If it's me, I'd get the speakers squared away first and then pick the amp. What works best with the PSBs won't necessarily be best for your next speakers, unless you want to choose your next speakers based on the amp you have.
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I owned the vsi55 years ago & didn't care for it. Ballsy but not quite 20/20 vision if you get my drift. Cant imagine the 75 would be that much different. I'd definitely go VAC having heard their products a few times and talking w/Kevin who is quite approachable and so is their service after the sale if needed.
I’d go Vac between those 2. Great company, better built and a much fuller sound then Arc.
If I could afford one I’d buy that exact integrated.
The lumin is also fantastic. I can’t comment on your speakers because I haven’t heard them.
I’d bet that vac would sound very good with any of them. Good luck and congrats.
I owned both amps albeit with several years in between and the systems were in 2 different homes, different speakers, sources, wire, etc. With that caveat, they are both terrific but very different. The Vac, built like a tank, exceptional company and amazing support. The GSI75, same thing. Both had fine phono stages although I never used the one in the GSI75, it had variable cartridge loading, etc the VAC’s stage was tubed, the ARC was not. The DAC inside the GSI75 was terrific, a very fine dac. The VAC, of course, had no dac and had a few more options at order time like balanced ins, etc.
The sound of the VAC was very smooth, a very traditional and nuanced amplifier. The ARC was more dynamic, authoritative and transparent but I certainly wouldn’t characterize it as traditional or tubey sounding. Textured and transparent yes, tubey, nope.
if they were priced the same and I were in the market today, and as much as I deeply respect Kevin Hayes of VAC, it would be no contest, the GSI75 is a superior amplifier. Lets keep in mind they were developed years apart, the ARC being newer and the VAC being an evolution. YMMV
scar11"No dealer anywhere close to me unfortunately."
Get out from behind your keyboard get in your car or on a bus or train go visit a dealer and do some listening for your self rather than expect others to explain, define, and characterize the world of Music Reproduction Systems for you personally.
Don't conflate new ARC vs. old ARC (post-Ref 75). Very different sounds and the whitish-SS nature of the several decades prior is gone. I feel new ARC > VAC, but would recommend a TVC + Ref 75SE vs the integrated. Wonderful combination.
That all said, I haven't owned a Vac amp since the Phi 200 (which incidentally Ghasley on this thread purchased from me).