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Ok so been listening now to the Vanes (that's right, I'm cutting out the Ps part because it pisses me off) for a few days. They have more than 60 hours on them by now, though I haven't been keeping track that closely. I'm starting to feel like one of those gushy magazine jerks, but there really isn't anything to say other than these are game changing. They have a degree of realism to them that is startling. Vocals are very localized and solid, instrumentation is so gorgeous it makes the hair on your arms stand up. There is absolutely nothing that these tubes don't improve top to bottom. I've only heard this sort of thing one other time and it was with the Treasures (which deserve quite a bit of credit themselves for what I'm hearing) I think the Vanes allow the Treasures to really shine at their fullest. Whereas the Amprex are good, but not on the same level of clarity of beauty as the Treasures, the Vanes allow them to really sing at their fullest ability. That's pretty much it at this time. This is a completely different degree of improvement. One that is seldom enjoyed with the upgrade of an entire component, yet here it is in mere $100 tube roll.
Rarely am I able to say something is an improvement in my system in every single factor imaginable. Sometimes it's an improvement in bass, or soundstage realism or perhaps cleaner top end. But with the Pavanes it's literally everything. They boosts every aspect and I don't miss any of my inferior NOS tubes (which I would commonly trade in and out because neither were better in every respect than the other). Never thought I'd see the day when I referred to my 12AT7 Mullards I paid almost $250 for or my impossible to find Amprex 7062s as "inferior". Mind blowing.
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