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post #16 of 23

Hi Anasztasia,

I own the WA5LE, the HD800 and used to own the D7000. Your Sophia Princes rectifiers will do good but later down the road you should try the 596 with adapters from Glenn, Regarding the power tubes. I am also intrigued by the Takatsuki but I find it hard to believe they will be so much better than a pair of EML 300B Mesh to pay $1,200 more. I have the EML and a pair of EAT and while the EAT are very good I still like the EML better so for $786 pair I don't think you can go wrong. for the drivers my favorit are the 6F8G tubes and specially the ones with round plates and black glass. They can be TungSol, Emmerson or other brands and the end if the are round plates and black glass all are Tungsol made.

 

Regarding power cords and interconnects, my favorite ones are WireWorld Eclipse 6 (7 are the new version) for interconnects and Electra 6 (7 now) for Power Cord. Another change I would do is to replace the umbilical cord with one made using Neotech OCC wire. Mine was made by a memeber here (Keph) from China.

 

Depending on your taste you should also looking into replacing the HD800 stock cable. It is SPC and to me it was a little harsh. I replaced it with a OCC cable from Aphroditecu29.com made from the same wires use in the WireWorld Eclipse 6 interconnects.

 

Hope this helps.

post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 

WOOhoo! Thank you everyone for chiming in, especially reeltime and musicman who also own the wa5le and hd800, your inputs are greatly appreciated!

 

So I found a local audio shop that carries wireworld, audioquest, jps labs and some more brands that I'm not familiar with. They would actually let me audition them cables when my my amp and other gears arrivedbiggrin.gif

 

As for tubes, wow I was under the impression that you can only roll tubes which match the sockets on the amplifier! A whole lot more tube rolling options.. I am as giddy as a kid who has just found his way to candy land! I guess I should  start with the suggested tubes in this threadbeerchug.gif

 

Off to look for glenn!

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by anasztasia View Post

WOOhoo! Thank you everyone for chiming in, especially reeltime and musicman who also own the wa5le and hd800, your inputs are greatly appreciated!

 

So I found a local audio shop that carries wireworld, audioquest, jps labs and some more brands that I'm not familiar with. They would actually let me audition them cables when my my amp and other gears arrivedbiggrin.gif

 

As for tubes, wow I was under the impression that you can only roll tubes which match the sockets on the amplifier! A whole lot more tube rolling options.. I am as giddy as a kid who has just found his way to candy land! I guess I should  start with the suggested tubes in this threadbeerchug.gif

 

Off to look for glenn!

Here is the official tube compatibility chart published by Jack. You will find it useful.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Ama6VqAKDF7adFlpSFh2ZDVMdnBfS2VpSUxfcEVpTnc&hl=en&output=html

post #19 of 23

welcome to head-fi fellow countryman. i dont use expensive cables/ic. all of my cable/power cable and ic is under $150. I am on the side of the fence that believe that these stuff contribute nothing to the sound. however I like sturdy ic/power cable and the one that ooze audiophile looks. I have a few entry level wireworld ic/power cable and I can say they're not bad

 

PS. badminton lover too here.....twice a week. what racket you use ?


Edited by forbigger - 7/8/13 at 9:28am
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 

A lesson learned the hard way. My amp has been held by custom since monday, and the advice from a couple of trusted friends who work in the industry is that it is better to export it to nearby country and re-import it back under one who has some import documents (eventhough this is for personal use, go figure). The other option is to get a recommendation letter from the ministry of trade which.. will take weeks if not months, and cost at least almost half the amp, such nonsense!

 

So yeah, I called fedex to have them export the amp to singapore for now and even then they said that it could take sometime for it to be released by the custom. Hopefully it won't get any worse than this triportsad.gif

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the iphone grainy pics but I owe you guys at least these beerchug.gif

 

 

Indonesian custom is a b*tch. Yep I said it, need to let it out of my chest!

 

Now that it's out, back to topic. WA5LE finally arrived at the fedex depot last night. Picked it up this afternoon (no patience for waiting for them to deliver it!), went to a shop that's generous enough to lend me a couple of power cords and 1 mini to rca XLO cable as my DAC and CD transport are still about to be shipped from Woo's headquarters. 

 

I was really giddy that at first I couldn't find the umbilical cord and the standard tubes that should've come with the amp. Turned out they're neatly tucked in inside the thick foam that is wrapping the amp and the power unit. Very neat packaging I must say! 

 

So for now I'm listening through my pc --> XLO mini to RCA --> WA5LE using wireworld stratus 7 power cable, with sophia 274B rectifier, shuguang 300b-98, and 2 different 6sn7 tubes RCA and sylvania. Not sure why Jack sent me 2 different 6sn7 instead of a matched pair, but I use what I have for now. 

 

Coming from only listening to Denon D7000 and sen HD800 straight out of pc I must say I was overwhelmed. At first it was so strange that I almost found HD800 distasteful! But then I remember tube amps need warming up, and the 150 hours recommendation for burn in too biggrin.gif

 

After leaving it warming up for 30minutes or so I came back to HD800 and whoa, all these times I have not listened to a fifth of what these headphones are capable of! Sound becomes much fuller and the usual lack of bass has gone! I can almost rock my head along with the music. Hint: almost. I found the soundstage somewhat smaller than if I listen directly from pc, is this even possible? Not that it's a bad thing either as usually the really big soundstage leaves me feeling distant from the music, instead of being immersed in it. 

 

Next I listened to denon d7000 and boy, eventhough the improvement isn't as big as hd800 it is really noticable. I can't put it in words, especially the bass, d7000's bass is really..I cant find the right word but it's so sweet!! Listening to Lady Antebellum's American Honey sends a chill down my spine when the bass starts hitting! It's so soft but powerful and immersing at the same time. The vocal is also more umm forward compared that of hd800's. Overall I seem to be enjoying music alot more on D7000. Hd800 is not bad per se, but i suppose it's too technical, too rigid and not enough musicality for me.

 

I'm anything but an audio expert and there are so many parts of the amp that needs burning in (the power cable, the interconnect, the wacky tubes, and the amp itself) and this is only my first day listening to something that I would call 'hi-fi' so please bear with my gargling words, this is the closest I can get describing what I hear tongue.gif

post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 

Oh and thank you for everyone's suggestion, as the DAC and the CD transport coming in around end of this month/early august (hopefully smoother custom experience this time around) I will take time and experiment on your suggestions on tubes, cords and whatnot, so stay tunedpopcorn.gif

post #23 of 23

anasz, IMO you will find a bigger difference is the sound when you put a good quality DAC in-between your player (in this case your PC) and the WA5LE. I venture to say that you will be amazed and stunned!

 

Remind us what DAC do you have on order?

 

BTW, that Woo amp is a good looking piece of kit, congrats!

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