Saturday, 01 July 2000
Audio Research VT100 Mk II is a 100 watt all tube, balanced stereo
power amplifier which retails for $4995. It uses two matched pairs of
6550 output tubes per channel, and four 6922 twin triode tubes per
channel. It also incorporates a fully regulated, 540-joule power
supply, distributed between two separate, isolated output circuit
boards, thus creating short signal paths and true "dual mono" operation
back to the main power transformer.
The VT100 Mk II is a
fully balanced amplifier, which offers both balanced and single ended
connections. When using single ended inputs, shorting pins are inserted
into the XLR connectors. There is a choice of 4 and 8 ohm speaker
first taken by the overall look of the amp. I confess that I have had a
fetish for the look of Audio Research gear for years. I just think AR
gear looks cool. It has always looked rugged yet glamorously simple.