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"Reference Award" 2013 - Germany's i-fidelity.net
The Potent Successor to Vincent's Most Successful Amp of All Time
The SV-236MK was Vincent Audio's most successful amplifier of all time. The new SV-237 integrated amp improves upon its predecessor. The circuit design was completely revised to provide better overall sound, including improved musicality and transient response. And it will drive even 'difficult' loudspeakers effortlessly.
"It Can Be a Roaring Lion or a Purring Housecat"
"Hats off to the SV-237! It is the best amplifier in its price range and we are happy to honor it with our 'Reference Award' status," raves a September 2013 review at Germany's i-fidelity.net. "Anyone who associates tube amplifiers with a cozy, warm, and cuddly sound will be surprised by the SV-237. It grasps the music with vigor, easily following every lightning-quick change in tempo. Depending on what you're listening to, it can be either a roaring lion or a purring housecat."
The Musicality Shines Through
The hybrid tube/transistor design brings you luxurious 'golden age' sound and solid state reliability. The second stage of the preamplifier section uses a pair of 6N1P-EV vacuum tubes. Their greater voltage level provides improved signal stability with higher spectral purity that brings out the fine details of a recording. The musicality of the tubes shines through! The sound is never cold or analytical.
The revised circuit design also delivers greatly improved signal-to-noise ratio. You'll enjoy the explosive experience of a live performance thanks to the excellent dynamics. And enhancements to the volume control let you control the level via the included wireless remote.
The SV-237 also has a USB input for playback of digital music files. Digital-to-analog conversion is provided by a Texas Instruments PCM2705 DAC offering CD-quality sound.
Connectivity and Other Features
The SV-237 has six line level inputs, preamp-out and record out, and four pairs of speaker outputs for bi-wiring. The front panel includes tone controls, which is a great feature when implemented correctly, as Vincent does, and it adds to the 'golden age' feel and performance of this component. A tone 'bypass' control switches the treble and bass controls out of the circuitry. Another great idea from the past is a 'Loudness' switch, which restores a lot of the dynamics when you're playing your SV-237 at low volume.
Read on for a close-up look at the SV-237 from Audio Advisor President Wayne Schuurman.
"The SV-237 is Big and Powerful and Rich," Says Audio Advisor President Wayne Schuurman
Have you ever tried to explain to a friend or acquaintance what high-end audio is about? The new Vincent SV-237 tube/hybrid stereo integrated amp is an ideal illustration. It's an update of the legendary SV-236MK that won reviewer praise and was a best seller in its price class all over the world. The SV-237 is three things high-end audio products are or at least want to be. It's big and powerful and rich.
In an age of gear getting smaller, thinner, and lighter, the Vincent SV-237 is the exact opposite. It's a big, full-sized component. The chassis is a full 18" deep, including the rugged, heavy-duty five-way binding posts. Now try to pick it up. You'll discover it weighs every ounce of the claimed 45 lbs.
Forget the wimpy, low-wattage amps produced by the competition! With its heavy-duty toroidial transformer, the SV-237 delivers a full 150WRMS into eight ohms and over 250WRMS into four ohms. Turn it on and you'll immediately detect something very different. It's called bass! And most amps just can't give you the full impact of the music. The SV-237's bass varies with the music from rock-sold to awesome. Your non-audiophile friends have most likely never heard bass like this before. Kudo's go to the excellent power supply designed by German engineer Frank Blohbaum.
One more thing sets the SV-237 apart from ordinary audio gear. It's the rich, full sound of music amplified by tubes. The SV-237 is biased to deliver a full ten watts in pure 'Class A' mode. That's over 95% of your listening! The combination of vacuum tubes and 'Class A' biasing gives instruments and voices a warm liquid texture that only the most expensive solid state gear can approximate.
"Reference Award" 2013 - Germany's i-fidelity.net
"Hats off to the SV-237! It is the best amplifier in its price range and we are happy to honor it with our 'Reference Award' status."
"Anyone who associates tube amplifiers with a cozy, warm, and cuddly sound will be surprised by the SV-237. It grasps the music with vigor, easily following every lightning-quick change in tempo. Depending on what you're listening to, it can be either a roaring lion or a purring housecat."
- Germany's i-fidelity.net, September 2013
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|Startlingly Real Sound - Nine out of Ten.|
Both the dog and I are constantly startled by the appearance of voices and instruments in the room with us. The soundstaging, especially the depth and height, is spectacular. But it is the timbre of voices and instruments where the Vincent particularly scores. It imparts a depth and solidity to the sound of each instrument - no imagination is required. Closing the eyes, it is all in the room with you. The dynamics of the amp are superb with a very strong and clear bass. No frequencies are missing from the bass to treble. Oodles of power. The unit is very solidly and beautifully built and finished, as is the remote. The amp is in my opinion overly bright in the lower treble, putting the upper harmonics of some voices very forward and in-your-face, moderately fatiguing. I have tamed this somewhat by switching out the three stock China 12AX7 tubes for three JJ 12AX7s. Caveat - all of the above is in my system where system interactions may be relevant. However, I have had four amplifiers in my system so can compare them. Very good value for money.
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