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    Vac @ ces 2014

    Kevin sent this out to everyone this morning....


    The reports are in, and VAC components took top honors at both CES and THE Show!

    Writing in Positive Feedback, Myles Astor ranked the VAC / Critical Mass Systems / Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers / Trans Rotor system as the #1 top sound at CES and THE Show. He also ranked the VAC 450 iQ monoblocks as one of the top products he'd like to bring home.

    In his initial show post, Myles wrote, "Big speaker, biggggg sound! Focal's new, cost no object, $180K Grande Utopia EM speakers in combination with VAC's Statement iQ self biasing tube amplifiers and new VAC Statement line and phono stage, was arguably one of, it not the best, sound at the Winter show." He further described the VAC Statement preamplifier as "A work of art both on the outside and inside!"

    In The Absolute Sound, Jonathon Valin described the VAC system as, "My first highlight came as far and away the biggest surprise of this showóin fact, maybe, of any show Iíve attended... I have heard the gigantic $190k Focal Grande Utopia EMs on several occasions, and... Iíve never liked them... Here, driven by top-of-the-line VAC Statement electronics (including VACís marvelous, two-box, $70k Statement Phonostage) in a huge suite on the 35th floor of The Venetian, the Grande Utopia EM was one of the two or three best loudspeakers Iíve heard at a trade show."

    Never liked them until VAC drove them? Hmmm. VAC electronics make a difference!

    Mr. Valin again encountered VAC amplifiers and preamplifiers at THE Show in the Perfect 8 system, and noted them as "VACís audibly superior electronics."

    Meanwhile, at Audioshark.org, for "Favorite Overall Room" founder Mike Bovaird said, "the nod definitely has to go to the VAC/Focal room at the Venetian. Kevin, Brent & Co. were able to reproduce a symphony orchestra as good as Iíve ever heard it on a hi fi system Ė probably better. I went back to this room several times, and every time was impressed. VAC 450ís, VAC signature Phonostage and Preamp, Focal Grande Utopiaís, Shunyata cabling throughout. Beautiful and awesome."

    For "Favorite Tube Amps", Mike also named the "VAC Statement 450ís. On the big Focalís, these great amps continue to impress. Sounding more like music, and less like ďtubeĒ or ďsolidĒ state, the VAC 450ís continue to represent some of the best that is possible in amplification today."

    To everyone who came to hear our exhibit, and to the many people who made it possible, thanks for listening!

    All the best,
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    Kevin Hayes, President
    Valve Amplification Co., Inc.
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    re: VAC @ CES 2014

    Nice !
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    Re: Vac @ ces 2014

    Very nice indeed! I'm sure that has put a big grin on his face. I know from personal experience how nice the product is in general. Would love to hear that Statement pre and phono with my 450's and compare in my own set-up Kevin if you are reading this

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    Re: Vac @ ces 2014

    That room was great! No question.
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    Re: Vac @ ces 2014

    What was the total cost of that room? 600k?

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    Re: Vac @ ces 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    What was the total cost of that room? 600k?
    That's a fair guess. I didn't want to ask! I just wanted to enjoy it.
    Mike

    Main Listening Room: Wilson Alexia's, D'Agostino Momentum Monoblocks, McIntosh 601's, McIntosh 2500, Cary CAD 211 (300B/845) Founder Edition Monoblocks, D'Agostino Preamp, ARC REF PH2SE, VPI Classic 3/Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, DSPeaker 2.0 Dual Core, Lumin Network Music Player, TaraLabs Omega Gold Speaker Cables, TaraLabs 0.8 Interconnects, TaraLabs Omega Gold Phonocable, Shunyata Alpha Power Cords.
    Home Theater: Wilson Mezzo Center Speaker, Mirage Surround Speakers, Seaton Subs, Classe CA-5300, Marantz MM7025, Marantz 8801, Oppo 105, Sony HWS30 projector, Stewart Screen
    Family Room: Raidho D3's (v2), Rowland Continuum S2 (demo inbound), Pass XP15 Phonostage, Rega RP3/Shelter Harmony 501 Mk2 Cart, Lumin Network Music Player, Goldmund JOB225, Oppo 95, Macbook Pro, Tara Labs RSC Power Cables and AcousticZen IC's, Tara Labs RSC Power Cords (saving for Ansuz!)

    Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
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    Re: Vac @ ces 2014

    Transrotor turntable was the source in one of the best sounding systems…..I'm not surprised. I still miss my Fat Bob S. One of the pieces that I regret parting with.

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