Oops, wrong model number. Should have been 216ia. It is a KT 88, not the 845. The 218 is about $1500 more....
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While I do like the idea of a home trial when you're gonna spend a few grand on something, if it were me I'd find it hard to send back the primaluna if I essentially invested a few hundred on a demo. I am satisfied with the LM 211, and have enjoyed listening to the dialogue at a local shop. Then again i've posted a thread wondering what exactly differentiates all these $1500-2000 chinese built el34 or kt88 integrates as I find them to be pretty close in sound to each other.
I accidentally put the wrong amp in the title. It is the 216IA (KT-88, not the SET 845) It is 22w in triode and 38 UL. On acoustic tracks, solo guitar, cello, etc. it is okay with triode. In ultra linear it hasn't had any issues driving them. I ind it does sound better hooked to the 4 ohm taps, even though nominal impedance of the Vandys is 7. I must admit that I am not a concert-level listener so that helps, but they can get up and rock with some Zeppelin when asked.