*** SALE PENDING ***
For sale is one Wyred 4 STP-SE preamp. It is in flawless condition and sounds wonderful. Huge, detailed, transparent sound emerges from an inky black background. It has the timbral richness of a fine tube amp and dynamic punch of solid state. Read the excellent 6moons review here:
It can be run fully balanced or single-ended. Power amp input impedance is not an issue with the unity gain buffer in this passive pre (like the $7000 Placette Active). This unit replaced the Placette Passive Linestage in my system, offering improved presence, weight, and richness while retaining the supreme transparency of the Placette. These improvements became glaringly apparent with my Pass Labs XA30.5 and its 23 kohm input impedance (the STP-SE drove it without breaking a sweat!), but were also very much present with high impedance amps.
It also has a ton of features including 3 single-ended + 2 fully-balanced inputs, 2 single-ended + 2 fully balanced outputs, selectable home theater bypass for any input as well as input naming, 2 12V output triggers -- great for having pre and power amps behind closed doors -- and a 12V INPUT trigger -- extremely useful when running HT bypass.
I bought this as a dealer demo just 3 months ago with only about 30 hours on it, but I have just fulfilled my dream of owning the $8500 Conrad Johnson CT5. Quite honestly, the W4S comes scary close at