D.W. Fearn VT-12

  • $4,800.00

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The D.W. Fearn VT-12 is a vacuum tube microphone preamplifier with 70dB of gain to accommodate the low output level of ribbon and dynamic microphones.

The VT-12 is very similar to the D.W. Fearn VT-2, using the same custom Jensen transformers and sonic philosophy so the trademark sound is definitely there.

For the sake of versatility, the VT-12 makes provision for phantom powering condenser mics in addition to ribbon mics that require phantom power.  For those of us concerned by the potential mis-application of phantom power to our sacred arsenal of ribbon mics, a rear-mounted switch allows you to globally disable phantom power.


  • Frequency Response:  +0.25dB, 20Hz-20kHz (-3dB at 0.5Hz and 60kHz)
  • THD+N:  Less than 0.3%, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Noise:  Less than -72dBu, unweighted
  • Input Load Impedance:  10k ohms
  • Maximum Input Level for 1% THD @ 20Hz:  -25dBu (-5dBu with pad)
  • Maximum Gain:  70dB
  • Input:  Transformer balanced
  • Output:  Transformer balanced
  • Maximum Output Level:  +22dBu into 20kΩ bridging load

Please Note:  The VT-12 is built to order and typically ships in 2-3 weeks.  Orders for the VT-12 cannot be canceled and are not eligible for returns.

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