HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier (Playback 56)

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HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier
HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier (Playback 56)

One camp will value the SR-009 for its amazing clarity and ability to retrieve low-level details, and we predict members of that camp might gravitate toward the Woo WES precisely because it, too, maximizes these same sonic attributes.

The other camp also values the clarity and detail retrieval of the SR-009, but will likely view the SR-009s as huge overachievers in both areas. Thus, members of the second camp will look to step beyond the transparency and detail of the SR-009 with an amp that offers analog-like qualities of musical integrity and dynamism. In other word, they will seek out an amp that lets them enjoy both “the forest and the trees” musically speaking. The Blue Hawaii SE could be the ideal amp for those listeners.

MUSICAL EXAMPLES

On Kate Rusby’s album 10 [Compass], the midrange of the song "I Wish" sounds natural and believable, and the instruments blend together well in the mix. We could, however, hear just a trace of tube noise on this track.

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