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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob82 View Post
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    I have been looking at SS amplifier options for the Rockports Atria II too- Vitus Audio SS-103, Boulder 1160 among others driven with the VAC tube linestage.
    I heard them with the $50k Class A Vitus amp and didn't find it enough power despite the nice tonality. I think a good Class AB amp is the way to go with Rockport. I'd probably look to Pass X series, Dagostino, etc.
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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    I heard them with the $50k Class A Vitus amp and didn't find it enough power despite the nice tonality. I think a good Class AB amp is the way to go with Rockport. I'd probably look to Pass X series, Dagostino, etc.
    Happy to see the Pass Labs X series mentioned.


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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Andy Payor uses Gryphon amps in designing and voicing his speakers (or at least used to) so I would put Gryphon on the list as well.
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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmalak View Post
    Andy Payor uses Gryphon amps in designing and voicing his speakers (or at least used to) so I would put Gryphon on the list as well.
    Considering the Gryphon too.


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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    I have heard the Rockport Lyra's on four occasions now. Twice at cmarin's, once in Omaha and once in Berkeley, CA.

    All four times the Lyra's sounded outstanding.

    Cmarin has done an extraordinary amount of work over time to get his Lyra's to sing in a way that I've never heard a beryllium based tweeter cone speaker sound.

    He has taken a most methodical approach from component matching, cables, room considerations to AC power.

    If I had his system I would probably only average 5 hours of sleep per night!
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    VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    I have heard the Rockport Lyra's on four occasions now. Twice at cmarin's, once in Omaha and once in Berkeley, CA.

    All four times the Lyra's sounded outstanding.

    Cmarin has done an extraordinary amount of work over time to get his Lyra's to sing in a way that I've never heard a beryllium based tweeter cone speaker sound.

    He has taken a most methodical approach from component matching, cables, room considerations to AC power.

    If I had his system I would probably only average 5 hours of sleep per night!
    Thank you for the kind words.

    As you know, itís been a long journey with lots of fits and starts, pushing that big rock up the steep incline.

    But it would have been a lot less less productive and a lot less fun without your helpful insights, long discussions and friendship.

    And now back to pushing that rock up the incline.

    Always a pleasure my friend.


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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    I would imagine this is an absolutely incredible pairing. World class all the way. Congratulations. Hope to hear the combo some time.
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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I would imagine this is an absolutely incredible pairing. World class all the way. Congratulations. Hope to hear the combo some time.
    Mike,

    I sent the query to Kevin Hayes and he seems to approve.


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    Re: VAC / Rockports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob82 View Post
    Mike,

    I sent the query to Kevin Hayes and he seems to approve.


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    I absolutely love my VAC at home. It checks all the boxes.

    You canít go wrong.


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