Okay, so took delivery of a new Woo WA7 today, to replace my WA3, which was a little big for the space, particularly when paired with a DAC... I got the upgraded electro-harmonix tubes option as well.
So... I know you need to burn amps in a bit, but everything I've read on the WA7 says just a few hours does it. I'm on like six or seven, and I have to say... How exactly is this an upgrade from the WA3?
The WA3 was running some nice tubes, sure (Tung Sol 5998 and Telefunken E88CC drivers), but wow... The WA3 is more detailed, has clearer, better highs, and much deeper bass... The WA7's bass is "sludgy", for lack of a better term... Sloppy, no detail, and just not very deep. The mids are decent, if a little congested. And the highs are fine, although it can be overly bright at times (and I'm running HD650's, so wow.)
The WA3 without a DAC easily beats the WA7 (which has a built-in DAC)... The WA3 with a Peachtree DAC•iT X murders it. Murders it. On every conceivable front.
Words can't express how disappointed I am right now... $1100 for what? I just don't understand all the glowing reviews... People would have to be deaf.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun and it needs more burn-in time... But that would be a hell of a burn-in transformation if it gets good... Like a night and day thing. I'm a believer in burn-in for most speakers, headphones, and components, but I'm also a realist with regards to how much something can realistically change from it. Maybe I'll eat my words and feel like a jackass... But I am seriously doubting it.
Edited by Earbones - 5/20/14 at 1:44am