Klaus Bunge, the distributor of the Odyssey amplifiers has like all the other contributors an established, long term working relationship with VPI. Coincidentally, Harry and Mat also used the Odyssey amplifiers last year at the Capital Audiofest and were so impressed that they brought them home with them. These Stratos amplifiers—like 90% of the orders Klaus receives and ships—are a custom-made design. The Odyssey amplifiers are a wide bandwidth, 180 wpc, Class A/B design that doubles down to 2 ohms. Pricing depends upon the mods—that are in part biasing the current to match the average wall voltage—tops out at $6000 to $7000.
Positive Feedback, A Premier High-End Audio Magazine – articles and reviews of high-end loudspeakers, amplifiers, preamplifiers, cables, tweaks, CD/SACD players, turntables, tubes, music, and more! All material within this site is copyrighted and can not be reprinted or used in any form without our express written permission. For problems with the site contact the webmaster.
Last stop on the mini-show tour was the biggest of the five listening rooms and home to the KEF Blade 1 speakers (that were in place last time). This time, though, the KEFs were being driven by two pairs of Klaus Bunge's Stratos Odyssey monoblock solid-state amplifiers instead of VAS tube amplifiers. The rest of the system consisted of several new or pending VPI products including the new Mike Bettinger designed Aurora phonostage, the simply massive Titan table and Fatboy 3D tonearm. The new 1mV output, $3500 Grado Statement 2 was Harry and Mat's cartridge of choice that day and wiring by Nordost.