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D.W. Fearn VT-1 Single Channel Microphone Preamp

The D.W. Fearn VT-1 recreates the sound of classic tube preamps of the 1960s. Modern components and computer-optimized circuitry, unavailable during the vacuum tube era, elevate this design to a new level of performance.


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The VT-1 microphone preamplifier will change the way you think of audio quality. The transparency is astounding. Vocals sound smoother, warmer, more intimate, with a compelling presence. Any microphone and any sound will benefit from the improved clarity, definition, and lack of solid-state artifacts. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950’s and '60’s, the VT-1 is built on a heavy-gauge aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring. Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and microphonics, and maximum sonic clarity.

The VT-1 is a recreation of the classic tube preamps of the 1960’s, updated with improved modern passive components and computer-aided circuit optimization. Because of the unique qualities of vacuum tubes, the VT-2 has a clarity, transparency, and warmth that solid-state preamps lack. Its modern design and construction allows the VT-2 to exceed the performance of vintage vacuum tube preamps.

It is designed for use in the professional recording environment. It accepts all low impedance balanced microphones. It features a regulated +48V supply for phantom powering condenser microphones, a switchable 20 dB input pad, a phase (polarity) reversal switch, a switchable input network to accommodate very low impedance microphones (typically transformer-less types), and a true VU meter. It is built to sound great for a long time, with top quality parts used throughout; all the transformers and many other components are custom-made for the VT-2.

All four power supplies (filament, phantom power, B+, and meter amp) are solid state and fully regulated. The Attenuation control potentiometer is a conductive plastic type for long, noise-free operation. The VT-1 is not mass-produced. Each one is hand-made and meticulously tested and listened to before shipment to the customer.

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-1 has become known for.

  • All vacuum-tube design
  • Clean and airy high-end w/Fat low end
  • Unsurpassed warmth, transparency, and musicality
  • Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformer-less mics
  • Phase (polarity) reverse switch
  • +48V phantom power (completely disconnected when off)
  • Custom-design Jensen input and output transformers for superb sonics
  • - 20 dB input pad (switchable)
  • True VU meters (amplifier isolated)
  • All point-to-point audio wiring
  • High-performance, fully-regulated power supplies with exceptional reserve
  • 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

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Things You Will Get:

  • VT-1 Single Channel Microphone Preamp
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual


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Connectors Gold input and output XLR connectors
Series VT
Model VT-1
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Side Chain I/O N/A
Combo XLR/TRS Jacks 1
Digital Inputs N/A
Digital Outputs N/A
Computer Connectivity N/A
Weight 14 lbs.
Dimensions 19”W x 5.25”H x 9”D
Gain Range 53 dB minimum
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