Second only to the flagship Signature Preamplifier, the Renaissance Mk III has all of the performance and features needed in a top-class music system, including balanced inputs and output, home theater input, hand-wired Class A triode circuitry, remote control, external power supply, and optional MM/MC phono stage with variable loading. The dynamics, detail, and speed of this preamplifier bring music back to life most convincingly.


Gain 22 dB
  • 3 sets RCA line input
  • 2 sets balanced/RCA selectable inputs
  • 1 set RCA tape monitor input
  • 1 set RCA cinema bypass input
  • Optional MM phono and MC (or additional line input if phono is not fitted)
Outputs 2 sets balanced

2 sets single-ended

Tubes 2x 12AU7

4x 12AX7

Absolue Phase Correct from all inputs to all outputs
Frequency Response Flat over audio band -3 db bandwidth 4 Hz – 200 kHz
THD Approx. .04%
Maximum Output 30 volts RMS single-ended; >30 volts RMS-balanced
Output Impedance Via RCA jacks: 300 ohms; inverting from all sources to RCA main outputs only

Via XLR connector: 600 ohms with positive phase on pin 2, negative phase on pin 3 (“pin 2 hot EIA / RCA standard)

Maximum Input Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
Recommended Output Load > 10000 ohms
Power External power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
Tape Output Unity gain from selector, non-inverting for archival integrity
Cinema Bypass Yes
Voltage May be ordered for 100v, 120v, 220v, or 230/240v operation
Remote Control Included
Illumination Illuminated logo may be switched off
Finish Black lacquer with gold metallic flake over 10 mm. aluminum plate.

Aluminum knobs finished in 10 micron gold. Silver with chrome optional at added cost

Warranty Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
Dimensions (H x W x D) Audio chassis (including knobs and connectors): 5.5 x 17.9 x 15.3 in. (14 x 45.5 x 38.9 cm.)

Power supply (not including cables and cable clamp): 4.75 x 6.75 x 14 in. (12.1 x 17.1 x 35.6 cm.)

Shipping Weight Audio chassis: 40 lbs. (18.2 kg.)



3x 12AX7

Phono Stage (optional)
Gain 462 dB MC, 42 dB MM (measured at tape output)
Frequency Response RIAA +/- .25 dB
Channel Seperation > 70dB @ 1 kHz
Maximum Input Infinite signal (attenuation precedes the gain circuitry)
MC Load Impedance selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms
MM Load Impedance selectable, 47k, 30k, 25k, 15k, and 10k ohms


Overload 117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz
Residual Noise Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db

Both MM and MC cartridges may be simultaneously installed, selected by rear panel switch.

*Specifications subject to change without notice.


In the past few years I‚Äôve auditioned a number of different preamps, some for review, some not. A few could be critiqued as being too incisive, too polite, too limited in features, not compatible with a wide enough range of amplifiers. Another few could be considered “serious” in terms of their sound. But of all these preamps, the VAC Renaissance Mk.3 boasts the most impressive combination of serious sound, first-class build, great looks, compatibility with a range of amps, and overall flexibility in its numerous features of any model I‚Äôve yet had in my system. It won‚Äôt be leaving any time soon. Read More