My new VTV Audio Class D amp arrived today

I ordered the amp from Warren with the Purifi module and the Sparkos ss3602 op amp, the latter chosen for its somewhat more relaxed sonic presentation compared to the other op amps that VTV offers.  Right out of the box, it strikes me as quite musical, without any noticeable harshness, although few inner details of the music are so far revealed.  It is dead quiet, as expected.  So with my initial favorable impressions, I will report back after it has 100 hours of run-in to comment on its SQ.  
About a month ago I got a VTV Purifi 2 channel with tube buffer.....super solid amp and definitely massive value for the price.  I found leaving it on all the time worked better than the trigger, as the trigger would always take about 5 seconds until volume came out.  You can leave it on all the time though, barely gets Luke warm after 8 hours straight of use, nothing in standby.  Overall way cleaner sound with low noise base compared to Emotiva or other brands around the same price.  I was powering JTR Triple 8s (98db sensitivity) as well as Focal 91db speakers.  Probably not the best amp for speakers with sensitivity in the mid 80s though.  I'd recommend, Warren at VTV is super helpful and they offer 30 day in home trial.

I swapped out my tube amp for the VTV amp yesterday for the heck of it and again I marvel at how musical the VTV amp is, no question, just clean clear power.  I listened to it for hours and hours yesterday and loved it more as the listening went on.  My previous experiences with class D amps was awful, but with the fab reviews of this amp, I took a chance and am reaping the benefits.  It would sure be interesting to compare the VTV amp to the Merrill offerings, which cost 10X as much. The GaN-based class D amps are sure getting a lot of great reviews, too.

I agree that Warren is a great guy to deal with.    

Another example of what I stated broadly in my review of the Legacy Audio i.V4 Ultra (class D) Amp review; the other classes are dead, defeated. The discrepancies in sound quality have been addressed through improvement of class D and now it is the ascendant class of amplification. 

I have no direct experinece with the VTV Purifi amp, nor association with it. It's simply obvious to me how the class D is emerging as newly dominant. In a few years you won't be able to give away your tube and other SS amps. Deniers will pay big time as they see their beloved amp's value fall to near zero. 

Amp makers that do not pivot quickly will become defunct. It won't be pretty. I have other inside info that confirms what I have been saying. We're seing an amp revolution (not evolution, that's a stupid concept when applied to products which are developed) happening right now.  :)


I sure agree that these new Class D amps are amazing.  I thought years ago that analogue sound reproduction was kaput, but nothing could be further from the truth.   I think Atmsaphere and Pass Labs, among others, are going to gravitate to his sort of amplification.  I disagree that ss and tube gear will be gravitate to no value, that I can not envision a being remotely possible.  Just my take. 

Congratulations! Love class D...can’t imagine anything else moving forward...lighter, cooler, more energy efficient... typically less costly...

I have the PS Audio Stellar 300...replaces a Music Reference RM9 mk2...

(Does it sound as good as that (IMHO) world class tube amp? No. However, it comes much much closer than it should ; )

P.S. Liking the idea of saving a small bit of energy too...