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Wow, this preamp opened up and sounds fantastic ...
Detail I strained to hear before with other preamps now no problem, I know everyone is tired of my thoughts on this but everything blossomed, I gather the settling time is very very long, after a few months it sounds completely different,
I don't feel I am qualified to do a professional review but this preamp is really and I mean really good for the entry level price. I tend to parallel myself with components, for the investment I am very good now. I will try to answer any questions with my experience owning this unique preamp if anyone has any.
I read on another forum a thread saying how much of an over achiever this preamp is. Your experience seems to verify this as well. If I were looking the W4S would definitely be on my list.
Enjoy, I think you have a good one. The Taranis is a good amp as well. I believe your system is performing beyond what you have invested in it. What speakers are you using?
I'm using Anthony Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.5 speakers.
Bought the preamp used a few years ago. The phase switching malfunctioned, no longer works, but I don't care. I haven't owned a great deal of preamps, but I'm confident this is a good one. I'd be taking a chance on anything else and just don't get the impression the Wyred4sound is any sort of a weak link. Mine's the basic model I believe.
Congratulations, bullethead. Sounds like the STP-SE is working out well for you. How is the volume control? Is it smooth with fine(small) volume adjustment if needed? Is it even and smooth as you adjust the volume very low?
I ask these questions because the Arcam amp I use right now has the best VC I've used and there is no turning back.:-) Whatever I buy next must have an outstanding VC like my Arcam.
hi, thanks for the kind words.
since there's a built in volume control that has remote capability, the preamp is mostly passive then it goes into active mode after a certain volume. the control isn't as smooth as Arcam, I've had an Arcam product before I bought used, had it for a little bit then gave it to my friend.
Arcam volume controls are very smooth, since this amp is passive mostly one would hear clicks at each change in volume, that's the tradeoff from having the ability to have a remote, however it is very very convenient to have a remote capability with a passive preamp in my opinion, a fantastic feat of engineering.
Arcam products deserve my respect, I've always loved the look. The preamp I'm talking about here is a hybrid passive/active. I do not think I've used the active part yet because I've haven't raised the volume that high.
I've heard talked before here on this, the passive sound is like just having a straight wire from source to amp, no coloration, no sound of its own as others here have mentioned. I picked this pre because of the balanced input and output options and it has as well analogue input and output options, and made in the USA which is very important to me.
Thanks for the reply, bullethead. Looks like you have a great match for your Taranis amp. The internals of the STP-SE are fantastic. The power supply is bigger than that of most amps.
I'm looking to get more power for my system and the Wyred STP-SE/mAMPs combination is on my list.
Yep, when you get your first REAL good preamp it is amazing.
At that point try using another preamp. That is when you truly understand what a good preamp does (or it a good preamps case what is doesn't do - add color to what you are listening too) and how BAD some other preamps really were.
You shouldn't notice it when you are using it but you should notice it when you're not.
I put on Axiom Ambient "Lost in the Translation" an epic album I've also seen talked about in Stereophile years ago.
absolutely mind blowing how much sound was missing before. Where there was silence there is now sound.
this album transcends space and time and the reality fabric.
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