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Fantastic

This preamp is great. I recently upgraded from a barely-decent receiver to a solid state amp - I've run this basic system for 20 years, various receivers/integrates along the way. I initially also went with solid-state preamp which was amazingly detailed but a little harsh, noticeably fatiguing actually. I figured why not try tubes to calm this a bit and since this is a purchase for the next probably decade go for the nicer of the two Vincents AA has on offer. So this is my first piece of tube gear; bearing that in mind I can't believe what this thing accomplishes. It has nearly the detail - I mean within half a hair - of the solid state, but the quality of the sound is astounding. There's almost an urgency to music now, it sucks you in and holds you. Perhaps tube guys are like "right" and obviously I'm now interested in pursuing this further, but I'll settle on being blown away by this thing for awhile. A few specifics on sound - vocals simply jump out and grab you. It's uncanny. And often from a muddy mix - I can tell what's being sung on some recordings that are both busy and muddy, where previously this was difficult to impossible. And often I'm hearing individual harmonies that just blended together previously. Instruments - you get all the nuance of drum tone and such. Bass guitars sound like bass guitars. Etc. Dynamics - as mentioned, it's hard to describe but there's an immediacy to the proceedings. Transients hit with real snap. And soft passages are rendered almost achingly. If you're in the market and this is in your range I absolutely recommend it. A+.

Tim C
 
spacious & gutsy

more expansive soundstage than my previous good quality Adcom preamp. Detailed but smooth, not harsh. Nice functionality too, good remote, good to have 2 sets of variable outputs.

- Bill B, VA