I have been wanting to do a review with some comparisons of this unit since I got it last week, but I have been enjoying it so much I have just been listening to all kinds of music. This thing makes everything sound good. Right now I am listening to Bruce Springsteen, not a favorite of mine but is so by my wife and oldest daughter. I have always thought his recordings were subpar and poorly recorded but the Woo makes them shine and I could get to like him.
I started out in my office with it plugged into a Musical Fidelity A3-24 DAC a Stax SRM1MK2 headphone amp and Stax Sigma Pros. The increase in detail from my old Denon player used as a transport was immediately obvious. But I took it home that day and noted when I reconnected the Denon that it was like all the details had been sliced off the top.
Anyway I listened at home a bit with the Woo hooked up to a Musical Fidelity X-DAC v3, a Stax 717 amp and Stax 007A and Sigma/404. Again great detail, and dynamics. Soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf nearly blew out my right ear when she hit a high note.
But mostly I have it plugged into my main speaker system, a set of Polk SDA 1's, with Yamaha and JBL surround speakers. The amp is a fairly inexpensive Yamaha surround-sound amp RXV665. The Polks have a separate Haffler 100 w/ch amp and the JBL rear surrounds have an SAE 100 w/Ch amp. The main amp is linked to the Woo by a Wireworld Supernova 6 glass optical cable and I am astonished at just how good this set-up sounds now. Mybe the built-in Yamaha DAC is pretty good or the Woo just allows it to perform to its best. As I say I just want to listen to all kinds of music and not sit around making comparisons but I am sure I will get around to this later.
In a few words, details, musicality, dynamics and prat.
As regards the unit itself, it was somewhat larger than the pictures made me think it would be. It is fairly narrow but still rather deep. It also is heavy at about 10 lb. However transports often are hefty, my old CEC cd/transport is almost 20 lb. It comes with a nifty compact remore. It has no problem playing a cd-r. My old CEC was very hit and miss on these. It also quickly reads the disc information and gets to the track you select.
I the mean-time I have ordered a second unit so I can have one at work and one at home.
Edited by edstrelow - 7/26/13 at 5:05pm