Pros: Fluid and natural tonality, layered (3D) soundstage
Cons: 3D soundstage depth comes at expense of soundstage width and clarity in the high fequencies
I find it difficult to get used to the sound of this little amp.
In comparison with the amp I used for years, the headphones-out my old faithfull Marantz PM7200 the sound is superior in many ways.
There's more depth, a cleaner, more fluid tonality, better layering of instruments and finally no more humming/buzzing of the transformer, the main reason I got this amp.
But the sound isn't as wide. With some recordings my ears miss something, especially my left ear craves for more sound, it wants the music to fill out the left channel and beyond.
This makes for a hard listening at times, but to be honest, objectively the difference in width is really small, I am just so grown with the sound of my old amp, it is just like an old habit I need to get rid of.
Or maybe not? Time will tell.
I give this little V-Can some time to grow on me, because it has lots of good things going for it.
I'll update this review over a couple of weeks.
I will return the little amp. There's a clear channel imbalance. I tested this with my Marantz amp, when turning the balance control knob slightly to the right it gave me the same sensation I got with the V-Can, my left ear begging for a little more sound. It's a pity because the overall sound is really excellent.
So this review is no longer valid, because it is not fair to rate a faulty unit. Therefore I ask the moderator to delete this review in time.