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While VTL bills the new TP-2.5 II phono stage ($2500) as “an entry point to true high-end sound,” it has design and user features of much more costly units. These include a hybrid JFET/tube moving-coil stage, an all-tube moving-magnet stage, and user-selectable loading and gain. It also has front-panel switching for mute and rumble filtering.
A back-to-back demo of the TP-2.5 II and the TP-6.5 showed VTL’s top phono stage to sound quieter and more resolving, especially into the bass, but the overall character was the same, the ’2.5 coming much closer to the TP-6.5 than we (and perhaps VTL) would have anticipated. Marc Mickelson-The Audio Beat
|Vacuum Tube Complement||1 x 12AU7||2 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7|
|Inputs||1 pair single-ended RCA||1 pair single-ended RCA|
|Outputs||1 pair single-ended RCA|
|Gain (Total 62dB)||56 dB or 62 dB||42 dB|
|Frequency Response +0 -1 dB||10Hz – 50kHz|
|Maximum Output Voltage <1% THD||20V|
|Cartridge load impedance||Variable: 100Ω, 250Ω, 470Ω, 1kΩ, 4k7Ω, 47kΩ||47kΩ, 100kΩ|
|Minimum Recommended Cartridge Output||0.2 mV||1.5 mV|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||50 dB||56 dB|
|Channel Separation||> 50dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)|
|Dimensions W x D x H||19 x 14 x 3.75″ / 48.25 x 35.5 x 9.5 cm|
|Weight||25 lbs (11.34 kg) packed|
The new TP2.5 Series II phono stage represents a tremendous value for those looking to assemble a high resolution analog system at a reasonable cost. Completely redesigned from the earlier version, the TP2.5 is trickled down from our flagship phono stage, the renowned TP6.5. Delivering a large measure of the musicality and resolution of its much more expensive stablemate, the new TP2.5 offers dramatic improvements in speed, delicacy, nuance and drive.
Crafted with a similar high quality build and finish as VTL’s more expensive models, the TP2.5 has an elegant silhouette, and the features to match. With an eye toward flexibility and user friendliness, the 2.5 offers user-adjustable cartridge impedance, and two levels of gain, with inputs for both MC and MM cartridges. JFET/tube hybrid circuitry is used for the MC stage, and all-tube circuitry for the MM stage. Enhanced RIAA compensation and a front-panel switchable rumble filter offer even more functionality. The signal path is purposely kept simple and direct, with audiophile-grade components throughout, for ultimate sonic purity.
With the new TP2.5 phono stage, we have created an entry to true high-end analog sound. The VTL ‘family’ genes of highly resolved detail, linearity and controlled bass are all there, along with a musicality, depth and spaciousness you won’t find in most phono stages. For the true music lover seeking to capture the special magic that only a fine analog system can provide, the new VTL TP2.5 Series II phono stage is an essential component.