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RE: I'm a generation behind on ARC amps

It's been a long time since I've owned ARC amps but here is what I recall.

The ARC VT100mkII sounded very powerful and robust in the mids on down. It had a pretty nice 'full bodied' sound but not quite as rich as a pair of Cary amps that also owned. It was indeed less 'colored' but still very much to my liking. I tried it with KT88s and 6550 tubes but went back to 6550's as they sounded more transparent to me.

The smaller ARC VT50 was a different story. It seemed a little lean in the mids and as expected not as dynamic as it's big brother. I really liked the VT100mkII but I couldn't get the midrange that I wanted from the VT50. I tried KT88's and 6550 tubes in it but neither got me there.

Can you describe what you're not hearing in the ARC VT100 that you like in the VTL and Atma-Sphere amps? I've never owned either of these brands. The closest to the VTL would be the pair of Manley amps I once owned.


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