OFFERED FOR SALE - VTL TP-6.5 PHONO STAGE. THE 6.5 HAS SERVED ME WELL. WITH OUT A DOUBT, ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST REVEALING PHONO STAGES MONEY CAN BUY. THIS UNIT HAS GONE THROUGH RE-TEST AT VTL WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS ALONG WITH BEING UPGRADED TO INCLUDE THEIR ULTRA QUIET MM INPUT TRANSFORMERS AS DESCRIBED BELOW:
The TP6.5 also offers a high quality transformer Moving Coil step up option, both to offer a low-noise MC step up, and a second MC stage. This second MC input replaces the original MM input that is normally standard in the TP6.5 Phono Stage, and uses the existing MM input to provide access to the transformer MC step up.
The addition of the step up transformer allows both for appropriate loading for very low-output cartridges, and the flexibility of handling different cartridges with different step up methods, as in some cases certain cartridges can sound substantially better with transformers than they do with active gain stages. The transformer also allows the cartridge to be loaded via the transformer, instead of via the loading resistor, retaining as much of the signal available from these cartridges as possible.
Switching between the inputs is done only after the signal has been amplified, avoiding signal losses inherent in switching the fragile MC signal straight from the cartridge.
This option offers the maximum MC cartridge handling flexibility, and also accommodates multiple arm/cartridge setups with multiple MC cartridges, as both inputs can be connected simultaneously.
THIS PHONO STAGE IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW AVAILABLE THAT PROVIDED BOTH RIAA AND ENHANCED RIAA OPTIONS WHICH WAS INVALUABLE TOWARD FULLY REPRODUCING TODAYS MODERN MASTERED VINYL.
I USED THIS UNIT WITH LYRA ETNA SL AND ATLAS SL LOW OUTPUT CARTRIDGES WITH HUGE PERFORMANCE. THE INPUT STAGE 12AU7 TUBES ARE "CIFTI" HAND SELECTED NOS TUBES. THE REMOTE, MANUAL AND ORIGINAL PACKAGING ARE INCLUDED ALONG WITH FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL USA.
I HAVE TWO IDENTICAL UNITS AVAILABLE FOR SALE. BOTH AS LISTED HERE. THE ABOVE LISTING IS FOR 1 UNIT