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DW Fearn VT-2 Tube Dual Mic Preamp  From DW Fearn

Stereo Raw High Performance Tube Microphone Preamp

DW Fearn


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Tom Spiker on the Hazelrigg VLC-1 & D.W. Fearn VT-24 & VT-2

Tom Spiker, musician, engineer, and faculty member of Philadelphia University of the Arts spoke to us about the importance of trusting yourself to commit to your input signal chain and how he interacts with his D.W. Fearn and Hazelrigg equipment in a musical way.

Manufacturer's Description from DW Fearn

The VT-series microphone preamplifiers 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.

The VT-2 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.

Design Philosophy

In designing the VT-2, no compromise in sonic quality, reliability, or ruggedness were permitted. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950s and '60s, the VT-2 is built on a heavy-guage aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring. Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and microphonics, and maximum sonic clarity. 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-2 has become known for.

All over the globe, VT-2 preamps are in daily use in the world's best studios, as well as in home project studios, helping many top recording artists achieve the best possible sound.

- stereo version of the highly-acclaimed D.W. Fearn VT-1
- all vacuum-tube design
- clean and airy high end
- fat low end
- unsurpassed warmth, transparency, and musicality
- Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformerless mics
- Phase (polarity) reverse switch +48 volt 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 +4 dBm output
- conservatively rated precision components and rugged construction for stability and long life
- line-level processing with the LP-1 Line Pad accessory


New models of VT-2 preamp feature an integrated, switchable 43 dB pad, enabling it to be patched into the Master Buss during mixdown and mastering to provide D.W. Fearn’s unique sonic signature to the final mix or mastering process. This replaces the need for the LP-1 Line pad, which was a separate box previously available from D.W. Fearn. The new design now makes the VT-2 a veritable triple threat, equally at home in recording, mixing, and mastering.

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About Manufacturer

D.W. Fearn manufactures professional vacuum tube audio equipment. Our microphone preamplifiers and equalizers are in daily use around the globe, in personal studios as well as in the world's top recording studios.


- 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
- Weight 18 lbs (8.16kg)

NOTE: Frequency is specified in cycles per second (cps) or kilocycles per second (kc). These units correspond to Hz and kHz respectively. Measurements made with -50 dBm input and 50 dB gain in a 22 cps to 22 kc bandwidth. Specifications and price subject to change without notice.

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