D.W. Fearn VT-2


D.W. Fearn VT-2 Dual Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier

The VT-Series Microphone Preamplifiers have long been the weapon of choice for top artists, engineers, producers, and other audio professionals. Designed to deliver unparalleled performance in ultra high-fidelity tracking sessions, any microphone or sound source will benefit from the improved clarity, definition, and lack of solid-state artifacts that are the hallmarks of the VT-Series. In designing the VT Series of Microphone Preamplifiers, no compromise in sonic quality, reliability, or ruggedness was permitted. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950s and ’60s, each VT preamp is hand-built on a heavy-gauge aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring. Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and microphonics, and to deliver maximum sonic clarity. The VT-2 Preamplifier also features an integrated, switchable 43 dB pad, enabling it to be patched into the Master Bus at line level during mixdown and mastering to provide the unique D.W. Fearn sonic signature to the final product.

Key Features:

  • All vacuum-tube design
  • Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformerless microphones
  • Phase (polarity) reverse switch
  • +48 volt phantom power (completely disconnected when off)
  • Integrated, switchable 43 dB pad for Line Level processing
  • Custom-design Jensen input and output transformers
  • 20 dB input pad (switchable)
  • True VU meters (amplifier isolated)
  • All point-to-point audio 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
  • Input: 150 ohms
  • Input Load Impedance: 1.5k ohms
  • Minimum Input Level: -65 dBm nominal
  • Maximum Input Level @ 20 cps: -30 dBm without pad, -5 dBm with 20 dB pad
  • Gain: 53 dB
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.25 dB 20 cps to 20 kc; -3 dB @ 0.5 cps and 55 kc
  • THD+Noise: less than 0.25% 20 cps to 20 kc
  • Intermodulation Distortion SMPTE: less than 0.02%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 74 dB minimum
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -124 dBm maximum
  • Output: low-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) W, 5.25” (13.34cm) H, 14” (35.56cm) D