VTL TL6.5 Series II Signature line preamplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Source: VPI Classic turntable with JMW tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue cartridge.
Digital Source: dCS Puccini SACD/CD player.
Preamplification: Nagra BPS battery-powered phono preamp, Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P line-stage preamplifier.
Power Amplifier: Simaudio Moon Evolution 860A.
Loudspeakers: Revel Ultima Studio 2.
Cables: Interconnect: AudioQuest Wild Blue, Kubala-Sosna Elation!, Nirvana S-L. Speaker: Nirvana S-X. AC: manufacturers' stock.
Accessories: Black Diamond Racing Mk.4 Cones (under VTL), Audiodesksysteme Gläss Vinyl Cleaner, LAST stylus cleaners, AC power from dedicated 20A circuits.—Fred Kaplan

VTL Amplifiers, Inc.
4774 Murrieta Street, Suite 10
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 627-5944

fetuso's picture

Mr. Kaplan, I enjoy your writing, both here and on Slate. This was a fun review to read, although the VTL is above my pay grade (I'm no Trump or Putin). Through your words I was able to imagine myself in your listening space, hearing what you were hearing. I most enjoyed your last paragraph. I've often read audio reviewers compare our hobby with others, like buying fancy watches or cars, but you beautifully expressed the real joy of music listening through good equipment; that it can take us a trip like no other mode of transportation. Well done.

Allen Fant's picture

I concur w/ fetuso- FK.
I have always wanted to demo VTL gear( there is no representation here in the deep South). You are very fortunate to have this pre-amp, as well as, auditioning the REX pre-amp.

Most of all, you mentioned the cabling used in your evaluation. It is all too common that reviewer's miss this important aspect in most articles? I look forward to your next Jazz release music review.