Throw in a bevy of nos Amperex 7316’s into the DP pre and you can call it a day… add some Brimar nos rectifiers and you can call it game over…
ARC is the bomb. No comparison. Just got this super clean used VS115. 120wpc. Mind-bogglingly fab. Idles at 400w, mind you… So works well as a space heater this time of year. Of course this is an amp. Have the 5SE Pre.
No doubt ARC has made some great sounding tube gear. I once owned an VT200, 140 lbs of great sounding iron in one chassis. One of the reasons I no longer have it was idle power consumption: 900 watts!
Nice! Let me know if you see one for sale - a friend of mine is looking for one.
That’s a beaut!
Made it so, didn’t like the crome everywhere
Have the 5SE in a rack with the top off, so hard to get a shot of it, but here’s one side of it:
And here you can see what’s behind the transformers on the VS115:
This one tube looks big for a pre…
yeah - there’s a 6550C and 6H30P in the power supply.
Interesting that you’ve moved over to ARC. I’m patiently waiting for a Ref 6SE or a 40th Anniversary Pre and a Ref 150 to come up at a good price.
Them’s some beautiful pieces
Currently moved the Vitus onto the LS50 Metas with VTL pre . Overkill, but sounds good. The Metas sounded even better with the ARC, of course. They really like tubes.
You realize you could be waiting a long time for that, right?
A good price is relative
True. The used 5SE was half retail, so - goodish!
I’ve curbed my impulse purchases, with great difficulty. The longer I wait the more in my kitty for “mad money “. I’ve decided to be more strategic in my purchases.
Good for you!
I’m not immune to impulse buying but not of preamp and amp components–I’m sold on those I own completely–and am glad I have them now as orders for them have gone through the roof since one of the company’s amps was named as a product of the year, and there will be even more of a waiting list and lag time as the sister amp to my Monoblocks will soon appear in a review in Stereophile.
For me, ever since my childhood with my Dad’s Dynaco system it’s been tubes tubes tubes, and I keep going down and down in amplilfier power and finding the sound better!