Renaissance Phono Stage

After designing the cost-no-object, award- winning Statement Phono Stage, we approached the Renaissance Phono project with great excitement. How could the lessons learned be applied to a more attainable phono stage?

Ren. Phono Stage

  • Could the techniques developed for the Statement be adapted and applied? Would the Statement “DNA” be audible?

    It turns out that the sonic family resemblance is uncanny and unmistakable. The stunning Renaissance Phono Stage is already a reference for some turntable manufacturers.

    The Renaissance circuit is directly developed from the Statement, incorporating the six twin triode tube stages responsible for the principal ampli cation of the phono signal and RIAA equalization.

    “Dual mono rectification, filtering, decoupling, and energy storage is provided in the external power supply and in the audio chassis for spacious imaging, incredible detail, and full range impact. The new chassis design greatly improves EM shielding, with results more similar to the Statement than to earlier VAC preamplifiers.

    Three inputs are provided on premium Cardas rhodium RCA jacks. Front panel controls allow you to customize the gain and both MM and MC cartridge loading. You can even select a mono mode to optimize noise and resolution with non- stereophonic recordings.

    Compare the Renaissance Phono Stage with others costing many times more, even up to $30,000 or more. Hear your treasured recordings come to life, and we’ll soon be welcoming you to the VAC family.

    The Special Edition version features many of the exotic resistors and capacitors found in the Statement Phono Stage, elevating the performance significantly.

  • Tubes

     6x 12AX7


    44 dB MM; 62 or 68 dB MC (switchable on units made after September 1, 2017)

    Frequency Response

     RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)

    -3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - • 80 kHz

    Channel Separation

    > 80 dB @ 1 kHz

    MC Load Impedance

    selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms


    117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz

    Residual Noise

    Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db)

    Power External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord


    May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts


    Illuminated logo may be switched to bright, dim, or off


    Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.

    Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.


    Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)

    Dimensions (H x W x D)

    Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 4" x 18" x 16"

    Power supply (not including connectors): 4.3" x 6" x 13" 

    Shipping Weight

    44 lbs. 

    *Specifications subject to change without notice.

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