I listened to and enjoyed both systemsbesides providing greater frequency extension and a more dramatic sense of space, the larger system exhibited better image focus and a more solid center-fillbut I was especially taken by VTL’s more modestly priced and sized IT-85 integrated amplifier ($4750). Like a Honus Wagner baseball card or a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, I had heard of it, but never seen one in person. And it’s beautiful. Unlike VTL’s more imposing amplifiers, the IT-85’s got that special size and shapeit measures 15.75" W by 11" D by 7" Hthat makes me just want to hug it and never let go.
How does it sound? Can’t say. But I’ve heard that a talented recording engineer, The Tape Project's Piper Payne, uses one, and if it’s good enough for Piper….