D.W. Fearn VT-1

  • $3,100.00

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The D.W. Fearn VT-1 is a single-channel microphone preamplifier that sets the bar for audio quality.  Its astounding transparency makes vocals sound smoother, warmer, and more intimate with a compelling presence.  Any microphone on any sound source will benefit from the improved clarity, definition and absence of solid-state artifacts offered by this no compromise unit.


  • All vacuum-tube design
  • Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformer-less mics
  • Phase (polarity) reverse switch
  • +48V phantom power switch (completely disconnected when OFF)
  • Custom Jensen input and output transformers
  • 20dB input pad (switchable)
  • True VU meters (amplifier isolated)
  • All point-to-point wiring
  • Gold input and output XLR connectors
  • Polypropylene and polystyrene coupling capacitors
  • All audio switching through gold-contact, sealed precision relays
  • International operation on 100, 120, or 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • CE certified, RoHS compliant
  • +4 dBm output
  • Conservatively rated precision components and rugged construction for stability and long life

Design Philosophy:
In designing the VT preamp, no compromise in sonic quality, reliability, or ruggedness was permitted. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950s and ’60s, the VT preamp is built on a heavy-gauge aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring.  Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and micro-phonics, and for maximum sonic clarity. The front panel switches control sealed, gold-contact precision relays for all audio switching, eliminating the possibility of dirty contacts degrading the sound and minimizing the internal audio path. Four class-A triode amplifier sections (in two tubes) in each channel comprise the entire active circuit. This surprisingly simple circuit, along with top-quality components and careful design optimization, results in the sonic superiority that the VT preamp has become known for.


  • Input:  150 ohms
  • Input Load Impedance:  1.5k ohms
  • Minimum Input Level:  -65 dBm nominal
  • Maximum Input Level:  -30 dBm without pad, -5 dBm with 20dB pad
  • Gain:  53dB
  • Frequency Response:  +/-0.25 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz; -3dB @ 0.5Hz and 55kHz
  • THD+N:  Less than 0.25%, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • IMD (SMPTE):  Less than 0.02%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio:  74 dB minimum
  • EIN:  -124 dBm maximum
  • Output Lo-Z, transformer balanced
  • Maximum Output Level:  +22 dBm, 20k ohm load
  • Power Requirements:  100, 120, or 220 VAC; 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions:  19" (48.26cm) Width, 5.25" (13.34cm) Height, 14" (35.56cm) Depth

Please Note:  The VT-1 is built to order and typically ships in 2-3 weeks.  Orders for the VT-1 cannot be canceled and are not eligible for returns.

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