I would think you would "gain" from the newer technology that ARC is incorporating. MHO of course.
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Efner, your response is quite intriquing. I am considering downsizing because the VT100 mkii is quite expensive to re-tube and somewhat difficult to adjust balance and bias. It is also quite heavy and puts our lots of heat. I'm looking for something smaller, lighter, and easier to live with. When I saw the Stereophile review on the VSi60, it got me to thinking. My only question then was, "would I be giving up anything sonically ?" Maybe the answer is "no".
Has anybody else out there made the switch "down" in the ARC line? thanks for all your answers.
The spec's on the vsi55 and vsi60 seem identical. Did that much change in the two amps or is this the usual (and probably justified) need to make a few changes and increase to cover the costs of business. For instance the optional tube cage was $200, now $500. Maybe it's not the ugly perforated on anymore...
I ask because I heard the vs55 next to the newer 60 and couldn't make out any differences. Even as ARC web literature goes they typically go on and on about how the new version kills the prior, but no mention of this either.
Not knocking ARC, love the company, just looking for answers.
I'm not a technical guy,as I understand it one of the big knocks on the vsi50 was bass control I was assured by both Dave Gorden of ARC and others who had heard the vsi60 that this was no longer an issue,and that in fact the vsi 60 has a great low end.I took a leap of faith and could not be happier.My speakers are the new Gallo 3.5 and I can play them as loud as I can stand it with no discernable distotion.
I did own a Vsi55 at one time and was very impressed. It had a spooky holographic quality to it. I thought it had great bass but lacked slightly in soundstage and a tad in the midrange weight compared to the VAC Avatar I went to. Maybe this was speaker synergy or setup, not sure.
I am adding a vs55 to another system to try for a while. I can report back if anyone is interested.