VTL Reference D/A processor Review System

Sidebar 2: Review System

The VTL D/A converter was auditioned in my usual reference system: Hales System Two Signature speakers driven by VTL 225W Deluxe monoblocks via 3' runs of bi-wired AudioQuest Clear cable. Level control and matching between processors under audition were through the Electronic Visionary Systems Stepped Attenuator, while interconnects were Expressive Technologies IC-1 (Stepped Attenuator to power amplifiers) and Music Metre (processors to Stepped Attenuator). The VTL was driven by the Esoteric P-2 CD transport (reviewed in this issue) and with a 48kHz signal from a JVC DAT machine playing my own master tapes. Digital interconnect was the Aural Symphonics Digital Transmission Line. All AC power (except to the VTL power amplifiers) was conditioned by a Tice Power Block and Titan Energy Storage System. My dedicated listening room's dimensions were chosen for best modal distribution.—Robert Harley

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