Review: Wright Sound WPA-3.5 Tube amp
I had these Wright 2A3 amps for about 6 months, until I changed to using the Silverline Sonata II's.
I had been driving my various Klipsch speakers for awhile with the Monarchy SM-70's, with nice results, but I wanted more detail and less high end.
I changed to the Wrights, and was able to get the sound, depth, detail and soundstage I was looking for. Of course, it also helped that I changed from an inexpensive AMC preamp to the Wright WPL-20. Awesome unit - but that is for another review!
My Wright 2A3's came with stock tubes, and although there is nothing wrong with the Sovtek 2A3, after hearing a pair of 1943 RCA black plates on a friends Moondogs, I had to have a similar pair. I found a pair of 1945 RCA's, and I loved them. I also rolled the 5Y3's and 6SN7's.
Any changes made in either the tubes, interconnects or cables are very apparent with the Wrights. What comes in comes out, and they are VERY revealing of any shortcoming in the system. Mine was by no means perfect, and depending on the CD or Record, it could be painfully apparent. Still, there is that midrange.......
My musical tastes run from Soft Jazz to Big Band, New Age and Classic Rock. The marriage of the Klipsch speakers and the Wright 2A3 was almost perfect for all of the above.
However, I fell into a deal to good to pass up on a pair of Silverline Sonata II's. I even actually auditioned them with my Wrights, and they were wonderful. Even though the Sonata II's are 95db efficient, it was work for the Wrights to push the big 4 way. Everything was still there, but there was just not enough of it all. NOT to blame the Wrights at all. The Silverlines should just have a min. of 10w, so I need a good 300b or, well, who knows. I am still experimenting.
If I did not have the Sonata II's, (And I am glad I do), I would not have sold the Wrights. (I still will not sell the PreAmp though!)
Future upgrades are a Channel Island DAC, coming in a couple days, Bi-Wire Silverline Speaker Cables, new Interconnects, and who knows where I will end up on amplification. I am leaning toward Odyssey Monoblocks right now. We shall see!
Wright Sound WPL-20 Preamp
Jolida 602A Tube CD
Klipsch K-Horns, Cornwalls, Chorus II's and Silverline Sonata II's.
Monarchy SM-70 MOnoblocks - Balanced