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VAC products are masterpieces because they allow each recorded performance to be heard with the musical authenticity the musicians intended. To bring this sonic purity and dimension of sound to the discerning ears of customers, VAC uses vacuum tube technology almost exclusively. A passion for superb sound quality and expert attention to detail is also required to refine each piece to its peak of performance.

One listen and you will appreciate that VAC is a world leader in audio entertainment, an appreciation that can only grow over a lifetime of listening.



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Signature 450 Monoblock Power Amplifier

Conceived as a cost-no-object tour de force, even VAC was unprepared for the astounding leap in sound quality that comes from these two-chassis monoblocks. The sheer quantity of detail, drive, space and emotion revealed in familiar recordings is nothing short of shocking. It is the result of VAC’s “first principles” creativity and insights, which conceived a unique three-dimensional architecture for both the electrical and mechanical designs, aided by VAC’s Very High Speed Parallel (VHSP) technique. These finely crafted 450-watt instruments are nothing less than the redefinition of world-class.

Mechanical Design
The overall architecture of the amplifier chassis minimizes the presentation of external vibration. The internal parts are the finest kind, specifically chosen for sound and reliability. Starting with 0.25” aircraft aluminum for a rigid basis, and tailor the mounting points and couplings for the desired result. Custom machined feet provide a slight, controlled decoupling of the power supply from the external environment, while the audio chassis connects via a tripod of custom designed stainless steel cups and balls, controlling of the flow of vertical energy inputs and dissipating lateral energy inputs. The chassis is finished in a metallic base coat/clear coat finish. The sculptured faceplates must have been made from a solid block of aluminum — they are 3/8 inch thick with the edges chamfered to about 1/4 inch. Finished in silky gold-speckled black, the faceplates are an almost artistic likeness of the VAC’s sound quality. To guarantee quality, all chassis parts and lacquering are done in-house.

Electrical Design
The hand-wiring approach presented in the Statement 450 far exceeds conventional hand wiring and previous three dimensional techniques. Careful architecture and orientation of parts in 3D allows passive control of radiated fields to an unprecedented degree for an audio amplifier. Special consideration of the ways in which they interact with the chassis, sensitive circuit points, and each other increases purity and resolution. Between the two chassis, 105 lbs. of custom magnetic transformers contribute to the corresponding optimal mass loading. The Statement 450 features a direct-coupled input and driver circuit, extremely fast and vivid sound is achieved from both single-ended and balanced sources.

VAC’s Very High Speed Parallel (VHSP)
This technique uses fast, lithe devices in an analogue parallel processing configuration that allows the speed and control required to preserve delicacy and natural sound.

The Very Low Impedance Driver (VLID)
This circuit gains much greater control over the transfer function achieved in the output stage, improving linearity and increasing headroom. There is palpably more control, greater subjective power per watt, and increased detail.

Power Supply
The external power supply also uses custom transformers, wound in the USA; there are no lightweight off-the-shelf magnetics here. The three massive transformers, which power seven separate basic supplies, are isolation mounted in a separate shielded segment of the power supply chassis and potted in place with a special material to ensure low mechanical noise and vibration.

Downloads

Download the Signature 450 Monoblock Power Amplifier brochure

Specifications

  • WATTAGE: 450
  • GAIN: 39 dB, SE & 33 dB, balanced
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 4 Hz to 75 kHz
  • POWER BANDWIDTH: 20 Hz to 70 kHz
  • INPUTS:
    Single-ended input via RCA jack, non-inverting
    Balanced input via XLR jack, non-inverting relative to pin 2 (“pin 2 hot”, traditional EIA/RCA broadcast/recording
    standard); amp is fully balanced in this mode
  • OUTPUTS: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 2, 4, and 8 ohms
  • TUBES: 8x KT88 & 5x 6SN7
  • RESIDUAL NOISE: Typically 700 microvolts at the speaker terminals
  • VOLTAGE: May be factory-configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
  • POWER CORD: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
  • 12-VOLT TRIGGER: included
  • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
  • FINISH:
    Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
    Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
  • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA). See manual for full details.
  • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
    Audio chassis (not including connectors): 9.75 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (24.8 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
    Power supply (not including connectors): 5.5 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (14 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:
    Audio chassis: 128 lbs. (58.2 kg.)
    Power supply: 80 lbs. (36.4 kg.)

 
 

  • »450 iQ
  • Statement 450 iQ Monoblock Power Amplifier

    The Statement 450 iQ power amplifier is the first in a series of VAC components featuring the new VAC iQ Intelligent Continuous Automatic Bias System (patented). The VAC iQ System builds on the unprecedented performance of the original Statement Series and takes it to a whole new level with a set of critical enhancements.

    The VAC iQ System is the result of 18 years of research and development by the engineers at VAC, and represents the first time in history that each tube in the output stage of a vacuum tube amplifier can be held precisely at the optimal bias point (underlying true quiescent current) at all times, regardless of how loudly or softly the music is playing. The result is sound that is always the best it can be, reduced distortion and noise, longer tube life, elimination of gas current ‘run away’ tubes, and increased reliability, all without any effort by the user.

    The VAC iQ System alerts you when a tube is growing weak or has failed. In short, tube drama is a thing of the past.

    The Statement iQ power amp features improved output transformers (56 pounds per monoblock!) with smoother, more extended frequency response. Input signal handling has been changed to a more pure, direct connection. Various changes to the power supply and chassis materials compliment and support the iQ system and circuit refinements.

    Download the VAC Statement 450 iQ brochure

    Specifications

    • WATTAGE: 450
    • GAIN:
      39 dB, SE
      33 dB, balanced
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 4 Hz to 75 kHz
    • POWER BANDWIDTH: 20 Hz to 70 kHz
    • INPUTS:
      Single-ended input via RCA jack, non-inverting
      Balanced input via XLR jack, non-inverting relative to pin 2 ( pin 2 hot”, traditional EIA/RCA
      broadcast/recording standard); amp is fully balanced in this mode
    • OUTPUTS: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 2, 4, and 8 ohms
    • TUBES: 8x KT88 & 5x 6SN7
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Typically 700 microvolts at the speaker terminals
    • VOLTAGE: May be factory-configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
    • POWER CORD: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
    • 12-VOLT TRIGGER: included
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA). See manual for full details.
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
      Audio chassis (not including connectors): 9.75 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (24.8 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
      Power supply (not including connectors): 5.5 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (14 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT:
      Audio chassis: 130 lbs. (59.1 kg.)
      Power supply: 85 lbs. (38.6 kg.)

     
     

  • »450S
  • Statement 450S Stereo Power Amplifier

    The 225-watt/channel Statement 450S is a reduced-scale application of all of the techniques, concepts, and parts developed for the larger Statement 450. It is appropriate for the highest quality systems where space is a consideration or where extreme power is not needed. The 128-pound audio chassis is floated via an energy decoupling tripod atop the 84-pound power supply. Simply put, this heirloom quality instrument is second only to the Statement 450 monoblocks for reproducing music with the “breath of life” that is always VAC's goal.

    Download the 450S brochure

    Specifications

    • WATTAGE: 225 watt/channel
    • GAIN:
      37 dB, SE
      31 dB, balanced
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 4 Hz to 75 kHz
    • POWER BANDWIDTH: 20 Hz to 70 kHz
    • INPUTS:
      Single-ended input via RCA jack, non-inverting
      Balanced input via XLR jack, non-inverting relative to pin 2 (“pin 2 hot”, traditional
      EIA/RCA broadcast/recording standard); amp is fully balanced in this mode
    • OUTPUTS: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 2, 4, and 8 ohms
    • TUBES: 8 x KT88 & 6 x 6SN7
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Typically, 700 microvolts at the speaker terminals
    • VOLTAGE: May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
    • POWER CORD: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
    • 12-VOLT TRIGGER: included
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS (H X W X D):
      Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 9.75 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (24.8 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
      Power supply (not including connectors): 5.5 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (14 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT:
      Audio chassis: 128 lbs. (58.2 kg.)
      Power supply: 84 lbs. (36.4 kg.)

     
     

  • »200iQ
  • Signature 200 with VAC iQ System Monoblock Power Amplifier


    This 100 watt per channel stereo, 200 watt monoblock powerhousefeatures the exclusive patented *VAC iQ Continuous Automatic Bias System,the only system able to hold each power tube's true underlying idle current perfectly steady at all times.

    The results? More detail, increased subjective power, greater stability, lower noise, less distortion, and no more runaway tubes.

    Downloads / Reviews / Videos

    AVShowrooms RMAF 2015 Video of its Debut with Kevin Hayes, Oct 2015
    The Absolute Sound RMAF 2015 show report by Dick Olsher, Oct 2015
    Positive Feedback - Best Sound of the Show RMAF 2015, Mark Pearson
    Download the Signature 200 iQ brochure from VAC

    Specifications

    • Switch Settings :
      Fully balanced or single-ended input
      Stereo or mono operation
    • Power Output :
      100 watts/channel stereo continuous
      200 watts mono continuous
    • Speaker Matching Taps : 1-2 ohms, 2-4 ohms, 4-8 ohms
    • Frequency Response : 4 Hz to 85 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    • Full Power Bandwidth : 13 Hz to 70 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    • Residual Noise : Typically > 95 dB below rated output
    • Input Impedance :
      200k Ohms, Stereo, Balanced
      100k Ohms, Stereo, Single Ended
      100k Ohms, mono, Balanced
      50k Ohms, mono, Single Ended
    • Gain :
      30 dB, Stereo, Balanced
      33 dB, Stereo, Single Ended
      31 dB, Mono, Balanced
      34 dB, Mono, Single Ended
    • Output Polarity : Non-inverting - Balanced input is Pin 2 positive
    • Tube Complement :
      4 x type 6SN7
      4 x type KT88
      Compatible with KT120
      Electrically compatible with KT150 (may be too tall to fit under the cage)
    • Operating Voltages : Available factory set for 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volt operation
    • Connectors :
      Cardas rhodium RCA jacks
      Neutrik XLR jacks
      Cardas rhodium binding posts
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 18" x 17.25" x 8.75" - 457 mm x 438 mm x 222 mm (excluding knobs & connectors)
    • Weight : - 100 lbs. 45.5 kg

     
     

  • »Phi 300.1a
  • Phi 300.1a Power Amplifier

    The groundbreaking Phi 300 pioneered the unique direct-coupled Class A triode input and driver circuitry that allowed VAC to get closer to the sound of the recording studio or concert hall than ever before. This consummately musical performer is also extraordinarily flexibly, with settings for fully balanced or single-ended input, selectable front panel attenuators, 150-watt/channel stereo or 300-watt mono modes, and triode or ultralinear output operation.

    Its eight beam power output tubes yield 300 watts in dedicated mono mode or 150 watts/channel in stereo mode at the choice of the user. Front panel level controls may be engaged to aid in balancing biamplified systems.

    Both balanced XLR and single-ended RCA inputs are provided. The chassis is machined aluminum, with the tubes beautifully showcased behind 0.75” glass. Also included are standard 12-volt triggers. The Phi 300.1 is based on VAC's direct coupled input & driver circuit, both single-ended and balanced (fully balanced amplifier mode) inputs are provided.

    The chassis is custom machined 0.25” aluminum welded into a solid unitary structure, finished in metallic black paint. The 1” thick aluminum front panel is finished in hand rubbed silver metallic lacquer, with bias meter and tube adjustors that make it easy to maintain and optimize. Output matching taps are provided for 2, 4, and 8 ohm speakers.

    Downloads

    Download the owner's manual from VAC

    Specifications

    • Wattage: 150 - stereo / 300 - mono
    • Gain:
      36 dB, SE/stereo
      30 dB, balanced/stereo
      37 dB, SE/mono
      31 dB, balanced/mono
    • Frequency Response:4 Hz to 75 kHz
    • Power Bandwidth:13 Hz to 70 kHz
    • Inputs:
      Single-ended input via RCA jack, non-inverting
      Balanced input via XLR jack, non-inverting relative to pin 2 (“pin 2 hot”, traditional EIA/RCA broadcast/recording standard).
    • Outputs: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 2, 4, and 8 ohms
    • Tubes:8x KT88 & 4x 6SN7
    • Residual Noise: Typically, 700 microvolts at the speaker terminals
    • Voltage: May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
    • Power Cord: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
    • 12-volt Trigger: Yes
    • Illumination: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • Finish:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • Warranty: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • Dimensions (H x W x D): (Not including knobs or connectors) 9.75 x 17.8 x 18.25 in. (24.8 x 45.2 x 46.4 cm.)
    • Shipping Weight: 128 lbs. (58.2 kg.)

     
     

  • »Phi 200
  • Phi 200 Stereo and Monoblock Power Amplifier

    VAC’s smallest power amplifier yields fidelity sound far superior to previous award-winning instruments. Through careful voicing and quality control, the “jump” factor of the sound suggests far more than the measured 100+ watts per channel.

    The basic circuit of Phi 200 is a simplified take on the topology employed in the Statement products. Both fully balanced and single-ended input modes are supported; by switch setting, the front-end circuitry is rearranged to be correct and optimal for the selected mode.

    Another switch converts the Phi 200 from a 100+ watt/channel stereo operation into a true 200+ watt monoblock with great power and control. The ability to set the amplifier for either stereo or mono operation allows freedom of application (biamp one day, monoblocks the next), and the ability to pace the development of a system. You can start with one Phi 200 in stereo mode today and add a second one later for additional power and true monoblock performance.

    The Phi 200’s wideband power is developed using KT88 beam power vacuum tubes, exploited to fullest advantage by 14-pound, custom-wound, 21-section output transformers. With Class A1 direct-coupled low-mu triode input and driver stages, the result is fast, full, detailed sound.

    Discreet amber indicators direct adjustment of the output tubes for ideal sound. The lacquered 9.5 mm fascia beautifully compliments the rugged 2.4 mm non-magnetic chassis. The massive power transformer is fully potted to assure quiet operation. A 12-volt trigger input is accepted.

    An optional glass/machined aluminum cage is available, for an appearance reminiscent of a Statement amplifier.

    Reviews and Awards

    Rafael Todes - HiFi World September 2013
    Soundstage! Ultra “Select Audio Component” award - Garrett Hongo, April 2011
    Dagogo.com Doug Schroeder Dec. 2010
    Download the Phi 200 brochure

    Specifications

    • WATTAGE: 100+ stereo into 2, 4, and 8 ohms & 200+ mono mode
    • GAIN: 36 dB, SE input & 30 dB, balanced input
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 4 Hz to 75 kHz
    • POWER BANDWIDTH: 13 Hz to 70 kHz
    • INPUTS: Single-ended input via RCA jack, non-inverting
    • OUTPUTS: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 2, 4, and 8 ohms
    • TUBES: 4x KT88 & 4x 6SN7
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Typically 700 microvolts at the speaker terminals
    • VOLTAGE: May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
    • POWER CORD: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
    • 12-VOLT TRIGGER: included
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D) 8.75 x 17.8 x 17.8 in. (22.2 x 45.2 x 45.2 cm.)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 90 lbs. (40.9 kg.)

     
     

  • »Phi 170
  • Phi 170 with VAC iQ System Monoblock Power Amplifier


    At first glance, the new VAC Phi 170 may seem like a typical 85 watt per channel stereo amplifier. Sure, it can be transformed into a 170 watt monoblock at the flick of a switch, and it has a fully balanced input mode, but the real breakthrough is inside, for the Phi 170 is equipped with the revolutionary patented VAC iQ Continuous Automatic Bias System.

    The VAC iQ is the only system able to hold each output tube’s true underlying idle current perfectly steady at all times, no matter how much you turn up the volume. Say goodbye to manual tweaking, bias drift, thermal tracking effects, dynamic load-line shift, runaway tubes, and blown fuses. Say hello to more detail, increased extension and punch, lower noise, less distortion, and high reliability.

    Download the Phi 170 brochure

    Specifications

    • Switch Settings: Fully balanced or single-ended input & Stereo or mono operation
    • Power Output: 85 watts/channel stereo continuous & 170 watts mono continuous
    • Speaker Matching Taps: 1-2 ohms, 2-4 ohms, 4-8 ohms
    • Frequency Response: 4 Hz to 71 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    • Full Power Bandwidth: 15 Hz to 63 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    • Residual Noise: Typically > 95 dB below rated output
    • Input Impedance:
      200k Ohms, Stereo, Balanced
      100k Ohms, Stereo, Single Ended
      100k Ohms, mono, Balanced
      50k Ohms, mono, Single Ended
    • Gain:
      30 dB, Stereo, Balanced
      33 dB, Stereo, Single Ended
      31 dB, Mono, Balanced
      34 dB, Mono, Single Ended
    • Output Polarity:
      Non-inverting.
      Balanced input is Pin 2 positive.
    • Tube Complement:
      4 x type 6SN7
      4 x type KT88
      Compatible with KT120
      Compatible with KT150
    • Operating Voltages: Available factory set for 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volt operation
    • Connectors:
      Cardas rhodium RCA jacks
      Neutrik XLR jacks
      Cardas rhodium binding posts
    • Dimensions:
      17.8" W x 14.2" D x 8.5" H
      452 mm x 361 mm x 216 mm
      Excluding connectors
    • Weight: 68 lbs. / 31 kg

     
     

  • »Statement Line
  • Statement Line Amplifier

    The Statement Line Amplifier is a high current, low impedance, balanced Class A1 triode vacuum tube amplifier. While inherently balanced in design, its high precision wideband transformers accomplish conversion to single-ended operation in a sonically transparent way.

    Mechanical Design
    The chassis is machined at VAC from high-grade, non-ferrous aluminum and processed through a series of plating steps. The resulting AICuNiCr chassis possesses superior RF rejection properties across a wide range of radio frequencies for greater resolution and subjectively blacker backgrounds. Similar care is taken around each of the six wideband audio transformers in each unit.

    In addition to the five regular line inputs, three of which may be used with balanced sources, there is also a fixed volume input for use as a slave in a multichannel home theater system, or with other sources that control their own level. The “cinema” source may also be balanced or single ended.

    Electrical Design
    The audio chassis is designed with distinct isolated sections dedicated to certain signal functions to prevent unwanted interactions among the circuits. Interconnecting wires are carefully routed and directed by spaced machined nonmetallic guides. The hand-wired vacuum tube audio circuit assemblies are bonded to massive brass loading plates, which in turn are isolation mounted to the main chassis for a very effective filter at audio frequencies.

    The avoidance of negative feedback and inclusion of input and output transformers confers the relatively unique trait of eliminating unwanted stray interactions between the source components and power amplifier, such as long chain interactions between their feedback loops which tend to coarsen the sound and flatten the sound stage.

    Power Supply
    A massive separate power supply is a dual mono design with substantial energy storage and high inherent regulation. Both resistive and inductive elements are used in concert with high-speed capacitor assemblies for the high voltage supplies, while active voltage stabilization is included in the four heater supplies and the 12-volt trigger supply.

    Volume Control
    The volume control is a massive one-pound multisection potentiometer some two inches long and nearly two inches in diameter, with machined brass shielding between the sections and against the outside world. This extraordinary part is critical in obtaining the highest fidelity in the world. A custom engineered VAC motor drive system allows the volume to be adjusted by remote control.

    Reviews / Downloads

    Part-Time Audiophile - New York Audio Show by Scot Hull - September 2014
    Download the Statement Line brochure

    VAC Statement Line Stage – 2016 Product of the Year Award, TAS - The Absolute Sound

    “The VAC Statement line stage has the quietest background I have ever heard on a tube linestage. As a direct result, timbre, resolution, dimensionality, transient response, imaging and soundstaging are electrifying and gorgeously lifelike. I have yet to hear a more richer, more beautiful or more detailed tube preamp – and unlike many competitors, the Statement’s got great grip in the bass and full extension in the treble. My new tube reference!” – Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound

    Specifications

    • GAIN: 11 dB
    • INPUTS:
      2 sets RCA line input
      3 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
      1 set balanced/RCA cinema bypass input
    • OUTPUTS: 2 sets RCA & 2 sets balanced XLR (EIA pin 2 hot” studio standard)
    • TUBES: 2x 8416, 7308, 6922, E88CC, ECC88, 6DJ8, (or 12DJ8 twin triodes)
    • ABSOLUTE PHASE: Correct from all inputs to all outputs
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: Flat over audio band / –3 dB bandwidth 4 Hz-250 kHz
    • THD: <0.007% @ 1 kHz, 1 V RMS
    • MAXIMUM OUTPUT: > 8 V RMS
    • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: < 150 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, static (i.e., not dependent upon feedback)
    • MAXIMUM INPUT: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
    • RECOMMENDED: OUTPUT LOAD >300 ohms
    • POWER: External power supply, detachable umbilical cables
    • CINEMA BYPASS: Yes
    • VOLTAGE: May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
    • VOLUME CONTROL: Included
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
      Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 7 x 17.7 x 16.15 in.
      Power supply (not including connectors): 5.8 x 17.7 x 16.15 in.
    • WEIGHT: (WITHOUT SHIPPING MATERIALS)
      line stage chassis 56 lbs.
      power supply 64 lbs
    •  
      PHONO STAGE (OPTIONAL):
    • TUBES: 6x 12AX7
    • GAIN:
      44 dB MM
      64 dB MC
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
      RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
      -3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - • 80 kHz
    • CHANNEL SEPARATION: > 80 dB @ 1 kHz
    • MAXIMUM INPUT:
      > 130 mv @ 1 kHz, MM
      > 13 mv, MC
    • MC LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms
    • MM LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 47k, 30k, 25k, 15k, and 10k ohms
    • OVERLOAD: 117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db

     
     

  • »Statement Phono
  • Statement Phono Preamplifier

    This VAC Statement dual mono triode vacuum tube phono (MM/MC, three gain modes, adjustable load, stereo/mono operation) preamplifier is designed for extreme applications. On the back panel there are two DC umbilical cords and large Amphenol aerospace connectors, a reminder of the massive dual mono power supply. There are inputs for four independent phone sources. In addition, each input may be of the conventional single-ended type or may be fully balanced.

    The eight twin triode vacuum tubes employed in the various Class A1 audio stages are made with the finest-grade parts, such as ‘naked’ metal foil resistors. The RIAA equalization is achieved without negative feedback, preserving the organic nature of the sound.

    The massive, separate power supply is a dual mono design with substantial energy storage and high inherent regulation. Both resistive and inductive elements are used in concert with high-speed capacitor assemblies for the high voltage supplies, while active voltage stabilization is included in the four heater supplies and the 12-volt trigger supply.

    Reviews etc.

    Analogue Planet CES 2013 By Michael Fremer Jan., 2013
    Part-Time Audiophile CES 2013
    Download the Statement Phono brochure

    Specifications

    • TUBES: 6x 12AX7 plus 2 x E88CC/6922, ECC88/6DJ8, or 7308
    • GAIN:
      52 dB MM (low gain)
      70 dB MC (medium gain)
      76 dB MC (high gain)
      Up to 6 dB greater gain available on special order
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
      RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
      -3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - 80 kHz
    • CHANNEL SEPARATION: > 84 dB @ 1 kHz
    • MAXIMUM INPUT:
      > 130 mV @ 1 kHz, MM (low gain); >500 mV @ 10 kHz
      > 16 mV @ 1 kHz, MC (medium gain)
      > 8 mV @ 1 kHz, MC (high gain)
    • LOAD IMPEDANCE:
      MM, 47k Ohms
      MC (medium gain), selectable 400, 300, 200, 150, 100, or 50 Ohms
      MC (high gain), selectable 100, 75, 50, 38, 25, or 13 Ohms
    • LOAD CAPACITANCE: MM, 1, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 pF
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio > 74 dB)
    • ABSOLUTE PHASE: Does not invert absolute phase
    • MAXIMUM OUTPUT: > 8 V RMS
    • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: < 150 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, static (i.e., not dependent upon feedback)
    • RECOMMENDED OUTPUT LOAD: > 300 ohms
    • POWER:
      External power supply, dual detachable umbilical cable (dual mono design),
      detachable IEC power cord
    • VOLTAGE: May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched to bright, dim, of off.
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS(H X W X D) :
      Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 7 x 17.7 x 16.15 in.
      Power supply (not including connectors): 5.8 x 17.7 x 16.15 in.
    • WEIGHT: (WITHOUT SHIPPING MATERIALS)
      phono stage chassis 56 lbs.
      power supply 64 lbs

     
     

  • »Master
  • Master Preamplifier


    The design of the all-new VAC Master Preamplifier takes the essential developments from the cost-no-object Statement pre-amplifiers and presents them in their most elemental, effective forms. If the Statement products might be likened to Formula 1 racecars, the Master Preamplifier is the derivative ultra performance road-going sports car.

    As in the Statement Line Stage, the volume control is a massive custom-made, multisection, 2.2 kg brass volume control with internal brass shielding. Remote-control capability is implemented via a VAC-designed motor drive system, which allows continuous control of infinite resolution.

    All of the hand-wired Class A1 audio circuits are carried on machined, mass-loading plates, which are decoupled from the main chassis. This projects solidity in detail and imaging while reducing microphony to infinitesimal levels. You’ll find the “naked” z-foil resistors and premium transformers from the Statement Line Stage.

    When the Master Preamplifier is equipped with the internal phono option, a separate, dedicated power transformer and DC umbilical cable is added to the power supply, ensuring complete isolation between it and the line section. In essence, it is an external phono stage that just happens to share the chassis, which, in turn, allows a superior control over the ground signal reference that is crucial to conveying signal detail. You’ll also find the same premium resistors and exotic capacitors employed in the Statement Phono Stage.

    The VAC Master Preamplifier outperforms every other preamplifier, with the exception of the VAC Statement models that inspired it.

    Reviews / Downloads

    AVShowrooms.com CES 2016 YouTube Video with Kevin Hayes
    Part-Time Audiophile - New York Audio Show by Scot Hull - September 2014
    Download the Master brochure

    Specifications

    • GAIN: 12 dB
    • INPUTS:
      3 sets RCA line input
      2 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
      1 set balanced/RCA cinema bypass input
      Optional 1 MM and 1 MC (or additional line input if phono is not fitted)
    • OUTPUTS: 2 sets RCA & 2 sets balanced XLR (EIA “pin 2 hot” studio standard)
    • TUBES: 2x 12AU7 - 2x 8416, 7308, 6922, E88CC, ECC88, 6DJ8, (or 12DJ8 twin triodes)
    • ABSOLUTE PHASE: Correct from all inputs to all outputs
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: Flat over audio band / –3 dB bandwidth 5 Hz – 210 kHz
    • THD: <0.009% @ 1 kHz, 1 V RMS
    • MAXIMUM OUTPUT: > 8 V RMS
    • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: < 150 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, static (i.e., not dependent upon feedback)
    • MAXIMUM INPUT: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
    • RECOMMENDED OUTPUT LOAD: >300 ohms
    • POWER: External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
    • TAPE OUTPUT: Unity gain from selector, non-inverting for archival integrity
    • CINEMA BYPASS: Yes
    • VOLTAGE: May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
    • VOLUME CONTROL: A custom engineered VAC motor drive system allows the volume to be adjusted by remote control.
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
      Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 5.5” x 18” x 14.5” (14 cm x 45.7 cm x 36.8 cm)
      Power supply (not including connectors): 4.3” x 18” x 14.5” (10.9 cm x 45.7 cm x 36.8 cm)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT: With phono: 75 lbs. (27.7 kg.)
    •  
      PHONO STAGE (OPTIONAL):
    • TUBES: 6x 12AX7
    • GAIN:
      44 dB MM
      64 dB MC
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
      RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
      -3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - • 80 kHz
    • CHANNEL SEPARATION: > 80 dB @ 1 kHz
    • MAXIMUM INPUT:
      > 130 mv @ 1 kHz, MM
      > 13 mv, MC
    • MC LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms
    • MM LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 47k, 30k, 25k, 15k, and 10k ohms
    • OVERLOAD: 117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db

     
     

  • »Signature Mk IIa/SE
  • Signature Mk IIa / Signature SE Preamplifier

    Not long ago, the Signature Mk IIa was the finest preamplifier you could buy. In production since 2000, this enduring classic marked the introduction of the basic, fully balanced, zero-feedback, transformer-coupled Class A1 triode topology found in all contemporary VAC preamplifiers. Even from this early form, it preserves and reproduces the emotion and vitality of music and maximizes the performances of the associated source components and power amplifiers.

    The Signature’s line stage has no coupling capacitors to detract from the purity and detail of the hand-wired circuit. With no loop feedback, the output is stable and free from dynamic interactions with the load. Six standard line inputs (five when phono is fitted) are present, as well as a fully balanced Cinema Bypass input.

    The optional six-tube phono stage is sensitive and quiet, compatible with low-output, moving coil cartridges. Gain is adjustable, as is resistive loading. Electrostatic decoupling prevents the heater circuits from “talking” to each other, a common cause of lost detail. A separate power transformer is used, eliminating any disturbance of the delicate phono signal by the powerful line stage.

    The VAC logos are backlit in an elegant blue in normal operation, and display red when the mute is activated. These are set in the heirloom-quality sculpted 3/8” faceplate.

    The Signature SE (Special Edition) upgrades the input transformers to the premium designs used in the Statement and Master ranges.

    Reviews & Downloads

    Stereophile - Robert J. Reina June 2015
    The Absolute Sound by Garrett Hongo, Sep. 2012
    Dagogo.com Doug Schroeder March 2010
    Inner Ear Magazine Feb. 2010
    Download the Signature Mk IIa / Signature SE Preamplifier brochure

    Specifications

    • GAIN: 12 dB
    • INPUTS:
      3 sets RCA line input
      2 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
      1 set RCA cinema bypass input
      Optional 1 MM and 1 MC (or additional line input if phono is not fitted)
    • OUTPUTS:
      2 sets RCA
      2 sets balanced XLR (EIA “pin 2 hot” studio standard)
    • TUBES:
      2x 12AU7
      2x 8416, 7308, 6922, E88CC, ECC88, 6DJ8, (or 12DJ8 twin triodes)
    • ABSOLUTE PHASE: Correct from all inputs to all outputs
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
      Flat over audio band
      –3 dB bandwidth 5 Hz – 210 kHz
    • THD: <0.009% @ 1 kHz, 1 V RMS
    • MAXIMUM OUTPUT: > 8 V RMS
    • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: < 150 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, static (i.e., not dependent upon feedback)
    • MAXIMUM INPUT: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
    • RECOMMENDED OUTPUT LOAD: >300 ohms
    • POWER: External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
    • CINEMA BYPASS: Yes
    • VOLTAGE: May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
    • VOLUME CONTROL: A custom engineered VAC motor drive system allows the volume to be adjusted by remote control.
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
      Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 5.5 x 18 x 14.5 in. (14 x 45.7 x 36.8)
      Power supply (not including connectors): 14.5 x 18 x 3.9 in. (36.8 x 45.7 x 9.9)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT: With phono: 61 lbs. (27.7 kg.)
    •  
      PHONO STAGE (OPTIONAL):
    • TUBES: 6x 12AX7
    • GAIN:
      44 dB MM
      64 dB MC
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
      RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
      -3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - • 80 kHz
    • CHANNEL SEPARATION: > 80 dB @ 1 kHz
    • MAXIMUM INPUT:
      > 130 mv @ 1 kHz, MM
      > 13 mv, MC
    • MC LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms
    • MM LOAD IMPEDANCE: selectable, 47k, 30k, 25k, 15k, and 10k ohms
    • OVERLOAD: 117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db

     
     

  • »Renaissance Mk III
  • Renaissance Mk III Preamplifier


    Second only to the flagship Signature Preamplifier, the Renaissance Mk III has all of the performance and features needed in a top-class music system, including balanced inputs and output, home theater input, hand-wired Class A triode circuitry, remote control, external power supply, and optional MM/MC phono stage with variable loading. The dynamics, detail, and speed of this preamplifier bring music back to life most convincingly.

    Electrical Design
    The VAC Renaissance Mk III Preamplifier is a development of the preamplifier section from the highly regarded VAC Phi Beta Integrated amplifier and provides balanced and single-ended input and output capability. It is completely hand wired, and all switching is accomplished via high purity silver contact mechanical switches. The six active circuit elements are twin triode vacuum tubes, biased for Class A1 operation.

    VAC’s Cinema Bypass Mode
    The line stage also offers a fully buffered tape loop and, which allows your high-end stereo system to integrate seamlessly with home theater. The cinema bypass input is a fixed gain input that allows your source component to control volume, and passes this signal through to the stereo power amplifiers without further processing.

    Remote
    The lacquered aluminum volume/mute remote control is standard. In the mute state, the VAC logo changes from blue to red. The VAC remote system is implemented with electromechanical switches and controls. This approach is considerably more costly than the usual digital interfaces, but has several major advantages. First, no VCAs, relays, or transistor switches (switched ladder networks) are used in controlling volume. This is mandatory for sonic purity. Second, VAC’s careful implementation avoids the use of microprocessors, which generate significant noise signals that, while sometimes not audible directly, can do damage to the sound.

    Power Supply
    The heavy power supply is external, with a 6 foot detachable umbilical cable. The optional MM/MC phono stage uses six triode elements with passive RIAA equalization. Variable gain (42/62 dB) and variable resistive loading are provided.

    Construction
    The standard fascia finish is black lacquer with gold metallic flake over a VAC-machined 10 mm aluminum plate. The faceted and domed countersunk aluminum knobs are also machined at VAC and finished in 10 micron gold. Silver with chrome is optional at added cost.

    Reviews / Downloads

    Soundstage! Ultra “Select Audio Component” award - Garrett Hongo, Sept. 2010
    Stereophile Brian Damkroger Oct. 2003
    Download the Renaissance Mk III brochure

    Specifications

    • GAIN: 22 dB
    • INPUTS:
      3 sets RCA line input
      2 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
      1 set RCA tape monitor input
      1 set RCA cinema bypass input
      Optional MM phono and MC (or additional line input if phono is not fitted)
    • OUTPUTS:
      2 sets balanced
      2 sets single-ended
    • TUBES: 2x 12AU7 PLUS 4x 12AX7
    • ABSOLUTE PHASE: Correct from all inputs to all outputs
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: Flat over audio band -3 db bandwidth 4 Hz - 200 kHz
    • THD: Approx. .04%
    • MAXIMUM OUTPUT: 30 volts RMS single-ended; >30 volts RMS-balanced
    • OUTPUT IMPEDANCE:
      Via RCA jacks: 300 ohms; inverting from all sources to RCA main outputs only
      Via XLR connector: 600 ohms with positive phase on pin 2, negative phase on pin 3 (“pin 2 hot” EIA / RCA standard)
    • MAXIMUM INPUT: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
    • RECOMMENDED OUTPUT LOAD: > 10000 ohms
    • POWER: External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
    • TAPE OUTPUT: Unity gain from selector, non-inverting for archival integrity
    • CINEMA BYPASS: Yes
    • VOLTAGE: May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
    • VOLUME CONTROL: A custom engineered VAC motor drive system allows the volume to be adjusted by remote control.
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D)
      Audio chassis (including knobs and connectors): 5.5 x 17.9 x 15.3 in. (14 x 45.5 x 38.9 cm.)
      Power supply (not including cables and cable clamp): 4.75 x 6.75 x 14 in. (12.1 x 17.1 x 35.6 cm.)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 40 lbs. (18.2 kg.)
    •  
      PHONO STAGE:
      (OPTIONAL)
    • TUBES: 3x 12AX7
    • GAIN: 462 dB MC, 42 dB MM (measured at tape output)
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: RIAA +/- .25 dB
    • MAXIMUM INPUT: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
    • MC LOAD IMPEDANCE: Selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms (also for MM x 100)
    • MM LOAD IMPEDANCE: Selectable 47k, 30k, 25k, 15k, and 10k ohms - 100pF
    • OVERLOAD: 117 mv @ 1 kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460 mv @ 10 kHz
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: Less than 3 mv at output (S/N ratio greater than approx. 69 db)

     
     

  • »Sigma 160i/SE
  • Sigma 160i / Sigma 160i SE Integrated Amplifier


    VAC’s most affordable and compact music solution is a full-integrated amplifier, with 85-watt/channel power amplifier, true triode tube line control amplifier, and triode moving magnet phono stage. Flexibility is ensured by standard remote control, home theater input, preamplifier outputs, and optional MC and balanced inputs. If sound quality and simplicity are the priorities, this exceptionally musical amplifier is the answer.

    Quality is held to VAC’s high standards, with great care taken in combining all of the elements of separate components into a single, well integrated package. Of particular essence is the presence of a true line stage (with optional balanced inputs), and a proper volume control (not a digital or VCA control on a microchip as is the modern fashion).

    The fact that every single stage in the audio chain is in intimate proximity means that they can share a very tight, precise common ground reference, to realize the true performance possibility of the integrated form. To ensure purity and stability, the Sigma 160i incorporates separate rectifiers and power filters for the preamplifier sections. Similarly, the mechanical placement of all of the parts, from the transformers to the vacuum tubes to the capacitors and resistors has been undertaken using the principals embodied in VAC's cost-no-object Statement amplifiers.

    The Sigma 160i SE (Special Edition) enhances performance by upgrading the input transformers and many passive parts to the types used in the premium Statement instruments. Greater size, detail, speed, and weight is the result.

    An optional glass/machined aluminum cage is available, for an appearance reminiscent of the Statement amplifiers.

    Reviews / Downloads

    AVShowrooms CES 2015 VAC "room # 2" Youtube VIDEO coverage
    Positive Feedback CES Integrated Amplifiers by Robert Youman, Jan 2015
    Audio-Activity.com article by Domenico Pizzamiglio
    Download the Sigma 160i / Sigma 160i SE brochure

    Specifications

    • WATTAGE: 86/channel
    • GAIN:
      37 dB MM
      57 dB MC
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: RIAA +/- .25 dB
    • POWER BANDWIDTH: 13 Hz to 70 kHz
    • INPUTS: MC and balanced inputs optional
    • OUTPUTS: Connections to precisely match loudspeaker loads of 4 and 8 ohms
    • TUBES:
      4x KT88
      4x 12AU7
      3x 12AX7
    • RESIDUAL NOISE: 3 mV at output (S/N ratio approx. 69 dB)
    • OVERLOAD: 117 mV @ 1 kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460 mV @ 10 kHz
    • VOLTAGE: May be factory-configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
    • POWER CORD:
      Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
      12-VOLT TRIGGER included
    • VOLUME CONTROL: A custom engineered VAC motor drive system allows the volume to be adjusted by remote control.
    • ILLUMINATION: Illuminated logo may be switched off
    • FINISH:
      Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
      Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
    • WARRANTY: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA). See manual for full details.
    • DIMENSIONS: (H X W X D) 7.9 x 18 x 18 in. (201 x 457 x 458 mm.)
    • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 67 lbs. (30 kg.)
    • NOTE: Phono stage does not invert absolute phase.

     
     

  • »NEXT
  • Glass/Metal Tube Cage - for Sigma 160i or Phi 200


    Inspired by the look of the Statement 450 amplifier, this optional tube cage is made of machined 0.75" aluminum and beveled ultra-clear 0.50" Starfire glass. Weighing in at seven pounds, it truly completes the look of the VAC the Phi 200 and Sigma 160i/160i SE models.

    Specifications

    • Installation: Non-metallic guide pins align cage to associated receptacles on amplifier top plate
    • Dimensions: Purpose-built for either VAC Sigma 160i or Phi 200 instruments only
    • Shipping weight: 7 lbs

     
     

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