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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    Quote Originally Posted by sakso136 View Post
    Hi mike,
    HNY 2019.
    I ve read all the thread and no doubt iq200 monos are amazing.
    I know you had the AR 160 m also, so to compare the 2 amps what will you say.
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    Come on in the store and compare for yourself.

    They are very speaker dependent.
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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    HNY!

    Come on in the store and compare for yourself.

    They are very speaker dependent.
    Trust me, if I visit the west coast you re number one in my list.
    I m not asking you to say wich one is the winner over the other but just to have an idea of overall sq.
    I m asking this , cause my local dealer just brought AR gear to town, and ref6+ 160m are shown for audition( wich I will soon visit)
    Since the 2 amps plays in same league regarding price and all the winner prices went to 160, I was just curious!


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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    Quote Originally Posted by sakso136 View Post
    Trust me, if I visit the west coast you re number one in my list.
    I m not asking you to say wich one is the winner over the other but just to have an idea of overall sq.
    I m asking this , cause my local dealer just brought AR gear to town, and ref6+ 160m are shown for audition( wich I will soon visit)
    Since the 2 amps plays in same league regarding price and all the winner prices went to 160, I was just curious!


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    They’re both VERY speaker and individual listener dependent. They are completely “chalk and cheese” in my books. Very different. Design philosophies are different as well as the sound signatures. But rest assured, both are at the top of their game.
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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    They’re both VERY speaker and individual listener dependent. They are completely “chalk and cheese” in my books. Very different. Design philosophies are different as well as the sound signatures. But rest assured, both are at the top of their game.
    I will follow up on this interesting thread,
    And I will post my impressions on the 160m amps on the concerning thread.
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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

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    They’re both VERY speaker and individual listener dependent. They are completely “chalk and cheese” in my books. Very different. Design philosophies are different as well as the sound signatures. But rest assured, both are at the top of their game.
    This is so true. The first tube gear I auditioned in my home setup was AR in which I was extremely dissapointed soundwise. So much so that I went with Solid State again. I had taken AR home instead of the Vac sheerly on it’s looks! Much later was that I tried the Vac and fell in love with its sound.
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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    This is so true. The first tube gear I auditioned in my home setup was AR in which I was extremely dissapointed soundwise. So much so that I went with Solid State again. I had taken AR home instead of the Vac sheerly on it’s looks! Much later was that I tried the Vac and fell in love with its sound.
    I heard only once AR, My ears at that time we’re nt educated enough to distinguish any sq type or kind.
    But what I read, is the new generation AR is different from the old generation.


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    Re: VAC Signature iQ200

    I would tend to believe that the tubes they are built around gives them that intrinsic personality. Oddly enough I am really enjoying my 200iq with the KT 150’s which are the ones in the Ar 160M. That’s the beauty of the continuous biasing of the Vacs. Of course you can argue all day that the 160Ms are better voiced with that tube than a do all amp.
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