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Hi Xcalibur,£350 at today's exchange rate is around $535.If an upgrade moves the overall performance to a higher level how much is this improved performance worth? It will depend on whether your priority lies with price or performance. It's all a question of degree. How far do you want to go in the pursuit of high quality music reproduction? Enthusiasts spend more than this on a high-end cable.RegardsPaul
Xcaliber,You're forcing me to editorialize here and I'm bound to piss off a few folks. If that's you, forgive me.You're not totally wrong. Early on I was approached by a shall not be named vendor who wanted to sell linear supplies to my customers for $1,000. I told him quite frankly, regardless of the sonic merits, why would I want to torture my customers with a "must-have" $1,000 upgrade? There are PLENTY of great amps in the $1,000 + $400 = $1,400 range that don't recommend ANY upgrades, right? And that's something I totally hated before starting Virtue: "must-have" upgrades that I couldn't afford and which did nothing but make me feel like crap for "settling" with what I had bought.So here's the deal. We make a great amp for the money. We spent all of last year trying to do better and we showed off all this fancy new stuff at RMAF and we were running it on Vinnie's battery supply and in our room, it sounded pretty good (on the old and the new). And then Danny Richie took them both to his "anoechoic" treated room on his glorious 97db Venues...and compared the switching and battery supplies. In that pristine listening environment, the difference from cleaner power vastly exceeded that of any of our other tweaks. I had wanted to believe that a better supply wouldn't put the amp into a new league because I didn't want to ask my customers to pay more for it, but there it was. Better PSU, better sound. Especially with more sensitive speakers. I'd been through the same cycle of denial with the 130w supply... too expensive! and now with the battery and linear supplies... again.Does it upset me that a $600 supply sounds good with our amps? What if Paul charged $1,200.. should that upset me... or you?Here's the cool thing. You can go and buy batteries online and your own charger, hook it up, and get a DAMN near "price-no-object" power supply for these amps for under $100. Feel like a bit of hand-holding, some best practices, and more confidence, buy a GR Research battery kit for $200. Want something totally finished, with a few bells and whistles and a relationship with one of the nicest guys in the business, let Vinnie at RWA hook you up for $600. Don't like batteries? Start with the Antek kit, move up to JT Dynamic Power... or all the way up to a Paul Hynes kit.What would I do? Well, I have the 130w regulated supply on my system and it sounds great. Would the amp sound better with Paul's kit? I trust Nick's judgement - yes. Would I buy Paul's kit for myself? Frankly, no. I have no disposable income and if I had an extra $600 I'd take Melissa on vacation. Should you buy one? It's a personal decision and I'll give you a hug if you do! Like Vinnie Rossi, who will also sell you a $600 supply, Paul's a great guy and you should feel great supporting good people in this industry who toil night and day to build high-value products!We let the genie out of the bottle once we decided to let you plug a 3rd party supply into the unit. You're going to be tempted by $600 supplies and there are folks out there who will attest that an even more expensive supply sounds better.Is it bitter-sweet for me that our amps can be improved with better PSUs? Yeah, it is. But you know what? They will also sound better with better speakers and better room treatment and... just because they do doesn't mean that you shouldn't pick a price point and get the most enjoyment out of them that you can and know that for the money you made a very smart decision.Did I do you sentiment justice? Paul, did I piss you off?
$535. Enthusiasts spend more than this on a high-end cable.RegardsPaul
I personally would rather not defeat the cross-over in the speaker. They often do lots of things and bi-amping seemed "risky" to me. Would anyone like to educate me on the subject?
RWA made a good business from their battery powered Tripath amps and it took us a while to catch on. I welcome A:B comparisons - Nick.
When we start nick-picking
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