Wes Phillips

Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  3 comments
While I was cruising NAD's booth, I noticed the M2 Direct Digital amplifier—obviously part of NAD's Masters Series. I asked one Nad rep to tell me about it. "Oh, we didn't bring it—it's not going to be released until spring."
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
I walked into Audience's room expecting to see the usal assortment of cables, power conditioners, and high-quality parts, but I was confronted with an entire Audience system, from a heavily modded Denon CD player to preamplifier, power amplifiers to loudspeakers!
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
The Wavemaster monoblock power amplifiers ($9000–$10,000/pair) can put out 200W into 4 ohms. They employ an Audience discrete-component front end, switching power supply, and come with an Audience Power Chord. They accommodate single-ended and balanced inputs.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
Here's the phono transformer that completes the Ypsilon phono section—for them what needs it (price tbd).
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
Here's an inside look at Ypsilon's forthcoming phono section (price tbd). Clean layout, no?
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
The Pass SCPI phono section ("under $4000") was an awfully slick looking piece of kit. "Basically, we took everything we learned in the Aleph Ono and improved upon it," said Pass engineer Wayne Colburn. The SCPI accommodates multiple inputs and has improved circuit traces, capacitors, and toroidal power supply.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2009  |  0 comments
"You have got to check out Vitus," Jon Iverson enthused. When I did, I took his point. Vitus Audio is the love child of Hans-Ole Vitus, who takes a holistic approach to audio design. Vitus products are, he explains, the result of relationships—not just parts and circuits, but how they interact with one another. I suspect, from looking at the gear, Vitus is also concerned about beauty, too.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 12, 2009  |  1 comments
It belonged to a tenor! (ba-dum-dum) Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I'll be here all week.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 12, 2009  |  3 comments
Tenor's promised Tenor Pre preamplifier ($40,000) is a hybrid, using tubes for the input stage and MOSFETs for the output. It should be available in two months. As a whole, the Tenor system (fleshed out with Hansen Emperors and Kubala-Sosna cables) was outstanding.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 12, 2009  |  1 comments
This is what the Lamm ML3 Signature looks like under the hood. Clean layout and P2P wiring throughout.

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