I owned a vk500 with I traded for vk60 monoblocks. For starters the vk500 is a very big and heavy amp which doesn't fit easily on a rack. It has a natural tube-like sound, is very quiet. Nice overall tonal balance, but has a drier sound than the bloomy vk60's. They say it sounds much better with aftermarket cords (needs 2). I used it with a vk5i so it definitely would handle a better preamp.
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