Wolf Audio Systems sees a void in the digital audio market, where audio players are built on the notion that low-power equals high fidelity… an outright misconception. Wolf believes audiophiles deserve uncompromising sound and functionality. The Wolf Pack series of High Fidelity Audio Servers (HFAS), designed for every level of HiFi enthusiast, delivers on the Wolf Audio promise. Each Wolf server respectively sets the standard for sound quality, features and customer support.
Why Wolf is Different
Wolf Audio Systems has had lively discussions with engineers uninvolved with audio who insist that measurements are king and think that what we in the audio world think and do is tantamount to smoke and mirrors. Then we take two identically built systems – one with standard timings in an untreated and unshielded chassis, and the other a Wolf – and they listen. It puts an end to the arguments. We measure, we test and we listen until we find the combination of parts and materials that meet our performance and functionality goals and suited our sonic aims.
The noise floor of a system is one of the first hurdles to clear when designing a Wolf. Each board has a generational noise signature that must be tamed before it becomes stereo room ready. We isolate and then make minor adjustments to timings and voltages to minimize any negative impact of the chipset and componentry. From there, we make extensive OS and software optimizations, turning off unnecessary services and applications, but not crippling the system and its greater capabilities.
In our research, we identified several places where vibration affected sound in server systems. Wolf uses several technologies to reduce internal subsonic vibrations and also isolate components from each other and from other equipment in the vicinity. This work is done by hand and can vary depending on the model.
Electromagnetic interference can be generated by radio, direct current and microwave frequencies, resulting in audible noise, i.e. hum. Such noise can be counteracted with shielding … no easy task, as applying too little does nothing, and too much can suck the very life out of a system. Getting it right is all about striking a fine balance, and Wolf Audio continues to implement new and innovative shielding methodologies in its 2nd generation systems you won’t find anywhere else.
Wolf Audio Systems provides unparalleled support, marrying its love of audio and technology to create products which not only satisfy the needs of audiophiles, but surpasses today’s standards of technology service delivery. Wolf strives to create a 21st century listening experience for customers with a beautiful yet simple interface for listening sessions, and a ton of tools under the hood when users need more. Audiophiles shouldn’t have to endure a painful and arduous DIY process of trial and error to enjoy a system of this caliber. Wolf’s commitment to customers has been consistently described and lauded as the best in the business. We teach, we train and we are there when customers need us. During the First Time Setup, Wolf configures the system – for the listening room, the living room, and beyond. Wolf connects NAS devices, migrates music from older systems and can do it all in person, or remotely. Several conversations in the first week are encouraged. From there, we check in occasionally to share new features and tools, answer questions and help however we can. Likewise, we are happy to hear from Wolf owners – maintaining conversations helps us to understand their wants and needs and better our products.
Impeccably designed inside and out, Wolf Audio Systems’ servers are made for audiophiles, by audiophiles. We design each machine with the same precision of case, hardware and software. Suffice it to say, these machines look and sound great with your stereo.
Flux Capacitor USB Clock
The Flux Capacitor is a 24MHz OCXO USB Clock that re-clocks the audio signal – to great effect. Traditional clocking methodology means the whole system is re-clocked, which is a pretty invasive procedure for the motherboard and critical components. It is an arduous installation, the parts are more expensive, and the potential for things to go wrong down the road was tremendous. A reduction in system resilience and reliability is not what we were after, so we decided to apply a 24MHz OCXO clock to just the USB audio stream. It worked wonderfully, and by adding the barest amount of signal filtering, we could achieve one of the single largest upgrades to Wolf Audio Systems products yet