Arrrrrgggggg. Nothing like losing 2 hours of writing alone to start you review!!!!
I have had the amp plugged in and warming up for about 90 minutes. I then played some music and got a very quick first impression, which was as it should be......perfect new tube amp enclosed and tight in sound.
Ever placed your headphones in your main listening/loudspeaker and played them quietly with a couple of friends at a quiet point in a night? Me neither. Until tonight when I was warming the whole headphone system up. Wow!!! If you have very good open back headphones, the sound they provide from a pure quality sense is crazy!!! Clean, accurate, present.
I have listening to the VH2 for an hour, with headphones as prescribed by builder (on ears rather than table).
Each few minutes that open up more and more. Sarah McLaughlin - afterglow.
My interpretation is that the amp is now warmed up. Much bigger soundstage than first listen. Just waaayyy cool sound only 5 hours sound. Wow!!!!!!
Separation of instruments, decay of sound, relaxing of drivers still needed.
Overall, 5 hours in, after all I have read and what I have expected, I am absolutely thrilled with how the VH2 sounds. If it gets better from this point, it will approach the level of sound quality that will allow me to listen music with renewed joy all over again.