VAC (Valve Amplification Company) Avatar Super Tube Integrated Amplifier 120V/240V

$3,999 $6,500

Very rare and desirable Avatar in the Super variant which had very low production numbers and a retail price of $6500, while utilizing KT88 output tubes instead of EL34s like the early units. 

There are very few integrated amplifiers available with built-in phono that can beat the build quality and performance of this unit.  

Made and designed in the USA. 

Completely tested and serviced including replacement of a few power supply caps.  

Wonderful physical condition too. 

Includes original box and remote.

Here's what Stereophile had to say about the phono section:

"The phono section of the Avatar was simply superb, precisely mirroring the performance qualities and tonal signature of the amp's digital performance. Listening to the title tune of Jack DeJohnette's out-of-print 1977 masterpiece, New Rags (ECM 1103), the Avatar's phono section (in tandem with a Rega Planar 3 and a Grado Reference Standard) captured all the visceral dynamics of DeJohnette's drums and Mike Richmond's upright bass with the kind of dimensionality and vivid imaging—particularly in depicting the broad stereo sweep of the drum kit—that remains the main attraction of good analog"

Full review here:
Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/vac-avatar-integrated-amplifier

Link to manual:
http://www.vac-amps.com/manuals/Manual_Avatar_Super.pdf

Item

Included

Original Box

Yes

Manual

No

Remote

Yes

Cables

Yes

Physical Condition

8

Working Condition

10

 

Specifications:
Type: Integrated vacuum tube amplifier with MM phono stage and home theater (direct power amplifier) mode.
Tube Complement: two 12AX7 low noise (phono), two 12AX7 (line stage), three 12AU7/6189A (power amplifier), and four EL34 (power amplifier)
Options: Remote control for volume (motorized direct control) & mute
Power amplifier ("Home Theater" direct mode):
Output matching: 4 or 8 ohms nominal
Power output: 60 watts/channel ultra-linear; 27 watts/channel triode
Frequency response: 9 Hz - 35 kHz +0 / -0.5 dB, 3 Hz - 71 kHz +0 / -3.0 dB
Power bandwidth: 11 Hz - 63 kHz + 0 / -3.0 db ref. 50 watts
Gain: 25 dB ultra-linear; 23 dB triode
Residual noise: 1.5 mv at 8 ohm output
Channel separation: -72 dB @ 1 kHz; -60 dB @ 10 kHz
Line stage preamplifier:
Gain: 24 dB
Maximum input signal: Infinite (attenuation precedes line stage)
Noise contribution: Approx. 0.1 mv at power amplifier output
THD contribution: Approx. 0.04%
Tape output: Unity gain from selector, non-inverting
Phono stage preamplifier:
Gain: 37 dB (measured at tape output)
MC phono stage in place of the MM optional
Residual noise: 3 mv at output (S/N ratio approx. 69 dB)
Overload: 117 mv @ 1 kHz = 8 volts RMS output, 460 mv @ 10 kHz
Frequency response: RIAA +/- 0.25 dB
Notes: Does not invert absolute phase.
Dimensions: 17.5 inches wide, 8 inches high, 15.3 inches deep (+ knobs & connectors)
Shipping weight: 61 pounds

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