System does a lot of things very well, I am considering upgrading caps and internal wiring in speakers probably to mundorf. Just installed Nordost Tyr bi-wire speaker cables, Tyr xlr and Vahalla digital cable. Also added Verastarr Grand Illusion power cords to Dac and CD player. The difference is very clear and distinct. Speaker improves with each upgrade, may trade Frey back for Tyr bi-wire.
The platinum reference edition is of precise, neutral and transparent sonic characters that can rewrite the reference standard for a highest performance red book cd player. Extension and resolution in bass and treble areas has achieved the maximum possible standard that can reveal every minute details coupled with silky smoothness. Presented with stunning micro and macro dynamics while achieving the noble natural mid frequency with unbelievable density ever.
W4S DAC-2 Features: ESS Reference audio (ES9018) 32 bit DAC W4S proprietary discrete output stages for optimum sonics ESS Time Domain Jitter Eliminator® Automatic oversampling for precise output filtering Fully balanced design with balanced and unbalanced outputs Upgradable Digital, Output, and USB boards (designed for future improvements) Oversized toroidal transformer for solid and noise-free power Robust 35A Schottky bridge rectifier (same as used in the STP-SE) 88,000uF of filtering with W4S low ESR "super-cap" (same as used in the STP-SE) VFD display for input, sample rate, volume control, and configuration viewing Remote control Defeatable - 32 bit volume control HT Bypass inputs (selectable via DC trigger) 2x Coax inputs 2x Toslink inputs 1x AES/EBU input 1x Balanced I2S input via HDMI cable (not standard HDMI cable format) 24-bit 192kHz Asynchronous USB input Proprietary drivers for 32/64 bit Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS 10.4, 10.5 ,10.6 Factory selectable mains 115/230VAC Compact size (8.5"W x 4.125"H x 13.5"D) 16 lbs.
Wyred4Sound ST 500
Powered by ICE POWER®. Factory Selectable mains 115/230VAC Thermal protection Over current protection DC output protection Sound optimized soft clip Standard 12V DC Trigger 1/2" Milled and Anodized Aluminum trim panels Gold plated insulated 5 way binding posts Gold plated unbalanced (RCA) input Neutrik Balanced (XLR) input Exceptional input stage raises input impedance to 61.9K Ohms 17"W x 4"H x 13"D
The Swans 2.6HT is a 5.2 channel ultimate home theater system based on the latest ribbon driver technology. Its foundation relies on the principal of low level distortion and a powerful output with a linear sound source. This ultimate ribbon home theater system consists of two beautifully crafted front main speakers each with built in powered subwoofers; one center speaker; and two rear surround speakers. Each speaker is hand finished with the finest of exotic wood veneers and multi coat hand buffed piano lacquer. Each front main speaker features 8 ribbon tweeters and 8 dome midranges aligned in an aluminum front baffle with two 6.5 bass-midrange drivers to create a true linear sound source configuration. To ensure the Swans 2.6HT has optimum low-frequency performance, powerful active subwoofers are built directly into each front main speakers. Each sub features a 10 woofer powered by a 150W RMS amplifier ensuring an effortless bass response well below 25Hz giving superior sound quality and boundless momentum. Swans 2.6HT is primarily designed for use in villas, private home cinemas, and family home environments. The system has a luxurious finish, intricate technical design, but still maintains convenient set up and installation. Sound quality is natural, pure, simple, and gives a brand new experience to home cinema and music. Swans 2.6HT adopts a new 5.2 channel system which integrates the designs of the front channel speakers with active subwoofers. The system offers cutting edge acoustic engineering featured in each component, from the high end HiVi drivers used to the linear arrangement and sound source structure. Sound pressure dynamics beyond imagination, easy application to various listening environments, and its gorgeous classic visual design all contribute to the Swans 2.6HT being a new and fantastic high end home theater system worthy of accolades.
Nordost Tyr XLR
The Tyr interconnect uses four 22 AWG solid OFC conductors with an extruded silver surface of 60 microns. Featuring our advanced dual mono-filament technology, the reduction of insulation contact by more than 85% means that the current and voltage traveling above the surface of the conductor are virtually unimpeded and signals are transferred more efficiently, accurately and at extremely high speeds. For optimum performance single-ended Tyr interconnect cables are terminated with WBT NextGen gold plated copper RCA connectors. These low mass plugs offer the perfect impedance matching between the cable and equipment. Tyr is also available with carefully selected balanced terminations. This cable offers superb coherence, detail and realism in a musical performance.
Nordost Tyr Bi-wire
The TYR loudspeaker cable consists of twenty 22 AWG OFC conductors with a 60 microns extruded silver surface, arranged in a flat array. Mono-filament design reduces insulation contact with the conductors by more than 80% which means signals are virtually unimpeded by the insulation material. With an effective dielectric constant of 1.12 Tyr loudspeaker cables transfer signals very efficiently at extremely high speeds, resulting in superb detail and musical realism. Tyr is available terminated with low-mass Nordost Z plugs or gold-plated spades. Wire your system with a full loom of Tyr cables and be awed by its realism and detail.
Audioprism Ground Control
Nordost Valhalla Digital
Vahalla between the Wyred Dac and Esound CD
60A Filter with 6 Position Power Socket Same quality construction as the 80A 3, but with dual 60+60 AMP RF noise filters in a smaller package.
Isoclean Focus Power Cord
Constructed from selected high quality European 6mm Copper cable, the external tightly wrapped with 3 layers Nylon anti-static and single layer heavy-duty Copper shields for added external/internal vibrations, harmful airborne RF absorptions. Terminated with high-grade 24K Gold plated Wattgate IEC and AG plugs. The contacts modified, polished to increase contact area in order to improve reliability and reduce noises. Items individually handcrafted to exacting professional standards.
Verastarr Grand Illusion Power Cords
The Verastarr Grand Illusion is testament to our ability to think outside the box. Designed with eliminating the inherent anomalies of round wire in mind, the Grand Illusion uses high purity metal foils instead of wire. The result is a breakthrough in imaging and dynamics. By increasing the surface area of normal round wire tenfold or more, skin effect is no longer an issue. Efficiency of electron flow is maximized, and efficient electron flow means low noise. Micro detail becomes unlocked and soundstage and image opens up incredibly. Start with your source components for the most dramatic improvement then unveil the layers as you add cords to the preamp, then amplifiers and finally behind your power conditioner. We are so confident in the performance of the Grand Illusion that we guarantee it performs better than what you are currently using, or your money back! Try one now to truly see what your system is capable of.
System edited: I have recently changed a few items; upgraded to Nordost Tyr bi-wire, eliminated PS Audio preamp from circuit, utilizing wired4sound Dac as pre. Also added an Isoclean 60A3 power conditioner with Focus power cord. The system is dead quite, coherent and imaging has greatly improved. The speakers are awesome and will get me thrown out of my loft!