Thrill Your Senses
State of the Art Design, State of the Art Performance
I fondly recall the first time I had the pleasure of listening to Vitus Audio. I knew there and then it was a phenomenal product, a true high end design. There are many pretenders to this so-called high end throne, then there is Vitus Audio……
The Vitus philosophy is to simply get you closer to the music and this is something they deliver on a grand scale and I’m immensely proud to be representing them.
Everything they produce is solid state, although it could be argued it almost has a valve like presentation in that it is so natural and smooth with absolutely no fatigue, yet is utterly transparent, endlessly detailed, with world class dynamics. Their amplifiers have almost unlimited power and huge amounts of current delivery, beautiful levels of texture and micro-detail and an almost holographic 3D presentation all of which combine to deliver revelatory performance.
The presentation is seductive, infectious and, above all it draws you in. You can easily lose hours upon hours sitting in front of a Vitus system. I’ve lost count of the number of systems I’ve seen over the years which only excel playing certain types of music but with Vitus you’ll find yourself listening to more new music than ever before, widening your musical horizons.
Build quality is second to none, back breakingly heavy, yet the design is incredibly elegant and simple.
The Vitus starting point is the Reference Series, which starts where most other brands top out, it offers genuinely breathtaking performance that goes way beyond its price tag. Within the Reference Series there is an Integrated Amplifier, a DAC, a Phonostage a Linestage and a Stereo Power Amplifier.
The RI-101 mk2 integrated amplifier at £17,000 is the most popular product from the Reference Series and for good reason, even at the price point the RI-101 represents tremendous value for money. With 300 watts per side and a vice like grip it sounds hugely transparent and dynamic, yet smooth and delicate and beautifully intimate. It will happily go up against lots of other things that cost more money and with the DAC board option available (£4500 Roon Ready – Coming Soon!) as well it’s an incredibly flexible amplifier and offers a genuine slice of the high end.
With some budget allocated for some key ancillaries to ensure the RI-101 is performing to the best of it ability it can a be a superb proposition, it always sound good but with the correct foundations around it the RI-101 mk2 can really push the boundaries of what is possible for the asking price.
Vitus Signature Series
Next up is the Signature Series, which raises the bar considerably over pretty much any brand out there, either for similar money or those costing significantly more. There are 10 products in the Signature Series; 2 integrated amplifiers, CD player, DAC, phono stage, pre-amplifier and 2 stereo power amps and 2 mono power amps.
So what happens when you step up from the Reference Series?
You could say that the Signature Series is the Reference Series but on steroids, highly tuned and heavily customised to deliver more performance, more musicality with greater levels of transparency and fluidity, grander scale and finer intimacy.
The Signature Series has something incredibly alluring and seductive about the way it presents the music, but without comprising resolution, dynamics and drive, all present in abundance when called upon. Comparing an SIA-025 to an RI-101 mk2 is always interesting as they are quite different tonally but both superb, the SIA is generally bigger sounding, richer and more organic whereas the RI has a little more drive and speed.
The Masterpiece Series is the flagship Vitus range. This is basically a no-holds barred version of the Signature Series, the absolute pinnacle of what Vitus can do. The Masterpiece Series utilises heavily customised and bespoke components to push the performance as far as possible. They are absolute state of the art and deliver performance to an almost unimaginable level.