- Jul 27, 2021
Many thanks. Before we switched to the Vitus SM-103s, we tried a variety of other amps, including MSB, Gyrphon, Westminster Labs REIs, Pass Labs, and a few others. Once the 103s broke in the decision was immediately clear. You can’t unhear them, so nothing else would do.
I think MSB makes some great amps, but for me both their DACs and amps lack the warmth of natural sound. Not everyone is the same, so I can understand why some would like them. Our EMM DAC just barely edged out the Select II in our earlier testing. This said, I could have lived with the Select II, but it wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t know that they weren’t even recognized in the 2022 products of the year - I guess I need to read my copy. They did just come out with their Director. So, this may change the sound for the better.
Thanks for the feedback on the DACs and amps.
May I ask how the Gryphon sounded compared to the Vitus? I have owned Pass and currently own Gryphon Essence monos—which is nowhere near your level, but hope to get there one day.
The Gryphons are by far the best amps we have had to date. But I have heard the Dagastino Momentum monos (XVX) with the Wilson Alexx Vs and MSB Select and Nagra HD preamp. Bar none the best system I have personally heard.
Do you have an opinion as to how Wilson compares to Magico?
Sorry for the questions—your expressed love of music and audio makes your opinion so valuable here.