Guess I just had noisy pairs in the past (thrown out now), but these latest sets are good. The wires are actually quite forward, and away from the power tubes. I could also move them behind the 6F8G, and slightly inwards towards the rectifier - away from those fat power tubes. I just unplugged the headphones for the picture to get the cables out of the way. I prefer the earlier version of the WA22 without the preamp, as we have.