The Herron Audio VTSP-2 vacuum tube preamplifier is designed to take the listener as close as possible to the original live musical performance. State-of-the-art components and innovative design are combined using a purist approach that provides the utmost clarity and reproduces the emotion, dynamics, and passion of the musical performance without adding or subtracting any colorations or distortions of its own. The clarity of its performance is true to the source.
The VTSP-2 employs a volume control system very similar to the highly-rated Herron Audio VTSP-1A/166, with the addition of a remote control and level display. The VTSP-2 volume control provides 100 steps of discrete and precise channel-to-channel matched level control. The electronic stepped attenuators provide distortionless volume control that will not degrade with time or use.
The front-panel displays on the VTSP-2 are powered from individual latches and are not sequentially flashed (multiplexed) as in most display designs. This more costly approach means that each relevant display element is continuously illuminated, and no audio signal path interference is generated from the display.
The VTSP-2 front-panel input controls (and remote control) operate individual sealed gold-contact relays, located at the input connectors to insure pure connections, short signal paths, and long life.
Herron VTSP-2 Features
Multifunction remote control
Volume level display (0-100)
Switchable absolute polarity
Full-range balance control
Unity gain pass-through function
Display brightness control
Low noise design
Two main outputs
One tape output
Tape out/in loop
Six inputs including tape
100K input impedance
High input-signal capacity without overload
Automatic muting at startup and shutdown
Gold plated, Teflon-insulated RCA connectors
Hand-picked components for accurate response
Reversing power line (AC) polarity switch
Each unit hand crafted, burned-in, and given rigorous bench and listening tests
Available in black or silver
Herron VTSP-2 Specifications
Frequency response: 1Hz to beyond 100kHz, 20Hz to 20kHz ±0.1 dB
Output impedance: 100ohms nominal at 1kHz
Input impedance: 100,000ohms
Gain: 12dB in Hdb mode, 6dB in Ldb mode
Volume control: 100-position electronic stepped attenuator, maximum differential 0.1dB channel to channel
Distortion: <0.01% THD+ noise @ 1V RMS output
Absolute polarity: switchable
Warranty: 3 years, parts and labor; tubes: 90 days
HiFi Review of Herron VTSP-2
Suddenly, each player's intention and contribution is writ clear, his or her part in the whole laid bare, whilst at the same time, the chemistry thus revealed keeps the whole greater than the sum of the parts. The results are impressive, engaging and informative in equal measure, allowing the listener full rein to explore the complexities or simply beauty, whatever the music.
Audiotechnique Review of Herron VTSP-2
I've been extremely satisfied with the vocal reproduction on VTSP-1, but VTSP-2 offers more 'flesh and blood.' The tasty metallic tenor sax from Sonny Rollins - Way out West or the warmth of Ben Webster's Ballad is simply unforgettable.
The High End Journal of Hong Kong Review of Herron VTSP-2
The Herron VTSP-2 is a very reasonably priced preamplifier, and it re-creates absolute high-end sonic performances . . . at this moment, there's not a single competitor for this high class VTSP-2 preamplifier.