Wyred 4 Sound

Did you hear a buzz in the Wyred 4 Sound room? It seemed to me that there was a palpable level of excitement surrounding the Wyred 4 Sound products and you nearly felt this uplifting wave in their room. The system at play consisted of the STP-SE preamp ($1,999), Music Server (1,999), DAC-2 ($1,499), SX-500 250W monoblocks ($899/each) and the Clearwave Symphonia 72R loudspeaker (starting at $7,200) which are new and new to me. The 72R employ a RAAL OEM pure ribbon tweeter and dual 7" Accuton woofers and in this system everything was sounding open, resolute and engaging. Actually is sounded like more but I had other business to attend to.

I spent some time talking to Clint Hartman and EJ Sarmento of Wyred 4 Sound and taking a closer look at their new m-INT (mini-Integrated) and the other new Wyred 4 Sound products making their debut at RMAF 2011.

The Wyred 4 Sound m-INT is a 100Wpc (into 8 ohms) integrated amp/DAC ($1,499). There are two analog line level inputs, digital inputs are processed by an ESS Sabre DAC via 24/96 USB and 24/192 Coax and Toslink connections. There's a headphone out, fixed and variable outputs, HT bypass, an included remote and WBT binding posts. No it doesn't turn a sandwich into a banquet.

The Wyred 4 Sound Music Server ($1,999) is a Linux-based computer with 3TB of internal storage, S/PDIF (Coax & Toslink) and I2S (HDMI) output, USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity so you can control the Music Server with a number of devices including Sonos and Logitech software as well as iDevices and Android-based devices and phones. There's a disc drive that auto-rips your CDs and you can upload your existing music library via USB or the network connection so you can rip, stream and serve your music till the cows come home and go back out again.

I did not get a photo of the new μSeries devices (mental note: smack self in head) but they include a μDAC ($399) that has three digital inputs (24/96 USB and two 24/192 S/PDIF) and RCA out, the μDAC-HD ($499) 24/192 USB, RCA out and headphone out, and the μLink USB-S/PDIF Converter ($299) 24/192 USB in, Coax, Toslink and BNC out.

I'll be taking a closer look at and listen to the Wyred 4 Sound products in the upcoming months.