VAC Phi 200Price: $9990


Garrett said: Kevin Hayes has come up with something very special in the Phi 200: a tubed stereo amplifier with the speed, grip, and top-end extension of solid-state, yet with the flow, sparkle, and treble sweetness of tubes. At a retail price of $9990 it's a serious high-end investment, but it deserves to be considered by anyone who's interested in the cutting edge of audio engineering.

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The gist: Stereo amp that seems to produce the best of both the tube and solid-state worlds.