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VAS Citation-1 Preamp
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VAS Citation-1 Preamp

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Product Code: VAS0000001

The VAS Citation Sound I Phono Stage + Preamplifier is a treat for any audiophile. A close inspection to the detail, build quality and functionality will impress even the most discerning critic. Rare to any component, this linestage has separate Bass and Treble step-type tone controls for each channel. There is even a Blend control for a center channel!

The controls are completely out of the circuit when in the flat position to eliminate phase shift and transient distortion inherent in all tone controls. Special treble cut contains scratch filter for sharp roll-off without ringing. Each amplification stage is flat over an extremely wide range and is surrounded with a feedback loop. D.C. on all heaters and the use of low noise resistors in critical places are implemented to reduce thermal agitation and hum. Separate turnover and roll-off equalization controls for virtually any combination of record or tape playback equalization curves. Continuously variable blend control acts as a third channel gain control or as a crossfeed control if a center channel is not used. Zero to infinity balance control offering full range and complete cut off for either speaker.

This is an audiophile?? dream component and will form the heart of a great system in two, three or multi-channel arrangements.

Tubes Compliment

4-12AX7, 5-12AT7

Input Sensitivity

High level: 500mV

Low level: 0.3mV (in MC-LOW 47 ohm)

Low level: 0.3mV (in MC-HIGH 100 ohm)

Low level: 2.5mV (in MM-RIAA 47 ohm)


6 Pair RCA


2 Pair RCA

1 RCA for 3rd Channel



Main Output: 1.75V

Tape Output: 0.7V

Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB, 5Hz - 80,000kHz


Less than 0.05% at 2V

Total Noise

High level input: 85dB below rated output

Low level input: <1.5mV referred to input terminals

Function Selector


Mode Selector

Five Position: STEREO, BLEND, A&B, MON A, MON B

Blend Control

Acts as crossfeed control in BLEND position or 3rd channel gain control in STEREO mode

Equalization Controls

Two separate controls for Roll-Off and Turnover

Turnover: TAPE, 800/RCA, RIAA, LP, COLUMBIA, RCA Roll-Off : 0/RCA, 4/FFRR, 10.5/OLD LON, 12/COLUMBIA, 14/RIAA, 16/LP

Tone Controls

Professional step-type controls for each channel. Out of the circuit in the flat position

Balance Control

Zero to infinity type; frequency sensitive

Phase Switch

To correct for improperly recorded program material or out of phase speakers

Channel Reverse Switch

Interchanges Channel A and B for proper listening orientation

Contour Switch

Compensates for Fletcher-Munson effect at low listening level

Low Frequency Filter

Three position: FLAT, 15 cycle subsonic filter, 75 cycle rumble filter

High Frequency Filter

Five position incorporated into treble tone controls

Tape Monitor Switch

Permits monitoring of tape while recording

Power Requirement

AC 120V +/- 5%, 50~60Hz

Dimensions (WxDxH)

19.5" x 18.3" x 10.6", 495.3 x 464.8 x 269.2mm

Net Weight

25.1 lbs, 11.4Kg

Removable Power Cord



Brushed aluminum face plate


90 day guarantee for the tubes, 3 year parts & labor (shipping not included)

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