Audio Research has released its VT80SE. Rated with a power output of 85-watts per channel, almost the only difference between it and the older VT80 is that the new unit has KT-150 valves, bringing the output valve configuration into line with all Audio Research’s other amplifiers, from the VSi75 right up to the REF 750SE.
As with all Audio Research valve amplifiers, the VT80SE has auto-bias circuitry for the output valves, so there’s no need for constant measurements and adjustments by owners. ‘The performance of the KT150 valve is unparalleled and its 3,000 hour average life allows for many years of uninterrupted listening,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Audio Research in Australia. ‘The VT80 was originally designed around the KT120 valve, which was the predecessor to the KT150, but since these two valves are electrically interchangeable and the demand for delivering the VT80 with the KT150 could be ignored no longer.’
Audio Research says that all the KT150 valves it uses are custom devices that are individually tested and measured for quality control and assurance, and are burned in for 48 hours after which they’re again measured and hand matched to tolerances 10× tighter than standard off-the-shelf valves. ‘By combining world-class performance with flexibility and features like auto-bias, the VT80SE is an amp that is easy to take home and just forget as you enjoy your music collection again for the first time,’ said Sawyer. The VT80SE will go on-sale in Australia in late December for $13,995 (RRP). The optional valve cover (pictured below from the rear) will be available separately for $795.
For further information, please contact Synergy Audio Visual