The newest version of the VTL 2.5i preamp w built in phono is run in, ready for audition, and turning heads- and ears! At $5500, this latest version has been worth the wait for the inclusion of a world class phono section. It has moving magnet and moving coil, standard preamp features, and is worthy of any system. It replaces the ARC preamps I started the Haven with. Like the Auralic Taurus Mkll mentioned earlier, these preamps are more to the Haven's liking. Wherever ARC is headed I wish them well, it's just that this boy with his snack pack is taking a different trail. The 2.5i also comes in a line stage only version for $3000, and it also has been revamped. I appreciate immensely companies like VTL who strive to put out great products with revisions rather than something new every other tax period. There is a glut of products already on the market. Like Vandersteen speakers, one would never notice the revisions that occur over the years, the chassis stays the same. The added goodness is inside, and can often be retrofittable. So come have a listen to the newest "People's Preamp". Of course, if your wallet is only ready for a $1500 hit, then the Taurus is the new "People's People's Preamp. The Haven has you covered. Or....there's always the Ayre KX-5 pre...$10k...the not every "People's Pre". Schedule an appointment and come have a listen....you'll be glad you did!
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