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    Join Date: Dec 2018

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    Anyone here using Woo Audio headfi gear? Any good?

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    I have a Woo Wee, which I bought to replace a 40 year old, but still working, Stax SRD 7SB MKii.

    Is it the dog's danglies ...no.
    Is it good ....yes.

    I think its on a par with the Stax. I needed an energiser that allowed a speaker bypass, like the Stax. Some refurbished Stax have had the bypass disconnected. I didn't want a line energiser like most of the Stax amps are now. So it's a little bit like beggars can't be choosers.

    What I have found is that it is affected by the support underneath it. With my usual combination of glass, acrylic and bamboo supports, the Wee sounds warm and a bit lifeless. Placing it just on glass with Sounddiscs (vibration dampening) under the feet, and it is dynamic, transparent and a more than adequate replacement.

    Unlike some electronics, I don't think its adding its 'own sound' at all.

    Your problem, like mine was, is hearing it first. I took a chance, and was originally a bit disappointed, but once I'd sussed out that the support shelf was the problem, I'm now a happy bunny.

    But there are better, and very much more expensive, headphone energisers available (but very few with a speaker bypass that is a requirement for me).

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    I'm aiming at their standard amps. For example, the WA3 OTL.

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    As far as I know they are not CE compliant so may cause some issues.
    Robin. mit ARC CD9, ARC ref 5 / darTZeel power + magico v2. Clearaudio Innovation wood / Phantom ll / Lyra Atlas / Aurorasound Vida,
    Stax 009S cans.KGGG headamp. all connected with wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodoos View Post
    As far as I know they are not CE compliant so may cause some issues.
    What issues? Spill it!

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    Legally non compliant manufactured products are not licensed to be sold in the EU. Whether that matters or not to you is personal choice. Might hit resale values I guess. Don’t think it applies to diy kit but unsure.
    Just flagging it up ‘‘tis all.
    Robin. mit ARC CD9, ARC ref 5 / darTZeel power + magico v2. Clearaudio Innovation wood / Phantom ll / Lyra Atlas / Aurorasound Vida,
    Stax 009S cans.KGGG headamp. all connected with wires.

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    I had a WA3.

    Used it as an active pre in the second system, and as a headphone amp.

    It was OK. Best with GEC 6080. Tried a load of options and I still have the valves.

    Overall, though, for headphones I'd rather use a solid state device. I'm not sure I like valve euphonics with headphones. Or in phono stages.

    Probably why the GECs won. The most neutral option I found.

    It's a nice item to own. Well made. And it doubles as a single input active pre.
    "Trans like shhtate. Trans like shhtate? Do you know what doctors call that shhstate? Love."

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