Featuring Stillpoints and eXemplar Audio

Starting at $9,295

"From the very first notes, the Alpha 3 SX’s neutrality came as a breath of fresh air."
-Jason Serinus, Stereophile May 2020

Wolf Audio Systems is constantly looking for ways to improve our products to deliver a better server. Over the years, we have grown close with several companies whose products we use and who use our servers in turn. The Alpha 3 SX is a product born from those friendships and the drive for better listening.  Wolf, Stillpoints and eXemplar Audio worked together to create a server that features the best of what each of our companies have to offer when it comes to managing vibration, noise, RF and EMI. We use Stillpoints standoff products to support our components inside the chassis, the Portal for grounding and conditioning the power, plus some materials and technologies we’ll be talking more about in the coming months.

 

Stillpoints Acoustic Isolation

Here at Wolf, we prefer Stillpoints products for all of our components, and place loose Ultra SS feet under our servers for the big improvement in sound they offer. And when it comes to digital, Stillpoints uses our servers at home and at shows. So when Paul or Bruce call with suggestions to improve our products, we listen. By incorporating their CBI isolation technology into the power supply and other critical components of the Alpha 3 SX, we significantly reduce the micro-vibrations that any electrical device will create – or pick up. The resulting drop in the noise floor and increases in clarity and naturalness ensurs the only connections between are by design, and not incidental and unwanted transmissions.

A New Type Of Conditioning

Wolf and Stillpoints teamed up with eXemplar Audio to develop a new type of grounding and conditioning product to manage internal and external power noise. We call them Portals, and they operate in the mega and gigahertz spectrum, isolating and removing noise from the system. That noisy power can be transmitted via the positive, negative and neutral power lines.  Using the Portal to siphon that noise out of the server helped the Alpha 3 SX reach a level of  clarity and resolution that we typically associate with the Red Wolf 2 server.

When the Highest Quality is the Only Option

At audio shows, every component needs to perform at its highest level. At the Florida Audio Expo 2020, seven rooms were driven by an Alpha 3 SX server, including the Modwright, Bob Carver, Paradigm, and House of Stereo rooms, the latter of which won Best Sound from AVShowrooms. While there, Wolf upgraded Mark Conti’s Alpha 3 for the MC AudioTech room, and heard immediate improvements in sound from the first to the second day. Whether Florida or D.C., Denver or Hong Kong, the SX upgrade brings the Alpha 3 to a new level, and ensures that every room it occupies has the best possible sound, right from the source.

External Customization

We use Stillpoints in all of our stereo rooms. Every Wolf in our shop and listening areas sit atop Stillpoints, some loose, some integrated into the rack. The improvement is so dramatic that we decided that it was high time to incorporate Stillpoints Ultra SS feet into all of our Alpha and Red Wolf chassis. Available as an option, Stillpoints Ultra SS footers can be ordered in either Silver or Black at build-time.

Technical Specifications

AUDIO OUTPUTS

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

Flux Capacitor 24MHz OCXO USB Card – 2 & 8 Channel Audio Clocking (Optional Upgrade)

HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4

TOSLink Optical

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet & WiFi 1x  RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 1.73Gb/s WiFi

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, 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
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC, WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Streaming and Playing Formats WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

SAMPLE RATES

Sample Rates 44.1kHz – 1536KHz, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, DSD1024
Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit, 64bit

USER CONTROL INTERFACES

Web Interface Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X browsers
Mobile App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10

HARDWARE

CD/DVD drive TEAC Slot-load Blu-Ray drive
System Drive

Audio Drive

1TB M.2 NVMe SSD – System

2TB M.2 NVMe SSD – Audio Storage (expandable to 12TB)

CPU Intel Core i7-9700 Six-Core 3GHz
Memory 32GB DDR4 – (16GB Audio dedicated)

STREAMING AND CD STORAGE

UPnP/DLNA UPnP Server and DLNA Renderer
USB 2 Channel USB up to 32/384KHz DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)
Average CD Import Time 5 minutes
CD Metadata Multiple CD metadata sources
Compatible Music Systems DACs
USB DAC
SPDIF DAC (TOSLink)
DLNA/UPnP compatible devices
Network Players – Sonos, Denon HEOS, Oppo, etc
Connected Receivers: Arcam, Anthem, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Pioneer, Datasat, Trinnov, and more.
Smart Televisions: Sony, LG, Samsung, TCL, Sharp, HiSense, etc.
HDMI Capable Devices (i2s, Multi-channel Audio, DTS-HD Master, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD)
Receivers
Televisions
HDMI  DACs

REQUIREMENTS

Network Download artist and album metadata when ripping CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates
Network router with at least one available Ethernet port
Premium subscription required for some streaming services: Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal, etc.
Music Controller Remote control tablet app iPad, Android (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser – Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported
DAC / Converter DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols

POWER

Mains Supply 100V, 110V, 220V AC – Internal Power Supply with  noise regulation
Power Consumption 6W when idle, 150W peak

PHYSICAL

Dimensions Metric: 435 x 319 x 100mm (W x D x H, 109mm including feet) Imperial: 17.1″ x 12.5″ x 4.2″ (W x D X H)
Weight 13 Kg, 23 Lbs
In the box Wolf Audio Systems Server
IEC (US),  Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
WiFi Antenna

The Luna

Starting at $3,500

Big Power with a Small Footprint

The Luna takes everything that we loved about the Cub but brings the performance much closer to Alpha levels. Fully silent, the Luna features all the big system capabilities with room to expand as your collection does. Recently, we have updated the Luna to include many of the components that make the Alpha 3 and Red Wolf 2 so great, just shrunk down into a smaller case. This is the perfect server for an audiophile whose space is at a premium.

Completely Silent Operation

 

Normally, with a server in this form factor, cooling is a concern, often requiring noisy fans or water pumps. The Luna cools the system entirely passively, so there are no fans to create noise. On top of this, all Wolf Audio Systems servers use solid state storage and completely silent power supplies. When you put all of this together, you end up with a very small form factor server, without any of the compromises of others. When you’re listening to a Wolf server, the only sound you should hear is your music.

High Power Equals High Fidelity

Many streamers, especially in this form factor, play music and nothing else. They simply don’t have the power to handle anything else. The Luna utilizes high performance 9th Generation Intel Core i5 processors with 6 cores, ensuring that the system has ample power to not only play your music, but to browse the web, watch movies, and do anything else you could use a computer for. Furthermore, the additional performance allows the system to keep your music completely isolated from everything else running in the background. This eliminates any noise or interference from being introduced into the signal. Combine this with our Flux Capacitor USB Clock Card, and the result is one of the cleanest, most balanced servers we’ve heard.

Technical Specifications

AUDIO OUTPUTS

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

Flux Capacitor 24MHz OCXO USB Card – 2 & 8 Channel Audio Clocking (Optional Upgrade)

HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet & WiFi 1x  RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 900MB/s WiFi

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, 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
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC, WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Streaming and Playing Formats WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

SAMPLE RATES

Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512
Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit

USER CONTROL INTERFACES

Web Interface Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X browsers
Mobile App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10

HARDWARE

CD/DVD drive Panasonic Slot-load Blu-Ray drive
System Drive

Audio Drive

250GB M.2 NVMe SSD – System

2TB M.2 NVMe SSD – Storage

CPU Intel Core i5-9500 Six-Core 3GHz
Memory 8GB DDR4 – 4GB Audio dedicated (Upgradeable to 32GB, 16GB Dedicated Audio)

STREAMING AND CD STORAGE

UPnP/DLNA UPnP Server and DLNA Renderer
USB 2 Channel USB up to 32/768KHz DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)
Average CD Import Time 5 minutes
CD Metadata Multiple CD metadata sources
Compatible Music Systems DACs
USB DAC
SPDIF Dac (AES/EBU, BNC, TOSLink, Digital RCA)
DLNA/UPnP compatible devices
Network Players – Sonos, Denon HEOS, Oppo, etc
Connected Receivers: Arcam, Anthem, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Pioneer, Datasat, Trinnov, and more.
Smart Televisions: Sony, LG, Samsung, TCL, Sharp, HiSense, etc.
HDMI Capable Devices (i2s, Multi-channel Audio, DTS-HD Master, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD)
Receivers
Televisions
HDMI  DACs

REQUIREMENTS

Network Download artist and album metadata when ripping CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates
Network router with at least one available Ethernet port
Premium subscription required for some streaming services: Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal, etc.
Music Controller Remote control tablet app iPad, Android (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser – Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported
DAC / Converter DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols

POWER

Mains Supply 100V, 110V, 220V AC – Internal Power Supply with  noise regulation
Power Consumption 6W when idle, 120W peak

PHYSICAL

Dimensions Metric: 240 x 250 x 100mm (W x D x H, 109mm including feet) Imperial: 9.5″ x 10″ x 4.2″ (W x D X H)
Weight 8.5 Kg, 19 Lbs
In the box Wolf Audio Systems Server
IEC (US),  Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
WiFi Antenna

The Alpha 3

Starting at $5,895

Featuring a big jump in sonics and power over its predecessor, the Alpha 3 is the system capturing attention and making even vinyl lovers take notice. Missed out on Oppo? We didn’t mind… our 105 is collecting dust in the backup stereo because the Alpha 3 handles everything it could do, and more.

The Original Wolf: Updated for 2020

The Alpha 3 is still the perfect system for the audiophile wanting to integrate their existing media collection – whether from CD or hard drive – into the next step of audio evolution. The Alpha 3 takes all the best of digital media storage, playback and delivery components and consolidates all of these disciplines into one system with a ton of built-in capabilities and future-proof hardware that will keep the music playing for years to come. As the audio world evolves, the Alpha 3 evolves with it, expanding its feature sets and growing with you.

High Quality Internal Power Supply

The Alpha 3 comes with an internal, 240W power supply that is compact but very powerful and completely silent. This supply deserves an award! It is an order of magnitude better sounding than regular computer power supplies, and we have made a few changes that underscore its ability to handle HiFi audio duties..

More Than Just a Server

Simply put, a Wolf is capable of just about anything. Our current preferred build is Windows 10 Pro, though Server 2016 and even a Linux variant are running in our lab.

What does that mean for the listener? A few things: a full-blown web browsing experience in the stereo room using either a big screen TV or a monitor beside you. The ability to purchase your music where you play it. The ability to send music or videos to other places in your home while also doing critical listening. The ability to stream, rip, tag, arrange, compare, burn, buy, share, room correct, transcode, upsample, downsample, convert and even create – all with the same system.

We are typing this paragraph on a Wolf. We send our emails from a Wolf.  And when we want to, we turn out the lights and turn off the screens and just listen to our music with an app on our phone or tablet. With a Wolf, you have options… to take it as far, or use it as simply as you’d like.  The only thing we ask is that you enjoy the music.

Technical Specifications

AUDIO OUTPUTS

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

Flux Capacitor 24MHz OCXO USB Card – 2 & 8 Channel Audio Clocking (Optional Upgrade)

HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet & WiFi 1x  RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 900MB/s WiFi

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, 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
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC, WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Streaming and Playing Formats WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

SAMPLE RATES

Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, DSD1024
Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit

USER CONTROL INTERFACES

Web Interface Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X browsers
Mobile App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10

HARDWARE

CD/DVD drive TEAC Slot-load Blu-Ray drive
System Drive

Audio Drive

500GB M.2 NVMe SSD – System

2TB M.2 NVMe SSD – Storage

CPU Intel Core i7-9700 Eight-Core Core 3GHz
Memory 8GB DDR4 – 4GB Audio dedicated (Upgradeable to 32GB, 16GB Dedicated Audio)

STREAMING AND CD STORAGE

UPnP/DLNA UPnP Server and DLNA Renderer
USB 2 Channel USB up to 32/768KHz DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)
Average CD Import Time 5 minutes
CD Metadata Multiple CD metadata sources
Compatible Music Systems DACs
USB DAC
SPDIF Dac (AES/EBU, BNC, TOSLink, Digital RCA)
DLNA/UPnP compatible devices
Network Players – Sonos, Denon HEOS, Oppo, etc
Connected Receivers: Arcam, Anthem, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Pioneer, Datasat, Trinnov, and more.
Smart Televisions: Sony, LG, Samsung, TCL, Sharp, HiSense, etc.
HDMI Capable Devices (i2s, Multi-channel Audio, DTS-HD Master, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD)
Receivers
Televisions
HDMI  DACs

REQUIREMENTS

Network Download artist and album metadata when ripping CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates
Network router with at least one available Ethernet port
Premium subscription required for some streaming services: Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal, etc.
Music Controller Remote control tablet app iPad, Android (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser – Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported
DAC / Converter DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols

POWER

Mains Supply 100V, 110V, 220V AC – Internal Power Supply with  noise regulation
Power Consumption 6W when idle, 240W peak

PHYSICAL

Dimensions Metric: 435 x 319 x 100mm (W x D x H, 109mm including feet) Imperial: 17.1″ x 12.5″ x 4.2″ (W x D X H)
Weight 13 Kg, 23 Lbs
In the box Wolf Audio Systems Server
IEC (US),  Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
WiFi Antenna
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The Red Wolf 2

Starting at $9,400

Audio Components Deserve Linear Power

The majority of servers on the market today use a standard switch-mode power supply, like what is used in standard computer. This type of power supply is efficient, but the power it outputs is prone to ripple and noise. While the power supplies used in the Luna and Alpha 3 are highly customized and tuned specifically for audio, there is always room for improvement. In the pursuit of perfection, the Red Wolf 2 uses a custom linear power supply with five independent voltage rails to eliminate these problems. Our power supply is virtually ripple and noise free, to ensure that your server has the cleanest power it can get.

Designed Using Audience Copper

Developing a power supply that matches the quality and style of our servers means that we continue to improve upon our designs. We partnered with Audience to incorporate their OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) copper into the supply and chassis in critical areas of power delivery, and created an Audience umbilical cable to connect the two. The reduction in DC resistance reduced the noise floor and a stepped up sonic neutrality – utilizing Audience copper made the system sound more real.

Technical Specifications

AUDIO OUTPUTS

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

Flux Capacitor 24MHz OCXO USB Card – 2 & 8 Channel Audio Clocking (Optional Upgrade)

TOSLink Optical Output

HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet & WiFi 1x  RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 900MB/s WiFi

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, 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
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC, WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Streaming and Playing Formats WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3

SAMPLE RATES

Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512
Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit

USER CONTROL INTERFACES

Web Interface Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X browsers
Mobile App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10

HARDWARE

CD/DVD drive Panasonic Slot-load Blu-Ray drive
System Drive

Audio Drive

250GB M.2 NVMe SSD – System

2TB M.2 NVMe SSD – Storage

CPU Intel Core i7-9700 Six-Core 3GHz
Memory 8GB DDR4 – 4GB Audio dedicated (Upgradeable to 32GB, 16GB Dedicated Audio)

STREAMING AND CD STORAGE

UPnP/DLNA UPnP Server and DLNA Renderer
USB 2 Channel USB up to 32/768KHz DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)
Average CD Import Time 5 minutes
CD Metadata Multiple CD metadata sources
Compatible Music Systems DACs
USB DAC
SPDIF Dac (AES/EBU, BNC, TOSLink, Digital RCA)
DLNA/UPnP compatible devices
Network Players – Sonos, Denon HEOS, Oppo, etc
Connected Receivers: Arcam, Anthem, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Pioneer, Datasat, Trinnov, and more.
Smart Televisions: Sony, LG, Samsung, TCL, Sharp, HiSense, etc.
HDMI Capable Devices (i2s, Multi-channel Audio, DTS-HD Master, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD)
Receivers
Televisions
HDMI  DACs

REQUIREMENTS

Network Download artist and album metadata when ripping CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates
Network router with at least one available Ethernet port
Premium subscription required for some streaming services: Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal, etc.
Music Controller Remote control tablet app iPad, Android (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser – Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported
DAC / Converter DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols

POWER

Mains Supply 100V, 110V, 220V AC – Internal Power Supply with  noise regulation
Power Consumption 20W when idle, 300W peak

PHYSICAL

Dimensions Metric: 435 x 319 x 250mm (W x D x H, 109mm including feet) Imperial: 17.1″ x 12.5″ x 10″ (W x D X H)
Weight 26 Kg, 46 Lbs
In the box Wolf Audio Systems Server
IEC (US),  Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
WiFi Antenna