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Orange crush: Wyred 4 Sound’s PH-1 phono stage

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The beginning is a familiar one, told a thousand times: I slide the record from its sleeve, and carefully place it on the turntable platter; I delicately pull the tonearm across so that the needle seen from above sits above (but just inside) the record’s outer edge. With the lever I lower the tonearm…

…a gentle THUNK hits the loudspeakers and we begin. Sometimes with a slow build but in the case of the Kitchens Of Distinction’s The Death of Cool, a chiming guitar and a drum fill and puts us in swift indie rock motion.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Best In Show

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This year dawned with plenty of questions facing the high-end audio industry. The most pressing were: Would the U.S. economy hold up, allowing manufacturers and retailers to stay afloat? Would vinyl continue its revival, possibly enticing young people into a hobby that’s in danger of aging out? And, would the recent growth in the show circuit create too much of a good thing?

That third question was still hanging in the air as September arrived and the last two of the record seven major domestic gatherings for 2017 were scheduled to go off within weeks of each other, putting a strain on the finances and staff of audio companies and creating decisions for potential out-of-town attendees.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Wyred 4 Sound, Acoustic Zen combine for sonic harmony

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Robert Lee tends to exhibit his well-regarded Acoustic Zen speakers at shows with an ever-changing list of electronics partners. Despite the diverse group of components — tubes, solid-state, Class A, Class D — he never fails to make a good sound.

The Zen master may have found his best match yet at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Lee, who’s based in California, teamed up with another Sunshine State manufacturer, Wyred 4 Sound.

Lee paired his flagship Maestro speakers ($43,000/pair USD) with a rack of gear from Wyred that included no fewer than four new products.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound Issues Another Statement – RMAF 2017

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Its been roughy two years since we first laid eyes on EJ Sarmento’s new Statement amplifier. The flagship piece was packing some seriously hefty specs and crushing it with the sound it produced through a pair of KEF Reference 3 Foundry Edition speakers at T.H.E. Show Newport 2016. Pushing forward to the present day, EJ has unveiled the newest version of the amplifier now called the statement nextGEN.

Gone is the display screen but several other key elements are still in play for the stereo power amplifier.… Read the full article

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Mountains of sound: RMAF 2017 preview

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What is RMAF?

From their website: “The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the largest consumer audio and home entertainment show in the United States. Simply put: “mega stereo systems!” Denver’s own audio wonderland now features over 160 exhibit spaces representing more than 400 companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.”

Why attend?

For journalists, it’s an opportunity to chew the fat with colleagues, to meet with manufacturers, to report on what’s new, to scope out review candidates and, if necessary, to tee up review loaners.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Wyred 4 Sound, KEF offer attainable sonic bliss

By | July 28th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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In the retail trade, products by Michael Kors and Kate Spade are considered “affordable luxury.” They offer a taste of opulence, but with prices significantly below Chanel or Neiman Marcus.

High-end audio has its more accessible brands as well. One that has been on the rise in recent years is Atascadero, Calif.-based Wyred 4 Sound.

laas9Wyred has been introducing well-built, attractively priced gear at a blistering pace. At last fall’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, for example, it displayed three new components – a pair of sleek mono blocks, a power supply and a streamer (then a prototype).… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 3

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

You can’t just say “It’s awesome, buy it.”

Eliciting a gut reaction of confidence in consumers who speak your name in conversations of top tier service and products is neither straightforward, measurable, or paint by numbers. Decades of experience and market research at all levels of the supply chain are prerequisite to attaining a seat at the table with the most trusted names in hi-fi. Building a good product is not enough. Anyone telling you different has probably watched Field Of Dreams too many times.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound Debuts A New Music Server

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Hot on the heels of a new premium 10th anniversary DAC comes a new digital component from Wyred 4 Sound. Making its debut this weekend is the MS Music Server, still in pseudo-prototype form. The new server packs in a Roon-ready infrastructure along with Air-Play and DLNA compatibility.

In addition to all the streamy goodness a single slot CD drive will be located on the front panel for easy access CD ripping. Internal drive space will be available for storage and outputs include USB, I2S, Coax and Optical.… Read the full article

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Everything counts in small amounts: Wyred 4 Sound’s PS-1

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

“Everything matters.” So spoke multiple Grammy-Award winning recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones, in between sessions at Skywalker Sound. While working on the Cypress String Quartet’s final recording, things just weren’t sounding the same as they had the day prior, and it was a mystery as to why. The players and equipment were identical. Skywalker’s adjustable acoustic system – where the room itself can be tuned for more or less reverb – hadn’t been touched. The players themselves were in the same exact positions, as precisely marked with tape on the floor.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound and the New New SE – AXPONA 2017

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Wyred 4 Sound is hot in the midst of releasing a new crop of digital products for the masses. The new v2’s of their DAC line just recently hit the streets and offer a solid cost ladder based on features and upgrade parts. The lowest barrier to entry starts with the DAC-1v2 ($1,3k) and sports the new ESS Sabre 9026PRO chipset. Subsequent moves up the ladder land you at the DAC-2v2 ($2,3k, 9028PRO) and then the 2v2 SE ($3.8k) with a femto clock and current flagship Sabre chip 9038PRO.… Read the full article

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