The WA6 ($660) and 6SE ($1,190) are sweet little numbers, but it’s the big WA22 ($1,995) is currently on my lust-list. It’s fully balanced, if that matters to you, and the tube complement includes a 6SN7, which I tend to like. Of course, the demo was paired with my current reference cans, the Sennheiser HD-800, so perhaps it was just familiar? Dunno, but I was very happy with this combo.
Okay, truth be told, it’s the WA5-LE that’s got my juices going — it uses a pair of 300b tubes, and that is just hot, but since that model’s pricing starts at $2,795, you can see where the slippery slope has gotten me by now.
And I haven’t even gotten to the ESL headamps yet. Stax? Where art thou, oh Mighty SR-009? How I long for thee …. but there’s just no way I’m ready to write that $5,200 check.
Another headphone I got to hear, and quite like, was the Beyerdynamic T1 (~$1,400). Really nice fit on my enormous melon, and an effortless, gorgeous sound. Very impressive. My understanding is that the T90, at less than half that (~$650, actually), gets pretty close. Something to explore at the next audio show!
Last note, the WDS-1 DAC and WTP-1 transport ($1,199 each) now have a new color option — all black. Check that out at the top of the page — more photos are down at the bottom of the stack.