You can buy MUCH better sound than VTL. VTL are great for power, but I have always had a problem with the way they sounded. My opinion is that they get worse as the amount of tubes increases. Becoming too hard to meld all of those tubes into one convergent sound. If you are buying a tube amp in search of the magic of tubes, my advice to you is to pass. I have found many superior sounding(to my ears, of course) tube amplifiers. It all depends on you, the music you like, and your speakers. Based on your speakers, I would suggest looking into Air Tight, Cary, Jadis, Quicksilver, Rogue, or VAC. The title of your thread says your price point is $5K, but the VTL you are looking at is $2300. If your ideal price is on the low side, look into Rogue. A little higher brings you to Quicksilver. And, if you are closer to the $5K, consider the Air Tight, Cary, Jadis, or VAC. On this list, you will get what you pay for.
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