Wells Audio Milo - Impressions And Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by ufospls2, Sep 16, 2016.
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  1. Hansotek
    Has completely different boards. IIRC, all Vishay Naked Z-Foils throughout (like 26, I think), bybee AC purifier, silver trace wiring, super-high-end caps... all kinds of crazy maxed-out parts and features in the same essential design. The exact details are somewhere in this thread.

    Jeff is putting one together for me so I can do some comparisons for you guys who are trying to figure out if you want to do the upgrade.
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  2. Bucketron
    Thank you! Another crazy upgrade, not sure how this beast will hold up with headtrip. Almost same price range now.
  3. Hansotek
    I’m interested to find out!
  4. johnzz4
    I’m just getting aquatinted with the Reference, but it adds the headtrip reference boards, Furutech AC jack, Bybee AC filter, and Rike caps. Initial impression is more body and effortless detail - another level of holographic sound. Couldn’t be happier. I started with the Milo with Khozmo and Vishay, and Jeff allows for a trade-in if you decide to go for the reference at some point.
  5. johnzz4
    There are some trade-offs between the Headtrip and the Milo reference. The Headtrip has some PIO caps and Bybee filters on the rails, where the Milo reference has the Headtrip ‘Reference’ circuit boards. For the Headtrip, I would have had to reterminate or get an adapter for the DHC Prion4 cables which made the Milo Refence preferable for me.

    Very curious to hear how you feel the Milo Reference stacks up to the Headtrip, Hansotek.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2017
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  6. ajreynol
    2Qute is only a DAC.


    Thank everyone for all of the feedback. Definitely looking to make my final choice this week between the two of them. Any additional insights will be appreciated. I hate not being able to hear these things for myself (or face a high restocking fee), so the more thoughts the merrier. Peace of mind and all that. :D
  7. omniweltall
    This is my opoinion only.

    Running two CMA800R dual mono is bad choice. You don't need to spend that much to obtain a better quality.

    I don't know the price of this Milo Reference. USD5k is also pure insanity. I won't even bother trying it.
  8. gintamafans
    Personally I had tried ican pro and initially wanted it as my new amp(shocked for its price to performance), however the first impression of it was that it did more clarity and micro-dynamic. Though the more you listen to it the more you would realize it sounded very unnatural. IMO when shopping for a SS or high-end amp, the first thing you should ever look for is the naturalness it can reproduce for the headphone(In the end for an amp it should not do anything else then providing you with great power without changing the sound quality produced by your DAC or cables). So you wont end up building a system upon with one block of the chain messing the sound of the whole system. In addition, my milo was great with noise floor, completely clean....even with an earphone.... curious why so many people mentioned it in the review? maybe send it back to check if something was damaged during shipping?
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