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Florida 2019: Sunday with Paul

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

— by Paul Elliott

Kevin Hayes

From the late 1980s to early 1990s, Kevin was an academic; his hobby, music systems of that era, always left him wanting more.  He instinctively knew there was more on the recording, so, finally he just built an amplifier that he felt was better than what was available then.  Friends kept saying he should start a company and produce them. With some help from the family, he launched VAC.  It took almost 5 years to become a viable entity, many long days and seven-day-weeks to get VAC going. … Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: VAC has Renaissance with Tannoy

By | October 15th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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It’s not uncommon to hear an audio manufacturer boast that a less-expensive model benefits from “trickle-down technology” developed for a flagship, or that the humble product “shares the same DNA.” In reality, though, such claims often are more hyperbole than an indication the units have strong performance similarities.

Yet, when Valve Amplification Co. president Kevin Hayes mentioned that the preamp I was listening to at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest — the Renaissance Mk. V ($9,990 USD) — shared a number of key parts with VAC’s $75,000 top-of-the-line Statement, I took it as more than marketing bluster.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Magico, VAC provide head-soothing sound

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Toward the end of three hectic days covering the Los Angeles Audio Show, I was coming down with a nasty migraine as I entered the large Scott Walker Audio room at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

Valve Amplification Co. CEO Kevin Hayes was standing just inside the door. I managed a weak “hello” and followed with a probably incoherent question about one of his preamps, before plopping down on the nearest chair.

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Magica S5 MK II

The headache was actually starting to obstruct my visual field, so I had to turn sideways and squint to see that the front of the room held a pair of Magico S5 Mk.… Read the full article

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