Models that particularly caught my attention at Can Jam were the entry-level WA3 tube-powered headphone amp ($495), the WA2 tube-powered, OTL preamp/headphone amp ($1050), the WA6 single-chassis, tube-powered, transformer-coupled headphone amp ($690), the WA6-SE two-chassis headphone amp ($1050—essentially a two-chassis version of the WA6 with a significantly upgraded tube-type power supply), the WA5 two-chassis, tube-powered integrated/headphone amplifier ($3150) and the WA5 LE “Lite Edition version of the WA5 ($2500), which is optimized purely for driving headphones. And just in case you’re wondering, Woo offers—and displayed at Can Jam—even more models than I’ve listed here.
Frankly, the sheer breadth of the Woo product line can be breathtaking (even daunting), with Wu opting in some instances—as you can see from my list above—to produce two models at the same price point, yet which have totally different circuit topologies. The upshot of this, however, is that Woo offers models to fit a wide range of budgets, with circuit topologies whose various combinations of sonic strengths are calculated to appeal to listeners with very specific and discerning tastes.
When returning from an event such as Can Jam, it’s inevitable for colleagues to ask, “What did you hear that impressed you?” By way of answering that question, let me offer a few of my favorite highlights from the event.
Four Great-Sounding Headphone-Based Systems
Four Terrific Full-Size Headphones
Three Promising In-Ear Headphones
Cutting Edge Technology
The Three C’s: Coolness, Convenience, and Cost-Effectiveness
Over-the-Top, Cost-No-Object Headphone Amp
Whether you’re a confirmed headphone addict, a traditional audiophile looking for a new way to enjoy music, or a music lover looking to get closer to the sounds that fuel your soul, I strongly encourage you to attend a Can Jam event at your earliest opportunity. You’ll find eye-opening gear and—more importantly—great people whose passion for music and kind, generous spirits you'll find thoroughly uplifting.