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.
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