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post #46 of 54
There's a lot more going on, parts wise, than just an extra tube. Replacing all the caps and resistors is almost tantamount to stripping it down and building it all over from scratch. Depending on if you want the full woo3 shebang or not, of course.
post #47 of 54
true, but to put it in another perspective....
The WA-1 costs $390, while the WA-3 costs $500 new...

yet it costs $350 to upgrade from WA-1 to WA-3.
post #48 of 54
Of course, no one would buy the woo1 with upgrading to the woo3 in mind. At least I wouldn't, and I'm sure you wouldn't either
post #49 of 54

I got my WooAudio3 this Friday.

Hi dudes, I got my WooAudio3 this past Friday.
I only had a chance to listen to it for one session of about 3 hours.
So far I like it alot.

I haven't owned a headphone amp. before, so I can't compare this amp.
to other amps. available in the same price range.

I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD600 headphones to pair with this amp.
In the past, when I used to listen to my headphones without an amp.
I was very dissappointed. The way my headphones used to sound when
I had them plugged directly into my Stereo receiver. Was that the music
sounded very flat and dull, but my Sennheisers do sound good in the sense that the highs, mids, and lows don't have a noticable holes or drop in sound level in any frequency range. After doing my research and reading many post by you Head fi dudes. I felt a headphone amp. may solve my headphone problem.

Getting to the point on this headphone amp.
The headphone amp. looks exactly like it does on the WooAudio webpage.
The amp. feels very solid and well built. I tryed peeking through some of the vent holes to see the insides. Everthing looks very clean.

After listening to this amp.
What I noticed, is that a headphone amp. has it's limitations. It can't make a bad recording sound good and it can't make regular headphones sound like you are in a live stadium audience. At least in my music listening system.
Also, the bass you might hear in a pair of killer full range floor standing speakers that hits you in the chest or makes your plates rattle in the kitchen.
You won't find that here, with a pair of headphones and an amp.

On the sound, it did make my headphones sound clear. It's like a filter that was making my headphones sound bad, was removed. The music sounded more in your head. There wasn't more bass or more highs, but the highs sounded cleaner. More like they should sound.

I have been very excited about my headphone amp. today I went out and bought some Monster Cable Interlink 300 MKII. I sure hope they make my headphones sound even better now. One thing I did notice is that I do enjoy listening to old CDs with this new amp. Because things sound better and different now. As far as coloration goes, I noticed it does sound a little different. I would describe it as listening to a record versus a CD player.
Not that there was a loss in detail in the music, which you might expect from a record player, but CD players tend to sound more sterile and cold.

In the end, so far I am happy with my purchase and I need to spend more time learning the suttle characteristics of my new headphone amp.
post #50 of 54
Nice, thanks for the write up. Let us know how it goes as you get more time to listen to it.
post #51 of 54
Arnesto-

I noticed that there are two sets of RCA's on the back of the WA3, but I didn't see a switch to use two sources. Is it two inputs, or is there a set of outputs so that the unit can be used as a preamp? I noticed that there is only one set of RCA's on the WA1.
I would love to buy one to use at work, but I'd have to use a portable CD player and I don't think there would be much of an improvement over just plugging into the player itself. I don't have the space to use full size components, which I think would render a much improved sound, because I have to lock everything up at night so that it is still there in the morning. I do have a smaller tube tuner that I'll bet would sound beautiful and have much better reception than my current "desk system" from Target.
post #52 of 54
There are two sets of RCA in the back of WA3: one is preamp output, the other is source input. WA1 has only one pair of RCA because the preamp out is an optional upgrade.
post #53 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmzzz01
Arnesto-

I noticed that there are two sets of RCA's on the back of the WA3, but I didn't see a switch to use two sources. Is it two inputs, or is there a set of outputs so that the unit can be used as a preamp? I noticed that there is only one set of RCA's on the WA1.
I would love to buy one to use at work, but I'd have to use a portable CD player and I don't think there would be much of an improvement over just plugging into the player itself. I don't have the space to use full size components, which I think would render a much improved sound, because I have to lock everything up at night so that it is still there in the morning. I do have a smaller tube tuner that I'll bet would sound beautiful and have much better reception than my current "desk system" from Target.

Exactly what WhatsInside said, one is a RCA in, and the other is a RCA out.
Currently I am not using the RCA out because I don't have a dedicated amplifier for speakers.

Depending on your headphones, my HD600s sound definitely better and different than connecting directly to my receiver or CD player.
post #54 of 54
Did anyone notice that the $500 pre-order sale never ended? You can still get it for $495 now. Weird.
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