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AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up from The Absolute Sound

Wynn Audio introduced the new-to-the-U.S., $38k Karan Acoustics S 600 stereo amplifier that delivers 600W into 8 ohms, in addition to the $17k L Reference preamplifier with outboard power supply in a separate chassis. The Karan electronics drove $12k Penaudio Serenade Signature speakers from Finland. This room also boasted another cool introduction, albeit one outside my category: a brand-new rack from Critical Mass, the Olympus, seen in a “sneak preview” here before its official launch in Munich. Granted I’m not familiar with this new system, but I detected some remarkably immersive soundstaging, almost surround-sound-like in effect.

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Montreal Audio Fest 2017 – Karan Acoustics, Goldmund, Thales, and TIDAL Audio from Part-Time Audiophile

I’ve had the privilege of hearing Wong demo systems before, and this time it was just as compelling, musical, and engaging as the last. Not only does Wong put together systems that are carefully matched, curated, and meticulously set-up, he approaches building a kit with a holistic viewpoint. From source to transducer, Wong sees a component only as good as the one which precedes it in the signal path. He is very determined to please his customer base, and seems singleminded in his purpose to deliver the best sound possible within a client’s budget, and after spending some time with him, it’s easy to see why his method is gaining a following: it works. Wong puts together systems that speak to the listener in an organic, human, and most importantly musical vocabulary.

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Montreal Audio Fest 2017 Report from 6 Moons

Wynn Audio had a stable of exceptional HighEnd product at the show. The stunning Tidal Sunray flagship with the requisite caliber of support definitely hit upper echelon financial territory but as statement pieces, they define what the art of audio design can accomplish. The speakers clock in at $185’000/pr. The support pieces too were upward mobile. Names like Goldmund and Thales signified more premium product. To cite the Karan KA600 amplifier as singular example, its price is $40’000. Wynn Audio also stocks a good selection of more attainable product so that their flagship demonstrations serve to whet the appetite and inspire the soul. Both goals were intensely fulfilled.

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Montreal Audio Fest 2017 Report from Stereophile

A friend who shares my tastes in hi-fi told me, on Saturday, that the system assembled by Ontario dealer Wynn Audio sounded impressive, and I soon discovered how right he was. Wynn pulled out all the stops and built a system around the enormous—and enormously attractive—Tidal Audio Sunray loudspeakers ($CDN185,00/pair), with Karan Acoustics’ S 600 (600Wpc) stereo amplifier ($CDN40,000), L Mk3 preamp ($CDN13,000), and Ph1 phono stage ($CDN20,000). Source components were a Goldmund Eidos 36U+ CD player ($48,000) and a Thales TTT Compact II turntable ($CDN18,800) with Thales Simplicity II tonearm ($CDN12,500). ZenSati Seraphim cables were used throughout. A number by the O Zone Percussion Group, with marimba, orchestral bells, snare drum, and other percussion instruments offered thunderous lows, believably crisp highs, and lots of sheer excitement and drive.

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A Visit to Wynn Audio from The Audio Beat

“…The space has the character of a luxury downtown condo, even though it’s actually part of a suburban strip mall. It features two demo rooms and a small galley kitchen, which gives a homey feel. “

“…The sound is fast, clean and clear. Not to be mistaken for lean and bright, the warmth and beauty of a well-recorded cello, for example, was presented just as captured, with nothing added and nothing taken away.”

“…he has created a low-pressure, comfortable environment where any audiophile could drop by, have a listen, and simply talk audio.”

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Wynn Audio’s Grand Opening in Toronto from Mono & Stereo

“Toronto’s audio world has a new player in town, and he comes with a lavish reputation which precedes him. Known for his exquisite style and taste, Wynn Wong, President of Wynn Audio draws a lot of attention wherever he goes.”

“What drew the most attention, however, is the main show room which measures 17′ x 23′, with a 11 ft. ceiling, the room made the Tidal Sunray speakers looked small. Mark Johansen of ZenSati Cables, was engaging the audience with background stories to the tunes which he was playing. He played a track with bells on the background which the audience all thought were coming from real bells, when in fact they were all electronic bells.”

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TAVES 2016 – WYNN AUDIO WOWS WITH GOLDMUND, TIDAL from Part-Time Audiophile

“When the Bugatti Veyron debuted at the Toronto Auto Show in 2012, the $ 2 Million dollar price tag naturally generated a lot of buzz, it was the undisputed star of the show. If there is one system which can be described as the “Bugatti” of TAVES, it has to be Wynn Audio‘s Goldmund and Tidal system. The room is situated passed the booth exhibits, and right in front of the Sheraton Convention Center’s entrance. It is definitely the most eye-catching and most talked about room of TAVES 2016.”

“The sound was warm, musical and laid back. As they cranked up the volume, the elegant composure of the sonic image was maintained throughout the entire frequency spectrum, I could have easily listened to the system for hours without any listener fatigue.”

“Wynn Audio has undoubtedly raised the bar, and has set a higher standard for others to follow.”

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TAVES 2016 – “Best Sound of Show” from Positive Feedback

“This year it seems like Wynn Wong and Jorn Janczak were determined to win the top prize and so he pulled out all the stops to attain that goal. His room featured a system that had a total value of close to a million US dollars. The Tidal Sunray G2 loudspeakers (US$145,000) took center stage. They were supported by Goldmund Electronics, a Thales turntable, and ZenSati cabling.”

“I also got to speak to Jorn Janczak the CEO of Tidal, Mark Johansen the owner of ZenSati, and Rodolphe Bonlanger of Goldmund. Jorn told me that his main goal is to get out of the way of the music by designing loudspeakers that are a clear window to the source.”

“In any case, this cost no object approach that Wynn took, did result in sound that was mind-blowing to say the least. It was the most neutral and true-to-life sound at the show and it gets our “Best Sound of Show” vote.”

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TAVES 2016 – “Best of show” from 6 Moons

“Wynn Audio had some ‘smaller’ fare in a side room with some lovely Tidal loudspeakers and Goldmund equipment but for the big room brought out the Tidal Sunray loudspeakers and an array of Tidal and Goldmund electronics. Their equipment has always played impressive at every show I’ve attended and they pulled out the stops with this stuff of dreams assemblage, making it a short list contender for best of show.”

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$500,000 Tidal Audio system thunders to life courtesy of Element Acoustics, Wynn Audio from Part-Time Audiophile

“…I have to say, it was a sound that confounds conventional descriptions that I’m comfortable using to relate my listening experience. The sound induced a wholly transcendental, meditative state.”

“…I will say that the depth, and power on tap here delivered such startling clarity, and undeniable headroom in its sound, that the feeling of effortlessness each note was imbued with was intoxicating to experience. Put another way, Tidal gear forgoes any imposition of character to the sound.”

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