post #16 of 29
7/4/08 at 2:52am
The prices of the VHP2 and VAC1 can be looked up at ciaudio.com.
For a few days I was going for an extreme Slum-Fi setup with the Audio-Technica ES7, as all my other headphones were temporarily away. (They arrived back today.) I have to say that the VHP2 does a nice job with the ES7, helps add even more soundstage to it.
I'm listening now with the K701 and temporarily my dCS P8i. While I don't entirely like the sound of the P8i (heard first with a balanced Beta 22), the VHP2 does a good job from it as far as I can tell. I can of course say that the balanced Beta 22 decimates the VHP2 - really no comparison at all, there was so much more of everything with the Beta 22.
There are two things I really don't like about the amp that have nothing to do with sound. First is the form factor. The cubic shape just doesn't appeal to me at all and I'm not sure what the reason for it is. Second is the lack of a power switch. Really can't understand the reason for this. I could understand the lack of a power switch on the VHP2 itself since it comes with a wall-wart, but no power switch on the VAC1? This always-on config is a poor decision.
From a purely operational perspective I vastly prefer the approach of the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite stack - it's a nice-looking stack (when stacked) and it has a power switch.
please compare VHP2 w/VAC1 vs. VHP2 alone
I found that VHP2 alone lacks a bit of dynamic when driving high impedance cans.
Oh, and Asr, would you also check if there is soundquality or soundsignature difference between high gain and low gain modes? Mine has, and so did Jpelgs piece. More forward or aggressive treble.