You have to appreciate the marketing genius (not to mention the sheer audacity) of naming an audio company “Woo,” if only for the built-in Google ranking generated by us skeptics searching for articles about the spookier aspects of audiophilia. (And then, of course, there’s the fact that the company was founded by Jack Wu. So there’s that.) For such a relatively young company in the audiophile arena, though, Woo has garnered tons of accolades; in fact, my buddy Steve — the Audiophiliac himself — positively adores the brand.
A look at the company’s latest product gives you a taste of what all the fuss is about. The WA7 “Fireflies” Amp/DAC is a pure Class-A tube headphone amplifier, with 32-Bit/192kHz USB Digital-to-Analog Conversion, and a number of features that set it apart from the crowded USB DAC/headphone amp market. For one thing, look at the construction: a rock-solid all-aluminum chassis with no visible screws, topped by a high-clarity glass cover for its pair of 6C45 tubes, with no semi-conductors in the amplification circuitry, and each 6C45 pulling dual-duty as driver and power tube.
Other nice touches include separate output jacks for full-sized headphones and earbuds, and an input/output selection switch that allows you to switch back and forth between the USB and RCA analog inputs, or conversely use the RCAs as an analog output for the DAC.
Final retail price for the WA7 “Fireflies” Amp/DAC will be $999, but you can preorder now for $799 (for a limited time).