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US turntable man­u­fac­turer VPI has added a phono pream­pli­fier to its line-up, which is hardly sur­pris­ing since it re­cently added de­signer Mike Bet­tinger to its team—Bet­tinger be­ing the de­signer of the Arion Phono Pream­pli­fier for Lu­mi­nous Au­dio Tech­nol­ogy.

The VPI ‘Voy­ager’ phono pream­pli­fier is a dual-in­put de­sign that of­fers mul­ti­ple gain and load set­tings for both mov­ing-mag­net and mov­ing-coil car­tridges. ‘ The goal of the Voy­ager is to cre­ate an easy phono op­tion for mu­sic lovers get­ting in­volved in the VPI line,’ said Mathew We­is­feld, of VPI. ‘ Voy­ager has been de­signed us­ing VPI turnta­bles and is nat­u­rally syn­er­gis­tic with our line. In ad­di­tion, the Voy­ager gives cus­tomers who might own a dif­fer­ent turntable brand a chance to join the VPI fam­ily through our phono pream­pli­fier. The re­sult is that the Voy­ager presents a sense of pu­rity and low-level de­tail res­o­lu­tion that is highly mu­si­cal.’

The VPI Voy­ager is a two-stage de­sign, with a JFET-based in­put stage and pas­sive equal­i­sa­tion for the high-fre­quency RIAA eq. The sec­ond stage pro­vides an ad­di­tional 24dB of gain and pro­vides ac­tive lowfre­quency RIAA equal­i­sa­tion. ‘ The cir­cuit lay­out is a work of engi­neer­ing art and the re­sult of many years of study and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion,’ said Bet­tinger. ‘ The de­sign is in­ten­tion­ally sym­met­ri­cal and sin­gle-ended and both stages are based on matched cas­coded Lin­ear Sys­tems JFETS and are servo-con­trolled.’ All gain and load set­ting are made via front-panel con­trol, with the MM sec­tion’s ca­pac­i­tive load­ing se­lectable be­tween 100pF, 200pF and 270pF. The MC sec­tion’s load is se­lectable be­tween 100 , 500 and 1k . Cameron Pope, of Krispy Au­dio, which dis­trib­utes VPI says the first VPI Voy­agers to ar­rive in Aus­tralia will re­tail in Aus­tralia for around $4,195. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact VPI’s Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor, Krispy Au­dio, on (02) 8006 4666 or at www.krispyau­dio.com.au

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