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.