Van Alstine Transcendence Eight Vacuum Tube RIAA Phono Preamplifier Phono Preamps

5/5 (1 Reviews) MSRP : $999.00

Product Description

Transcendence Eight Vacuum Tube RIAA Phono Preamplfiier has the same amazing phono circuits found in the full- function Transcendence Eight vacuum tube preamplifier in the rugged and beautiful SL chassis. Available factory-wired only.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by blackraven a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2008

Bottom Line:   
The Transcendent 8 or T8 DAC is a Vacuum tube DAC and one of three types that Frank Van Alstine makes. I believe it retails for $1400 not the $999 which is what the Solid State Insight DAC sells for. I had a chance to audition this DAC as well as the SS Insight and the SS/Tube hybrid DAC called the Ultra. First off, none of the 3 DACS has a solid state sound and they don't really have a Tube sound either. They all have a more natural inbetween sound with the T-8 having the warmest sound out of the 3. Bass is smooth and treble is clear but a little more subdued compared to the other 2 DAC's. The sound stage is huge and transparency is excellent. This is a very liquid DAC with excellent clarity and resolution. The Ultra Hybrid DAC however beats it in resolution, detail, sound stage and transparency, and deeper bass but it cost $300 more.

If your looking for a DAC that is crystal clear, very liquid and smooth then this is the DAC for the job. As a side note, all three of the VA DAC's sounded much better than my Cambridge Audio 840c CDP which I sold in favor of the VA hybrid DAC.

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Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008

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