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  1. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    I agree the WA22 is not on the overly warm side compared to my WA5. Pix of my WA5 which can easily and beautifully drive my Devore speakers.
  2. davehg

    Woo Audio WA6 + WA6SE: Tubes, Comments, Pictures, and Advice

    I recall my 6SE blinked too, and IIRC it signals from the rectifier that the output tubes are coming up to power, as is common on many tube amps. I wouldn’t worry. But I would look at upgrading the stock 5 U4G rectifier tube to either a Brimar (these used to be cheaper, maybe see Langrex tube...
  3. davehg

    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    I bought a stash of 6SN7s and a spare 6080 and 5AR4 at our local PC recycle place. Looks like a few winners assuming they test out - most look perfect. Which ones would you favor? Includes: Two pairs of Westinghouse, a grey plate and black plate. Two pairs of Sylnania JAN 6SN7W’s Pair of RCA...
  4. davehg

    The Leben CS300XS Thread

    @stringgz301 thanks, not surprised the 300 sounds nice with the Nines. I’ll definitely find some NOS pre driver tubes, lots to choose from in the 12au7 and 12BH7 that the 600x uses.
  5. davehg

    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    Yeah, there’s really no free ride with the WA5. A decent pair of 300bs is about $800 (EML), plus $200 for good NOS 6SN7s, then another $200-320 for the rectifiers. And that’s not the top of the line 300bs either but really just good mid level. I think the amp is the cheapest part! I’ve been...
  6. davehg

    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    Well, it looks like another of my Genelex Gold Lion 300b tubes is wonky. The volume on the right side started to get softer, and I swapped tubes left to right and it followed. Anyone else have this problem with Genelex? I probably have maybe 40 hours on them combined. I swapped back in the...
  7. davehg

    Reply to review by 'davehg' on item 'Lumin D2'

    A few thoughts. - I found the Lumin D2 thread on Roon and followed the advice from user wlie (the tech guy from Lumin who gives the preferred settings in Lumin and Roon app) and it really helped. Here’s the thread - it’s long...
  8. davehg

    The Leben CS300XS Thread

    I’ve just ordered a 600x , and I own a Woo WA5 and a WA22 so it will be interesting to compare when the Leben arrives. The WA5 is a fantastic headphone amp - it makes every headphone I own achieve its full potential. It also drives a pair of Devore The Nines to very loud levels and as a 300b...
  9. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    Just a personal nit - I am not a fan of Chinese clones. It’s one thing to design and test and refine a piece of gear and perfect its build, and another to clone and offer a copy devoid of the expense of R&D. I’ve seen plenty of clones of gear like the EAR 834p and I’ve zero desire to support...
  10. davehg

    Speaker recommendations for WooAudio 5 (WA5)

    Old thread but updating. I’ve used ProAc Super Tablettes, Devore Super 8, and now Devore Nines. All were wonderful but the nines are my favs. No problem driving to loud levels.
  11. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    I think a used WA5 is the sweet spot. I’ve got a WA22 with upgraded Jupiter copper caps, and a Gen I WA5. The WA5 makes everything sound great with unbalanced sources and even stock tubes (though it benefits from better tubes). The WA22 only sounds great with balanced source and balanced...
  12. davehg

    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    Second the Utopia. Nice match with the WA5.
  13. davehg

    Woo Audio WA6 + WA6SE: Tubes, Comments, Pictures, and Advice

    If you read this thread -all 225 pages - and conclude that tube changes won’t make a difference without actually trying to see if they do, I don’t think you’ll get what you are looking for with this amp. I owned the 6SE, and now own the WA22 and WA5. Every single tube changed the sound except...
  14. davehg

    Woo Audio WA6 + WA6SE: Tubes, Comments, Pictures, and Advice

    0 I have both - I swapped the Sophia for the Brimar on my WA22 and it sounded great. I really couldn’t tell any noticeable differences, not like swapping 6SN7s. I run the Sophias now on my WA5 but mostly because they look better. I am running RCA black base 6SN7s, and have played with...
  15. davehg

    Woo Audio WA6 + WA6SE: Tubes, Comments, Pictures, and Advice

    i love the pairing of Senn and Woo. I had the 6SE some years ago, and moved up to the WA22, which I still have, along with the WA5. The magic pairing is the WA22 running in fully balanced mode, with a balanced source and using balanced HP cables. Sheer magic, as I find that the HD650 wants more...
  16. davehg

    Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

    I found a good deal on a pair of Devore Fidelity Super 8s, which were the hot speaker about ten years ago. I owned a pair back then, and while I enjoyed them on a VAC Avatar SE, I had zero luck powering them with a Wavac 845. I ended up trading them for a pair of Merlin TSMs which were...
  17. davehg

    Amp recommendations for Audeze LCD-3

    I’ve tried the LCD3f with several Woo amps - my original 6SE, then the WA22, and finally a WA5. The WA5 is wonderful - but every headphone I own sounds amazing on the WA5. The WA22 is ok - but I find the LCD just loves the 1K headphone tap on the WA5 in order to get control of the bass. I used...
  18. davehg

    Best amp for Sennheiser HD650

    I’ve used the Brimar 5au4 which is cheap at $25, and the Mullard 6080s. I lucked into a pair of RCA black top 6SN7s. All told, not super expensive to tube roll. You’ll want a set of balanced cables for your HD650 and preferably a balanced source, as it made a noticeable difference in getting the...
  19. davehg

    Bel Canto Stream Loaner Program

    Prefer to keep this thread focused on the E.One. See this thread for the D2: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/lumin-d2.23607/reviews
  20. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    I was tube rolling this weekend and trying to get rid of some high frequency glassiness I kept hearing. Swapped out the Westinghouse 6SN7s for some RCA black plates and lost a bit of bass slam but the glassiness is now gone. Funny how the tubes are like tone controls on this amp.
  21. davehg

    Bel Canto Stream Loaner Program

    I ended up setting the Nucleus to upsample everything to DSD. The e.One Stream cannot process DSD so it wasn’t the DAC for me, and its digital output was limited and could not pass more than 24/196 to a DAC, so that ruled it out as a streamer for me. I like the Bel Canto signature and for...
  22. davehg

    Focal Clear headphones

    My experience with the Focal tweeters on speakers is very similar. The BE drivers have a unique honest fidelity that is very pure. I do feel the Clear is much closer to the Utopia in overall performance whereas the Elear left me cold. The cost of the Utopia coupled with the upper frequency...
  23. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    Two questions for you guys... 1) Does Gen 2 offer a significant sound upgrade over Gen 1? 2) is it a waste to use only single ended? I’d really like to keep using my Qutest. Hard to answer #1 without a side by side comparison but you can upgrade a Gen1 with better capacitors but at a...
  24. davehg

    Reply to review by 'davehg' on item 'Lumin D2'

    I’ve had the chance to add an Sbooster linear power supply. I’m a big fan of the upgrade -it adds a very firm bass foundation. Drums have more weight and impact, and bass guitar has more body, better soundstage and instrument separation. I can more clearly delineate the finer details of...
  25. davehg

    Woo Audio WA22 Amp Owner Unite

    I’ve got a a WA5 which is the bees knees but I’ve kept the WA22 for several reasons: As a balanced design, it compliments my balanced source gear very nicely. Its performance with various NOS tubes is great and makes tube rolling fun. You don’t have to spend a small fortune like on the WA5 to...
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