800 with it though. An great pairing. The HD800 sounds so warm and has great dept - doesn't loose any detail really. The bass is great as well which really surprised me when i heard it first. I could not believe how good the bass was! 

Thank you for the impressions! Sounds like a lovely pairing smily_headphones1.gif
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Oh man.. I've read so many great things about the WA2 HD800 pairing that I'm questioning my decision to go with the WA7.  I got the WA7 for its flexibility but am seriously considering the WA2.  After owning the Lyr, I was driving myself crazy with tube rolling and don't want to go back to that insanity (for me).  Is the WA2 in stock configuration fabulous with the WA2?

There will be a huge improvement with upgraded tubes from Woo, though not required.  Roll other more expensive options in later once the amp has settled down.  Just buy the tubes you know for sure are good.  Buy them once, buy them right.  Don't get tube itch.  WA2 is lovely with HD800.  I heard it at a recent meet.  Either WA2 or WA6SE would be my choice in that $ range.  I bought my WA22 mainly cuz :

1.  Fully take advantage of balanced out from my DAC

2.  Have a touch more pwr to drive my HE500 when I don't want to drive it my Emotiva

3.  Balanced connections front and back, You can pretty much plug any HP connectors into the WA22

4.  I will send it back for pre-amp upgrade so I can feed it into my Emotiva after the year

 

Woo product quality is beyond well built.  Very industrialized design.

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Just wanted to say that even on inferior equipment, lyr/bf, the hd800 is one of the best hp's that I've heard. The sound stage and resolution are simply mesmerizing. The comfort is supreme. I expected them to be somewhat bright and possibly harsh...they are not. 

 

Please don't say that, I have been using the Bifrost/Lyr as my deciding factor in NOT getting them. :eek: 

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I definitely have to agree with MattTCG on this one.. even on the Bifrost/Lyr, the HD800 are the best headphones that I have ever heard.

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So, I have placed an order for "The Wire" BAL-BAL version and payment has been made for this batch. Does anyone here have experience with this amp for the HD-800? I'll be using the Yulong DA8 preamp, as the designer intended it to be used this way. Is unity gain enough? At first glance it seems that it should be just fine.

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Edited by DutchGFX - 11/25/13 at 4:21am
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I wouldn't go for Unity. Especially for higher impedence loads like the HD800, you will want some voltage gain.

I may be mistaken here, but i dont think headphone impedance has anything to do with gain, but sensitivity does...

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I had a friend, who's into auto audio, check out all my headphones.  He has never experienced higher end HP's. His opinion, as he checked out David Gilmour's "On An Island" CD, the HD800 was hands down the best.

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There will be a huge improvement with upgraded tubes from Woo, though not required.  Roll other more expensive options in later once the amp has settled down.  Just buy the tubes you know for sure are good.  Buy them once, buy them right.  Don't get tube itch.  WA2 is lovely with HD800.  I heard it at a recent meet.  Either WA2 or WA6SE would be my choice in that $ range.  I bought my WA22 mainly cuz :

1.  Fully take advantage of balanced out from my DAC

2.  Have a touch more pwr to drive my HE500 when I don't want to drive it my Emotiva

3.  Balanced connections front and back, You can pretty much plug any HP connectors into the WA22

4.  I will send it back for pre-amp upgrade so I can feed it into my Emotiva after the year

 

Woo product quality is beyond well built.  Very industrialized design.

Jack offers a preamp option for the WA22?

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Jack offers a preamp option for the WA22?

Yes!  $400 custom upgrade.  Only full balanced XLR connection though.  My plan is to run WA22 into my Emotiva.  So I will have to use 2 - XLR to RCA cables.  I will lose some voltage with that cable but it's alright.  To have the WA22's tube goodness as pre amp and the pwr from my Mini-X into 1 pot, this is an investment I am willing to spend on.  I love my HE500 that much.  :D

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Edited by DutchGFX - 11/25/13 at 4:20am
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post


Higher impedence headphones in general want more voltage, while low impedece Wang more current, just as a general rule of thumb. So assode from volume based on sensitivity, you don't want to starve the cans of voltage. biggrin.gif

That still has nothing to do with gain, what you're touching on has to do with power output of said circuit at a given load. I recommend you do some reading, here's a good start.

 

Ideally, you want the least amount of gain possible.


Edited by brunk - 11/24/13 at 10:27pm
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