The High End at Totally Wired
Only components that are so unarguably good and free of compromise, that they elicit a positive response from almost all who critically listen can be considered ‘High End’. It’s about performance that closely approaches the ideal, that is clearly and demonstrably better than the majority of ordinary consumer products. You should also note that while prices often reflect the huge research, development and manufacturing effort that goes into many High End products, there are gems of design that stand out, being beneficiaries of heritage, inspiration and sometimes even the economies of scale.
For instance, when a reviewer says of the Quad ESL loudspeakers that ‘I know of no other speaker I’d rather own, regardless of price’, you will understand there is the clear implication that high end aspirations can be accommodated in real world budgets.
At companies like Sonus faber, their entry level models are produced alongside their very best – the same designers, the same people handcrafting the cabinets. So you are assured of the benefit that expertise and know that even the most affordable model will share family characteristics. Specified to reach ultra-high frequencies up to an elusive 60 kHz, MA’s magical ribbon tweeter will reproduce with ease every last nuance and detail from digital and analogue.
We're thrilled to be able to bring you the NuPrime products. As longtime NuForce enthusiasts it was only natural for us to contact Jason Lim and ask if we could represent his new enterprise in New Zealand - previously we'd had to operate via a distributor company which was both inefficient and costly. Now the NuPrime range comes to us directly and we've been tasked to do the best possible job for you, not just in New Zealand, but also to help establish NuPrime in Australia. An offshoot of the NuForce brand, NuPrime is a new and independent company whose purpose is to carry on in the celebrated tradition of the NuForce high-end product line. For instance the NuPrime IDA-16 delivers more sound quality, power and sophistication than any other DAC and amplifier combination, digital or analogue we've heard regardless of cost.
NuForce are a seriously cool digital company so who better to shake up the home cinema market with their new AV pre/power components. If you are 21st century kind of person looking to the future you won’t need the plethora of plugs and features that have done little more than make life complicated for home theatre owners.
Pure Audio is aptly named – a simple range of three perfectly formed audio amplifiers – a control (pre) amplifier, matching Class A mono power amplifiers and an exceptional phono stage. These are the finest audio products to come out of New Zealand. Which is what we would expect from the most experienced and talented designers when they have been freed to produce the components they always wanted to. Packed full of original ideas and unique solutions, these amplifiers are both distinctive and competitive with the very best designs worldwide, regardless of cost.
With the new PrimaLuna Vacuum tube amplifiers it's all about the music. Tubes do fantastic things for sound – any style or type of music and in just about any system too. The Dutch company Prima Luna design and manufacture tube amplifiers for the 21st century. They are reliable, easy to use and compatible with a broad range of both input sources and speakers. And at their entry level, they are supremely affordable. You owe it to yourself to investigate the new Prima Luna models – there is no substitute for simply hearing what they can do – imagine lush, room filling sound.
You'll find that what makes the new Monitor Audio Gold GX range so special is a ribbon. Not just your everyday ribbon however but an ultra-thin sandwich of ceramic coated aluminium magnesium alloy suspended in a powerful transverse magnetic field of high energy NeFeB rare earth magnets. This is the Monitor Audio Ribbon transducer.What this translates to is immediately apparent when you listen to any model in the GX series - these speakers really sing and reproduce high frequencies in a way that leaves most other designs sounding flat footed.
The best High End companies have substantial track records. Meridian have been at the forefront of digital design since the inception of CD. Meridian Audio is a seriously cool audio and home cinema company. Right at the cutting edge of digital and unashamedly aimed at people who are seriously into music or home cinema. If you'd like our very best digital sound in an affordable, friendly and easy to use package, you are just about to become a happy Meridian owner.
Forget what you’ve heard of the ‘law of diminishing returns’. Abandon any preconceptions as to what you can or can’t hear or appreciate. Real High End components produce music in a way that everyone can enjoy to the fullest. The work that goes into the design also ensures longer lasting, more reliable and more deeply satisfying components and systems that will give a lifetime of pleasure.
The Intelligent Choice For The Quality Conscious
After 20+ years in home audio we feel no desire to be subject to the conventional rules of consumerism. Rather we want to be the antidote, providing answers and value that lasts. Helping you make choices based on your individual requirements. We still follow our hearts. Hence our support of the World Wide Fund for Nature and Save Animals From Exploitation. We’d like to think that you will buy from us simply because we offer you the best products, good value for money and help you with information. But if we can also do something worthwhile along the way it is a good thing, and in a world of rampant consumerism this might appeal to you. We believe choices made today will determine the future. Become design conscious, consume less and help protect the environment.