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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    I have come full circle. Starting out with iTunes in 2001, I've probably used just about everything along the way: Napster, Rhapsody, JRiver, UPnP/DLNA servers (e.g. Twonky, MinimServer), Bluesound and Sonos (still use the hardware), ending up at Roon. I've ditched everything except Apple Music...
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Haven't posted for a while. My work setup, using 'legacy' gear: Bluesound Node 2i (audio files on company NAS :L3000:), connected with Kimber D-60 coax Rega DAC v1, connected with Kimber PBJ Woo WA3 (w/ Western Electric 421a Power Tube, Telefunken E188CC drivers) Sennheiser HD-660S 'phones.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    I've had my WA3 for a long time (8 years?), collected a Schitt-ton of tubes for it, decided to upgrade to a WA2 this summer and re-use my tube collection (it's in my profile). I am a Sennheiser fanboy, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt: With the HD-650, the WA2 really sounds...
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    ARRIVED: new Rega DAC

    Yes! I also have the original Rega DAC. I agree: sounds warm-ish and almost analog (which probably means distortion, but I don't care). I am using mine in a 2-channel system with a budget streamer for Spotify Connect playback.
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    I have mine powering a set of Magnepan .7 speakers in a near-field setup. Pure heaven.
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    SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

    Sony released their LDAC software stack which was then incorporated into Android for distribution to all phone makes and models. Should be the same output quality, everywhere.
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    SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

    I am using the BT Receiver with my WM1A and a Pixel 4 phone that connects with LDAC - it still sounds awful, IMO, in comparison to the on-board music. I am using it with Spotify in max quality mode. I wish it sounded better, but it is "muffled" or "flat" sounding, which I didn't expect with LDAC.
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    SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

    That part is correct. One thing you need to understand is that FLAC compression level has more to do with the level of effort expended during compression - de-compression (transcoding back to PCM) is basically the same level of processing, regardless of the compression level used. I've...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Right on. While I use a Woo WA3 at work to power-up my HD-660S, the WM1A by itself is an incredible source component. With Shure SE846s, it is some of the best audio I've ever experienced.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    A-a-h-h-h-h-h... now it sounds just right! I've never heard my HD-650s sound this sweet. Drivers: Telefunken E188CC Power: GEC 6AS7G "Brown Base" Rectifiers: Telefunken EZ80
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    I've read the opposite is true; that you should always connect your 'phones before turning on and disconnect after turning off tube amps. I've read that this is less of an issue with OTL amps, but in general is best practice. In fact, this is what Woo Audio recommends in user manual: Turning...
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    The new Woo Audio WA2. Wow... I am going to spend the weekend in my head-fi chair.
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    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    The new Woo arrived, yesterday! Starting off with the provided tubes to acclimate to the sound. Will soon roll-in a pair of Western Electric 421a, Telefunken E188CC drivers, and Telefunken EZ80 rectifiers. Initial impressions: well, it's louder :L3000: than my WA3, which is now at my office...
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    Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphone Thread

    The other set of 'phones on my list. Thanks!
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