jfrech, I am considering the same options. My dealer is getting the VK52se in stock soon and he is going to let me bring it home for a demo. I will definitely report back.
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No, and I can't find it on the web. Do you have a link?
I did get a chance to demo the VK-32SE in my home system. I would say it was different from the 31/51SE series that I have owned, but not better, IMHO. It was lusher and sweeter, but not as dynamic or powerful. Which one would prefer would depend on their system/tastes.
I also had the opportunity to hear a VK-52SE at a dealer, and felt the same way. Just my $0.02.
FWIW, I still haven't heard the REX yet though.
Hi John, here's the link:
I heard the rex at my dealer for about 2 hours 3-4 months ago. Stunning is all I can say. Today I listened to the Aesthetix Callisto Eclipise, Nagra PL L and a killer Luxman ss amp.
For the money, the Nagra is a steal IMO. Transparency, see through sound stage, accuracy, but oh my gosh real, no hype type of thing. It's just so little. Not something a man aspires to :) My wife is little, I love that about her. Not sure I want that in my hi fi-plus my cables weigh more than the electronics...
Callisto threw a stage about twice as high and wide as the Nagra, it wasn't warmed up and the source was a Nagra CD player (so expect some synergy).
I still remember that REX...doesn't quite have the transparency of the Nagra, not quite as big of stage as the Aesthetix.
I need to listen to all this more. This is all based on a 2 hour listening session on a system I have heard before. Cables could settle in, preamps warm up, etc and flip things around somewhat...
Honestly, they are all good. I think your comment on tastes/system is 110% on the mark...
I might be better off working on my source not my electronics...