Jonathan Valin articulates that there are three types of audiophiles: 1) those who are interested in the absolute sound, 2) those who are interested...
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David Abramson has psoted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE preamplifier ($1999) at Stereo Times. His conclusions:
“So we’re at the level here of “whadya want?” Heineken or Grolsch? Audio Research or Naim? At this level, it simply isn’t about “better”; it’s about better for you. I’d say if you’re looking at high-end solid-state vs. tubed preamps vs. hair-shirt auto-former preamps and are having trouble deciding, you could really expedite things if you just bought this Wyred pre. Plus, because of the remote, you get to sit on the couch and KEEP sitting there.
Personally, I think Wyred 4 Sound designer EJ Sarmento gave this hybrid “minimalist” thing a remote for a reason—he knew when he built it that if a pre were this transparent to source and offered this kind of a wide open window on the musical proceedings, no one would wanna get up.”
You can read the full review here.