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Friday, February 4, 2011

Settled in school and back to lifting

First week back lifting and I gained back 4-5lbs + realized I lost way more strength than I was expecting to lose.  Let's see if muscle memory is true...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Woo Audio 6 Review

My desk at school, the woo audio is the silver one

The following will be my review of the Woo Audio 6 headphone amplifier. I've never written a review about anything, so I guess I should start this off by briefly describing the amps construction and set up. The Woo Audio weighs in at a surprisingly heavy 13.5lbs, so as you would guess, it definitely feels extremely solid. This is a clear step-up from my older amp. Jack Woo has dont an excellant job designing the chassis as it has a very clean looking polished silver finish, which is complimented perfectly by laser engravings and sharp angles.

The front of the amplifier has a 1/4" headphone jack (Which is very smooth during insertion lulz), an aluminum volume knob, a simply on/off button, and a blue led indicator light. The rear side has a standard power cable socket, gold rca jacks, a voltage switch (115/230), and toggle switch for 8-99 ohms, and 100-600 ohms (I'm using the 8-99 for my Grados). And finally, the top side houses 3 tubes (two 6DE7 drive tubes, and one 5U4G rectifier tube), and a transformer enclosure directly behind the tubes.

As hit the button turning on the amp, the led lights up, the tubes begin to warm up and emit their infamous soft glow and you're ready to rock. Without music playing, there is no sound to be heard, which is generally a pretty rare thing among tube amps as there's almost always a soft hum at the very least. 

Equipment used:

  • Macbook Pro (running songbird, about 75% 16 bit, 25% 24 bit)
  • Musical Fidelity "V-DAC", connected to macbook via fiberoptic toslink w/ external regulated power supply
  • Woo Audio 6
  • Grado 325is Headphones


Silky smooth, but doesn't color the sound much allowing it to sound natural
Greatly improved bass extension compared to my older amp (little dot 1+)
Amazing soundstage, especially considering that SR series grados are known for more of an "on the stage" sound, rather than an open Sennheiser-esque sound.

Songs Used:

  • No Boundries - Michael Angelo Batio
  • Blues At Sunrise - Albert King w/ Stevie Ray Vaughan 
  • Take Five - Arne Domnérus Band (SACD)
  • Buggin' Out - A Tribe Called Quest

Bass: The bass on the Woo Audio is not exactly that of a car audio subwoofer focused on pure spl, but that's not what I was looking for. Rather, the Woo Audio 6 produces a wonderfully dynamic, rich level of bass. It has no problem hitting those low notes, yet remains tight and quick the entire time. The track that allowed the bass to stand out the most was "Buggin' Out" by A Tribe Called Quest. 

Midrange: For my money, I don't think there's a song with a more astoundingly emotional guitar tone than "Blues At Sunrise" (In Session 1983). Each minute detail of the guitar playing is heard loudly and VERY clearly. The best way to describe the guitar tone in "Blues At Sunrise" played through the Woo Audio 6, would say that its sound is exactly how it would be if we were in a room listening to the two blues masters jam. Anyone who plays blues guitar could easily attest to this. Additionally, Michael Angelo Batio's tone in "No Boundries" is very "creamy" sounding, at times even overwhelmingly so. However, I don't consider this a flaw, as the Grado 325is headphones are inherently harsh and fatiguing at times- the Woo amp does an excellant job smoothing this out. That's why I chose to get an all tube amp rather than a solid state or hybrid in the first place.

Treble: In "Blues At Sunrise", both Albert and Stevie's famous "screaming"guitar  tones are heard in all of their glory. I really don't have much to say about this, but apart from an actual guitar and amp, I've never heard a more real and raw sounding tone. The amp breakup is exactly how it'd sound coming out of a vintage Bassmaster, this pairs excellently with the tubes of the Woo Audio. My favorite rendition of Dave Brubecks "Take Five", is from the Arne Domnérus Band and others recorded at the Stockholm jazz club Stampen ("The Pawnshop"). This is probably one of the most masterfully recorded live albums that I have and the Woo Audio sure solidified my opinion. The thing that stands out the most to me in this track would definitely be the soundstage and strong drumming. The Woo Audio 6 is far from a treble heavy amp, however the treble that it does output is very warm and non-fatiguing. 

Overall: The creamy natural sound coupled with fast imaging and deep yet refined bass makes the Woo Audio 6 a must have for anyone serious about their music looking for an amp in this price range. I strongly recommend it and am very pleased with my purchase :)

I know this was a pretty random post, but at least it's better than a dead blog. If you're into music, enjoy.

Here's a better picture from the Woo Audio site:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Back at school

Blogs officially online again... brb unpacking + deleting linkbucks b/c it's annoying

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stil up at 3:36am

Will be doing a writeup/comparison between 2 headphone amps (Woo Audio 6 and Little Dot 1+) sometime tomorrow, was planning on doing it today but I never got to it :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates...

Been busy getting everything ready for the second semester, I go back on Saturday. I'll think of something cool a little later today, don't worry :). I'm gonna spend some time hitting everyone back too, love the active community the misc's been building, good amount of serious blogs :).

Have a good day (afternoon) everyone, will do a writeup on something later!

Monday, January 17, 2011

My random musing on music in the world of lifting

When I'm in the gym, aggressively fighting off my gag reflexes during the brutal sets of curls in the squat rack that I perform nearly every workout (to increase my amount of testosterone flowing through my veins), the only thing that keeps me from going postal is my music.

Music is the perfect gym companion for anyone from the casual fitness seeker to the most aesthetic blob of muscle in existence (ie: Houssein Rezazadeh). After all, it does have a lot of psychological benefits ranging from minimizing depression to helping us sleep deprived college students finish that final paper 15 minutes before it's due. But most importantly, music unleashes that cell-tech infused monster lying within all of us, well only those lucky enough to be born with a y-chromosome.

For our safety, we can just pretend this heavenly blessed beauty is a card-carrying member of the y-chromosome club...

As far as lifting is concerned, any type of music that can give you a solid rush of adrenaline or extra stamina should be considered good lifting music (unless of course this includes anything enjoyed by 12 year old girls). But for me, there's really only one genre that gives me that intense rush of adrenaline allowing me to feel like I'm conquering the iron like a champ (or finishing my set of bosu-ball squats). The genre I'm talking about is metal, which probably comes as no surprise to most. I generally abide by the rule of- the more brutal the music, the better. I can't speak for bodybuilders, mostly because I'm a skinny pos, but every strength-athlete that I've known seems to agree with me that metal's the only genre powerful enough to allow you to piss in the cheerios of gravity.

Ronnie Coleman destroying his quads like a man
The not-so-local powerlifting gym that I go to when I'm home from school also seems to agree with the notion that metal rules in the world of lifting. My first time entering the dungeon of the iron-empire (literally) (, I was welcomed to the refreshing soundtrack of blood pumping, testosterone infused metal- it was heaven on earth considering it was my first gym experience lacking the ear molestation via estrogen ridden top-40 hits that most commercial gyms force upon you.

A few of my favorite lifting bands include: As Blood Runs Black, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Amon Amarth, Isengard, Opeth, Float Face Down, Immortal, As I Lay Dying, Katatonia, Gorgoroth, and many more. One odd thing that I've noticed: I can't usually enjoy most of these bands unless I'm lifting. Maybe they're too brutal for me and I'm a bitch? Or maybe it's because I'm on the verge of being a pompous audiophile, either way, in the right time and place <3 metal.

Unlike this guy and this girl ( <3), I'm not Norwegian which might explain a lot

What bands do you guys like to lift to? Why?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Routine

This is what I've been doing.  When I get back next Monday though all lower body's gonna be cut out until further notice :(.

An ab circuit is done everyday as a warmup:  3 Sets of...

Side Bends with 40s for 10
Decline Sit-ups for 10
Reverse Hyper for 10 <3
Spread Eagle Situps for 10
Reverse Crunches for 10

+ Assorted forearm exercises

Military Press
Weighted Dips
DB Bench
Weighted Pullups
BB or DB Curl
Pushups til failure x 5 sets


Zercher Squats
Leg Press
Walking DB Lunges
Box Jumps


BB Bench
Low Cable Row
Weighted Chin-Ups
Chain Pushups
Curl Variation


Power Cleans
Weighted-Sled Drag to end of the gym and back.  Forwards one way, backwards the other.
Prowler Pushes
Jump Variatons
Foam Rolling