yeah. i think i could do better with $1,200. maybe. you know this stuff is all subjective. from what i understand the vda-2 is not nearly in the class of the benchmark or lavry. i mean some people may like it better. thats personal.
technically the benchmark and lavry are superior to the cs and channel islands stuff. how anything sounds is a different matter of course.
i was not impressed at all when i heard a vhp-1 once. the vac-1 is just a large ei for $159. you can get more or less something similar at radioshack in a plastic giant wall wart for $25. i'm not bashing it because i have not heard the whole channel islands rig. the vhp-2 is $349. the cs amp, depending on who you ask hangs around with $800+ tube amps. i wish someone that has heard both shows up here. i am really afraid to spend that and get dissapointed.
the lavry plus a $500 amp would probably blow away the channel islands stuff. i'm just guessing though. the impressive point is that the lavry plus a $500 amp is only maybe 10% nicer sounding than the cs. so that channel islands stuff would really have to step up to the plate here.
the real reason i want it is because it looks a lot nicer than the cs. that is a pretty stupid reason though if i must say so myself