Woo Audio - WA234 MONO (Mk2)

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Torq, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. khragon

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    Woo's website still state 6SN7 as driver tubes. From your photos look like you're using 6SN7 as well. Maybe it's just a 6sn7 look alike? I'm not too familiar with 13ME7.

    I rather save the money and wait for new EC 300B.
     
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    I'm the first to admit near total ignorance of tube amp design. The fellow that first told me this (6SN7 driving 300B is not ideal) is the same fellow that designed and built my custom headphone amp - and has been doing that very successfully for quite a few years - so I put some trust in what he tells me. The issue isn't about what the 300B output is powering, be it headphones or speakers - it's about the driver giving the 300B what it needs to perform at its best.
     
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    Wow, some people really like to stir things up.I have several headphones/dacs/amps that I don't like but I don't go around posting how crappy they are. I liked my WA5 very much for what it was, bought for a really good price used, it was an excellent experience in the world of 300B and most importantly a second high end amp to compare against the Stratus. This is more for the benefit to understand the differences between all the headphones I had at the time(LCD-3,LCD-4,Abyss,Eikon,HD800,HD650) and expand my experience and enjoyment in this hobby. I did sold it after I was done and I was very happy to own it. Also unless you have an even better amp it's hard to fault the woo on the sound quality alone with top glass. If you didn't hear it don't just jump on the bash train. Everyone know the SBAF position on Woo if you crawled here long enough.
    I also opened up the WA5 to see what's inside, and it was all point to point neat cables, good soldering, got to see black gates in person for the first time, nothing out of the ordinary compare to the Stratus insides.

    Also I think woo caters to a different segment, those who want good sound, are well coined and want a showpiece. I don't think anyone denies the impressiveness of the dual chassis WA5 and this is a rare thing among glen frogs. Is it a rip off new? Yes in my opinion just because of how crappy the stock tubes are. Do we need to save the world of overpriced amps? I don't care.

    Back to the point, does anyone have any pictures of the insides of the monoblocks?
     
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    Seems like it should be ok to express "This thing you like, i didn't like, for these reasons". I don't see the problem, and I don't know why some people are trying to equate that to a "mugging".
     
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    I think Ming Da is still offering the MC300-EAR as well for a bit cheaper. Absolutely zero reviews of that one either. It seems the Chinese audiophile market is becoming more and more insular.

    If the EC 300B rumor is true, I can't wait to see it.
     
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    The EC Balancing Act was a 300B headphone amp with a 6SN7 input tube. Seems it may be further modified and coming out of retirement? Hopefully, I really do like the external PS.
     
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    Senorx12562 Case of the mondays

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    One of the benefits of having only academic interest in amps like these (and many more many orders of magnitude cheaper) is that I don't care in the slightest about the value proposition. My interest is real, but not relevant to my life in general. That being said, peoples reactions in this thread are perfectly emblematic of the reason I have and will never post a gear review here, not that anybody is missing anything, especially not me.
     
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    $20 PayPal to the first person who can explain why @brencho and others gave torq an old fashioned ribbing.

    Value, no value, price per performance, opinions on other Woo gear, have absolutely nothing to do with it.
     
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    He said nothing of what it sounds like...
     
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    Or because he left and came back. Who the hell knows?
     
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    2,000 words of non-information I could've found on Woo's website, amp porn glamour shots and 2 distinct threats to stop posting later and I'm still looking for the sound impressions like...

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    Although, this is Torq's style, which I dig. He writes episodically and does get to the meat but later. He is writing good audio porn. He and the other Monsters of Rock get a pass in my book and do what they want because they contribute SO much to SBAF and elsewhere. If you are a wannabe though, I will call you out.
     
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    Senorx12562 Case of the mondays

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    It's all about green man, and I don't mean $.
     
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    winders Know-it-all boomer, prob racist

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    Keep piling on, idiots. You guys that liked this post should be ashamed of yourselves.....
     
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    I don’t think Torq is a sensitive, delicate snowflake (like some people around here) that needs defending. His body of work and expertise is all that is needed to defend against naysayers. I liked the post because k4rstar puts up beautiful memes and is answering Marv’s question.
     
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    You guys missed the point entirely of this thread. Reread it. It was literally a request for my own curiosity and confusion.

    This may be shocking to some, but one has the option not to open a thread started by XXX because they know it will irritate their menopause. If they do, that's self-harm and you really need to speak with someone professionally.

    As ballin' as @Torq seems to be, I highly doubt he has a bunch of $5,000+ amps just sitting around waiting to do A/B comparisons so he can share these nuggets with people online for zero dollars.

    At the end of the day, it certainly seems like no one else but Torq has even listened to this amp despite a lot of preconceived notions about how shitty it is. Just doesn't make sense.
     
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    I''m liking this post. Shouldn't have hit x2 that 10% Irish porter, and finished off the shit my wife didn't finish in 30 minutes (I can't process that fast and 8 weight a lot less than I used to). Fuck, that McDonalds Big Mac Junior special order was good. Not Irish, but St. Paddy's day at the local beer pub is worth celebrating after a hike through the mountains to Malibu.

    $20 to @k4rstar and $20 to @Mithrandir41

    P.S. I have no shame. Why CS and SBAF were started in the first place.
     
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    And McDonald's Szechuan sauce is gross. Fuck the creator of Rick and Morty. I mean I like his show, but he's a white dude with extremely shitty taste in food, or he's been pulling your leg the on Szechuan sauce shit.
     
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  19. Lyander

    Lyander Too sensitive for SBAF

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    I mean, given the show I'm pretty sure he's legit just pulling people's asses with the Szechuan sauce fanaticism. Haven't tried the stuff, but the Rick and Morty craze was enough to turn me off the idea.

    If memory serves, someone here works for the place that makes the sauce. I don't envy them one bit :p
     
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    Relax. There's no need to defend his honor. Torq is an established big boy. And we already have one Mighty Moral Power Ranger
     
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