Audio Research VS55 Power Amplifier Amplifiers

VS55 Power Amplifier

Like the SP16, the VS55 represents a fresh, new design direction for Audio Research. Using an open (rather than fully enclosed) chassis architecture, the VS 55 features a milled, anodized top plate through which the input and output tubes project upward. The chassis is finished in matte black with silver lettering, while the top plate is clear anodized with an inset logo. Behind the tubes and finished top plate are located the output and power transformers and a row of high-quality power-supply capacitors. The appearance is crisp and logical without being overly "retro."

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lovelaw   Audio Enthusiast [May 29, 2005]

Smooth warm sounding with great details. Easy to bias.


A bit weak on the low punch but acceptable.

Visually as you can see the tubes are uncovered as opposed to previous ARC models (eg. Classic60, V70, D90, D90b, VT200 etc.) which is a plus. No more muffle fans. The VS55 is a lot easier to be biased to ensure the peak performance of the unit at the least expense of the power tubes. What a great improvement by ARC!! Sonically, the VS55 does sound a lot warmer, refined, smoooth hi with great details. Relaxing but still gives a good punch (when needed) not soft at all. The VS55 does a great job from top to bottom, and the midrange is extremely well presented. It might be a little bit weak on low when a pair of floor standers are used but still the low was very well controlled. I consider VS55 is an excellent piece of tube amp well designed and quality built by ARC both visually and sonically. Overall, it's a great amp priced at less than 3k. Excellent.

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