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Fast, punchy and delicate

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Pros: Fast, punchy and delicate

Cons: -

This wonderful amp deserves more reviews. I'll make a better write up later, but for now I just post a link to my WA2 vs WA22 comparison http://www.head-fi.org/t/615810/the-beauty-and-the-beast-wa2-vs-wa22

Silky smooth wit a great soundstage

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Pros: Silky smooth with authority

Cons: -

This wonderful amp deserves more reviews. I'll make a better write up later, but for now I just post a link to my WA2 vs WA22 comparison http://www.head-fi.org/t/615810/the-beauty-and-the-beast-wa2-vs-wa22

Mini-review

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Pros: Superior treble detail and extension, bass depth and impact, neutral neuanced mids

Cons: Slightly uncomfortable, neutral mids might feel recessed, expensive

This is not really a review, just some inital impresions I'd like to share with fellow head-fiers. I've spent some hours with the SR007 mkI and the SRM007 amp. I also compared the mkI and mkII briefly, and main difference, though subtle, was that the mkII is slightly more forward and bright sounding. I preferred the slightly more smooth mkI.    I've listened to the Stax O2 a couple of times before, but recently I was lucky enough to take it home for trial. When I rigged up the stax rig next to my HD650/Woo WA2, I was eager to see how much more I'd like the Stax rig.... Here's my short comparison 1) o2 is of course substantially more detailed 2) o2 has blacker...
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AKG 242 HD mini review

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Pros: Comfort, looks great sound for the money

Cons: Not for iPods, bass can get bloated with poor amp matching

  Got these 2nd hand (but NOT yet burned in) for the wife to have at work because of comfort, looks and presumed audio quality. It filled my expectations except they were harder to drive than I thought. An iPod can bring it to moderate levels. My laptop slightly less, but my wifes laptop (hp business type) brought them to louder levels than I found safe, for me and the headphones.    They are driven to medium volume by an iPod or the headphone out of my laptop. If that is your primary use, get something else. I tried it on several amps. Woo WA2 OTL tube, Creek 5350SE integrated known for having a nice headphone out), Cary SLI-80 tube integrated, Pro-Ject...
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Great Grace

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Pros: Powerful, crisp and clear - great soundstaging

Cons: Can become too bright with some phones

I write this as a regret selling it off... It really gave me the most thrilling headphone experiences I have had - together with my HD650's that is. With Beyer T1 it was too bright. But I think I am exceptionally  sensitive to brightness. My friend loved the combo (m902 + T1), so don't take my word for it.    Anyway - be careful if you are sensitive to brightness in headphones, otherwise - this is great stuff. It's crisp and detailed and very much involving. With the HD650 - everything is great about it. Didn't use it as a preamp. The DAC seems OK - but I was not overwhelmed when a/b ing it to my budget CDP (which I also used as a transport)   In sum, all I...
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HD650 - inside the music

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Pros: Varm, detailed and intimate sound

Cons: Pads could be softer / headband should be less thight

  1) My setup at home: Naim DAC - Naim Headline - HD650. I love it. It's like being in a dark room sitting in the midst of the band playing - or rather inside each and every instrument simultaneously. My only complaint is that sometimes on some specific recordings I get the feeling I might prefer a slightly colder, more distant soundstage. The HD650 seems to have a slight bass "hump", which usually is very enjoyable, but sometimes can get a bit too much. Can't win 'em all :-)    I  also want to add that I experienced that the 650's needed 50 hours + burn-in. I was actually quite dissapointed at first.    2) Did a comparison for an hour or so in a dealers listening-room on...
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