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The Audio Refinement gear was know to be fairly colorful for a SS amp..IMO a Hybrid amp is going to be a sideways move and only going to an all tube (Pre and Power)set up will you truly see what tubes bring to the table.In my playing around with Hybrids and all tube gear it is the staging and imaging where the SS amp just can not compete..
I own the Vincent 237 Integrated amp and it's hard to beat at it's price point IMO. They're connected to a pair of Monitor Audio Gold 200's and they make those speakers sing. I've also compared it to the tube integrated that I own , which is a real honey of an amp, a TAD 60 which I also own and the differences between the Vincent and the 2 tube amps are small. The bass response is solid, no pun intended, highs are sweet not bright and the mids are just about equal to both tube amps.
Yea, I used to own the 226. A great integrated with tight bass, smooth mids and highs, great soundstage and imaging. Wish I never sold it. Another one which I currently own is the Pathos Model One MKII. Doesn't have the power of the Vincent, at 130wpc into 4ohms. I believe many more 236s have been sold in the US and therefore more available than the 226.
Not an integrated but I have the Vincent SP-331 hybrid amplifier - 150wpc @ 8 ohms/300wpc @4 ohms, and I find it very musical driving Martin Logan Aerius i speakers. I've tried Bryston 4B-ST, Bryston 7B-ST monoblocks, Adcom 555SE, Pass X150, and McIntosh MC2200, some my own some borrowed from friends, and the Vincent really held its own. The only amps that stood out were the 7B-ST monos and the bass they delivered. Up to that point I didn't even know the Aerius i was even capable of delivering that much tight bass. Very impressive. Those were my brothers' who's using them with his Magnepan 1.5QRs. I think the Vincent are in general very underrated, in my opinion.