Originally Posted by personalnerd
Ok, I think after browsing the forums for the past weekend I've settled on the Woo Audio WA5-LE. My questions are: should I pay $1200 for the parts upgrade package and/or Sophia Royal tubes? I have Audeze LCD-3s and JH Audio Roxannes. What sort of diminishing returns does $1200/$2400 more get me. Lastly do you think I choose erroneously and should spend my money on a different amp? Oh, I have an Arcam D33 DAC. Finally, my headphone cables are all balanced, should I purchase cables specific to this amp or just get adapters?
I have the W5-LE. Look at it this way. You could buy lots of different amps then get the LE or get the LE now. Don't know about the parts upgrade. Still every little thing adds a little if synergistically placed.
Just get the Woo and maybe ..................
No but seriously you can drive pretty much anything with the Woo. It is clear and has a sound almost as un-colored as solid state, but lets you listen for hours. No stark highs or ear fatigue.
Pretty sure you could get the parts upgrade at a later time too? Just the cost of sending them back to NewYork which i have done. Ask Jack if they retro-fit the parts upgrade. Go on the Woo thread and learn about the 300b of the month.
Maybe you could end with a standard build, maybe not. These rigs are the sum of all parts, so that is everything up stream and down stream from the amp, including cables and source.
Though many say after all is in place the headphones make the biggest change, just like speakers, as long as everything else scales up well.