Integrated Amplifiers

EMP Tek VT-40.2 Hybrid Integrated Stereo Tube Amplifier

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Introduction

Engineered Music Products (EMP) was founded in 2007 by industry professionals with over thirty years experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing high-performance loudspeakers for companies such as ParaSound, McIntosh, JBL, Destination Audio and Fosgate. EMP Tek is a sister company of speaker manufacturer RBH Sound. For years I have heard people talk about tubes ("valves" if you are British) and how warm and wonderful they sound. Now, if you are like me (frugal), you have looked at various manufacturers of tube amplifiers and balked at the prices. Prima Luna, Vincent and Cary come to mind when you think about some of the major tube companies.

I stumbled upon this amp while surfing the internet and found that EMP has a special deal that pairs this amp with some of their bookshelf speakers. I was stunned at the price! More speakers I do not need, but a hybrid tube integrated amp for under $400 bucks really caught my eye. This just might be my train ticket to Tubeville.

Specifications

  • Design: Integrated Tube Hybrid (Solid State Power Supply, Tube Gain Stages)
  • Power Output: 40 Watts RMS x 2 into 8 Ohms, 60 Watts RMS x 2 into 4 Ohms
  • MFR: 20 Hz -20 kHz (10 Hz - 100 kHz Bandwidth)
  • THD+N: < 2%
  • S/N: > 80 dB
  • Inputs: One Pair RCA, Two 1/8" (e.g., for iPod)
  • Outputs: Five-way Speaker Binding Posts, Line Level (for Driving Subwoofer)
  • Line Level Input Sensitivity: 450mV
  • Dimensions:4.5" H x 6.6" W x 10.25" D
  • Weight: 8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $379 USA
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