VINCENT SA-32 STEREO PREAMPLIFIER
ROBUST STEREO PREAMPLIFIER
Relaunching a Legend
The new hybrid SA-32 is a tribute to Vincent's SA-31 preamp that has been a mainstay in the company's portfolio of hybrid preamps for a long time. In fact, the SA-31 was only Vincent's second preamp, and was launched in 1996 and replaced the LS-1. The SA-31's longevity is a testament to its uncompromising performance.
"We haven't continued to produce the SA-31 due to sentimental reasons, but because of the extreme difficulty in designing a preamp with similar sound quality in this price segment," notes Vincent's Christian Fröeling. "After many customers asked us to relaunch the SA-31, we did so only after a great deal of consideration. The result is the new hybrid preamp, the SA-32."
Despite the fact that a large segment of audiophiles have gravitated toward digital audio formats and multi-channel audio/video systems, high-quality two-channel stereo systems are still extremely popular. And the advantage of using a dedicated preamplifier and power amplifier rather than an integrated amplifier is still the best way to achieve the ultimate sonic performance.
"Vincent has become something of a cult amongst cash-strapped hi-fi enthusiasts, who can't stretch to true high end but still insist on serious sound. That's precisely what this SA-32/SP-332 combo offers."
David Price, StereoNET
"This is a quintessential 'affordable audiophile' combination,"
Breaking New Ground
The SA-32 is a multi-purpose and robust stereo preamplifier that does the Vincent name proud. In order to offer high-end stereo technology at a lower price level, Vincent has broken new ground in its design. Instead of replacing sound regulatory and high quality components with more competitively priced parts, Vincent altered the functionality of the component instead. The outcome is a preamplifier that, in terms of sound quality, is able to compete with its 'big brothers,' and in return it comes without those functions that do not positively affect the sound quality. These consist of remote control, a large number of input channels, the balance control, and a mute function.
Best of Both Worlds
The SA-32 brings the best of two worlds to audiophiles. The amplifier circuitry of this preamplifier combines the advantages of both transistor amplifiers and vacuum tube components. You get the Golden Age sonic benefits of classic tube gear along with the reliability and control of solid state gear. And it goes without saying that the SA-32 delivers the highest manufacturing quality and excellent value for money.
This preamplifier is the ideal partner for Vincent's SP-331/SP-331MK power amp, as well as DVD players, CD players, tuners, headphone amplifiers and loudspeakers from the Vincent range. However, you'll also find that it partners beautifully with any high quality audiophile components.
Similarities and Improvements
The basic design of the SA-32 is similar to its predecessor, the SA-31. Because Vincent added some new features to the preamp, while completely overhauling and improving its circuits, it was necessary to enlarge the casework.
The SA-32 uses four 6N16 tubes. The first two tubes are placed at the input section. Two more tubes sit in front of the output after the tone control. Consequently, the overall sonic signature is more natural sounding and precise with better dynamics and added musicality.
The SA-32 includes both RCA and balanced XLR connection terminals. A high-quality XLR cable (length 1.0M) is included. Vincent also provides a beautifully made remote control with an aluminum case that feels good in the hand.
The loudness function of the SA-31 has been replaced by a gain decrease. Therefore, pressing the front panel switch decreases preamp gain by 8 dB. This allows you to connect power amps with a higher amplification factor to the preamp without any difficulty.
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz – 50 kHz +/- 2 dB
- Output Voltage: 2 Volt
- Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1 % (1 kHz, 1 Watt)
- Input Sensitivity: 500 mV
- Signal-Noise-Ratio: > 90 dB
- Input Impedance: 47 kOhm
- Max. Power Consumption: 40 Watt
- Inputs: 5 x Stereo RCA, 1 x Stereo XLR
- Outputs: 2 x Stereo RCA Pre Out, 1 x Stereo XLR Pre Out, 1 x Stereo RCA Rec Out, 2 x 3.5 mm Jack (Power Control)
- Tubes: 4 x 6N16
- Finish: Silver / Black
Weight: 13.7 lbs.
Dimensions: 16.9w x 14.2d x 3.0h in.
Warranty: 2 yrs. limited electronics, tubes: 90 days
SHIPPING: The shipping weight of the Vincent SA-32 is 17 lbs. Shipment by FEDEX Home Delivery/Insured is FREE if your delivery addresses is within the 48 continental states. If your delivery address is in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada or other location outside of the USA, please call (480) 607-2277) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to determine the shipping cost and to place your order. Duties, taxes and fees on shipments to destinations outside of the USA are NOT included in the price.