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elliot that was my preference as well, however they are hard to find used. QS has discontinued them. I agree with your points. The Ref75SE is not too heavy at 47 lbs.  
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@knotscott tonality is the first thing most people hear. But like you and avanti1960 said there is so much more. I notice the decay in the hall or the lingering tone from the instrument itself. cant list it all as there is so much going on. When p... 
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@blindjim your description is perfect. Although it may be difficult to put into words I find that when you get to a certain level of performance you are seeking something that is emotionally involving. I remember putting several different SS amps ... 
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@kw6 I agree the integrated are really good. I remember last year I was at a audio dealer showroom and he said he was putting on an integrated and I snickered and then heard it and was amazed how far they have come. I personally think it is the wa... 
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@atmasphere Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I love your statement that The last thing the industry wants is for the buyer to know what the amps sound like. They spend a lot of time trying to tell you that they don't sound like anything at a... 
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@mozartfan my pre uses 12au7. Ive never used telefunkens in them. I used Baldwin black plate now. 
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Thank you @knotscott. I demoed 3 amps in my system in order of preference VTL, Quicksilver, Carver. I dont need thunderous bass. I want naturalness of strings and woodwinds/brass. I actually like bass that is a little bit round. I run GR Research ... 
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OK I should have stated that I am new to tube power amps. That explains a lot of my ignorance on the subject and I apologize. I know what I hear people saying and about the sonic characteristics of different tube amps and was trying to identify th... 
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@oddiofyl I have heard, that is why I am reluctant to buy any older VTL. I do have a good tech to fix amps but I dont want anything too old.  
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@Hilde45 I was just thinking of tubes as supplied from factory or stock units. For example on the extreme left (warm/tubey) I find Conrad Johnson. I have a Rogue preamp that is more in the middle. I have heard from people that in general that is t... 
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BTW since I have heard the VTL and like their sound I would buy one on the used market except that only the really old ones are available and I am willing to spend more to get something not too old.The ASL are nice sounding but poor reliability fr... 
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@miillercarbon maybe a liner scale lol. On the left is warm romantic, on the right cool neutral? @russ69 My speakers are DIY Satori MW16P (x2) and TW29R tweeters. 2 way design. 90/91 db efficient, -3db @48hz. 
AR VT80SE compated to Ref 75SE amp discussion
seems like I cant go wrong with either one. I hate when companies install XLR on the equipment but dont install the required circuitry. 
AR VT80SE compated to Ref 75SE amp discussion
The VT80SE is balanced, or at least the reviews say so and there is a XLR on the unit. I'll give Paragon a call. 
Voyagers Being Delivered. Comments Please
cant wait to see posts about it