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Writings about Vitus Audio from Lotus Hifi


It has been almost 5 years since I wrote my original Naim to Vitus article and 7 years since I started this whole paradigm. It feels like a lifetime ago, so much has happened since. In that time we have moved probably over 100 Naim owners out of their green boxes and into Danish Highend. It is such a well-trodden and proven pathway now and it happens here every single month. I pioneered this philosophy and methodology and evangelised its success and ease far and wide, not just in the UK but across Europe and even in the US as [...]

21st May 2020|

VITUS SIA-030 vs SIA-025 vs RI-101

In a year replete with hot products say hello to quite possibly the biggest star of 2019. My apologies for the late publication of this investigation but the truth is I have just been too busy selling these things to find the time to write about them. Five to be precise placed in the UK in just a few months and one in the USA to boot. Stepping up to the canvas, Achilles, Orpheus and Hercules. Let's take this opportunity to afford ourselves a good look at how these three illustrious Gods of Highend Hifi all compare to one another. [...]

28th November 2019|


Say hello to the new flagship digital source from Hans Ole Vitus. The team over in Herning Denmark have been working on this one for some time now and here at Lotus we have had plenty of time with it and a chance to compare back to other machines of similar pedigree. Any discussion of a heavily reworked Masterpiece DAC might start with some notes on the previous model. I wrote about this unit extensively back in 2014 but this summer an example passed through my classifieds so I recently was able to freshly reacquaint myself with its abilities and [...]

3rd September 2019|


Somewhat belatedly the new £10,800 Vitus RD-101 DAC/Streamer has arrived at Lotus and this new year I have had some time to really put it through its paces. Some of you may remember the RD-100 which this new 101 replaces. The RD-100 was a superb Dac and sold well here in the UK but had it's own linestage as well. This new model ditches the linestage and is just a pure DAC with a plethora of regular inputs and crucially its own streaming board for use with an additional ethernet input.  Without a linestage it makes it a perfect partner [...]

11th January 2019|

The new VITUS RI-101 Integrated in depth

The previous Vitus RI-100 has been a firm favourite here at Lotus since the very first days we started with the brand back when there was only 2 or 3 other UK retailers and most people had never even heard the name of this obscure company from Denmark. We have been championing this multi award winning amp for nigh on 5 years now and it is the heart of many a Lotus based system still to this day providing year upon year of pleasure. All those years ago we also devised the Naim to Vitus philosophy and pathway. We pioneered [...]

28th October 2018|

The linn/naim to VITUS FAQ

Written in March 2017. Prices and model names might be out of date.   In over 3 years of retailing Vitus Audio I have moved many Naim Audio owners over to the Danish brand as a complete system upgrade. Out of about 5 or 6 dozen Naim to Vitus customers over the years, pretty much all of them still have the Vitus we sold them and it continues to deliver long term fuss-free listening pleasure. This then is now a very well trodden path and one that has produced many deeply satisfied customers who came to Lotus looking for an [...]

20th March 2017|


Budget isn’t really a word you immediately associate with Lotus. When I started out on my journey back in 2010 I wanted to deliver a very natural "non-hifi" sound with little compromise. The simple fact is that to meet my minimum level of expectation there are no real shortcuts. That said, the lower end of the marketplace is evolving very very fast and its also a challenging area to operate in so over the next couple of years, I will be turning a little more of my attention to the smaller budget and trying to offer more in this sector. [...]

20th June 2016|

THE ALL NEW RCD-101 CD/DAC, £7,990

The RCD-101 is one of Vitus newest units to the market which replaces the outgoing RCD-100 cd player. In true Vitus fashion, they have really gone to town on the update, leaving no stone unturned and going in and improving every single aspect of the design. So comprehensive was the final set of revisions that the RCD-101 not only trounces the older 100 model into a cocked hat, but it is also sonically superior to the previous Siganture class cd/dac the SCD-010 which I believe used to retail for around the £15,000 mark. Both the RCD-100 and SCD-010 were [...]

13th September 2015|


Written in August 2015. Prices and model names might be out of date. Like many people I started my Hifi journey with Naim back in the late 1980's. A 62/140 which later saw the addition of a hicap, a 250 and then a move to SBL's and a CDi. Its my belief that everyone should try a Naim system at some point. The chaps from Salisbury have a very singular approach, a very unique house sound and whatever finer points devotees and detractors may argue over, one thing is for sure and that's the Naim sound involves you, gets [...]

18th August 2015|


The MP-D201 is Vitus's flagship top of the line digital device. What does it have in store over its lower priced SCD-025 brethren and can it justify the £24k asking price ? My initial relationship with this handsome device has been a deeply satistying one. I predominantly listened to the MP in a highly revealing system .... Vitus Signature amps or Allnic pre and power, Avalon Transcendent through to Diamond, the best Enhanced and Ultimate wires available from High Fidelity cables and Entreq mains ancilliaries. The Masterpiece DAC essentially builds upon everything that the SCD-025 does [...]

6th September 2014|