The VC sounds killer off both amps, as I have been experimenting with this the last couple of days. The Pendant is so holographic, dynamic, euphoric and immediate sounding with the VC that it's breathtaking with some well recorded Folk, Jazz or anything Acoustic. The Pendant pushes the mids forward with it's mid focused sound and this benefits the VC's mids very well (especially vocals). Then throwing the VC on the RH-5 opens them up, and the sound is more neutral and balanced top to bottom with deeper subbass rumble, and more of a taller and wider stage but not quite as deep and holographic as the Pendant. I listen to Electronica the most with my RH-5 and VC combo, as the subbass rumble and detail top to bottom is addictive. They really are both equally awesome, with completely different topologies that you can easily hear the differences and appreciate them both with the VC and a good DAC.ROON curation algorithm is much better than the algorithms on Tidal or Qobuz.
Very interested in which amp the VC likes better.
Also, I have recently discovered I like my VC with the Auteur Lambskin pads on the Pendant SE and the Universe Lambskin pads on the RH-5.
Owning both of these amps with the VC, is such a pleasure as it really keeps things fresh jumping back and forth between the two and getting completely different but equal presentations of awesome. The Pendant and VC combo sounds like I am at a live show standing on stage or in the front row. The RH-5 and VC combo sounds like I am a few rows back in the best seats in the house (same show) or in a recording studio with a well treated room with high a ceiling.
Of important note with regards to my comparison between the two amps, is that I have added the Synergistic Research Purple fuse to the RH-5 and that really helped level the playing field. The fuse especially helped the RH-5 liven up a bit, throw a more holographic soundstage (still not as good as the Pendant in this regard), and have better impact, texture and overall realism. The Pendant unfortunately uses a fuse size that does not allow any kind of upgrade, or I would have already done a swap with that one too.