Top Audio Video 2011

Vexo is making some of the most interesting tube gear in Italy, but this one is uncharacteristically stylish compared to the units with the laboratory-look of brushed metal and big meters. The VXPP-KT88C (€3740) is a beautifully appointed integrated with three line inputs, delivering 50Wpc from a quartet of KT88s. The company also offers this with EL34s for €400 less, good for 35Wpc. The "lab look" models, by the way, include an all-tube preamp for €8950 and stereo power amplifiers costing up to €29,000.

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