AudioSolutions Virtuoso M speakers, Vitus Audio SIA-030 and SCD-025MK II, United Home Audio Ultima4 OPS-DC, Ansuz Acoustics cabling

High End by Oz and United Home Audio joined together to present the US premiere of Vitus Audio’s SIA-030 30W class-A/200W class-AB integrated amplifier ($40,000) and AudioSolutions Virtuoso M loudspeakers ($32,000/pair). The speakers, which weigh 165lb each, claim a sensitivity of 92dB, 4 ohms nominal impedance, and an in-room frequency response of 25Hz–30kHz. Together with Vitus Audio’s SCD-025 MKII CD player/DAC ($25,200), United Home Audio’s Ultima 4 OPS-DC tape deck ($30,000), and Ansuz Acoustics cabling, this system was playing an interesting and unusual selection of music, including the Vivace from Britten’s Violin Concerto, performed by Linus Roth. Bass was excellent. I made a mental note to hear these components again in a more conducive setting.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

There is a video posted on-line with music, AudioSolutions Virtuoso M loudspeakers :-) .......

supamark's picture

They're charging $30k for an upgraded Tascam 1/4" deck. I can go on Reverb right now (cuz I just looked) and buy an Ampex ATR-102 for under $10k and spend a few grand on refurb and it will eat this thing's lunch without breaking a sweat (that's for 1/4", 1/2" will crush and mock it). Same with a high quality Studer.

If you can get a Tim de Paravicini mod'd Ampex/Studer the quality gap grows to canyon size. In most knowledgeable people's opinion, the Ampex ATR-102 is the finest open reel 2 track ever made (the only other models that come up are other Ampex or Studer decks). Everything else (Otari, Tascam, Fostex, MCI/Sony, etc) are not even in the conversation.

Oh, and pre-recorded 1/4" tapes are a joke. What you get is always generations removed (and if it was high speed dup'd you're really getting a glorified cassette) or from a digital master which kinda defeats the purpose. Will it have proper test tones to set things like EQ and azimuth (and will the user know how/bother)? Every deck is different, and you have to adjust yours to properly play tapes made on other machines (and know how to keep your own properly set up - very regular maintainence with an expensive test tape). even more to set up if it's to be used to make recordings (and the test tape costs a LOT more).

JRT's picture

RME ADI-2 Pro FS is advertised at a little under $2k, and will provide performance that easily eclipses that of the archaic reel to reel mag tape recorder. It includes a good headphone amplifier, and very low noise high precision volume control. And you can utilize it to measure performance of other audio gear.

Third party review:

In the user manual (link below), see section 34.20 Digital Volume Control on pages 89-90 :

Pro-Audio-Tech's picture

Ha just HA!
Low information poster, the problem with the internet......

Do you people really have no idea of the new Master Tape movement in audiophile circles?

Like new master tape copies from The Tape Project, Acoustic Sounds, Opus3, Yarlung???

This is Stereophile, it's a magazine for audiophiles, not studio blather that has about as much to do with high end audio as a Crown amp vs a D'Agistino M400.

JRT's picture

Some recording engineers continue to use mag tape for processing effects, to provide a desired sound effect in dynamic range compression utilizing magnetic saturation in the medium.

The processing power of the GPU can be utilized for nonlinear convolution, Volterra/Weiner math using CUDA or OpenCL, eg Acoustica Acqua Engine DAW plugins.

The other and most obvious use would be in capturing old recordings existing on tape to digital for remastering. With some old tapes that might be a one shot deal after baking the old tape in an oven to enable it to with stand one pass through the tape deck. A second pass might not sound nearly as good as the first.

I see little use for tape in a consumer's modern playback setup unless they fall into a collection of worthwhile recordings on mag tapes that they want to convert to a digital format.

Ortofan's picture

... still have paper cones. Remarkable.

To which profile was the speaker's crossover set - "Balanced", "Moderate" or "Enhanced"?

For about half the price I'd choose the Accuphase E-650 integrated amp - with the DAC and phono preamp plug-in boards.

$25K for the tape deck makes a used Pioneer RT-2022 at one-tenth that price seem like a bargain.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

The Wilson $330,000 XVX uses paper cones :-) ...........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

The Sony SS-AR1 $27,000 (Stereophile Class-A) uses paper cones :-) .........

JRT's picture

Some drivers exhibiting excellent performance utilize "paper" cones.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Those 'balanced', 'moderate' and 'enhanced' adjustments can be made depending upon the listeners' political beliefs, time of the day, mood of the day, type of the beverage being consumed, type of the music being played, domestic tranquillity, whether analog or digital is being played, whether tubes, transistors or hybrids are being used in the associated equipment, which brand of cables are being used, which brand of power conditioners and/or re-gererators are being used etc. etc :-) ........

Psychedelicious's picture

Well JVS, I must say you have impressed with your stamina. Complete coverage of the show all on your own is quite the feat.