Woo WA8 Eclipse... Portable tube amp

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    I can confirm the WA8 is the real deal. Putting the portability factor aside, it's the best headphone amp I've heard with my HD650s - forget all the chord Hugo's/ mojos. Mind you I haven't compared it with many other similarly priced amps, but so far I'm very pleased with it. Maybe similar price schiit stack would be better, but I'm so pleased with this sound now that I'm not too bothered.
    Holographic imaging, vividness with smoothness combined, little extra sub bass for hd650, romantic sound but not boring.
    If you're thinking of building a dac+ valve amp stack in similar price range, give this a shot, I think it's that good that it can trade blows in this range with anything
     
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    always good to see more positive vides around transportable all in ones.
    have been meaning to borrow this from @MisterRogers for months now, but can't get him to stay in the USSA for more than 3 days in a row to track him down! :(
     
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    I have pulled the trigger on a very pricey NOS 6021 driver tube that was heavily recommended and bought it blind. I gotta say it took this unit to another level regarding detail retrieval, width of soundstage and added (quality) warmth which came handy for my HD800SDR. If you are lucky, you can pick up a used unit and implement this tube upgrade and not exceed the original asking price of a new Eclipse.

    Edit: I just need to find out why I can't play back DSD128 files while DSD64 gets played back without issues. According to Jude, the built-in DAC can handle double DSD.
     
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    so exactly what did you buy? where from? how much?
    did it have the board soldered to the tube for ease of installation into the WA8 Eclipse?

    did the tube alone cost $1000 from japan magicians?

    FWIW, the WA8 Eclipse has been the most versatile piece of audio gear at my work desk in years.
    from IEMs like Campfire Solaris, to Focal headphones, ZMF Auteur, LCD-XC....
     
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    Well, I indeed purchased it from Japan and it was 700$. International shipping was 20$. It is a Sylvania 6021 black plate D-getter 3 mica from 1956.

    The board was already soldered to the tube so I just rolled it in. Quite an improvement. Currently it is not feasible for me to invest into and own a stationary rig so I tried to max out this transportable system otherwise I would not have spent 700$ on a 6021.

    Hell, you can get a Stratus, used, around 2300$.
     
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    You paid 700$ for a single miniature tube or am I missing something?
     
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    You done goof'd
     
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    I hope it’s not microphonic lol.
     
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    Thank God it is not microphonic. And it was 700$ indeed. If you are around L.A. feel free to stop by and take a listen. Really impressing compared to the stock tube arrangement. Should I had the opportunity to build a stationary rig I would have gone a totally different route though. But I needed a transportable rig exclusively for the long term and I wanted to max out this system. But I'm repeating myself.
     
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    I'm pretty crazy myself when it comes to exotic tubes, yet even a single of my most unobtanium holy audiophile water sprinkled NOS large DHTs is less than this. If you like it all the more power to you but damn, I need to get into PCB printing for the WA8. I see a full complement cam reach 2K+, not because the tubes are rare or rare but that stupid mounting scheme.

    To add some value, I did listen to the WA8 on my headphones. For a portable solution I found it pretty good, better than the ALO dual mono and that's high praise. They definitely brought out the x factor in the 650s. Soft impact but holographic.
    I'd still pick the CDM just because of form factor and price.
     
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    I dunno if I got a dud, when I purchased one back in 2018. I was hoping it would replace my Hugo 2 as an AIO. It did seem to posses some qualities that can only be found on fully discrete amplifiers, such as authority and holographic feeling. But the micro and macro dynamics in the midrange were totally lacking. Almost ethereal, but in a bad way. It’s like, you know the singer is right there, but you just can’t feel it. Loved the tone though. One of the most natural tone I’ve heard. But the timbre of certain instruments weren’t great due to the poor dynamics in the midrange.

    Also, the stage was tall and deep, but narrow. Almost like a tall hallway. So I ended up selling it in 2 weeks. I have seen others mention about the narrow stage. But I have not seen anyone talk about the poor dynamics in the midrange. Which makes me wonder if mine was a dud unit, or if people are being not so critical about the poor dynamics, because the seductive tone makes them look over it. And now that I live in India and the chance of coming across one is, as good as winning a lottery, I guess I’ll never know.
     
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    Not everyone like the Woo sound. Some think it is uber warmpoop. I only had the WA6-SE and it was a beast for 32ohm stuff. I do miss that one, even if it semi-inflated the bass.
     

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