This was one of Audio Research’s more affordable offering for the audiophile who wanted to enjoy the lush, warm sound of tubes (6550C tubes) and didn’t need big wattage numbers (puts out 50W). Using just four 6550C tubes, it also wasn’t expensive for the tube roller who wanted to try out different brands of 6550C tubes. Compared to the more expensive VT100 which uses eight 6550C with a power output of 100W, the VS60 was a God answered prayer to the hifi enthusiast who wants to jump in on the Audio Research bandwagon but don’t want to shell out too much money. If you listened to lots of vocals and have a pair of nicely efficient speakers, the VS60 will bring that vocal singer to live in your listening room. More complex materials like alternative music or heavy rock may lose a little focus through the VS60 but on simpler musical tracks, it can still outshine its solid state counterpart with its more livid presentation.
Cosmetically, the amp looks really good. Some minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Current set of 6550 tubes inside tested out fine but we always encourage the new buyer to have a new set ready to replace them over. We have the original box and will securely pack this for safe shipping.