I live in Australia and after a fair bit of research ordered a Wyred4Sound 7 x 500W, which EJ organised a factory conversion to our 240V for me. The amp was ordered on Tuesday and made that week and shipped Friday (great service). Firstly, the build quality is really impressive with lots of little nice details. The amp looks much better in the flesh than the pictures suggest and the back panel has very high quality connectors.
The amp itself is simply amazing… I am pretty familiar with some high end amps, including several ICEPower amps, and whatever the medications the Rick Cullen and the team have done( things like silver wiring and high quality capacitors and resistors) they have put this up with the best ICEPower I have heard, and better than most. To my ears, it’s every bit as good (and possibly a little sweeter in the treble) as the Bel-Canto 1000, or Rotel RB-1091 mono-blocks and better than the Jeff Rowland (don’t like their too smooth treble, which is a house sound they have).
I won’t get into the ICEPower versus Analogue debate, but for me ICEpower beats all but the most esoteric traditional amps and I love the control and dynamics from the massive power. I’m not a bigot on this – I really appreciate for example the silky detail and shear presence of Classe, or the amazing bass of Krell, or the living music from an Audio Research Valve amp. And in pure stereo, there are amps with better imaging than the Wyreds (we are talking subtle differences though). But for my money (and especially for 7 channels), these amps are (to my ears) unbeatable without spending at least double the cost.
I could not imagine a better sounding home theatre amplifier and it’s right up there with some esteemed stereo amps in quality (like the Classe) for my ears. Extremely tight bass and the midrange is very transparent and detailed. And the reserved of power are just amazing. Total control over the speakers.
There – now I feel better ;-)