The third edition of Vincent's great hybrid integrated now has a completely revised design. In addition to two digital inputs, there is now also a Bluetooth input. This amp's celebrated circuit was developed by Frank Blöhbaum, and uses two 6N1P NOS tubes in the preamp section, which give the sound naturalness, musicality, and warmth.
The Musicality Shines Through
The hybrid tube/transistor design brings you luxurious ‘golden age’ sound and solid state reliability. The second stage of the preamplifier section uses a pair of 6N1P-EV vacuum tubes. Their greater voltage level provides improved signal stability with higher spectral purity that brings out the fine details of a recording. The musicality of the tubes shines through! The sound is never cold or analytical.
The revised circuit design also delivers greatly improved signal-to-noise ratio. You’ll enjoy the explosive experience of a live performance thanks to the excellent dynamics. And enhancements to the volume control let you control the level via the included wireless remote.
The SV-237MK has six line level analog inputs, pre-out and record out, and four pairs of speaker outputs for bi-wiring. The front panel includes tone controls, which is a great feature when implemented correctly, as Vincent does, and it adds to the 'golden age' feel and performance of this component. A tone 'bypass' control switches the treble and bass controls out of the circuitry. Another great idea from the past is a 'Loudness' switch, which restores a lot of the dynamics when you're playing your SV-237 at low volume.
In addition to its analog connections, the SV-237MK has optical digital and coaxial digital inputs for your AV gear. Digital-to-analog conversion is provided by a TI PCM2705 DAC offering CD-quality sound.
The SV-237MKII is three things high-end audio products are or at least want to be. It's big and powerful and rich.
In an age of gear getting smaller, thinner, and lighter, the Vincent SV-237MKII is the exact opposite. It's a big, full-sized component. The chassis is a full 18" deep, including the rugged, heavy-duty five-way binding posts. Now try to pick it up. You'll discover it weighs every ounce of the claimed 45 lb.
Forget the wimpy, low-wattage amps produced by the competition! With its heavy-duty toroidial transformer, the SV-237MKII delivers a full 150 W RMS into eight ohms and over 250 W RMS into four ohms. Turn it on and you'll immediately detect something very different. It's called bass! And most amps just can't give you the full impact of the music. The SV-237's bass varies with the music from rock-sold to awesome. Your non-audiophile friends have most likely never heard bass like this before. Kudos go to the excellent power supply designed by German engineer Frank Blöhbaum.
One more thing sets the SV-237 apart from ordinary audio gear. It's the rich, full sound of music amplified by tubes. The SV-237 is biased to deliver a full ten watts in pure 'Class A' mode. That's over 95% of your listening! The combination of vacuum tubes and 'Class A' biasing gives instruments and voices a warm liquid texture that only the most expensive solid-state gear can approximate.
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 50 kHz +/-2 dB
RMS Output Power Per Channel (8 ohm, 4 ohm): 150 W, 250 W
Class A Output Power at 8 Ohm: 10 Wpc
Input Sensitivity: 300 mV
Input Impedance: 47 kOhm
Inputs: 3 x stereo RCA, 1 x optical, 1 x coax, 1 x Bluetooth
Outputs: 1 x stereo RCA pre, 1 x stereo RCA rec, 4 x 2 speaker terminal, 2 x 3.5 mm power control jack
Tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 2 x 6N1P
Weight: 45 lb (20.4 kg)
Dimensions (WHD): 17" x 6" x 17.1" (430 x 152 x 435 mm)