A Layman’s Observations
How does one describe the indescribable?
We have been searching for “our” end game system. That is “the” superior system that gives us a true sense of live sound in our living space. We’ve come extremely close with some other audio systems - really close! But while we were satisfied the search still continued for “the” absolute right sound for “us.”
We now own a Vitus Masterpiece front end which has been added to Vitus SM-103 monos and Magico M3 Speakers. The Vitus list:
Vitus MP-D201 Mk.III DAC
Vitus MP-L201 Mk.II Line Stage
Vitus MP-T201 MK.II CD Transport
Vitus RC-010 Remote Control
Vitus SM-103 Mono Amps
Synergy of the Vitus Suite:
Hearing is believing. While each Vitus component sounds excellent in its own right, when each piece is paired together into a complete Vitus suite a beautiful dynamic synergy emerges. There’s a balance to the entire system, each component reaching it’s full potential without limiting the others. For us it’s engaging, natural, and relaxed. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And the sound you receive is nirvana - at least for us.
The build quality of Vitus is the best we’ve owned. Every millimeter is impeccably crafted. Vitus has a clean unobtrusive design. Solid construction. The artistry, skill, and workmanship is off the charts. This is a masterfully over-built product.
Vitus Jet Black Finish:
Ascetics matter. A proper finish on audiophile components is vitally important. Vitus’ “jet black” finish is a little bit of an upgrade and absolutely gorgeous! It’s more than a color, it’s a beautiful texture. It’s exceptionally nice! Of course, with Vitus you may choose your own custom finish.
Vitus Masterpiece units are a marvel to hear, or maybe I should say not hear. Hans-Ole Vitus over-builds his products. He is a master at eliminating noise in his audio components. This is true in each of his designs but especially in his top of the line Masterpiece offerings. There’s a black canvass behind the music. With the noise removed, all that is presented and all that remains is the beauty of the music. Silence is revelatory! Thanks Hans.
Remote Control: Vitus RC-010
Every piece of our Vitus suite is controlled by a well-designed rechargeable remote control. The remote’s screen may be programmed to display only the Vitus pieces one owns. Complete control in one remote for your entire high-end audio system. Simplicity, control, and elegance.
Masterpiece Line Stage: Vitus MP-L201 Mk.II
The Vitus MP Line Stage is the control center (the brains) of the entire Masterpiece system. It’s engineered with a no compromised electronics, mechanics, and power supply. Overall the Vitus MP Line Stage performs its designed functions exquisitely.
This Line Stage gives a beautiful, lush, and detailed presentation. The soundstage is off the charts as compared to many others we’ve listened to. The bass weight, dynamics, low-level detail, texture, and timbre envelop the listener. Ultimately, the MP-L201 Mk.II Linestage gives one unbelievable control over the sources in their system. We’re blown away!
Masterpiece CD Transport: Vitus MP-T201 MK.II
The MP Transport is a work of functional art. It’s built like a tank. The precise drawer mechanism is very special, and exceptionally smooth in its operation. Jitter is of no concern. There’s no veiling of the sound. The sound stage is excellent - deep and wide.
CDs have never sounded better. Even poorly recorded CDs (like “Three Dog Night”) from back in the day become more alive with natural realism. Clean, clear, and precise. And through the Vitus MP DAC, CDs sound absolutely stunning!
Masterpiece DAC: Vitus D201 Mk.III
This DAC is the hugest surprise of all. Because of it’s specs I wasn’t expecting to ever purchase it. The Vitus is only NativeDSD up to 256 and PCM up to 384kHz with 32 bit resolution. Initially, looking just at the specs, I said no way. Other DACs have 512, 1024, etc. However, this Vitus MP DAC has absolutely floored us.
After listening to some of the very best DACs in the entire world (Aqua HiFi Formula xHD, CH Precision C1.2, dCS Vivaldi, EMM DA2V2, Ideon Absolute E + Time, Kalista DreamPlayX + DAC, MSB Select II, Playback Designs MPD-8, Thrax Libra, and even recently a friend’s Lampi Horizon, etc.) we were immediately memorized by the analogue sound of the Vitus MP DAC. The Vitus MP ends our DAC search! It’s “my precious.”
Always Listen! Specs aren’t the entire story in a DAC, or any other piece of audio equipment. Hans voiced the MP DAC to sound analogue. He absolutely nailed it! Combine this DAC with high end cables and as far as sound you have heaven upon earth. This DAC sounds very much like our TT in sound quality and presentation. While I still think vinyl sounds a little richer and fuller, this MP DAC has closed the gap considerably. (Note: this opinion may change after we receive and evaluate a new forthcoming Vitus MP Phono Stage to replace our VAC).
The huge 3D soundstage wraps fully around and envelopes the listener. It’s a venue sound! It presents a new level of vivid clarity with a three-dimensional width, depth, breath, and height. Excellent detail without sounding overly analytical. True resolution. The sound is deep, expansive, saturated, and emotional. Incredible micro and macro dynamics. With the Magico M3 speakers it’s an immersive experience like no other we’ve experienced. Layer upon layer upon layer of life-like reality; dream waves of sound. The presentation is clean, pure, and alluring. There’s excellent separation between the instruments, but still a beautiful absolute unity to the overall sound.
Everything is more musical, detailed, organic, and airy. Music is no longer played as much as it is magnificently displayed. The bass is detailed, fast, and potent. The mid-range displays a “I am there” experience and the tremble is musical and transparent.
I really enjoy female vocals. Voices sound unbelievably natural with Vitus. You can hear the delicate feelings in the lyrics and the vocalist’s distinct pronunciation of every word, every syllable. The lyrics seem almost touchable. Texture, tone, intimacy, seductiveness, sonic purity, and naturalness are all part of this “analogue” type package. Liquidity unlike anything we have encountered. An emotionally engaging sound. There’s a sense of absolute realism; live music, ever so natural. Finally an “analogue” DAC. Addictive!
Vitus Masterpiece components are a STATEMENT no compromise work of functional art that have revolutionized our listening experience. Vitus components are world-class!
There’s no going back after owning Vitus!