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Balanced Tube design to upgrade tube amp, Woo Audio 22?

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by sp wild, Jun 22, 2010.
  1. SP Wild
    Any suggestions - value added of course.
     
  2. XXII Contributor
    Why only balanced? Balanced is overrated IMO.
     
    If you're set on balanced, I believe your only choices are the Woo22, Eddie Current Balancing Act and TTVJPinnacle 
     
  3. SP Wild
    Balanced solid state, how about that?
     
  4. SP Wild
    It must have a remote control.  My only prerequisite.  I don't mid if SS or tube.
     
  5. XXII Contributor
    Not including DIY, I believe the only balanced amp which comes with a remote is the Audio-gd Phoenix.
     
    Seems like DIY may be your best option: get someone to build a balanced Beta22 / EHHA etc. with a motorized pot (or similar).
     
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  6. musicman59
    Since I have SS balanced amplifiers and headphones I was goin ghte same direction. I listen to the WA22 at CanJam with my own Zeus recabled T1 and the sound very good until I try them with the WA5-LE.
    Even using a XLR to TRS adaptor (made of the same Zeus wire) the WA5-LE smoked the WA22. I have never had heard such a wounderful sound out of headphones in my life. I fell in love with the WA5-LE to the point that I got home sold my GS-1, sold my Apache (kept my RP010B and V200) and sold a pair of W11JPN to help finance the maxed out WA5-LE that I am ordering this week. I am spending double the list price but even at stock version IMO the WA5-LE sigle ended kills the WA22 balanced.
     
  7. Ypoknons Contributor
    I'm pretty sure Firestone makes a remote controlled passive volume control... yep, it's called the Mass Preamp. Doesn't do balanced interconnects, though. 
     
  8. dmac03
    Nobody mentioned the Sonett? I don't have this amp, but have been eyeing it (along with the WA 22). I know the Sonett has been highly regarded by many ppl. Just a heads up, it has balanced outputs but not inputs.
     
  9. SP Wild
    Audio GD Phoenix - fullfils my requirements for the time being.  Now if I can get a balanced tube buffer into the chain?  Or is this really unnecessary - I wanna roll these tubes.  Just gimme a godamn remote!
     
    Can I request the internals to be made of solid core silver? I will always pay more for solid core copper, more again if the copper was replaced by the most electrically conducive material as known by modern science.
     
  10. nikongod
     
    Quote:

    +1
     
  11. SP Wild
    Mass Preamp.  Is this confirmed active or passive attenuation?
     

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