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MB-450 Series III Signature Monoblock

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While these amplifiers are a Series 3 product they are not to the very latest specification and in fact are actually 11 years old however they were sent to VTL in the US and have had many updates – technically and functionally they are identical with a current version – they are also in excellent condition. Power, grace, finesse and musicality are the hallmarks of these astonishingly capable power amplifiers. Match them into any high-end system and they will deliver wonderful music. With the ability to adapt the Damping factor to suit every taste and loudspeaker load and the joy of an excellent, self-biasing system these amplifiers are a versatile & sonic tour de force.

A 1-year warranty is offered on the purchase of these amplifiers (only if purchased and used within the Uk).

These amplifiers are offered with original packing and manuals and are fitted with KT 88 output valves.

Original New Price: £20,000

Used Price: £8,000

VTL Logo PRE LOVED

MB-450 Series III Signature Monoblock

SOLD

While these amplifiers are a Series 3 product they are not to the very latest specification and in fact are actually 11 years old however they were sent to VTL in the US and have had many updates – technically and functionally they are identical with a current version – they are also in excellent condition. Power, grace, finesse and musicality are the hallmarks of these astonishingly capable power amplifiers. Match them into any high-end system and they will deliver wonderful music. With the ability to adapt the Damping factor to suit every taste and loudspeaker load and the joy of an excellent, self-biasing system these amplifiers are a versatile & sonic tour de force.

A 1-year warranty is offered on the purchase of these amplifiers (only if purchased and used within the Uk).

These amplifiers are offered with original packing and manuals and are fitted with KT 88 output valves.

Original New Price: £20,000

Used Price: £8,000


FEATURES

The new MB-450 Signature monoblocks gain further sonic benefits with a shorter, faster and fully balanced negative feedback loop, with zero global negative feedback. The negative feedback loop completely eliminates ringing and requires no capacitor compensation to maintain critical phase integrity and information. The result is an amplifier that remains stable even under the most demanding loads.

Adjustable precision-regulated bias and screen supplies hold the output tube operating point constant even under AC and main power supply fluctuations, and stabilizes the critical power supplies yielding tonal stability and sonic integrity especially during complex, dynamic signal conditions.

Another new feature is a user adjustable Damping Factor feedback control that allows the user to adjust the amplifier’s output impedance by varying the amount of negative feedback.  Impedance can now be precisely set to suit the listener’s taste, and to improve control of the loudspeaker loads to deliver best performance.

The 4 possible settings are:

  • LOW – Lowest damping factor, good loudspeaker control, most natural sound.
  • MED – Better loudspeaker control, with some impact on sound quality
  • HI – Best loudspeaker control, with a little more impact on sound quality, but on speakers that need the control the sonic improvement is clear
  • MAX – Maximum damping factor, but sonic impact is noticeable

Finally, the amplifier has been substantially re-voiced with premium Mundorf silver oil capacitors, for a sweeter, more extended top end and mid range tonality that sounds more relaxed, with better flow and integration. Input stage capacitors are also bypassed.

Even a brief listen to the new MB-450 Series III monoblock reveals the successful implementation of the new technology. The mid bass has more authority and control while the critical midrange exhibits a new effortlessness in reflecting the natural instrumental colors and timbres. This greater sense of ease and control of the critical midbass and midrange area enables the top end to sound completely natural and unconstrained. The impact of the music’s broad brushstrokes is unmistakable, while at the same time, the listener enjoys the indelible intimacy and micro-dynamics that lay deep inside favorite recordings.

  • Fully balanced differential circuit – even single-ended signal produces balanced signal at output
  • Re-designed fully balanced differential input and driver stages for increased signal swing, bandwidth and stability
  • Zero global Negative Feedback
  • Shorter, faster feedback loop for greater tonal control without phase shift
  • Improved handling of loudspeaker loads for greater signal stability
  • The amplifier is unconditionally stable, without the need for capacitor compensation
  • Tube like JFET-type current source for lower sonic impact in single-ended mode
  • Lower impedance output stage for improved loudspeaker control
  • Dramatically increased interleaving and coupling in the balanced VTL proprietary Signature output transformer, for wider bandwidth and zero ringing
  • Variable user-adjustable DF feedback control to vary output impedance and damping factor for optimal matching to speaker load
  • Software microprocessor controlled
    • Tetrode/Triode Switchable
    • Auto Bias, Fault Sensing
    • Current in-rush limiting
    • Standby Mute function; with reduced tube current for increased tube life
  • 425 watts per channel in tetrode; 225 watts per channel in triode
  • Uses eight 6550 or KT-88 tubes per monoblock
  • Adjustable regulated screen supply for stable operating point; discrete regulated input and driver supply for greater signal resolution and tonality
  • Adjustable precision-regulated bias supply for greater signal resolution and noise rejection and improved isolation from mains supply variations; output operating point does not change with AC power fluctuations
  • Improved Autobias and fault sensing system to operate in fully balanced differential mode; amplifier is fully protected against output tube failure; no need for precision matching of output tubes
  • All premium Mundorf silver oil caps in signal path
  • Film bypass of power supply caps for greater HF resolution
  • Extruded aluminum front panel with luxurious, modern look – black and silver options available
  • Rack mountable
  • Rigid construction and improved ventilation for lower operating temperature
  • Factory upgradeable from Series II

SPECIFICATION

Vacuum Tube Complement8 x 6550 or KT-88, 1 x 12AT7, 1 x 12BH7
Output PowerTetrode = 425 watts
Triode = 225 Watts
20 Hz – 20 kHz <2.5% THDInto 5 ohms
Input SensitivityVariable between 1-2V, depending upon DF setting
Input Impedance45K Ohms
Load Setting5 ohms
Optimum Load Range4 – 8 ohms
S/N Ratio @ 450 W Tetrode
S/N Ratio @ 200 W Triode
-110dB, 120 Hz
Power ConsumptionIdle = 300 W
Full Power = 1000 W
Primary Mains Fuse Rating100/120V = 15A Ceramic Slo Blo
220/ 240V = 8A Ceramic Slo Blo
Input Fuse100/120V = 1A Ceramic Slo Blo
220/240V = 1A Ceramic Slo Blo
Logic Fuse100/120V = 1A Ceramic Slo Blo
220/240V = 1A Ceramic Slo Blo
B+ Fuse RatingPlate Fuse — 2.5A fast acting 600V
Screen Fuse – 0.75 fast acting 600V
DimensionsW = 18.5 inches (47cm)
D = 18 inches (45.7cm)
H = 9 inches (23 cm)
Weight93 lbs (42Kg) per monoblock unpacked
total 110 lbs (50 Kg) packed

Downloads

MB-450 Series III Signature Data Sheet

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