Goone, the VK30 is a somewhat laid back, warm sounding preamp. I'd suggest you use it for about a week and see if it breaks in to your tastes. If you still don't like the presentation you can swap power cords (I like Synergistic AC Master Coupler on my VK30) or even more importantly consider changing interconnects and/or speaker wire to dial in the sound to your tastes. You can always get in touch with Kevin Deal at Upscale Audio and he'll likley have some suggestions as to what tubes to use to get you the type of sound you're looking for.
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