The Renaissance Mk V Preamplifier replaces the earlier Mk III, and is completely new in circuit, chassis materials, and appearance. In fact, it has more in common with the VAC Statement Series than the prior Renaissance generation.
The line stage circuit is the same transformer- coupled Class A1 balanced triode design found in the Statement Line Stage. The external power supply has dual-mono recation and ltering of the crucial high voltage supplies for superb, spacious imaging and great preservation of nuance. The remote volume control is of the direct-acting analogue type and continuously variable, so you easily can the precise level that makes the music snap into focus.
The audio connectors are premium rhodium plated Cardas and Neutrik Professional. There are three high level inputs, two of which may be balanced or single-ended, just like the output.
Vinyl lovers may specify the optional MM MC phono stage, which features three twin triodes operating in pure Class A1, variable MC impedance loading, and purely passive, precise RIAA equalization. The circuit topology is derived from the Signature Mk IIa SE, principally in the number of tubes employed, and uses the same premium MC input transformers. The results rival and exceed those delivered by many more costly separate phono stages. You should expect nothing less of a VAC.
Gain: 10 dB
Frequency Response: Flat over audio band
–3 dB bandwidth 5 Hz – 210 kHz
Inputs: 2 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
Optional 1 MM and 1 MC (or additional RCA line input if phono is not fitted)
Outputs: 1 set RCA
1 set balance XLR (EIA “pin 2 hot” studio standard)
Tubes: 2x 7308, 6922, E88CC, ECC88, or 6DJ8 twin triodes
Absolute Phase: Correct from all inputs to all outputs
THD: <0.009% @ 1 kHz, 1 V RMS
Maximum Output: 8 V RMS
Output Impedance: > 150 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, static (i.e., not dependent upon feedback)
Maximum Input: Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
Recommended Output Load: > 300 ohms
Power: External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
Voltage: May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
Power Cord: Detachable power cord, standard IEC power receptacle
Remote Control: included
Illumination: Illuminated logo may be switched to bright, dim, or off
Finish: Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
Warranty: Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 4" x 18" x 16"
Power supply (not including connectors): 4.3" x 6" x 13"
Shipping Weight: 44 lbs.