Seldom seen on the pre-owned market, this is a component for
music lovers who have a connoisseur’s taste and a working person’s
pocketbook. Easily competes with preamps at twice the price.
Keith Herron, the designer
and manufacturer of these preamps, is, himself, an electrical engineer, a music
lover and a musician. Many of his customers are musicians, often referred to
him by other musicians. In addition to being a terrific guy – call
him, he’s glad to answer any questions you may have, he’s also something of a
One of his primary goals is to offer the highest audio and
musical qualities at value conscious prices. No expense is wasted on exotic
casework or on advertising. According to
Keith: “Parts selection is critical, and the types I use depend on where it is
in the circuit, and each part's precise effect on the total sound of the unit.
Every part in the unit has been evaluated for its sonic contribution. Finding
exactly the right part for each location in the circuit is the thing that is
absolutely crucial. … The most expensive parts don’t always sound the best.”
Karl Lozier’s review states “More than ever, Herron's latest
electronics seem to let the music just flow out of them in an extremely natural
way. The latest version of his tubed preamplifier still seems to more nearly
capture the beauty, sense of life, dynamics, natural details, and microdynamics.
… I believe it is the only audibly competitive equipment to start in the ten to
twelve thousand dollar range.”
Rated 8 primarily for age, this unit has no visible
flaws. It was upgraded to a VTSP-3a R03
by Herron Audio in November, 2015 at which time the tubes were all replaced. It comes with stock EH
tubes, original double box, manual, and remote.
So, why am I selling? I’ve had this preamp for about 7 years and decided
to step up to Keith’s new VTSP-360