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Voyager Phono Preamp

Since VPI hired Electrical Engineer Mike Bettinger, they have been asked about VPI's future in electronics. Mike is known for his award winning "Arion" phono preamp, which is how they met him. Harry Weisfeld liked his phono so much he bought one for his personal use. Mike has taken what he learned, combined it with the R&D resources and feedback of the VPI team and together has created a more affordable and robust version.

 

The goal of the Voyager is to create an easy phono option for music lovers getting involved in the VPI line. Voyager has been designed using VPI turntables and is naturally synergistic with them. In addition, the Voyager gives customers who might own a different turntable brand a chance to join the VPI family through the Voyager.

 

The Voyager is a true high-performance design that provides both MM or MC gain for two separately configurable inputs at the front panel. There is no need to access the inside of the case to adjust the cartridge gain and loading. This makes switching between two tonearms/cartridges fast and easy.

 

Internal switching of gain and loading is accomplished using high reliability small signal relays.

 

The Voyager faceplate is available in silver or black and is interchangeable and could be swapped down the road with different finishes.

 

Circuit Overview:

 

The Voyager utilizes a two stage design: a JFET-based input stage providing the interface with the cartridge, and the gain and drive for the 75 microseconds passive equalization network that follows it. The second stage provides an additional 24db of gain and provides active feedback for tracking the low frequency portion of the RIAA curve.

 

Both stages are based on matched cascoded Linear Systems JFETS and are servo controlled. Cascode references are supplied by precision/ low noise reference devices.

 

The power supplies are unity gain voltage reference designs for fast response and low noise.

 

The circuit layout is a work of engineering art and the results of many years of study and experimentation.

 

The Voyager presents a sense of purity and low-level detail resolution that is highly musical. The design is intentionally symmetrical and single-ended.

 

 

Specifications

 

MM gain and loading

42db, loading 47K ohms;

Capacitive loading is selectable between 100pf, 200pf and 270pf

MC gain and loading

62db with loading selectable between 100, 500 and 1K ohms

Finishes Silver or Black

Overall Dimensions

 

Shipping Weight

 

Specifications subject to change without notice.

 

 

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PRICES

 

Voyager

Silver or Black Faceplate

$2,500

 

  Please call

206-878-3833 or email sales@kosmic.us if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

 

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