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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Under the Wigwam with Sonneteer

HiFi WigwamAvid readers of the HiFi Wigwam will have noticed Sonneteer featuring a little recently. Via one of our notable dealers, Purite North they got their hands on some of our kit. We were more than happy for them to have done so as it seems they were quite taken by it.

Sonneteer Orton Close up SilverThe first review came in June with the audition of the Sonneteer Orton integrated amplifier. Here’s a snippet:

“The build, fit and finish is exceptional. It’s quite Germanic in this respect, I really can’t see this thing letting anyone down for 20 years to come. Fit and forget? Nope, you’ll be having too much fun playing air guitar to ever forget it. This is an amp that manages a rare trick: you get oodles of pace rhythm and timing, but without it ever sounding in-yer-face or shouty. My first day with the Orton was spent re-visiting my extensive collection of Rock and Electronica, it was huge fun with dynamism and pace in spades….

Tonally the Orton is very neutral, I get an honest reproduction without colour. It inspires confidence.

Do you get the impression I like this amp? I’ll tell you how much I like it: I’m now feeling a bit of a fool for gushing so much over previous amplifiers I’ve reviewed. I didn’t leave myself enough headroom for weekends like this when I am properly amazed.” Read the whole review here.

I know we are blushing a little too.

Sonneteer Byron with OrtonIf you thought they liked that then what a follow up in August when they put the Sonneteer Byron CD player through its paces. Again let the Wigwam do the talking: “All the technical details can wait. Eleanor Rigby from the Beatles’ Love album has just started and we need to talk about the sound – Now! Anyone familiar with George Martin’s re-engineering of the classics will know that this is a beautiful sounding album. But the Byron is revealing layers of detail I’d not tuned into before. And it’s doing this without sounding bright or cold…..The detail and insight are really remarkable and yet there is no price to pay for this. The bass goes deep, the mids have warmth, the treble doesn’t tish or splash –  it’s an enjoyable easy sound…..This kit sounds good dammit and people deserve to know.” Read the full review here.