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  • Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

    I heard this little power house at LSAF today. Sound quality this good should not come in a 5 X 2.75 X 5.5 package. It was driving a pair of GR Research MTM's with the BG ribbon. Absolutely effortless. The old NAK behemoth goes on Craigslist tomorrow.
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    Audiophiles listen to the equipment, not the music.

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    Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

    Originally posted by Steve Henry View Post
    I heard this little power house at LSAF today. Sound quality this good should not come in a 5 X 2.75 X 5.5 package. It was driving a pair of GR Research MTM's with the BG ribbon. Absolutely effortless. The old NAK behemoth goes on Craigslist tomorrow.
    They are quite the attraction, eh? ;)

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    • #3
      Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

      Originally posted by envisionelec View Post
      They are quite the attraction, eh? ;)
      **Snicker!!!**
      :D:D:D
      Wolf
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      • #4
        Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

        Originally posted by envisionelec View Post
        They are quite the attraction, eh? ;)
        Seth Krinsky, the CEO of Virtue even did some A/B comparisons with their $2100/pair ICEBlock amps and except for the very lowest octaves, they were extremely close to my ears. That I would expect with 500 watts vs. 87.
        Audiophiles listen to the equipment, not the music.

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        • #5
          Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

          Originally posted by Wolf View Post
          **Snicker!!!**
          :D:D:D
          Wolf
          Originally posted by Steve Henry View Post
          Seth Krinsky, the CEO of Virtue even did some A/B comparisons with their $2100/pair ICEBlock amps and except for the very lowest octaves, they were extremely close to my ears. That I would expect with 500 watts vs. 87.

          Despite my usual banter on this forum, I'm not razzing you. I completely agree.

          Wolf, there is nothing keeping me from revealing my relationship with Virtue Audio. I just choose to decline, at the moment. Unless asked directly, of course.

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          • #6
            Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

            Originally posted by envisionelec View Post
            Despite my usual banter on this forum, I'm not razzing you. I completely agree.

            Wolf, there is nothing keeping me from revealing my relationship with Virtue Audio. I just choose to decline, at the moment. Unless asked directly, of course.
            Just don't make any disparaging remarks about Tripath modulator technology :D
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            • #7
              Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

              Originally posted by neildavis View Post
              Just don't make any disparaging remarks about Tripath modulator technology :D
              :rolleyes:

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              • #8
                Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                I thought you couldn't say. That's why I said what I did.
                Wolf
                "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
                "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
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                "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

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                • #9
                  Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                  How would it compare to this one?

                  http://www.sureelectronics.net/goods.php?id=918

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                  • #10
                    Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                    My own Class-T amplifier experiences don't have me in a hurry to throw any other solid-state amplifiers I currently own in the trash. They are excellent little amplifiers, to be sure, and I own several, including the NuForce Icon-1 with 45W power supply upgrade (a good Class-D design, but not Tripath-based), the second-gen Sonic Impact T-Amp, and the Silverstone Ensemble EB02 (with a 60W power supply, which really perks up the bass). However, I'd still take the Dayton APA150 class-AB over any of the small Class-Ds/Class-Ts I own (except maybe the NuForce) because the APA150 still does subtlety, detail, and blackness, but it combines that with way more dynamic muscle. The APA150 is still a fantastic value in my mind, with 150 good-sounding watts for as many dollars, and doesn't require incredibly efficient speakers in order to come alive. However, I would agree that the small class-D/T amps are the most fun you can have with 15 watts.
                    Best Regards,

                    Rory Buszka

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                    • #11
                      Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                      Is Tripath still in business? If not, are these companies using NOS chips?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                        Originally posted by robwest View Post
                        How would it compare to this one?

                        http://www.sureelectronics.net/goods.php?id=918

                        From a physical standpoint, I think the comparisons between a board-only amplifier and a fully assembled one are pretty clear. You'll need to get in touch with the company that sells them if you desire more information.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                          Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                          I thought you couldn't say. That's why I said what I did.
                          Wolf
                          I can say, I have simply chosen not to bring it up...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                            Originally posted by envisionelec View Post
                            I can say, I have simply chosen not to bring it up...
                            I listened to this amp not knowing anything about Virtue nor who was involved in any capacity in the design. So whatever your contributions, congrats on a great sounding, good looking design.
                            Audiophiles listen to the equipment, not the music.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Virtue Audio Tripath Amp

                              Originally posted by Steve Henry View Post
                              I listened to this amp not knowing anything about Virtue nor who was involved in any capacity in the design. So whatever your contributions, congrats on a great sounding, good looking design.
                              No contributions to that particular one. I'm working on the next gen stuff. Same size, more power.

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