Customer Testimonials - UPDATED and edited - 12th July 2017


Thank you for all your help, although I suspect it wasn't too hard for you guys.   Dirk Megan has been on my case for the past 2 weeks trying to get me to listen to his new whest PS.40RDT Special Edition.  I'm glad I did because my Technics SP10Mk2/ Obsidian plinth has NEVER EVER EVER sounded this good.  It is simply stunning.  I think Dirk is typing a short review, so I'll keep it really short.  EVERYTHING HE SAID !!!!!!
(see Dirk's review below)

Technics SP10 Mk2 in modified Obsidian Plinth/ Graham Phantom 2/ EMT 75s/ whest PS.40RDT Special Edition.
Cary M Jabobs - Connecticut USA

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WOW!!

I've just installed the PS.40RDT Special Edition into my system which replaces the Modwright PH150 in this system.  It is excellent and far better than I thought it would be.  It has really shown up the issues with the Modwright that I always suspected.  The Modwright is far too warm and soft sounding.  All of my MM and MC cartridges have the same sound signature with the Modwright PH150.  The PS40RDT Special Edition on the other hand plays all of the same cartridges with 'neutrality'.  Each cartridge has it's own signature, texture and body.  The soundstage and imaging are also MUCH better with the whest. 

I was going to move the Modwright to system 2 but now I think (know) that I will be selling the Modwright to get another PS.40RDT Special Edition - the sooner the better.

VPI Classic 4/ Tri-Planar/ TW Raven/ Lyra Atlas/ Ortofon Anna/ Audio Research REF Pre/ PS.40RDT Special Edition.
Basis Debut Signature turntable/ Basis tonearm/ Decca London Gold/  - soon whest PS.40RDT Special Edition
Dirk Megan - Connecticut USA

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Add me to the other ULTRA happy whestTWO.2 users.  This thing is streets ahead of my 'now gone' Avid Pulsus.  I now know what vinyl is all about !  hahaha

Pro-ject Classic SP turntable/ whestTWO.2/ Roksan Caspian M2 amp/ Acoustic Energy AE1 Speakers
Stephen Walker - West Sussex UK

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Thank you to James and Team whest for a great day.  The weather was amazing and now I have a quite stunning sounding turntable.  Before the whest PS.40RDT Special Edition I was using an Audio Research REF 2SE which I thought would be my last phono stage, but was I SO wrong.  Not that I was wrong but the AR 2SE was wrong.  Even through the new Thorens TD550 I now have, the AR 2SE sounded blurred, too warm and the imaging was vague.  The PS.40RDT SE changed all that.  Listening to some Nick Drake showed just how different the AR was to the far better Whest.  There was no contest.  Thank you James for a wonderful day.  The best upgrade to my electronics I have ever done.

Thorens TD550 Silver/ Jelco SA750 10"/ Ortofon A95/ Lamm L2 preamp/ PSi A25M active loudspeakers.
Graham Stening
- Kent UK

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What a great and worthwhile upgrade !!  If this gets onto your website I want to say this:
IF any of you are looking to upgrade or start in the world of vinyl then really there is nowhere else to go.  These guys really do know what they are doing.  The whestTHREE Signature I purchased is by far the best I have heard in and around this price range.  It not only give me VINYL playback like nothing I have ever experienced but I know that I can upgrade my turntable (if I want) to silly levels before even thinking of upgrading the whestTHREE.  So what did I have before - a Trilogy 907 Twin box but I always felt that I was missing something.  What I was missing, and now I know is MUSIC, DETAIL and that REALISM that I get from the whestTHREE Signature.  On top of that, the Trilogy 907 didn't sound convincing with the SME15, whereas the whest sounds AMAZING with the SME15 - just INCREDIBLE.

SME 15/ Jelco SA750/ Kiseki Blue/ whestTHREE Signature/ Prima Luna Premium integrated/ Focal 906 stand mount speakers.
Peter Wan - Washington Seattle USA


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Thank you James for another fantastic unit.  The MC REF in my main system sounds far far better than I hoped.  The TITAN Pro now sits with the Continuum Caliburn and is already sounding marvelous.  I had a friend over yesterday from Hong kong with his BAT VK-P12 and I can tell you now you will be receiving a call very very soon!  I am now running the new ZYX Omega on the Kronos Sparta turntable in system 1.  This sounds very good.  There are things that I think are better with the EMT 75s but I will wait for another 10-20 hours, but so far the MC REF is playing me details that I have never experienced before.  Thank you.

Kronos Sparta/ Black Beauty/ ZYX Omega/ MC REF
Continuum Caliburn/ EMT 75s/ TITAN Pro
Tube and horn based systems.
JP Kwan - Hong Kong and London

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As you know James, this is my 3rd time visiting your product range.  The whestTHREE Signature in my 3rd system and the PS.40RDT in my 2nd system are what I refer to as the 'heart and soul' of those systems, and yes after several lengthy discussions, borrowing an MC REF V from my good friend Ian, I am more than happy to have moved to a whest MC REF V MK4 for my main system.  James, the system sounds marvelous.  The Audio Research PH9 always sounded good in the system but like you said... that is the main issue with it, it just sounds good.  It sounded 'good' on everything to the point where I remember saying to Ian that the PH9 makes all my LPs sound the same, same character throughout.

Both you and Ian plotted this sale, I'm sure of it
, but it was worth every penny.  The MC REF V Mk4 sounds like I no longer have a phonostage but I am now just listening to what's on the LP.  My VPI Classic Direct is now operating at a very different level.  It's as if I don't recognise some of the LP content anymore.  The dynamic range is staggering and so is the level of detail.  The contrast between LPs is also huge, something I knew the PH8 wasn't showing up.  KJ WestOne in London were absolutely adamant that's how vinyl playback was, well I can tell you now KJWO - IT'S NOT !!!.

Why you don't make a preamp I will never know, but if you ever do then call me.  I'll be your first customer.

VPI Classic Direct/ Lyra Atlas/ whest MC REF V Mk4 (2017)/ Aesthetix Callisto Signature/ Aesthetix Atlas Poweramp/ Harbeth 40.2 on bespoke Resonant Woods Stands USA
Dr Adam Schnee - UK and USA


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I thought I needed a new turntable but BOY was I wrong.  The Cyrus 8/2 DAC is no slouch and I love that UK sound, but partnered with the whestTHREE Signature, my vinyl setup has just hit the roof.  3D NOPE... more like 4D.  Crazy details coming from my system now.

VPI Prime/ Lyra Kleos/ whestTHREE Signature/ Cyrus 8/2 DAC/ ATC SCM19
Clayton Barry - Caracus Venezuala

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whestTWO.2 just replaced my Nagra battery powered BPS.  The Nagra didn't stand a chance. Thank to my good friend Tan who did exactly the same thing.  It just goes to prove that MORE MONEY doesn't always mean better in audio.

Acoustic Signature Thunder MK2/ Dynavector XX2 mk2/ whestTWO.2
Yusuf Khan - Madrid Spain 


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I've received the PS40RDT Special Edition and have unboxed it like it's Christmas.  Fantastic bit of kit !!  It didn't take me long to connect it to my Burmester 082.   I'm AMAZED.  It sounds far better than I remember and streets ahead of my Brinkmann phonostage which has now been demoted to my 2nd system.   This is so right even right now.  I was thinking of upgrading the EMT JSD6, but I see why you were against it, YES it's a great cartridge.  I have read that I need to burn this in for another 48-72 hours.  That should be fun as I have the whole of Easter off.  Thanks again for what sounds like a whole new record collection.

Brinkmann Balance/ 10.5" tonearm/ EMT JSD6/ PS.40RDT Special Edition
Larry Rosen - Miami USA

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I'm going to keep this very short James.  This is the best phonostage I have ever heard - full stop.  Vinyl cannot get better than this, can it?  This (PS.40RDT Special Edition) is so far ahead of the other units I have listened to, it is a joke.  How is it you are able to give me a soundstage like this when the others can't?  However you do it, just keep it up.  Just amazing value for my setup.  My Pear Audio Kid Thomas turntable is singing - really singing.  I now can say with my hand on my heart that I have never heard my Miyajima Kansui Blackwood cartridge like this, I really feel that Miyajima users need to use your products if they want to hear them properly.  Thank you James for a brilliant product.

Pear Audio Kid Thomas turntable/ Miyajima Kansui Blackwood MC cartridge/ whest PS.40RDT Special Edition
Roger McKenny - BC Canada

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Firstly, thank you for your fantastic service from begining to end.  Having installed the whestTHREE Signature in my system I can say that after only an initial 3 hours of warm-up time, my Thorens TD550 is sounding absolutely fantastic.  The EMT S75 cartridge and Jelco SA-750E have NEVER EVER sounded so good, real and dynamic.  I am currently playing K.D.Lang 'Hymns of the 49th Parallel' and Ms Lang's voice and the instruments are sounding as if they are in my room.  The shear level of detail is incredible.  Whatever terms the magazine reviewers use for 'INCREDIBLE, LIFELIKE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED' I would also apply to this outstanding product.  The background noise/hiss levels are so low, it's like CD or my soon to become redundant Naim Uniti streamer.  The Thorens TD550 always sounded better with my last phonostage but now it has surpassed everything I have every heard in my system.  Thank you for such a great product.

Thorens TD550/ Jelco SA-750E/ EMT S75/ whestTHREE Signature
Ms Danielle Martin - Calgary Canada

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What a marvelous upgrade over my Graham Slee Accession MM stage.  If it wasn't for one of your other ex-G.Slee users I would never have known just what I was missing.  The whestTWO.2 is really in a different league.  Ok, the G.S unit has variable switching for different record labels but the whestTWO.2 is just so much more enjoyable to listen to, and I can hear so much more from my Clearaudio Concept.

Clearaudio Concept MM/ whestTWO.2/ Sugden A21I/ Harbeth P3ESR Loudspeakers
Mr A. Jacobs - Midlands

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Got the unit (PS.40RDT Special Edition)
on Friday but was out at a concert (Neal Morse - probably the best live band I have ever witnessed), so got it connected and powered up on Saturday morning and had a listen.  I can honestly say that this is the most significant improvement I have EVER heard from my hifi.  In fact my turntable beats my fairly impressive DCS digital front end, a result I was not expecting.

Michell Gyro SE/ Soundsmith MIMC/ PS.40RDT Special Edition
Mark H. -  Edinburgh

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Having just upgraded to the new Avid Acutus SP/ Brinkmann 10.5 combination I thought I'd look at what can happen if I change my Avid Pulsare II phono stage.  Quite a few of the UK and USA forums were saying that the Avid phono stages were good for rock and nothing else.  I certainly found the Pulsare II good for rock but a bit harsh on other genres and not great on classical. I've always had a question mark about it, but my dealer told me to let it warm-up.

Fastforward to a vinyl meeting in Islington London
and there I saw an Avid Acutus SP and a whest PS.40RDT sounding incredible.  At the break I spoke to the owner of the system and he confirmed what I had read and what I had experienced.  The Avid phono stages are OK but not great and cannot handle raw acoustic or jazz well. 

One call to my whest dealer in Scotland and I managed to snap a whest PS.40RDT for a short home demo.  From out of the box, the PS.40RDT showed itself as a real special player.  I was now hearing things that I had NEVER experienced or heard before.  The soundstage was perfect and the timing was like being in a live concert - foot taping timing. I loved everything about this product.
I asked the dealer for a demo of the PS.40RDT Special Edition and was told it would be a special order as they didn't have one in stock.  Well, I bit that bullett and purchased it. It was the best thing I have done to my turntable system.  I really didn't need to go to the Acutus SP and could have stayed with the Volvere SP with the PS.40RDT Special Edition - I'm sure that combination would have been just as good really.

Fantastic. Really happy with my vinyl setup that to whest.

Avid Acutus SP/ Brinmann 10.5/ Lyra Atlas/ PS.40RDT Special Edition
Dr Prasad PHD.  Glasgow

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Hi.  I've just got home after purchasing your whestTWO.2 which now replaces my Graham Slee Revelation C MC phono stage.  The improvement is astonishing.  I was told by many GS forum goers not to expect much by going over to a whest BUT now I see how much wool was trying to be forced over my eyes !! 

Everything has changed.  The GS is quiet but the whestTWO.2 is not only quieter, if that is possible, but my Garrard 401/ Jelco 750/ Cadenza Black is performing like never before - I now have a soundstage.  My good friend Frederick who is another GS Rev C user is coming over tonight so expect a call in the morning and most likely another sale.  EXCELLENT PRODUCT and shame on those GS forum goers.  Wool over eyes - NOT GOOD !!

Garrard 401 Slate/ Jelco 750 9"/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ whestTWO.2 and very happy.
S.Petersen - West Midlands.

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I've been a VPI Superscout Master turntable user for about 12 years and have used various cartridges and phonostages to try and get that 'right' sound.  It shouldn't be rocket science should it?  I currently use an Ortofon A95 MC and up until about 3 weeks ago a Manley Steelhead phono stage.  The system sound was by far the best I had heard in my system.  The Manley providing that extra something the other phonostages just couldn't deliver.

Then while on Instagram I came across whest audio (you).  What I mostly liked was that it wasn't all about the phonostages but about music as well.  The testimonial page on your site was very interesting because I hadn't really experienced a lot of what was talked about with regards the description of the whest audio phonostages.  mmmm?

A quick chat to my local dealer in Scotland and he managed to get a PS.40RDT from you - as you know.  That changed my whole life!

The Manley Steelhead was good but the PS.40RDT just blew it out of the water.  It took me about 2 tracks on Royal Scam by Steely Dan to figure that out.  The PS.40RDT was just incredible as pulling detail out that the Manley missed out.  The imaging on the 40RDT was rock solid and strong.  The Manley was a bit wishy-washy and mainly all centred.  The soundstage on the 40RDT was wide but linear - instruments had space and the images were again strong.  The Manley very weak in comparison, and the Manley was by far the best I had heard up to this point. 

Needless to say the PS.40RDT is now in my system sounding incredible.  It feels like I have a new record collection.  Everything I play has extra dimension, extra detail, extra dynamics, extra musicality extra everything.  This is what I have always wanted.

VPI SSM/ Ortofon A95/ PS.40RDT/ Whest Audio TITAN Pro Interconnect
Mr I Barry - Edinburgh

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errr
New TITAN Pro user.  Is this the best phono stage I have ever heard in my system?  YES.  IS it worth me listening to anything else now? NO.  Should I upgrade to the MC REF next year? maybe.

Brinkmann Balance/ Brinkmann 10.5 tonearm/ EMT 75s/ whest TITAN Pro
Marco Belin - Dubai

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I have just upgraded from a Naim Superline Reference/ SuperCap to the whest PS.40RDT Special Edition and thought I would send in my small review. 

I am a long standing Naim Audio user with the obvious LP12/Ekos/Keel/Lyra Kleos.  The system is a vinyl based one and I only listen to classical music and mainly Baroque 1600-1700.  Vinyl playback has always been very very difficult on this system, something that I have tried to fix.  The Naim Superline Reference/ SuperCap
combination was the last upgrade in my system and to be honest was also the least convincing.  It was better than a lot I auditioned but it was still lacking.

I was recommended to listen to a whest unit, a company that hadn't crossed my already limited path.  The nearest equivalent to the Naim combination was the PS.40RDT.  After a good 5 mins of listening at the dealer's studio I was sold.  The Naim struggled with those 17th Century instruments whereas the whest not only played them as if they wee in the room, but I heard other parts to those instruments that I had only heard in a live concert.  My harpsicord playing wife also commented on the whest's ability to pull apart the piece as she was easily able to follow the different string sections.  Her hearing is far better than mine as she then told me that it felt like there were whole frequencies missing on the Naim My feeling was that listening on the whest was a real life experience and the Naim (and others) felt like hifi/ audio equipment always getting in the way.

So I now have what I have always wanted.  Baroque concerts in my living room.

Linn LP12/ Ekos/ Keel/ Lyra Kleos/ whest PS.40RDT/ Naim 52 SuperCap/ Dynaudio Contour 20

Dr R. Grovesbank - Richmond London UK.

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NEVER AGAIN.

After reading those magazine reviews over the past 7 years it was quite clear to me that there was something else going on.  The mags recommend the brands that advertise it seems, and after spending thousands of pounds on audio equipment that came with 'editors choice' or 'highly recommended' and not being satified, I was prepared to go drastic.

Being a big vinyl playing fan, I was recommended to go down a well known 'small package' UK built phono stage that seemed to get great reviews and they do headphone amps which I was also interested in.  WOW 5 months of listening to vinyl in mono it felt like.  No life, No music.  This phonostage ticked ZERO boxes. 

So... the dealer then played me a whestTWO.2 phono stage using a very similar setup to mine.  Rega RP8/ Ortofon Cadenza Black.  Now that was a lot better.  Everything seemed to be there.  But to be sure he then put on the 'other' UK build device.  The comparison was quite stunning.  The whestTWO.2 had a wide soundstage, really detailed, super low noise.  The other sounded like it was a supermarket special. ZERO music ZERO detail.

OK. So I was sold.  But I ended up buying the whestTHREE Signature and replacing my RP8 for an RP10 why?  because the whest had opened up so much about my vinyl collection that it was quite clear that I really wanted more of that and I wanted it NOW !!!  Now I have the best vinyl setup I have heard.  No hifi shows ever again.

Rega RP10/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ whestTHREE Signature/ Roksan M2 amplifier/ Spendor SP3/1R2
M.Horton London

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Thank you to the team at whest for supplying the PS.40RDT Special Edition so quickly and it was worth the very short wait.  My Micro Seiki RX5000 has literally come alive.  No matter what I play, no matter what cartridge I use, no matter what time of day, no matter what the weather, the sound I now have being played back is simply stunning.  All of you are invited her to my place of music.

Micro Seiki RX5000/ Fidelity Research FR64S/ Lyra Atlas, EMT 75S, EMT TSD15, Ortofon SPU #1 and Ortofon A95.
Minori Tesuka - Hong Kong

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The path to nivana is paved with snake oil, is a moto my ex always said.   This is so true as I have literally wasted money on so much 'average' sounding gear over the years.  Your whestTWO.2 is what I would call a clear pathway to heaven.  It is like someone has hoovered a kilo of wax from my ears.  How on earth do you do that?  Why is it I can hear new information from my vinyl collection that I have owned for many years?  My Avid Pulsus wasn't all that bad I thought, well that was back then.  This is something else.  The combination of my Avid Diva II SP and the whestTWO.2 is quite something else.  Even with my same Benz Micro Glider SL it sounds so different, real, true.  The whestTWO.2 gives me back the sort of sound that I have been hankering for for many years.  I know my friend Keith has been on to you, no doubt looking to outdo me.  Whatever he ends up with, will no doubt be in my system a few days later for his 'shoot-out ' evening.  God help me!

Avid Diva II SP/ Benz Micro Glider SL/ whestTWO.2/ Sugden A21 amp/ Harbeth 30.1
Andrew Pinton - Norwich UK

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WOW
or should that be AMAZING.  I've had my ASR Basis Exclusive for a few years now and never thought I'd be able to get much better from my existing vinyl setup.  How I was so wrong.  My Rega RP10/ Apheta 2 MC never ever sounded this good.  The separation, imaging and vocals are simply outstanding.  Even listening to something as 'common' as Steely Dan Gaucho is an eye opener.  I can say with both hands on my heart that the ASR Basis Exclusive sounded mono in comparison.  I really do have stereo/ 2 individuals LR channels and a really strong center channel, something that my Basis never ever did.  But even after all of that is the extra instruments or the same ones but now so well definedI am so excited to get through the rest of my small collection which will no doubt grow now. 

Rega RP10/ Apheta 2/ whestTHREE Signature/ Roksan Caspian Integrated/ Focal Aria 926

S.Semple - Madrid Spain

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Audio Technica LP5/ whestTWO.2/ AT95EX/ Mac Mini/ Dynaudio BM6A active monitors and a ton of vinyl.
Carlos - another poor music student based in London.

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I will keep this very short.  Thank you for the fast delivery of the Audio Technica LP5 and whestTWO.2.  I have already set it up in my second system and it is incredible.  As you know I have a PS.40RDT Special Edition on order for my main system to replace my Avid Pulsare II phono stage which really is nowhere near the 40RDT Special Edition in any area of audio reproduction. I'm not wondering what more I can get out of the AT-LP5 setup if I change the cartridge to something more exotic?

Brinkmann Oasis turntable/ whest PS.40RDT Special Edition AND Audio Technica LP5/ whestTWO.2
Zheng Zhou - Hong Kong

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Dear Sarah

thank you for your help during this very confusing period in my life.  The Audio Technica LP5 and whestTWO.2 combination is exactly what I n
eeded.  I have been onto Audio Technica regarding a AT33SA which I will most likely purchase in a month or 2, but currently the cartridge that comes installed is working so well, I am reluctant to move to a better cartridge right now.

When you said that this combination of the LP5 and whestTWO.2 was a match made in heaven I don't think you were wrong.  It has certainly changed my view on what is possible with vinyl.
 
Thank you to you and the crew.  Have a great summer period.

Audio Technica LP5/ AT95EX/ whestTWO.2/ Prima Luna Prologue Classic amp/ Focal Aria 906 Speakers
Gerald Masters - Chelsea London.

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Thank you so much for recommending the new Audio Technica LP5 turntable.  This with the whestTWO.2 with the Audio Technica AT95EX supplied sounds pretty amazing to say the least.  I wasn't expecting this type of sound quality from vinyl.  I was really expecting a 1970's type of cuddly sound but instead I'm getting something that sounds better than my dad's older modified Technics turntable system.  And I have also found a great source of vinyl at my local charity shop, which is just perfect.  I suppose the next step is a new cartridge for Christmas.  Say thank you to Sarah for her assistance and speedy service.

Audio Technica LP5/ AT95EX/ whestTWO.2/ NAD 3020/ Mission 770 loudspeakers.

Paul Denton - SE London

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On the upgrade path.  Well I've just upgraded my older PS.30R, which was excellent, to the new PS.40RDT and James, I must tell you, the 40RDT is bloody incredible.  I upgraded the Thorens TD125 last year to a VPI Scout 2 and Benz Micro Gullwing SLR retipped with the ES Paratrace tip.  This combination has got to be the best vinyl setup on the planet.  I really can't imagine there is anyone else out there that is listening to a vinyl setup as good as mine.  I took yesterday off work - pulled a sickie just to listen to vinyl.  That is how I feel about my setup now.  It is that good, no it's better than that.

VPI Scout 2/ Benz Micro Gullwing SLR/ PS.40RDT     

Mr Paul Emrose  - Hampstead UK

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I'm not good with explaining the sound I now hear.  The improvement over the Avid Pellar phono stage is very big.  I was worried for a while that it would be just a small improvement.  I can say with ease that everything with my humble vinyl setup has improved.  The bass is stronger and more tuneful, the mid range is much clearer and has more detail and the treble (high frequency range) is so smooth and lacks the harshness of the Avid.  Altogether the whestTWO.2 has been a vast improvement and a great addition to me system.  Thank you for your help in helping me with this.

Clearaudio Concept/ Lyra Delos/ whestTWO.2 lots of 1960s Jazz albums.
S.Hiraga - Japan 
 
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Thank you team Whest for getting me this whestTWO.2 for my setup.  Really loving it.  The dads' vinyl collection is coming in handy right now, and thanks for the shop recommendations, I'll check them out.

Thorens TD125MK1/ Denon DL103/ whestTWO.2/ Nad 3020/ Nad 8020 loudspeakers
Stephen A Foster - Bristol Uni
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I could use expletives here but realise that this is a child friendly zone.  So here goes.
I had just taken delivery of 'my' PS.40RDT Special Edition.  Ok, from cold is was pretty good but I know that I had to allow a couple of days for it to bed-in.  Fast Forward to day 3 - " *!*!!***^%^%$£!!! "  I can say with my right hand on my heart that I have never ever ever experienced vinyl like this EVER!. 

Where to start?  Coming from a pretty large 2 box Audio Research and having to go smaller because of 'things' happening around me.  Well I thought I was downgrading but, certainly pricewise, but the sound - definitely not.
I have etched STEREO!   The Audio Research never did what the 40RDT Special Edition is doing right now in the background.  The soundstage is so 'etched' that I am currently looking at Lou Donaldson playing in my living room!  OK, the AR was pretty decent, I'll give it that but it was nowhere as detailed and certainly as quiet.  I have plenty of gain and no hiss, hum or noise!  The AR gave me a bit of hiss and a bit of hum which was drowned by the music when playing, the Whest is silent with more gain! 

So to recap, I have more detail, no noises, a better soundstage, it's smaller and cheaper and I saved money.  Hold on, that doesn't sound like audio :-)   Now I know what vinyl is really all about...it's great.  Thank you.

TW Acustic Black Night with 10.5" tonearm/ Ortofon MC ANNA/ PS.40RDT Special Edition
Generally London - Richard Walker

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'I spent a few hours tonight playing records and the TITAN Pro is a really huge step compared to anything I have had in my system.  My Micro Seiki/ Kuzma PS.30RDT SE is not in the same league as my Acutus/TITAN Pro - Great Job :-)

Kenneth with a VERY BIG system... but has a really beautiful Micro Seiki/ Kuzma Airline.
Sweden.

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'Massive step up from the Angel Audio audiophile phono stage I was using, even with my Rega Elys - such a massive leap forward.  Going to be a long night! :-)
'There's stuff leaping out of the Harbeths from everywhere! (Nitin Sawhney - Displacing the Priest).

Stephen - Chorley Lancs.

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I have just received the whestTWO.2 and just couldn't wait to open the box.  I've plugged it in a WOW!  It is already sounding great.  My Audio Technica LP1240 is sounding like a monster on steroids.  I can't believe that it gets better after a few days of warming up...

Audio Technica LP1240/ AT-150MLX/ whestTWO.2
Stuart Gibson - Middlesex Uni

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Day 5 into this PS.40RDT Special Edition.  INCREDIBLE.  Blows the pants off every other phono stage I have had in this system.  The others are are just toys, pretending, just boxes.  I really can't see how the whest TITAN Pro is better than this...but it is, isn't it !!??!

Brinkmann Oasis/ 10.2 tonearm/ EMT JSD S75/ whest PS.40RDT Special Edition
Rega RP10/ EMT JSD6/ whestTHREE Signature
Aleks Young - Sweden (for the most part)

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Thank you for your help in helping me chose the right phono stage for my system.  After hearing the 2 x whestTHREE Signatures in the Audio Technica shop in Paris with the ART-7, I knew you were the right company to go to.  I now have the whestTWO.2 in my house and it is brilliant.  A very very big step up from the Graham Slee Revelation unit I have been using. I haven't heard my own ART-7 sound this good.  Incredible detail and soundstage.  The Revelation always sounded like I was just playing records, now I feel I am playing music and getting out what my turntable is really doing.  And all this from popping into a shop in Paris to see what Audio Technica have right now :-)

Rega RP8/ Audio Technica ART-7/ whestTWO.2
Joseph Alvarez - Cambridge UK and Bordeaux France

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Another forum user and good friends, outside of audio, with Larry kaufmann.  I used to own an Avid Pulsus phono stage until I went to Larry's place with it to compare it to his nearly warmed up whestTWO.2.  What a mistake that was. It took 2 tracks of Steely Dan's Royal Scam to decide that the Avid needs to be trade-in or 'flee-bayed'.  Next we went through Steven Wilson, some Justin Timberlake 1st LP (courtesy of Larry's son), some new 2015 female folk stuff that was excellent - should have written it all down.  Anyway back to the story, the Avid lacked in every area and I mean EVERY AREA.  It couldn't keep up with anything the whestTWO.2 did.  The whestTWO.2 just took everything in it's stride.  The soundstaging was the first thing that certainly hit me. Smug Larry was behaving a little unkind but I deserved it.... I recommended the Avid a couple of weeks before. 

Well I plunged for a whestTHREE Signature.  Same sonic signature but even better. Just more detail, better soundstaging, more textures. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Larry said we should only take audio forum recommendations with a pinch of salt... I'd say less!

Michell Orbe SE/ SME IV / Dynavector XX2 Mk2/ whestTHREE Signature in Black.
Antony Morgan - Berkshire UK

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Well having gone through 4 very well (audio forum) recommended phono stages, I was then pointed towards the new whestTWO.2.  OK, I'm starting out again on the vinyl path with my ageing LP12/ Rega RB300 and a new Denon 103R.  I was expecting much of the same thing that the other 4 units played - a bit of hiss, music nothing fancy, but maybe a bit more OOMPH.
What I wasn't expecting was a soundstage, separated instruments, OOMPH, real musicality, LIFE.  This thing smashed all expectations of what I thought was possible with vinyl. The backgound noise is near zero - no hiss. I have bags of gain, I have 2 individual channels ( I know that sounds weird but the others sound mono in comparison ), and it's so musical and detailed.  My ageing LP12 sounds like it has gone through a timewarp. 

We'll see how it goes over the next 2 weeks because I'm now thinking I 'may' jump to the whestTHREE Signature - 'smitten after being bitten'. 

1989 Linn LP12/ Rega RB300/ Denon DL103R/ whestTWO.2
Larry Kaufmann - Berkshire UK - slowly going off forums

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This was worth the wait!!
I hate the magazines.  They have cost me $$$$$.  You read them, listen to 'what's HOT' take it home and then the dealer takes $$$$$ out of your wallet before you can blink. 

The PS.40RDT Special Edition is not one of those products.  Firstly this unit was recommended by a few forum users from 3 different continents.  I'd only ever heard one Whest Audio phonostage before and that was at a show.  This little beast is a killer.  It's extremely well made and the sound - it's incredible.  My ageing Walker Audio table has never sounded this good.  In fact I don't even remember it sounding good because I spent 40% of the time listening to CD.  Now I find that I'm listening to CD about 5% of the time.  I listened to a CD last week I think.  Vinyl through the 40RDT SE sounds like they are in my room.  It can be scary at times because I can hear things coming out of the loudspeakers I've never heard before.

Thank you to Whest, my local dealer in Chicago USA, Andre in Germany, Chet in California and Kyle in Thailand for pointing me in the path of the Righteous.  I owe you all a BIG BIG drink.


Walker Audio Proscenium Gold Turntable/ Clearaudio Reference Wood/ Whest PS.40RDT Special Edition
VPI Classic 4/ Dynvactor XX2 Mk2, Ortofon Cadenza Black/ Whest PS.40RDT SE and PS.40RDT.
Mr C.M Fitzpatrick - Chicago USA


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Thales Compact/ Simplicity II/ EMT JSD6 / PS.40RDT Special Edition  - Excelente !
Mr S Alves - Alicante Spain

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I wasn't too sure that I was going to get a big improvement over the 30RDT Special Edition, but BOY was I wrong.  I think VPI need to hear this.  The (VPI) Avenger produces an amazing soundstage and really deep bass, see through everything else.  VPI need to hear my system !!

VPI Avenger/ VPI 10.5" tonearm/ Dynavector XV1-S/ PS.40RDT Special Edition
Mr C Brady - Ontario Canada
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Thank you James for your help.  You are right. The PS.40RDT is a perfect match for my Brinkmann LaGrange.  The ASR and Tron phonostages cannot compare.  They sound flat and lack so much information.  The 40RDT is perfect.  Thank you

Brinkmann LaGrange/ Brinkmann 10" arm/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ Whest PS.40RDT
Mr E Brauer - Gottenberg Sweden

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I have now put 48 hours on the 40RDT Special Edition and it is incredible.  I remember how the 30RDT SE sounded in my system and this really is a huge upgrade.  The combination with my Avid turntable is stunning.  It has improved everything in my vinyl system, absolutely everything.  The detail I am now getting surpasses my expectations and your initial description.  Incredible and maybe the best phonostage in production today!

Avid Acutus SP/ Graham Phantom/ Lyra Etna/ Whest PS.40RDT Special Edition
Mr A George  - New Jersey USA
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The short testimonials:  all 2015 versions

TITAN Pro - 'everyone has already said what I wanted to say but they forgot to say it's like a drug'
TITAN Pro -   'I've been buying Jazz for about 50 years now' 'my whole Blue Note collection sounds NEW' 
MC REF V MK4 - 'it has been on for 5 hours and already my system is sounded 3D - that's a first'
whestTHREE Signature  - '!x*!!**!*x*  amazing'  'My Ortofon A90 never sounded this good EVER'
whestTHREE Signature - 'best purchase in the past 10 years'
PS.30RDT Special Edition  - 'really, I still can't believe I'm listening to vinyl'
TITAN Pro - 'I never do this but I have recommended this to my friends everytime I speak to them'
PS.30RDT - ' the improvement from the Trilogy cannot be put into words'. ' in the room'
TITAN Pro - ' one of his friends' see above - it's true
MC REF V Mk4 - ' I'm now listening to The Bard by Sibelius and it is the best I've ever heard'
whestTWO - ' I now need to update my other phono stage which cost twice the whestTWO'

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Poor student system - Rega 2/ whestTWO/ Ortofon 2M Black/ Lots of vinyl mainly soulful house - bad ass!
Dinky Simmons - everywhere. 

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Having spent the past 18 months on a quest to get my vinyl setup finalised I now know I am there. 
Everything else on the market might as well throw in the towel.  The PS.30RDT Special Edition is just incredible.  Everyone uses 'incredible' but it is very hard to put this into words if you are not hi-fi literate.  BUT here goes.  My vinyl system is certainly more dynamic and just listening to Eric Dolphy play Naima is amazing.  He sounds like he is in the room.  I can hear more of the performance which I put down to the low noise and that dark background.  The different drum sounds are easy to hear and very eay to follow and as a budding bassist I love the way this unit deals with complex bass notes, I can hear them, see them and follow all of them.  The seeing part is strange but this the 'soundstage and imaging' you go on about, I understand!
I love it.  It is very very addictive.  Thank you.  The trouble is now I know what the 40RDT Special Edition is going to be like :)


VPI Classic 4/ Lyra Delos/ Dynavector XV1-S/ Whest PS.30RDT Special Edition 2015 version x 2
Mr Larry Dolphy (just a coincidence) - Northampton UK

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A complete transformation in all areas going from a Avid Pellere to the 2015 PS.30RDT.  I can't believe at this price level that there can be such an improvement.  See you for the 40RDT Special Edition when my wallet recovers!

Avid Diva II SP/ SME IV/ Transfiguration Proteus. 

Ivan McAvoy - Edgbaston  UK

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'A TOTAL TRANSFORMATION TO MY 45 YEAR OLD RECORD COLLECTION !!!!!!'
PS.30RDT Special Edition 2015 version is incredible

Brinkmann Bardo/ 9" tonearm/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ PS.30RDT SE 2015 version LC OFC wireloom
Dr Johnathan Bamford  - UK
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Thanking all the whest team for the brilliant service and helping me with sorting out my system.  I have to be honest in that it never sounded right with the Avid , Clearaudio, Ayre or ASR phonostages.  I knew my Avid Volvere SP was really good but it took the whestTHREE Signature to really tell me.  The others just play the tune (like you said) but the whestTHREE just gets into what vinyl is all about.  I was never interested in imaging but now I really have it I can see its importance.  I have real stereo for the first time.  The other phono stages I had did not have this type of precise soundstage. So I am now 3 months into the whestTHREE and 200LPs up as well.  This things wants you to buy more vinyl, that's one thing you didn't tell me!

Avid Volvere SP/ Jelco 9" tonearm/ Lyra Delos/ Ayre K-5x preamp/ PSi A21 Active monitors
Chris Barber  - California

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Update to Mr Joseph Koch - existing TITAN Pro user

I've been using the TITAN Pro now for about a year and have found it to be the most consistent phonostage I have ever had.  Everything I play sounds 3D, musical - those things the rest of your customers talk about.  I had the opportunity to build a second large space in my house and as you know I went with an active loudspeaker setup which worked for the space I have 'acquired'.   This time around though I thought I'd treat myself to a better turntable/arm and cartridge so I have ended with a Brinkmann Balance/10.5" tonearm and the EMT JSD6 which seems to be a perfect combination and a very common one.  I had no reservations in purchasing another TITAN Pro for this system - it makes absolute sense. 

What I have now are 2 systems which sounds incredible, play vinyl like nothing I have ever experienced  - even the dog loves it.  I can play for hours on end and it sounds REAL.

Thank you again for such a great product and system recommendation.  It has really worked out perfectly.

Brinkmann Balance/10.5" tonearm/ EMT JSD6/ TITAN Pro (second one)
Mr Joseph Koch


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'The MC REF V Mk4 is the missing link in my system.  The synergy is incredible and if it's not synergy then the whole system is singing like never before'
Basis 2802/ Graham Phantom 2/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ Whest MC REF V Mk4/ Conrad Johnson ART2/ PMC twotwo Active Monitors.
Mr Hector Rodriguez - Columbia USA

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Hi James
I would just like to say thank you to your team to organising the Special Edition to arrive before the Easter break.  Well what can I say.  From cold the Special Edition sounds marvelous and so much better than the units I had in my system previously.  I cannot tell you where it is better but all I can say is that the Special Edition has opened my eyes to what vinyl is all about, how real is can sound and just how poor my Krell CD player is!  I might just sell the CD player and buy a cheaper one because I can see now that CD is the poorer format. - 2016/7 will be a TITAN Pro year I think. :)

Have a great Easter and could you please say thank you to your team especially Sarah who was able to point me in the right direction to start with.

SME 20.2/ Triplanar/ Ortofon MC ANNA/ Whest PS.30RDT Special Edition/ BAT VK23 Preamp/ Psi A25M active monitors.
Dr Christoph Schell - Edgbaston UK

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he he he .... Roksan Xerses/ RB300/ Denon 304/ whestTWO/ Nad 3020/ Mission 751
It can't get better than this :)
Poor but happy student
P Hall - Oxford UK
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To
James.
 
what an amazing product.  I'm not going to go into a whole review suffice to say that listening to my whole record collection
is a totally new experience.  My Rega P10 has NEVER sounded so dynamic, musical and rich.  It's incredible.  I know these albums so well and yet I am only now hearing things in them that makes them sound so new.  i just played Tapestry by Carole King and it's as if I was listening to it for the very first time.  The whestTHREE Signature has totally transformed my collection and I now understand what vinyl playback (as you call it) is all about.  A big thank you to you and the whest team.

Rega P10/Lyra Delos/ whestTHREE Signature/ Roksan K3 amplifier/ Harbeth Monitor 30.1
Ms K Woodward - Westchester USA

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As a complete newbie to Whest Audio, I can see what all the fuss is about.  Although not hugely known in the USA, I still found that the audio community following whest audio was positively stronger than the followers of other brands.  So enough of all this waffling and let's get down to what I eventually ended up with and why.  Firstly my system is pretty normal'ish.  A VPI Classic 3 with Ortofon Cadenza Black with the Discovery Cable (not Nordhost - don't like it), Modright KWI 200 integrated amplifier and a pair of Raidho D-1 stand mount loudspeakers.  My phono stage at the time was the Sutherland Duo battery phono stage. 
It all sounded really good, clean and pretty dynamic until a friend bought over his Manley Steelhead and that was it.  I knew instantly that the Sutherland Duo HAD TO GO
The Suthland was just too polite, lacked drive and well sounded dead.  The Manley was on a different level - bring out the credit card !!!  Well not yet.  After searching the web I came across a review of the Whest Audio MC REF V which looked interesting.  Well that was way lout of my price range but I saw that there were other things in the range that I could afford. 

The web is a minefield but I came across a few people that had converted from known US units to a Whest product and never looked back.  A bit more reading and a PM (private message) later and I was able to listen to a 2014 PS.30RDT Special Edition in my system.  A quick call and I managed to get the Manley Steelhead back for a proper A-B. 

The A-B took place 2 days later as I needed to take a day off work but that gave the units enough time to warm-up.  The other guys were also invited down after my initial listening session which was an eye-opener.  So this is how it went.  Manley first for 2 tracks, Whest next.  I thought we'd go through a few favorites like Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd etc.  It was easier to do that with the 3 of us as we all knew those albums.

So the Manley goes on and it sounds really really good.  We played AJA first and the Manley Steelhead gave this nice big controlled sound, detailed with a touch of background noise but nothing to really worry about.  The main thing is that we all thought that the sound was great and at times amazing.  Now the Whest PS.30RDT Special Edition.  HA HA HA....  The Whest from the very first second positively destroyed the Manley Steelhead in every area.  Lower noise, bags more detail, larger soundstage, more fluid but also more music.  It was in a different league on the whole side-1 of AJA.  We played a few tracks of the other albums and it was the same.  The Whest Audio PS.30RDT Special Edition was just light years ahead of the Manley Steelhead and left the Sutherland for dead.  In fact the Sutherland was switched off because it was not allowed in the shoot-out.

So I finally settled on the Whest and it wasn't even a struggle.  I was the best move I have made in YEARS.  I wish I could shout from the top of some mountain because these products need more presence in the USA.  AMAZING is an understatement.

VPI Classic 3/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ Whest PS.30RDT Special Edition/ Modwright KWI 200/ Raidho D-1

Mr C Handy - Maryland USA

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Firstly, thanks to Sarah for talking me through the range and pointing me in the right direction.

What I now hear in my system is so much of an improvement that it feels that I don't know most of what I am listening to anymore.  I can hear so much more from my Avid Volvere SP and SME 30 turntables.  My last phono stage which I will not mension placed everything on a single plain, but it also lacked so much detail (which I now realise) that I have to question why it was recommended in the first place.  The magazines were way-off on that one.

The Avid Volvere SP/ whestTHREE Signature
combination is quite amazing.  The whestTHREE Signature is by far the best phono stage that has blessed the Avid under £6k.  It is simply incredible in every way.
Across the whole band, the whestTHREE Signature is so 'right' and sounds like a real hi-rez device/ tool that plays music not tunes like the others do.

The SME 30/ Titan Pro/ Ortofon MC ANNA is what I think the best vinyl setup I have EVER HEARD.  I know that this combination will help me wear out my cartridges very easily!  What I love about the SME 30/ Titan Pro setup is the lack of 'sound' and the ease of super fast dynamic range, impossible to put into words resolution and ultra low noise.  I feel like I am listening to a performance and not to a vinyl setup.  It is quite incredible what you guys have achieved in your range.  James is a gifted designer with a marvelous skill set.

INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!


Avid Volvere SP Turntable/ whestTHREE Signature / Ortofon Cadenza Black & Lyra Delos
SME 30 Turntable 2 tonearm mod/ Tit
an Pro/ SME V rewired/ Jelco 10.5" tonearm/ Ortofon MC ANNA, Lyra ATLAS, Dynavector XV1-T, Denon DL-304 heavy body mod from Japan

Mr P JACKSON - LONDON UK

'Impossibly Good'

I have a Benz Lukashchek with a modified power supply as per

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analogue-source/180550-modding-benz-micro-pp1-t9.html (last post).

My modifications to the Benz transformed it into a very sweet sounding phono stage, so much so that I thought that phono stages could not get much better.  I was running the Benz with a Well Tempered Classic and a ZYX Bloom (low output – 0.24mv). I did enjoy the sound, but then the upgrade bug bit when I saw a Maplenoll Ariadne Signature turntable for sale at an irresistible price. The Maplenoll was modified with a custom, one piece, cast magnesium, hyper rigid, well damped tonearm, so the damping trough is not necessary; it was also modified with a custom corian and lead laminate platter. The original owner said that these changes vastly improve the Maplenoll's sound. I set up the Maplenoll with the ZYX and it easily beat my Well Tempered even before I fine tuned its setup. Then the upgrade bug bit again and I bought a Van Den Hul Colibri XGP. The Colibri did sound better than the ZYX in some ways, but I could not get it to sound right; no matter what I did it sounded thin and light, but extremely detailed. Then I decided to upgrade my Benz phono stage, since it has a 22K ohm fixed input loading and my Colibri ideally needs 50 to 200 ohms.

This is where the whestTHREE comes in.

I bought the whestTHREE in late May and set it up as soon as I got home, leaving it's default gain and 100 ohm resistive load. When I first turned on the whestTHREE and listened, it sounded awful, worse than my Benz; the sound was stiff and  harsh. However, after about two hours it sounded much different.

Now it sounded fluid, smooth, detailed and dynamic; it started to beat the Benz, but not by leaps. The sound of the whestTHREE kept improving over time and by day four, it left the Benz in the dust in every sonic parameter I can think of, I could not believe my ears! Now the highs are extended, detailed and smooth while being quite energetic; there is no splashing at all. Cymbals shimmer and tambourines roll and shake with clarity. The mid range is smooth yet vibrant, and vocals are rendered with body and authority, but do not sound “woolly”. The bass is voluminous without being overpowering or “boomy”; it sounds full and rich, but is rendered with lots of detail.

It is also well extended and well controlled in the lower frequencies. The whestTHREE renders each instrument with its own space surrounding it; it is that detailed. I am hearing things in my records I never knew were there; things I thought could not possibly be there.

The whestTHREE has brought my Colibri to life. The Colibri is very finicky and has stringent requirements; consequently, if its operating requirements are not met, it is mediocre at best. However, once its demands are met, it is simply glorious. Thanks to the whestTHREE, my Colibri is alive and I am now in sonic heaven; I do not want to stop listening to my records once I start.

The whestTHREE has scintillating high's, smooth mids and thundering bass, while having great detail in the entire sound spectrum, and it does this without sounding harsh or uncontrolled in any part of it.

This phono stage is wonderful, it has surpassed my expectations and what I thought could come from an LP; it is “impossibly good”.

Mr. Walsh – Canada.


Brinkmann LeGrange/ Brinkmann 10.5/ EMT JSD6/ MC REF V MK4

Is there anything else to know apart from the words  'AUDIO HEAVEN'


Hi.  I just purchased one of your TITAN Pro phono stages to go with my TW Acustic Raven turntable.  My previous phono stage was your Special Edition and previous to that was a GT Tron Seven which I thought was very good until a dealer installed your Special Edition - that's the moment my system came alive!  The TITAN Pro is without a doubt yet another league above the SE, and the Raven with the Ortofon Cadenza Black just keeps getting better.

Thank you so much for the continued enjoyment I get from listening to my vinyl collection.  It's an old collection but it's very dear to me.  Before this email I just finished listening to Oscar Peterson Affinity.  I know this LP so well but with your TITAN Pro is has a completely different meaning.  It's not the extra dimensional information or realism (as you say) but more it is all about Oscar's expression which has really come through.  The SE did this to a smaller extent and the Tron Seven never did it.  I remember doing a straight A-B with the 2 latter units and the SE was gthe clear winner.  The TITAN Pro though is telling me so much more.  I am an amature pianist but play in 2 local bands and this product allows me to hear and feel the music/ soul.  I think my piano playing is about to get better.

Thank you.TW Raven/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ TITAN Pro
Mr Jon Barrington


'Just what the doctor ordered'

Well what a nice surprise.  As you know I had to downsize my system for personal reasons but kept my DPS 2/ Tri Planar/ Lyra TITAN i turntable.  My large Focal Maestro Utopia definitely had to go with the big Gryphon power amp.  I really felt my listening pleasure was going to go.  Vinyl wasn't my primary source as I was using a DCS transport and DAC which I felt was very very good but even that had to go.  KJ WestOne was kind enough to sell me a good one-box CD player in the Metronome CD8 which actually was pretty much as good as the DCS combo.  To keep the rest as simple as possible I got the Audio Research LS27 with a pair of ATC SCM100ASL.  It meant less boxes on the floor and a simple rack.  My wife was now very happy.

This is actually about replacing my ASR Basis Exclusive phono stage.  The system sounded great and better than my last, even after downsizing!  The ASR was my reference for about 3 years but was pretty big.  I read on the net about someone changing an ASR Basis Exclusive for a Whest PS.30RDT Special Edition and ended up 'binning' the ASR.  Well seeing as vinyl was my 'second' source I thought I give this a go. 

All I needed was a small phono stage, nothing BIG like the ASR and not expensive.  The whestTHREE seemed to be the right thing.  After a 2 hour warm-up and some biscuits, James from Whest and I sat down to listen to the ASR.  Sure enough I smiled thinking James would just walk out with the whestTHREE under his arms.  He didn't but sat there listening to the music, reading the LP cover and asking me about the band playing.  He certainly enjoyed it.

Next was the smaller whestTHREE Signature.  Switching over was simple enough and it was smaller which was what I really needed.  We put on the same Wibutee LP.  This time I sat there with my mouth wide open and James was still just listening to the LP.  The ASR was definitely heading for the bin!!

And this is why.

The soundstage on the whestTHREE is bigger with SPACE.  The instruments sound real and don't move.  It images are 'visual' as well as aural.  The noise floor is lower.  The bass goes deeper.  The highs go higher.  The mids are see-through crystal clear.  It conveys emotion.  And I can tell you I have never heard these things before.  The air is now cleaner!  My vinyl setup kills the Metronome CD8 in every way possible.  If you want to know vinyl seriously .......GET A WHEST !!!!!!!!

Thank you James for your products. Yes... I'm coming back for a TITAN Pro :-)  and I hope you enjoy the bottle of Vinfandel.

DPS 2 Turntable/ whestTHREE Signature/ AR LS27/ ATC SCM100ASL
Mr Sebastian Sword  London


What can I say that hasnt't already been said apart from "WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU DONE TO MY VINYL COLLECTION !!!! :-) TRULY AMAZING "

SME30/ Thales Simplicity/ EMT JSD6/ MC REF V MK4/ Full Active ATC SCM110 ASL Pro loudspeakers

P.JS London


I hope you are well.

Then I am a new user of your WONDERFUL PS.30RDT Special Edition and I would like to let you my testimonial.

Dear Reader or Colleague Listener,

I use a LENCO 75 JTN Ref MKII (Graham Phantom Suprem II + Lyra Atlas + Nordost Vahlalla cables (phono+rca) in a Linn Aktiv system KOMRI, KLIMAX filters, 8 SOLOS... and the Whest Audio PS.30RDT Special Edition is the best upgrade ever made in my system.

My Lenco became certainly the best LP Source in the World...

I strongly recommend Whest products and truly the PS.30RDT Special Edition as the best phono in a range of price up to 10,000 Euros (I tried the Moon 810LP, Boulder 1008) and they were so far away...

Buy without any reservations.

In a life I would go to the MC REV V for sure... as the ultimate upgrade..."

Many thanks for your job,
All the best with the TITAN PRO.
Jim - in a country in the European landmass!

UPDATE TO THE ABOVE

So I upgraded my Whest Audio PS.30RDT Special Edition to the superb wonderful MC REF V MK4 model.

The MC REFV model received last friday - 20 hours of LP"s... Better and better... The best upgrade ever made. In a new dimension... Only music...

What you get IS everything within the full spectrum and WOW : The bass control... My Komris are dancing now... and the velocity and resolution and the soundstage size :  6 m minimum, no back and front walls... ONLY MUSIC COME TO YOU...

In terms of improvement by comparison with the PS.30RDT Special Edition previously owned, even if the last one is a super product for his price, a factor of 10 for the resolution improvements is close to what I feel and read in some forums... A wonderfull product, not enough well known and for the price... well positioned...by comparison with Gryphon, Moon, Boulder and Audio Research (one session listen : not stable because of lamp...)...

With this device, if you get a good LP player (tone-arm, cartridge, chassis...), this is the only upgrade to make and believe me : I did a lot of upgrade before coming to my Linn KOMRIS Aktiv system (8 Solos, Kontrol...)... Various amp, loudspeakers, preamp, cable...

Don't waste your money, whatever your system, first Whest Audio is a very good investments and the MC REF V is the UPGRADE to do in a life...

Of course the better is the system, the better would be the results but don't forget : Put always the money nearer to the SOURCE and don't neglect the foundations : Power cable and Power distribution... I hope I could share my little experiences.

Enjoy the music.

All the best,
JIM


TITAN Pro = Absolutely STUNNING !!!!!!!!

Bauer DPS/ Naim ARO/ Lyra Kleos/ TITAN Pro + interconnect.
Mr Joseph Koch


James, I may not own a big super-deck but the whestTWO 2005 Roksan Xerses/ Rega RB300/ Lyra Delos has taken it from a skimpy player with that crappy modded Cambridge 640P and that was after the very average Dynavector P75 !  (never again will I listen to a forum member at a hifi show)..into a really music playing monster machine.  it is incredible what is now coming off my vinyl.  Everything from Classical to Jazz to Rock to Pop is sounding totally open.  I can hear instruments that were never there, space, and different textures/ sounds in the mix.  I was just listening to a John Coltrane track called Naima which he has done a fair amount of times.  What struck me when I put it on was that his saxophone sounded like a saxophone and it had real power behind itWhen i switched back to the modded 640P the power had gone, the imaging had gone and the saxophone had turned into a 'rough image' of a saxophone. 

A bit like my iphone 4 competing against my Sony Nex 7 camera.  Both can take a picture but the Nex 7 is by far the better performer in all areas.  I recently did a shoot using both my iphone 4 and Sony Nex 7.  The Sony images were amazing even enlarged because of the superior image processing, sensor size, glass and design.  The whestTWO is a lot like the Sony in that respect, it is amazing at all levels and I suppose this is all because of design.

Rokan Xerses/ RB300/ Lyra Delos/ whestTWO/ Naim 202 & NAP200/ Epos ES14
Mr B. Sharpe  - Bristol UK


A fellow Rockport System 3 turntable user warned me about what to expect going over to the MC REF V MK4 from my BAT VK-PK10SE.  What he didn't tell me was that I would be listening to music so much more that time would feel as if it were standing still!  The MC REF V is incredible and far better than the BAT PK10SE, AR REF series and many others.  This is a very different breed/ feel of sound reproduction and one that blows you away from the first 2-3 seconds.  Why?  Because it only take 2-3 seconds to realise that what you were listening to before was pretty awful! Yes, strong words but the BAT like the Audio Research, Boulder, Manley and many of the Stereophile 'numbers ones' sound pretty plain, a bit like white bread with no spread.  The MC REF V MK4 on he other hand sounds like 'Music with Colour'.

The Rockport has always been great but I have just elevated its performance by 100 fathoms!  The distance between the MC REF V and everything else I have had in the system is GREAT!
A brilliant product from an amazing team.

Rockport System 3/ Lamm LL 2.1 preamp/ MC REF V Mk4/ ATC SCM300 Tower loudspeakers
Mr Sugimoto - Japan


I should have purchased one of your phono stages a long time ago.  As an owner of a great turntable in the VPI Super Scout Master with the HRX flywheel and using a TW Acustic 10.5" tonearm (a bit like your combination that many folks know about), I always felt that is was missing something and felt that it was always sounding like 'hifi'.  Well after a good friend bought over his TITAN and compared it to my Audio Research Reference 2 SE I was completely sold on Whest Audio.  My REF 2 didn't stand a chance.  The TITAN was so much more 'MUSIC' and had far better inner resolution.  The soundstage on the TITAN sounded far more correct dimensionally.  The REF 2 SE was sort of too big but also spaced out at the sides which meant that the center was stretched out.  Although this sounded impressive I soon realised after listening to the TITAN that the REF 2 SE was wrong in its presentation.  This is not the first time I have come across this false effect with an audio product.

I am now the owner of the TITAN Pro which with the Linear Crystal cable sounds superb.  As an aside I bought another TITAN Pro cable for my turntable-to-phonostage to replace the Nordost Valhalla that I was using and can tell you that the improvement is again a big leap up. 

All-in-all I am now a very very happy vinylhead (as you would say).  Your advice has been excellent and spot on.

VPI SSM/ HRX Flywheel/ SDS/ TW 10.5"/ Lyra TITAN i, Whest Audio TITAN Pro with Whest Linear Crystal ICs.

Prof J Kenyon  - UK and USA


SIMPLY INCREDIBLE !!  Not in a million years would I have imagined vinyl to sound like this.  Now who wants to buy my DCS Transport/ DAC combo?

VM Andriy Pinchuk

Clearaudio Master Innovation/ Kuzma 4Point tonearm/ Ortofon MC ANNA/ Whest Audio MC REF V Mk4


I suppose you have heard this many times before but your service is exceptional as are your products.  I have had the PS.30RDT Special Edition in my system for approx 3 days and yes it is getting better but incredibly it outperformed my Avid Pulsare II at the first bar.  I always thought the Avid was far too hard and I was right but did not expect to hear so much more from my setup.  The Special Edition plays my record collection as if the recordings we made yesterday.  It all sounds so new to me.  That 'wall-of-sound' has been replaced by a wide and deep canvas, the harsh violins are now bright, full and harmonious and I have space around everything.  It is incredible.  I always knew the SME 30/2 was better than what I was listening to and your PS.30RDT Special Edition has proved my point.  The combination is staggering.

SME 30/2 / SME IV Discovery re-wired/ Ortofon Cadenza Black/ PS.30RDT Special Edition


Does my 1979 Rega planar 2/ Ortofon 2M Black/ whestTWO qualify for being put on your Testimonial page?  I hope it does because I just blew my student loan on your gear and it's DOPE (as you oldies would say).

Now I just need a job to buy books and stuff.... do you need help ?

The vinyl scene where I am in Brighton is pretty big and buying used vinyl now feels so right.  My system with the NAD 3020 and NAD 8225 is amazing.  Ever heard soulful house played on a system like this :)

Thanks for the music recommendations.  Eric Roberson was pretty tough to get BUT the Wansel stuff on 12" is rare.


Poor Student with a cracking system.


Yes...I am one of the Brinkmann Bardo/ EMT JSD6/ whestTWO users.  What a system.  Everything in the system has now come together.  Nina Simone and Erykah Badu sound as if they are in my room singing to me.  I know that I should look at the 30RDT or Special Edition in the future, and I will, but because my turntable is sounding so good that upgrading is not on the list of things to do.  It's your fault for designing the whestTWO!

Ms K Hebden - Stroud UK
Brinkmann Bardo/ EMT JSD6/ whestTWO


My journey has now ended.  Yes it is quite a statement but I can say with my hand on my heart that what I now get from having your TITAN Pro in my system is nothing short of remarkable.  As you know from my previous emails I spent time listening to the competition from Brinkmann, Boulder, Nagra and a couple of others which I have had on loan for a few months, not all together BUT there were times when I had 2 units to play with. 

The others did sound good with varying levels of detail, colours and image sizes.  It was only when I got the TITAN Pro did everything gel/ fit together.  I had no idea my Lyra Atlas and Ortofon MC ANNA sounded the way they do now.  The TITAN Pro has a noise level like CD but the images, air and space around the instruments, timbre, textures and colours are things I have never experienced ever before in any system.  A very close friend and AESTHETIX lover had a moment of clarity when he heard my system (with TITAN Pro).  He was saying that the level of detail is staggering from the TITAN Pro and he was quite sure his Aesthetix could not reproduce at this level.  He was right!

2 days later with the TITAN Pro in his system running an older but newly re-tipped Ortofon A90 on his TW Acustic AC 'Special', the system came alive.  The TITAN Pro clearly resolves information the Aesthetix is only capable of 'sniffing' at but more interestingly is how the TITAN Pro makes everything sound 'effortless' and 'lifelike' unlike the other phono stages I tried which made everything sound like 'hi-fi'.

A fantastic achievement from the house of Whest.   THANK YOU SO MUCH !  I know the MC REF is next but I'll wait for the BIG version  :)

Rockport S3/ Modified/ Triplanar, 10" Special Graham Phantom/

Lyra Atlas/ Ortofon MC ANNA/ Whest TITAN Pro


Now I have made that leap to the TITAN Pro the system has jumped to a new level.  I haven't heard a system that resolves at this level....at all!  I recently spoke to your USA dealer regarding cartridges and they told me that they think the TITAN is one of the very best phonostages around and certainly the best they have heard.  I am so pleased with the upgrade that I can see that whatever you guys do is going to be 'Special'. 

TW Acustic Raven One/ Thales Simplicity/ EMT JSD 6 Whest Audio TITAN Pro
Mr Paulo Cabral – Brazil


‘Before the MC REF V Mk4 came into my system I had tried at least 6 other so-called high-end phonostages.  The Whest MC REF V Mk4 is by far the very best phonostage I have heard and owned’

TW Acustic AC/ Triplanar / Dynavector XV1-S 

Mr P Deacon, London UK


To say the upgrade was BIG is pretty much an understatement’

Brinkmann LeGrange/  Davinci Grandezza Reference/ Ortofon A90

Dr Teamouth – PHD Graduate – Oxford


‘I have to say thank you for helpng me in the choice of phonostage for my beloved Thorens TD124’ ‘the PS.30R absolutely compliments the quality of my system which means for me  - many more years of musical pleasure’

Thorens TD124/ Fidelity Research FR64S / Ortofon SPU

Mrs H David – Israel


‘I needed to put pen to paper to tell you guys just how the PS.30RDT Special Edition has improved my audio system.  It is like I have a whole new record collection’

TW Acustic Raven One/ Graham Phantom II/ Transfiguration Phoenix

Mr Paulo Cabral – Brazil


‘Having compared the whestTWO to the competition, I cannot imagine anything better than this anywhere near this price’

Rega P5/ RB700/ Denon DL304 (0.18mV)

Mr Mark Huang – Hong Kong


‘Moving over to a Whest Audio phonostage (PS.30RDT) was like a breath of fresh air.  The level of resolution I now get from my system is staggering’

VPI Classic II/ JMW10.5/ Lyra Delos

Dr T Rosenberg – M.D


‘OMG…. I was told that I should have gone Whest years ago but just didn’t think it was going to give me what I am experiencing now.  My whole record collection now sounds alive and real, what a revelation’ 

(PS.30RDT SE)  VPI Classic 3/ 10.5”/ Lyra Titan i

Mr Delmo Salvi – NYC USA


‘What can I say but thank you so much for a brilliant product’

The MC REF V MK4 is the perfect partner for my SME 30.2/ Graham Phantom II/ Ortofon A90.  The resolution is to die for’


Mr Brett Ingland  - Denmark


‘It is simply amazing that from my LP12/Ittok/ Cadenza Black I can achieve this type of sound.  I thought all phono stages were noisy with a limited sound stage, all my previous ones have been.  This is truly a revelation.  You just don’t know what this means to me.  Thank you so much’ 

(PS.30RDT)


Mr William Reading – Surrey UK


‘Having read so much about your phono preamps on the web and on this site, well I thought there must be something in it and boy was I surprised by what I heard when I connected that cold PS.30R to my system. 

Everything that I thought about vinyl was turned on its head.  How on earth do you do that?  Seriously guys you should be awarded a Nobel Prize for musical enjoyment.  Brilliant stuff ’   


Thorens TD125/ TP16/ Dynavector XX2 mk2

Mr Paul Emrose  - Hampstead UK


‘Thank you so much for developing such a great product in the PS.30RDT Special Edition.  My system has never sounded so good, real and pleasurable.  I thought it was time to upgrade my Decca London Reference, you were absolutely right – it is an outstanding cartridge which only now I can hear.  I don’t think my Amazon Reference will need upgrading or anything for many years to come.  One thing though, don’t you think the PS.30RDT Special Edition is under priced ?’ 

Amazon Reference/ Morch DP6 12”/ Decca London Reference.

Mr Ulrich Naumann  - Berlin Germany


‘Upgrading to the whestTWO has been an eye opener. The insight and the fact it makes you want to listen to more in addictive, what a brilliant product’ 

Rega P3-24/ Denon 304.




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