The drum had good impact and depth. I’ve heard many presentation here of many amps with Premium . Some were too aggressive, leading to a kind of dead sound signature. IA-4 handled this very well, showing good impact on the drums, but also a full bodied decay leading to a musical, analog presentation that was very pleasant to the ears. The electric guitars caught my attention with their extension and harmonics and helped me loose myself in the song. The voices had again a very strong scenic presence, extension and good textures.
Can the AURALiC VEGA serve as a northern star in your home audio system? In short, the answer is yes. For all its versatility and raw audio prowess, the Vega is worth serious consideration if the $3,499 price is within your budget. With a future-proof design and variable volume output, the Vega is likely to remain in your audio system for years to come, which makes it a great investment for those who love the convenience and sonics of high-quality digital music. Like Orpheus’ audiences, I suspect that you will find it difficult to turn away from the Vega once you start listening.