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RE: I listened to VS-60

"[VS60] It is the same as VSi but with no passive preamp. It was the cleanest sounding amplifier I have ever had a chance to listen to. It's sound was also completely harmonically bleached, freezingly cold and dry amp I have ever heard."

You should listen to Bryston amps!

I had the CJ Premier 11a, similar to your MV60SE, and although it was a nice enough sounding tube amp, I thought it lacked dynamics and punch. It was also lacking in bass. The CJ Premier 11a was my very first tube amp and when I discovered the AES/Cary SixPacs at a fraction of the cost, I sold the CJ. The AES/Cary SixPacs were much better IMHO.

I also owned the Cary Rocket 88R which didn't have enough power to make my speakers sing. I was using the Tannoy Definition D500s which aren't especially difficult to drive but in my somewhat large listening room that I had at that time, the Rocket 88R sounded veiled and compressed.

The ARC VSi-60 is definitely a clean sounding tube amp. It is more transparent and extended than the Rogue Cronus Magnum but I wouldn't call it cold, bleached, or dry. I reserve those words for Bryston. ;-)

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