wildiowa wrote:A bit off topic here, but are you currently also using the Cit II? Have you added any mods like the McShane upgrades or otherwise rebuilt it? I am curious how you think the VTA ST-70 compares to the Cit II if you have them both up and running in your system or had a chance to do an A/B comparison.
I have a detached building that contains my "listening room" (this is so I don't disturb the rest of the family).. I only heat it enough to keep it above freezing in the deep dark months of winter as the price of oil has been outrageous.
Now that being said..
The Citation II has all the McShane Mods.. I can't sing it's praises loud enough.. What an amp. I use a Mc C20 Pre (that I rebuilt last year) out front and a pair of Altec 604C's in original 606 Cabinets with New GPA crossovers
The sound that comes out of that system is nothing short of magical. The sound stage is there.. listening to a wall of sound mono recording.. there is a wall of sound in front of you. Freq response is fantastic with plenty of nice clean bass..
Once it warms up a bit I can't wait to try the Cit I with the Cit II, then the Mc with the VTA and the Cit I with the VTA.. I'm going to have a lot of fun with this stuff! Thankfully I keep my audio equipment on a wire shelf with wheels! When I do the shoot out I'll post my feeling here.
And as to Tube rolling.. I really have never been a tube roller anyway. It's just a matter of different degrees of fantastic anyway.. So I usually set them up and leave them.. this way I can enjoy the recordings more and see what recorded material I can use to bring out the best in the system..
As to the PIO coupling caps. I have never used them, this is a first.. I have about 20 hours on the VTA now and if in 180 hours more it's going to sound better, I'll really be impressed.
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