Today is the world premiere of the Magico S3 Mk II loudspeaker at Michael Bovaird’s beautiful Suncoast Audio in Sarasota, Florida. I just heard them (serial numbers 2 and 3!) pre-event, and they’re terrific. And happily they are using the VAC Signature 200 iQ monoblocks, Renaissance Mk V Line Stage, and Renaissance Phono Stage for the event. Thanks to Magico’s Peter Mackay for bringing them down!
“The VAC Renaissance’s [Mk V] crowning achievement in my particular system and listening room … an ease with recorded music’s ebb and flow that projects music effortlessly and illuminates how it fills its natural acoustic environment (with the highest fidelity to leading edges and the natural decays of instrumental notes and voices). Also … the Renaissance provides an exploration of the inner hues and changing shades of the inner dynamics of music making, letting us explore a composer’s intentions (and the musician’s interpretation of that composer’s vision) in vital emotional form.” – Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews
(Note: Photo shows the old Mk III model, not the Mk V reviewed.)
A bit of history…
At T.H.E.Expo, VAC featured the new VAC Auricle Musicbloc mono amplifiers, which SoundStage! has designated a “Show Stopper”, and which EnjoyTheMusic called “rock solid”. They’re fabulous amps, superb sound, elegant and compact, at $4,990 the pair. Also demonstrated were the VAC Phi Beta and Phi Kappa integrated amplifiers. The VAC Standard Preamplifier was also seen making good sounds at the Alexis Park.
Room 1204 is a Stand Out Room according to SoundStage!
Here is are some snapshots of the VAC Phi Beta with the new Scientific Fidelity loudspeakers.
Here we see the VAC Phi Beta with Von Schweikert‘s new VR4-SR speakers – quite fabulous sound!
Here is the VAC Phi Kappa with the interesting Duvel onmidiectional horn speakers.
A tired duo after a long show: Albert Von Schweikert & Kevin Hayes take a break from packing to pose.
VAC technician Brent Meyer with a quarter million dollars worth of Von Schweikert’s best! Dealer Jonathon Tinn (Chamber’s Audio) is in the foreground.
VAC is getting ready to go on the road to the burgeoning number of regional trade shows, starting with Axpona in Chicago, where we will be showing a cost-no-object system in the Dearborn room in conjunction with the Von Schweikert Ultra 11 speakers. Then we jet off to two rooms at Munich, one showing our Statement Series with Von Schweikert and ZenSati, and another with our Signature Series components and KingSound electrostatic speakers. We end the spring show cycle with two rooms at the LAX Show, one with our dealer, Scott Walker Audio, and a yet again the pairing of the award winning VAC Statement components and the Von Schweikert Ultra 11′s. I hope we get to meet you there!
by Alexander Lamascus
“VAC, or Valve Amplification Company, is a legendary name in audio engineering. Their glowing logo is emblazoned on every tube amplifier it produces, including its signature amplifier, the VAC Statement 450. Priced at $46,000, it includes a variety of custom-built internal electronics and a unique structural design that allows for fast delivery of sonic perfection. The two-part chassis is built and lacquered in-house. The lower portion contains the power supply, which uses three massive, custom-built transformers that are uniquely isolated to ensure very little vibration transmission. The top portion contains the amplifier circuitry, which uses a variety of tubes with hand-wired components. VAC amplifiers take a measured approach to the bass frequencies and are known for exceptional mid- and high-range frequency response. Both elements weigh in at 200 pounds total, and since they are a mono-block design, a buyer should expect to purchase at least two, one for each speaker channel.”
Our Anaheim, California VAC / Valve Amplification Company Specialist Scott Walker Audio recently has shared a series of videos on YouTube featuring the Magico LLC S Series loudspeakers. Amplification: VAC Statement 450 monos.
Please come share some time and music with VAC at CES 2015 at The Venetian, suite 35-207!
We’ll be featuring our new Master Preamplifier (with balanced phono capability) in concert with the incomparable Statement 450 iQ mono amplifiers. dCS and Brinkmann have provided their best digital and analog as sources, Dynaudio their best loudspeakers, and the best cabling from Shunyata Research will tie it all together.
And, if you ask nicely, we just might usher you into our conference room for a private introduction to our Sigma 160i SE integrated amplifier with its able associates from dCS, Brinkmann, Dynaudio, and Shunyata Research.
The 2015 is held from January 6th though January 9th in Las Vegas. For more information, please see CESweb.org … and keep an eye on our Facebook page for reports from the show!
On June 10, 2014 the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded patent 8,749,310 for the VAC iQ circuit. This is the only automatic bias circuit capable of holding steady the true underlying DC idle point of the output tube (or transistor) in the presence of varying musical signals. It’s quite a breakthrough, and the results are, somewhat surprisingly, quite audible.