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The m-INT has already received 2 exceptional reviews.
The 6moons review summed up with their Realsization Award and said:
"Clearly the mINT offers an awful lot for not very much. It gets there with far fewer compromises than seem realistic. And that's my whole fascination with realsization: downscale complexity and expense, acquire a good serving of the high end. Be a snob and spend a mint. Or be smart and stop at a mINT."
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StereoTimes summed up with:
"the W4S mINT is a mini amp that sounds like a maxi amp. It’s got a powerful, punchy sound with minimal if any audible ICEpower roll-off up top and it stages and does deep and powerful bass like a bruiser. It also resolves beautifully and I felt no immediate urge to replace it in my system with my usual bed-fellows for weeks at a time. As such, the Wyred 4 Sound mINT really does amount to one smokingly integrative deal that plays well and truly beyond a bunch o’ cheap separates you cobbled together on Audiogon because, well, you want separates."
The Stereo Times review can be seen at:
The Wyred 4 Sound MINT (Mini Integrated amp) is a wonderful new 100 watts per channel small integrated amp with a fine DAC and headphone amp included. It is now shipping.
We introduced it at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and it did a superb job running our Emeralds Physics system. We received the Best Reasonably Price Sound at the show from The Absolute Sound.
The MINT is a preamp, power amp, asynchronous DAC and headphone amp in a small hi performance package. It offers superb performance for the price and makes a great center section of a quality hifi system. Just add a pair of speakers and inexpensive CD player or computer as a source for a killer system.
The MINT maybe small in size but it is big in performance. The volume control in the MINT is a true-resistive ladder which results in linear control, excellent channel matching, and great sonic quality. Rather than passing the signal through a volume pot, the control is only used as a position reference. A soft ramp feature means that when powering the unit on/off or using the mute/un-mute it increases/decreases the volume at a pleasant rate. The MINT has a 12V DC trigger in and out as well as an external mains voltage switch.
Two analog inputs (Auxiliary 1 and 2) are side by side on the rear panel. An alternate function of Aux 2 is Home theater bypass and is activated via a push switch on the back. The preamp output will work to run a powered subwoofer. In addition to the preamp out the MINT has a Fixed out (tape out) that will typically be used to send a signal to a recording device or feed a signal to a second system. An alternate function of the Fixed out is a Main In feature that can be used with the preamp output to allow the insertion of a digital crossover or processor into the signal path. This feature can be selected by the “Fixed out/Main in” button located on the rear of the unit next to the HT Bypass selector.
Located top and center of the rear panel, you will find three digital inputs, coax, optical and USB, powered by an ESS Sabre DAC chip. The S/PDIF inputs will support 24 bit 192kHz resolution files and the Asynchronous USB interface will support 24 bit 96kHz hi resolution files from your computer. Each digital input can be connected to a different source and selected independently via the remote or input select buttons on the front.
A ¼” headphone jack is machined into the left had side of the front panel. When a headphone is plugged into the jack it will mute the speaker output (other than the Fixed outputs) regardless of the input selected or volume level. The headphone amp is impressive and will even run hi impedance phones. It uses independent power supplies for exceptionally low channel crosstalk, low noise & wide dynamic range that make for true hi fidelity headphone experience.
The MINT is dual mono & uses two independent new X-series ICEpower™ modules, each with its own power supply. The new X-series has the best performance of any digital amp from ICE power. The MINT puts out 100wpc into 8 ohms and 170 watts into 4 ohm loads. It will drive the majority of speakers on the market with ease.
The MINT is made in the USA and comes with a 3-year factory warranty.
We accept Visa and MasterCard as well as money orders. Read our AudiogoN #1 rated feedback and call me at 770-667-5633 with questions or to order this fine integrated amp/DAC.
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