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Well guys & gals, after 5+ hours of driving and auditioning, I ended up with something that I never thought I wound have. First, let me say that I not a neutral kind of guy and the ultimate of transparency and neutrality is not necessarily for me.
I auditioned the Bryston BHA-1, Sennheiser HDVD800 and Naim DAC-V1 in pretty much every configuration. After 2 1/2 hours, I came to the following conclusion [note this only applies to me - YMMV]
I thanked my sales guy who has served me well for almost 20 years and went out empty handed.
As I was about to go home, I recall seeing that the Headfone Shop in Toronto started carrying Woo, specifically the WA6 and WA7. Thought I'd give the WA7 another listen so headed north. The setup this time was with the foster HPA8 as the DAC feeding the WA6 and WA7. Gave everything about 1/2 an hour to warm up as I listened and came to the following conclusions.
If I want neutrality and transparency, the HD800 / Naim DAC-V1 is it. If I want fun and engaging giving ups a little transparency sub-bass and soundstage, it's the Woo. Oh yes, the WA6 is a really nice match with the RS1i. Vali on steroids without the ringing and slight roughness. It's good to have choices/variety.
Interesting, I actually preferred the WA3 over WA6 for HD800 (weird, right?). I used to have a plan to get the WA2, then it changed to HDVD800 / BHA-1. After reading your post here, I think my plan changed back to WA2 again..
You're a man after my heart. I've owned three Camaros and am looking for a '68 SS right now.
or keep it all
I've already got the [on the warn side] of neutral'ish amp with the detail and soundstage with the Naim DAC-V1. I did find the Bryston really good but the extended highs would have killed me. Same story but opposite sides of the spectrum and now I own both. Maybe it's my older ears but I'm finding the WA6 more engaging with older recordings. Probably why I also like the RS1i. A little grunge works for me :) Like I said in my intro, ultimate transparency and neutrality is not the top priority for me. Maybe it's just the Naim/Woo combo that works for me. Too many variables in this game.
Don't let my experience/preferences sway you! I would always suggest an audition. Like I said, I really, really liked the HDVD800 but it was too close to call with the Naim so it didn't make sense. If I had one of my older setups before the Naim, I would have jumped on the HDVD800. I was considering the WA22 because of the power and versatility but price, yada, yada would put it out of my reach. The WA22 may still be my end game down the road. I really good for now though.
My brother got the new Z28 when it first came out.. the same one as in Transformers. Sweet ride! When he was a teenager, he took my Camaro on dates but won't loan me his new one for a day. Bugger! Now I need to get the new Corvette Stingray! Ooops, OT.