Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"Short List" Favorite Product 2008 - The Absolute Sound Magazine
Balanced Design with XLR Outputs
The SA-T8 is one of the most elaborate tube preamplifiers that Vincent has ever engineered as part of its 'Premium' line of AV components. It boasts ingenious, state-of-the-art technology hidden inside a simple, classic chassis with sculpted lines and a choice of finishes.
"A Bargain in An All-Tube Preamp"
The Absolute Sound magazine honored the SAT-8 with a "Short List" favorite product recommendation in the Preamps Under $2K category in its January 2009 issue, calling it "a bargain in an all-tube preamp."
The hybrid vacuum tube and solid state design of this beautiful line stage preamplifier lets you have it all. It delivers the luxurious sound that can only be obtained with finely-made vacuum tube equipment as well as the power associated with solid state designs, including speed, reliability, and control. That's a difficult combination to beat, especially once you factor in the affordable price.
"An Absolute Steal"
The Vincent SA-T8 was honored by its inclusion in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide, which noted, "Its strong suits are bass precision, spacious soundstaging, speedy transients, pure midrange textures, and rhythmic drive… A rare musical blossom at this price point, and an absolute steal considering its twin virtues of crystalline clarity and ample boogie factor."
Outstanding Tube Complement
When Vincent created the SA-T8, the German audiophile company delved deep into research and development until each stage of the preamplifier provided exactly the results that the engineers had in mind. Extensive listening sessions complemented each phase of the engineering process to ensure that the SA-T8 didn't simply look good on paper. It also had to deliver startlingly good real world performance.
The vacuum tube pre-stage delivers uncompromising performance, delivering perfect preamplification of low level audio signals, thanks to the combination of four 12AX7 and three 12AU7 tubes. Two oversize AC power transformers supply the two stereo channels independently of one another in true dual mono, symmetrical circuit layout for the cleanest possible sound.
The SA-T8's hybrid tube and solid state circuitry relies on a superior negative feedback design for optimal linearity and true-to-experience sound. Gold-plated inputs consist of four RCAs and two Neutrik XLRs, with two RCA outputs, one RCA record out, and one XLR Neutrik output. Also included are dual 12 V DC triggers and a wireless remote.