It has details you do not know are there till you use it.
This is all opinion but a better source shows what they can be and it is key in really hearing what you were missing .
Hold on - you put the HDVD600 in front of the WA22 and DNA! I didn't even think it was as good as my WA2 when i heard it. Maybe i need to give this HDVD600 another go.
You should be able to negotiate. When I auditioned the HDVD800, I was given quite a good price. But then again, I've been dealing with the same person for over 15 years. I did not go for the HDVD800 as I had a really hard time discerning between it and my Naim DAC-V1.
PM'd you with location and strategy. Yup, loving the WA6. Richer sound with the trade off of some air and detail. Maybe the Sophia Princess will up the game. Anyway, I like the richness better than the technicalities. Sophia on order and am going to contact Woo wrt upgrading the driver tubes. So far, so good!
I am familiar with letting amps warm up because i have a tube amp so i have that covered and i did so when i heard the HDVD600. In fact the amp was running for about 5 hours (which was how long the meet lasted). I organised the meet and the store owner - Ivan was kind enough to give me the room to myself for 2 hours. So those are the circumstances under which i assessed the HDVD600 and HDVD800. Like i said they let me use the NAD M51 and at the time i preferred the WA2.
I need to go back and spend more time listening. This time i will make sure i actually sleep the night before. Tiredness probably ruined my ability to tell the difference. Maybe i should of mentioned that. I was really busy the day before and got practically no sleep but that unfortunately could not be helped. I will use their best speaker system also as a measure for the next time
^ were you using balanced or single-ended headphone cable?
When I auditioned the HDVD800, I only auditioned using the single-ended cable and I wasn't awed at all.
I really wish I can audition again running balanced cable