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and a great selection of cool audio stuff for your home. We’re Totally Wired in more senses than one. An independent specialist business based in Dunedin, with clients throughout New Zealand and the world. Explore our site and find out how we can make technology easy for you. From the many Tivoli radio models to the most desirable hifi and high value separates for the budget and quality conscious. You’ll learn all about the wonderful world of analogue, investigate how to have music in any room in a modern digital home and even discover that there are some great New Zealand made audio components that might be just what you are looking for. Read our latest newsletter.
So tell us what you want and together we’ll select the ideal component or system for you. We’ll organize safe delivery and everything that is required to get you up and running. It will look and sound just superb! While an infectious enthusiasm for sound quality is at the heart of our operation, we also actively support the World Wide Fund for Nature, especially in their efforts to save New Zealands endangered Hectors Dolphin. Find out how you’ll get an extra special something from us.
What's new at Totally Wired?
Making Wireless Work for You.
We're all about simple and effective solutions for your audio needs. It's also about giving you choice – this doesn't have to mean a bewildering array of options. Rather, a clear set of alternatives that will fill a varied range of requirements balancing sound quality, features and cost.
You can learn about how we make wireless work for you. If you have been thinking about wireless but it seemed too hard, costly or compromised, then this article will show you thats it's easy, inexpensive and can sound great.
New Sonus faber Venere range of loudspeakers.
A new Sonus faber model is always and event in itself - change is only made to substantially further the Sonus faber ideals. While the flagship models might only be aspirational for many of us, the fact that design elements from these speakers are now directly applied to their entry level models allows you to benefit from the history and expertise that is uniquely Sonus faber.
From a surprisingly affordable NZ$2000 the pair for the Venere 1.5 - a classic compact two way design suitable for either stand or shelf mount - through to a pair rather fabulous floor-standers, the Venere range offers you something really special. Learn more here.
The Well Tempered Labs RIAA Phono stage - $499
In keeping with our program of audio socialism we now bring you an absolute ripper of a phono stage from no less than the esteemed Well Tempered Labs for just under NZ$500 - Like NuForce with their high value DACs and amplifiers, Well Tempered Labs are all about bringing high end analogue performance to the masses. The RIAA Phono stage is gusty little box finished in the same style as the DPS power supply for the WT range of turntables, but is about half the size. It runs off 12v DC (which the DPS is set up to provide) but can equally well be used with any decent plug in supply - Tivoli units are perfect. It is specifically designed for moving magnets such as Ortofon or high output MC cartridges like the Dynavector 10X5. For low output Moving Coil cartridges go straight to the latest Dynavector P75MK3 or Pure Audio.
What makes the Well Tempered phono stage so special is the sound - it's a wonderfully solid and warm presentation backed by real power and drive. We don’t know the back story behind the design but it’s immediately obvious that this phono stage gives a full scale analogue performance from even modest cartridges. It comprehensively blitzes anything else we’ve tried at this level - both the well regarded Pro-Ject and Cambridge units sound threadbare by comparison and it betters plenty of far more costly units on MM. The WT phono stage is easily the biggest and best value upgrade for the performance of 90% of turntables out there - the logic of placing more resources in the phono stage than cartridge has always been compelling to us - styli and cartridges quickly wear out and need replacement to maintain sound quality, but a good phono stage lasts a lifetime and makes easily affordable cartridges sound far better than they have any right to.
So the WTL Phono stage is now our best recommendation for not just Well Tempered turntables but also any Project, Rega, Thorens or Linn fitted with either a moving magnet or high output moving coil.
New Pro–Ject Debut Carbon NZ$ 699
The Debut name can be associated with Pro–jet’s most popular and affordable 'grass roots' turntables. Each rendition has been greatly upgraded from the originally rather prosaic Debut with an all round program of improvements. Replacing the 'Debut 3, 'The 'Carbon' is the best yet with a larger 12 inch steel platter, improved motor suspension and a carbon fibre tonearm, (a simplified version of that found on the Xpression. RCA connections allow for future up–grading of the interconnects.
Simply put, this is a great introduction to analogue at it’s price, all up and running with an Ortofon OM10 cartridge, dust cover and isolating feet. Witchdoctor likes it, as does the EISA judges. As with it’s predecessor beautifully finished in gloss piano black or choose to different with red, blue, silver or white.
Pure Audio is at to Totally Wired - these are simply the best sounding NZ made amplification products ever. Gary Morrison recently visited us and we had a really good listen to the samples - the new Pure Audio amplifiers re-write the book on absolute performance, New Zealand made and all round musical goodness. Find out more here.
The arrival of the Pure Audio amplifiers has, with no small irony, resulted in a timely upgrade of our digital sources. In contrast to Pure Audio digital is, by definition, all about numbers.
The Wadia 121 - it's a DAC - or decoding computer in their prefered nomenclature. At just on NZ$2200 it's around $10,000 less than their previous entry level which immediately throws things into perspective. While we're putting big numbers in there let’s also include 32bit/1.4MHz upsampling and acceptance of up to 192Khz/24bit material on all inputs. Now we’ve got that out of the the way we can talk about what will actually impress you - the sound.Investigate all the features and abilities of this rather clever little box here.
Which Well Tempered turntable is right for you?
When the Well Tempered Amadeus Turntable was introduced just four short years ago it blew away everything else and seemed impossible to improve on. Now we've got 4 Well Tempered turntable models, 3 tonearms, and power supply, not to mention a special Dynavector variant. Combine this with a multitude of cartridge and phono stage choices and your analogue options just became almost bewildering.
With plenty of time and experience in setting up and selling these wonderful turntables, we've sat down and compiled a guide for you covering all the models from the Simplex to the new Versalex, looked at the priorities in terms of power supplies, model choices and cartridge matching.
If one thing defines the sound of these beautifully hand-built Italian products it's character - each model is distinctive and individual. With the introduction of the new Crescendo range Audio Analogue have broken new ground in affordability. But have somehow managed to avoid compromise - the new Crescendo amp and CD are still hand made in Italy and prove conclusively that you don't have to go to far eastern assembly for great value. But more importantly these new modesl sound just fantastic - read more here.
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