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One of the most unique preamps to come across our lab.
It is a thing of beauty, both inside and out. Swiss Made.
Externally it's finished in polished stainless top with the gold faceplate. The knobs are made out of exotic hardwood which gives it an amazing feel. There is a small window in the front that shows the goings-on of the single tube used in the circuitry.
On the back you’ll find 4 sets of analog inputs and two tape loops. On the front you’ll find the typical controls for source/record, balance and volume. There is also an handy -12db attenuator in case your amp runs loud. Finally the headphone output completes this very well equipped preamp.
Looking at the inside one immediately notices that this is a hand crafted piece of equipment made with the highest quality parts and attention to detail. There is a large oversized toroidal power supply, Alps volume potentiometer, and mil spec switching relay for the inputs. Truly a work of art.
Condition is very respectable. The faceplate and knobs look like new but the highly polished steel top shows some scratches likely from stacking other equipment on top of it. Nothing crazy, but not perfect. Since the top is stainless they could be polished out if this sort of thing bothers you.
I also have an optional Ensemble spiked plinth that could be sold with the unit. Let me know if interested.
This is a very rare and unique piece of audio equipment and well regarded in the community. Don’t miss your chance as they don’t come up often.
The unit was tested and is in working condition.
The Virtuoso is a hybrid line preamplifier.
- Hybrid circuitry (ECC81/12AT7 tubes and bi-polar transistors in shunt-regulated push-pull configuration).
- Class A operation
- Input/tape loop switching controlled by air-tight relays
- Automatic switch-on mute; servo control of DC offset
- 6 line inputs (incl. 2 tape loops and two-way tape to tape dubbing)
- Separate Listen and Record
- Active and Passive Out
- Mono/Stereo switch
- -12dB attenuation switch
- 6.3mm (1/4) socket for headphones
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20kHz 0/-0.1dB
- Sensitivity: 200 mV
- Input impedance: 22 kOhms min., 50 kOhms max.
- Output impedance: Active 6 Ohms / Passsive 22 kOhms
- Gain: 12dB (0 dB attenuation)
- S/N Ratio: 89dB (1V)
- THD: 0.01% (1V / 30Hz to 20kHz)
- Dimensions: 440 x 320 x 95 mm (WDH)
- Weight (gross): 10 kg (22 lbs)
- Weight (net): 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.
If we don’t have the original manufacture's packaging, we use heavy duty double ply corrugated boxes with Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging. We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box.
This item is available for pickup in Ridgewood, NJ or Union Square, NYC (with convenient parking in the building).
NJ Residents or anyone picking up without a resale certificate will need to pay NJ Sales Tax.
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Thanks for looking and be sure to call or text 646.852.2073 with any questions.
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WHO WE ARE
SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company, which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you are local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
We do not accept or review any offers that do not go through the official Audiogon system. We have too many items for sale and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of offers outside of the official system. Please don’t message, email, or text any offers.
If you do not see a “Make an Offer” button, it means we are not considering any offers on that item.
We prefer working through PayPal which allows you to use a credit card or bank transfer. We do not charge extra for any payment fees if you purchase the item at the asking price. You can also send us a personal check (which will need to clear before shipping), certified check, money order, or wire transfer. International clients without access to PayPal should use a bank wire transfer.
If you are picking up an item we do not accept PayPal. You must pay in person with cash, certified or bank check, or wire transfer. If you make a PayPal payment and are picking up the item, it will be returned.
TRADE IN POLICY
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply ask and let us know the exact model, condition, and the accessories that are included (such as the original box, remote, cables, manual, etc.). We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we are running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you are looking for top dollar we suggest attempting to sell it directly to an end user on your own.
SELL US YOUR GEAR (Working or Broken)
We will also purchase your used or broken gear and arrange pickup if you are in our local market. Just drop us a note for a quote but be sure to include the condition and what is included.
HOW TO VISIT US
We are currently operating from a residence in Ridgewood, NJ. You are welcome to make an appointment if there is a piece of equipment you would like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have a well-equipped, dedicated listening room with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We are not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you are just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence, no tire kickers please.
If you are in NYC and cannot make it out to Ridgewood, we can arrange pickup in Union Square (14th Street) after the purchase. You can call or text 646.852.2073 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune the gear in your listening room if you are local to the area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It is also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.
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