This Vector Research was a “sleeper” in the realm of stereo receivers during an era where NAD, Sansui, McIntosh etc populated almost every household that had a stereo system. The small group of adventurous audiophiles who took a gamble with the VR-2500 was thus richly rewarded. To some extent, it was as good sounding as any market leading receivers in the sub-$1,000 price range during its time. It is warm, almost tube like sounding with a good dose of bass (we prefer to leave the loudness switch on) that was deep and tight. The highs may not be as sharp sounding as newer receivers or integrated amps that we have now but it was still nice and smooth and when paired with speakers like the Klipsch Forte speakers that has a horn tweeter (we have that for sale in a separate listing), it was just magical. Power output is 22W at 8 ohms (typical of the era) with a very decent phono stage. You can find examples of this receiver selling anywhere between $50 – $150 but unlike those units, this one has undergone a full service and restoration that cost us just over $450.
The unit you see here was recently sent to a service center (Technotron) in NYC for a full service where worn out and aged caps, resistors etc were replaced. Now, it will rival any integrated amp or receivers costing up to $1,000 with its classic, smooth sound. Cosmetically, the unit looks good for its age. Just minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.