DW Fearn VT-1


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The VT-series microphone preamplifiers will change the way you think of audio quality. The transparency is astounding. Vocals sound smoother, warmer, more intimate, with a compelling presence. Any microphone and any sound will benefit from the improved clarity, definition, and lack of solid-state artifacts.

Design Philosophy

In designing the VT preamp, no compromise in sonic quality, reliability, or ruggedness was permitted. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950s and ?60s, the VT preamp is built on a heavy-gauge aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring. Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and microphonics, and maximum sonic clarity. The front panel switches control sealed, gold-contact precision relays for all audio switching, eliminating the possibility of dirty contacts degrading the sound and minimizing the internal audio path. Four class-A triode amplifier sections (in two tubes) in each channel comprise the entire active circuit. This surprisingly simple circuit, along with top-quality components and careful design optimization, results in the sonic superiority that the VT preamp has become known for.

All vacuum-tube design
Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformerless mics
Phase (polarity) reverse switch
+48 volt phantom power (completely disconnected when off)
Custom-design Jensen input and output transformers
20 dB input pad (switchable)
True VU meters (amplifier isolated)
All point-to-point audio wiring
Gold input and output XLR connectors
Polypropylene and polystyrene coupling capacitors
All audio switching through gold-contact, sealed precision relays
International operation on 100, 120, or 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz
CE certified, RoHS-compliant
+4 dBm output
Conservatively rated precision components and rugged construction for stability and long life
Input 150 ohms
Input Load Impedance 1.5k ohms
Minimum Input Level -65 dBm nominal
Maximum Input Level @ 20 cps -30 dBm without pad, -5 dBm with 20 dB pad
Gain 53 dB
Frequency Response +/-0.25 dB 20 cps to 20 kc; -3 dB @ 0.5 cps and 55 kc
THD+Noise less than 0.25% 20 cps to 20 kc
Intermodulation Distortion SMPTE less than 0.02%
Signal to Noise Ratio 74 dB minimum
Equivalent Input Noise -124 dBm maximum
Output low-Z, transformer-balanced
Maximum Output Level +22 dBm, 20k ohm load
Power Requirements 100, 120, or 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions 19? (48.26cm) W, 5.25? (13.34cm) H, 14? (35.56cm) D

Additional information

Dimensions 14 × 19 × 6 in