Red Wolf 2 New

$9,500.00

The Red Wolf 2 is changing the game – again. Imitated, but not duplicated, the Red Wolf 2 is a re-imagining of the award winning linear powered Red Wolf, with improvements and advancements made throughout. Updates to the power supply and power delivery, 50% more processing power, updated shielding, dampening and isolation make the Red Wolf 2 the server for 2018. You wanted a Statement?  This is it.

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The Red Wolf 2 is simply stunning, and one of the most sophisticated digital audio components on the planet.  Using 3rd generation Wolf design and build methodologies, the Red Wolf 2 improves upon the original Red Wolf in four critical areas: power delivery, chassis shielding/dampening, component speed and software optimization. There has never been such a powerful and complex system that is easy and fun to use, helping listeners to take total control of the stereo room and the listening experience, personalized for each owner.

High Fidelity Audio Servers

Pick the system configuration that is right for you

HFAS – Wolf Audio System’s Red Wolf 2 starts here. Perfect for the casual two-channel enthusiast importing their CD collection and getting started with Hi-Res Audio, this server is far more than capable. The Red Wolf 2’s power will become readily apparent to those upgrading from a standard streamer or headless device. Hold on tight. Be prepared to be blown away by the system speed, track switching and almost instantaneous responsiveness.

 

HFAS+ – If you are going to be playing High Bit-Rate DSD or MultiChannel audio and installing other 3rd party apps to use with Media Center, Roon or Audirvana, the Red Wolf 2 HFAS+ is a great place to start. Higher RAM and a bigger system drive improve the speed of the Wolf and can cache bigger files for playback.

 

HFAS+ Prime – This HFAS+ Prime server configuration is for power users. High sample rate multi-channel audio? No problem. DSD512 and beyond? Easy. This is the fastest, most powerful version of this server. In five years, it will still be fast, and you’ll still be very happy. 12 Hyper-threaded CPU cores, 32GB RAM and 1TB of 3.5 Gigabytes per second system drive. Play DSD to multiple DACs at once while sending a movie to the living room and browsing the web with 100 open tabs. Or just sit back and listen to some FLAC files, knowing that you could do any of this when you need to.

Audio Specifications

AUDIO OUTPUTS

Digital Output Ultra Low Noise USB 2.0 supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 and DSD (Native & DoP)

SPDIF Section AES/EBU, BNC, TOSLink, Digital RCA (Optional Upgrade- Q4 2018)

HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4b

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet & WiFi 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 867Mb/s WiFi + BT 4.2

USB 2x USB 3.0/2.0 (DAC), 6x USB 3.0 (Mass Storage) 1x USB Type C – (Mass Storage & Future Module Connectivity)
Video 1x HDMI 2.0a – HDCP 2.2 and HDR, 1x HDMI 1.4b (Multichannel Audio, Secondary Monitor), DisplayPort 1.4

PHYSICAL DISK FORMATS

Physical Disc Formats Red Book, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-A, BD-V
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-R, BD-A, BD-V
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC (zero compression), WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, OGG, SHN, MP3, APE, APL, AC3, MPC, WMA, DSF, DFF, SACD

SAMPLE RATES

Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz. 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 768kHz

DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512 Native and DoP

Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit

PHYSICAL MEDIA

Physical Disc Formats Red Book CD, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-A, BD-V
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC (zero compression), WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

Physical Media

Transport Teac 16x Blu-Ray
Physical Disc Formats Red Book CD, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-A, BD-V
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC (zero compression), WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

Software

Media Center, Roon and Audirvana - the holy trinity of Audio Applications fro Wolf Audio Systems servers. Between these three apps, you are able to do whatever it is you'd like to do.
It sounds better than Roon and can handle 20TB libraries.

JRiver Media Center

Media Center is the application we love. In its 24th version, Media Center is the gold standard application that will allow you to do almost everything you could imagine. Our optimizations and customizations let you skip over a year of trial and error and listen to your music right out of the box.

Roon

Roon is a newer app that some people prefer over Media Center. Featuring a great interface and Tidal and MQA integration, this is the app that is convincing people that digital audio has arrived.  A rich metadata repository gives listeners much more than album art.

Roon Artists View

Audirvana+

A brand new application that has us very excited. It looks great, sounds amazing, and has Tidal, MQA and Qobuz integrated right in. It also has a tablet app, just like Media Center and Roon, so running the system headless is a possibility. We are going to be taking a very hard look at customizing the application for our own purposes and to add some features specifically for Wolf customers.

Power

Power Supply 275W Linear Power supply
Output Specifications 1 – 275W 16-Pin ATX Umbilical, 1 – 5W Isolated Component
Umbilical Specifications Standard 0.5m Umbilical

Audience AU24SE 0.5m (99.9999% 21AWG, OCC-stranded copper)

Audience SX 0.5m (99.9999% 21AWG, OCC-stranded, 2x Cryo treated copper)

Power and control like this is hard to find. Some companies like to take shortcuts with their implementation. That's not good. We took the long route, and the listener is that much better for it.

Before switch mode power supplies were brought to market, linear power was king. Switch mode power supplies are lighter and less expensive in high current applications, but when working with things of a highly sensitive nature, like medical equipment keeping you alive, or your stereo, there is a reason why linear power will always be found on the highest end products out there: noise. Switch mode power is noisy, but linear power supplies regulate the output voltage by dropping excess voltage in a series dissipative component. They use a moderately complex regulator circuit to achieve very low load and line regulation. Linear regulated power supplies also have very little ripple and very little output noise.

Sonics, Power, Simplicity. The Alpha series is special to us… our first production system and the starting point for all of our research. The original objective to create a server system that did what others wouldn’t – or couldn’t, still holds. This third iteration of our first love is an impressive beast, the sonic benchmark for what modern audiophiles should expect from a system of its class.

Here at Wolf, computer audio has entered its third production generation. As technology evolves, there are new opportunities to take the Alpha platform further than its predecessor. The Alpha 3 has several advancements that positions it as one of the greatest servers for 2018: one of those is power. Intel has upgraded their 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs to 6-Core processors. That gives the system a 50% speed bump over last year’s system. There is an additional NVMe slot for ultra-fast storage, room to add an extra drive that makes today’s SSD’s look like turtles – perfect for DSD512 and 1024. And in another great evolution that even audiophiles will appreciate, the Alpha 3 supports native 4k 60p video. Who might really appreciate a TEAC BluRay transport and 4k and HDR output? Maybe all the people who missed out on the last Oppo’s. Couple these advancements with our brand new SPDIF output stage and new shielding materials we have standardized to silence any erroneous electronic noisee from affecting the signal path and you can begin to see why the guys at Stillpoints and the Bob Carver Corp have chosen the Alpha 3 as the system they take to shows and do mission critical demos on. It is just that good.

We use the Alpha 3 at home, touchscreen to our right and 4k TV in front of us. It handles anything we throw at it, and does so with a native sonic quality that has us fairly excited. Our listening sessions are better than ever, and when we want to watch Concert BluRays, we don’t even miss the Oppo. It sits in the bedroom stereo rack, just a little bit dusty.

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 23 x 15 x 7 in
Pick Your Red Wolf 2

HFAS – i5-8500 CPU, 8GB RAM, 250GB System, 2TB Audio Drive, HFAS+ – i5-8500 CPU, 16GB RAM, 500GB System Drive, 2TB Audio Drive, HFAS+ Prime – i7-8700 CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB System Drive, 2TB Audio Drive

Additional Audio Storage

2TB (No Upgrade), 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB

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