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  1. Rob Johnson has recently reviewed Wyred 4 Sound's top of the range DAC, the DAC 2v2 SE, for Tone Audio. After testing it out with a range of components, he awarded it the coveted "Exceptional Value Award". Wyred 4 Sound pride themselves in manufacturing the best audio components at reasonable prices. Their DACs are no strangers to awards, with multiple "Editors' Choice Awards" from The Absolute Sound and a "Blue Moon Award" from already attached to their DAC Series. "At first listen, the DAC 2v2SE demonstrates a natural, and relaxed presentation". What caught Johnson's attention the most was the DAC's musicality. With the lowest jitter setting activated, the component managed to produce a smooth and engaging sound. This could be down to the high-end ESS Sabre 9028PRO DAC chip that makes up the DAC, offering DSD and 384 kHz PCM playback. "Extensive soundstage portrayal is DAC 2v2SEs top strengths". Not only did he DAC produce an incredible sound it also managed to create a 3D landscape of the music. The individual instruments could be heard as the DAC fed the sound to the loudspeakers. Johnson noted that it gave off a "solid approximation as if sitting several rows back in an auditorium at a live concert". "The DAC 2v2SE does not appear to modify the sound of any amp it is mated with, it just gives the amp a chance to sing to its full potential". For those who are worried that the DAC might not fit into their system, Johnson found that the DAC played well with the wide range of components he tested it with. The 2v2 SE also seemed to bring out the best in each component. The review was rounded off with the DAC 2v2 SE's best features, accompanied by the Tone Audio "Exceptional Value Award": "This DAC combines excellent build quality, understated modern looks, and a confidence inspiring five-year warranty...the DAC 2v2SE is another addition to the list of highly musical yet reasonably priced DACs that will make you sit back and take notice." The full review can be read here. Wyred 4 Sound will also be sending Tone Audio the special 10th Anniversary Limited Edition of the DAC for comparison. Elite Audio are the official UK distributor for Wyred 4 Sound. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
  2. Wyred 4 Sound STI-500 v2 Integrated Amplifier James Duncan – Product Reviewer The Wyred 4 Sound STI-500 v2 (RRP £2,499.00 at time of review) is a dual mono designed integrated amplifier with enough power on tap to drive just about any loudspeaker out there. Reading the ‘About’ section from the manufacturer’s website; “…...a passion for great sound, an obsession for quality and a willingness to work long hours to get the job done right” I much prefer reading narratives like this, that just get straight to the point and tell you exactly what the company is about at a level we can all relate to. As an enthusiast and avid listener of music, this is the sort of thing I want to hear. Does it translate in reality; do we have great sound? Read on… First Impressions and Setup Out of the box, I won’t skip over the elephant in the room. This amplifier will not at an aesthetic level please everyone. Like marmite, I suspect, you will likely either love it, or hate it. It is however well built and does feel solid enough as you position it on the equipment rack. There is also a nifty little remote control in a matt black finish. While not a luxury remote, it does cover off the basic controls you’d expect to find. Setting up the amplifier is straight forward enough with good quality binding posts and inputs for RCA/XLR. The layout on the front is basic with a very small digital display, so small that from even a relatively close distance is hard to read and from my sitting position impossible, rendering it a bit pointless. You can however alter the brightness and even have it completely off which is where I left it. This is a dual mono designed amplifier providing 250w into 8 ohms and 430w into 4 ohms, so it should drive most loudspeakers out there with ease Moving on to some of the design features of this amp, the volume control is a true-resistive ladder type that offers truer linearity and according to the instructions manual offers superior sonic quality. The line-stage within doubles as an unbalanced to balanced converter which will give you a balanced signal from an unbalanced input. User interface is clear when close to the unit with VFD display and optical rotary encoder. Allowing input naming and HT Bypass for use within a Home Cinema set up, a feature I have used in the past when combing 2ch with Multi-Channel. For more on the technical side you can wing your way over to the manufacturers site here; Sound According to the manufacturer this unit takes some 300 hours to run in. I have to say I read this with some delight as my first impressions were not that great out of the box, sounding harsh in the upper frequencies especially when driven hard. So I left it playing some Electronica for a few days before I sat down and really started to listen. Staying with Electronica then, I started my critical listening with Jon Hopkins – Immunity and track ‘Open Eye Signal’ and I have to say the amp handled the bass and complexity of the track very well indeed. I’ve used this track a lot to test bass performance, mostly with headphones as I tend to listen to this type of music on the move rather than at home in front of my main system. This amplifier reminded me of my previous amps by Plinius, really taking a grip of the track and delivering a powerful and very much in your face presentation. Moving on to Moderat and track ‘A New Error’, again I was stunned at the control this amp provided, with plenty of power on hand, my toes were tapping away as the heavy bass in this track kicked in. Again if your speakers lack in bass, this track will throw a spotlight on it for sure. However, in this case the amp did not fail in relaying the powerful bone crushing bass lines to be had here (I had to open one of the doors in my lounge as the bass was causing it to rattle in its frame). Within a short period, I was appreciating how this amp loves bass and seemed to handle complexity well also. Suitably geared up from my positive experience with Electronica, time to try some of my recent finds by way of Kaleo – A.B and track ‘Way Down We Go’, starting with some nice soft vocals and piano, then a burst of bass as the track builds up. The Wyred 4 Sound again had my toes tapping away and I just sat back and got absorbed into the track. Next up – Pinegrove, just love the whole album called ‘Cardinal’. Again I was able to just sit back and be taken away by the music. I think this is a good sign in that adding this amp to my system did not detract from my enjoyment of my favourite recordings, so much kudos was due at this point. However, it’s not all so plain sailing, throwing on some of my favourite Jazz tracks – Diana Krall, A Night in Paris and track ‘A Case of You’, I just was not able to feel as connected to this track as I have been with my own amp. To confirm this, I also tried Patricia Barber and album Café Blue which has bags of emotion in this well compiled track listing. However, to be fair to the ST500, I have a significantly more expensive tube amplifier which gives a very different presentation and arguably a better suited amp for this kind of music. Summary This is an amplifier that will appeal to a lot of people. It’s not budget by any means, but it does deliver a lot of bang for your buck. It will drive just about any loudspeaker out there with ease, taking a good grip of your recordings that really make sure you pay attention. I can’t fault it for its ability to handle complexity and eek out another octave of bass that other amps at this price point can’t touch. Not the last word in refinement however and if Jazz is your bag, you may want to audition others. Overall a great amp for the money and very competitive at this price point indeed. Equipment Used The system used in the review is comprised of: - Auralic Aries Lightning Streaming bridge - Lindemann Musicbook: 10 DAC - Audio Physic Codex Loudspeakers - ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner – Less Loss Firewall 5X (two of) and Studio Connections Reference cables. A REALREVIEW by James Duncan For further information on this review or if you would like a REALREVIEW on any of your products please contact the content team on
  3. Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2 D2 - SOLD In excellent condition. Includes remote and user manual. See our website listing here 12 month warranty provided. Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so buy with confidence. Please call us on 0203 397 1119 for more information.
  4. For the eighth year in a row, Wyred 4 Sound have received The Editors' Choice award from The Absolute Sound. Four of the brand's hi-fi components have been honoured with the award; ST-500 mkII/ST-1000 mkII, SX-1000R Monoblock Amplifiers, mINT Integrated Amplifier and the DAC-2. "Throughout they performed flawlessly, delivering sound of exemplary clarity and control..." Both the ST-500 mkII and the ST-1000 mkII Stereo Amplifiers were used to aid in one of The Absolute Sound's reviews. They combine the technology of the award-winning mAMP Monoblocks into one unit for a little more ease. Both models produce smooth upper-mids and low and tight bass. "A powerful amplifier capable of effortlessly delivery copious amounts of power an detail". This is the SX-1000's seventh Editors' Choice Award from The Absolute Sound. Since it's first award in 2009, the SR-1000R Class D Monoblock Amplifiers have gone through some great improvements to bring the best sound to hi-fi systems. "The mINT is consistently able to draw you into the music, no matter the type". The mINT Integrated Amplifier has been one of our best sellers here at Elite Audio, so it's not surprise that this component is among the winners. With a built-in DAC, three digital inputs and two analogue inputs as well as a headphone amp, the Mini Integrated Amplifier is so much more than what it appears. The mINT is one of Wyred 4 Sounds most awarded components and clearly for good reason. "...high-quality DAC and a very-well-thought-out preamplifier that can replace a separate preamp and DAC in an all-digital source system." The DAC-2 Series is another highly decorated Wyred 4 Sound component. Now on the 2v2 model, the DAC now comes with an integrated Femto Clock for ultra low jitter and a ESS Sabre 9028PRO DAC chip. Wyred 4 Sound's sister brand, SST Audio, also scooped two awards for the Son of Ampzilla II and the Thoebe II. "Offering consummate ease, composure, and iron-clad stability, it also has a wonderful impression of body, dimensionality, and solidity..." The Son of Ampzilla II Stereo Amplifier is the third incarnation of the Ampzilla family. With a unique grounding procedure that eliminates ground looping, and a power output of 220 watts/channel into 8Ω, listening is a pleasure. "Used with care, its tone controls, especially the treble, can transform any of number of tonally unmusical recordings into pleasing and listenable experiences." A Stereo Preamplifier with a little extra, the Thoebe II Stereo Preamplifier wins its award for useful integrated features. The built-in volume and tone control as well as a world-class headphone amp all come as standard in this component. An additional DAC and Phonostage can also be added to turn the Thoebe II into an incredibly useful hi-fi system addition. Hopefully this won't be the last haul of The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Awards for Wyred 4 Sound and SST Audio, and the momentum can keep going for years to come. Elite Audio is the official UK distributors of Wyred 4 Sound and SST Audio. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
  5. STP-SE Pre-amplifier Stage 2 Upgrade RRP: £3,749 American manufacturer Wyred 4 Sound has just scooped another Blue Moon award from . The STP-SE Pre-amplifier with a Stage 2 upgrade is the latest hi-fi component to be reviewed by 6moons and the fourth component to earn Wyred 4 Sound a Blue Moon award. The original STP Pre-amplifier won the award back in 2009. Since then, the component has gone through so impressive transformations that have clearly improved the already extraordinary design. "In short, the Stage 2 upgrade throws Wyred's gold-plated parts-filled kitchen sink at the $1'999 core circuit. This mimics what they do for their top DAC iterations. Premium parts can double the base price. Giving their customers tiered options supports different budgets and ambitions. Today is about going all out; and in." To get into facts, the Stage 2 upgrade offers a third less noise than the the STP-SE. The channel-to-channel balance sits within +/-0.003dB, which is a massive 15 times better than the standard STP. The dynamic range has also been improved and measures at 122dB with a 5V in/out balance signal. Price was a recurring factor in Srajan Ebean's review, seeming astonished by the quality of STP-SE 2 at the cost. Of course, what is really important about the STP-SE II is the sound quality and what it can do to your music. "Wyred4Sound's STP-SE packs enormous value." "Though price positioning and a funky name don't let on—STP-SE Stage 2 really does stick to the tongue, not rolls off it—this is a machine of quiet but true reference calibre!" Elite Audio are the official UK distributors of Wyred 4 Sound. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
  6. Last week Elite Audio announced that they had added Korean manufacturers, SOtM, to their portfolio. Now Elite Audio are pleased to announce that they have added Wyred 4 Sound to the growing list of hi-fi component designers. Wyred 4 Sound are an American brand who focus on creating some of the best high-end audio components at affordable prices. The brand's products have picked up many awards over the years including several Blue Moon awards, The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Awards and SoundStage! Reviewers' Choice awards among others. DAC-2 Series From £1,599 One of the most awarded components is the DAC-2 series boasting a Blue Moon Award, The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, a Reviewers' Choice award from SoundStage!, a Perfect 10 Award from 10 Audio and a Best of 2012 award from Home Theatre Review. Of the DAC-2, Sarajan Ebaen at 6moons said: "Wyred DAC2 makes for a remote-controlled modern music source that not only slaughters legacy digital on convenience, it should sonically outperform any $3.000 CD player you care to name". mINT Integrated Amplifier £1,499 Another award-winning component, this time winning a Realsization award from 6moons, is the mINT integrated amplifier. The small but powerful unit has a built-in DAC and headphone amp and supports 24 bit 192kHz streaming through S/PDIF inputs and 24 bit 96kHz via USB. Andre Marc of Tone Audio magazine said: "The Wyred4Sound mINT is the perfect solution for music lovers wanting great sound that have a reasonable budget and want to maximise space, i.e. not have a giant rack full of audio gear." awarding it the Exceptional Value Award in 2013. You can view the full Wyred 4 Sound range here.