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