Here’s your chance to own one of the world’s finest tube preamplifiers- the amazing VAC “Master”- in a pristine used unit at a very special price.
The Master incorporates many of the developments and circuit designs of VAC’s $80,000 Statement preamplifier. In our initial direct comparison, the Master came amazingly close to its big brother.
This unit is standard line-stage only but can be upgraded at the factory with the exceptional internal phono board and phono power supply. It is a two chassis unit with full-chassis power supply. Our demo unit is in the stunning hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with polished chrome knobs, a special order and extra cost option.
As in the Statement line stage, the unique volume control was selected for pure sonic excellence and consists of a massive, custom-made, multi-section, 2.2kg brass control with brass shielding. A VAC-designed motor drive provides remote control capability of infinite resolution with zero sonic degradation.
The Master is hand-wired and consists of Class A1 circuitry, based on VAC’s hand-selected 12AU7 tubes and includes the same “naked” z-foil resistors found in the Statement, located on mass-loaded machined plates that are decoupled from the main chassis for vibration free operation. This results in an amazing rock-solid image with solidity of detail. While many of us love the sonic signature with the VAC 12AU7, many other choices can be rolled into the preamp, including 8416, 7308, 6922, E88CC, ECC88, 6DJ8 or 12DJ8- truly a tube aficionado’s dream!
Like all VAC preamps, the Master employs transformer-coupled inputs and outputs and uses the same world-class transformers as in the Statement preamplifier. Without internal phono, there are 8 inputs: 4 single-ended inputs, 3-switchable balanced or single-ended, and a separate balanced or single-ended Cinema-bypass input controlled by a front panel switch. The 2 sets of Outputs also are both balanced and single-ended.
This unit is in excellent physical and of course perfect electronic condition and includes the VAC all-metal remote, manual, and original packaging. (There are some marks on the bottom plate due to use with vibration footers; they mar the anodizing but do not go through the black surface. (See photo). Otherwise, pretty much looks new.)
See details and specifications at http://www.vac-amps.com/productPages/masterPreAmp.html
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