The SMc VRE-1C
Virtual Reality Engine REmote Controlled Preamplifier
The Latest Creation from the Legendary
"a conduit to the sound of the master tape"
once in a decade a product comes along that represents a major breakthrough
in any given category. We like to think that the Granada and G2
Loudspeakers represent such a development. The better a loudspeaker
is, the more faithfully it delivers the signal it is fed, and the
more dependent it is on the equipment that drives it to reveal its
full potential. Every component matters in a high end system, but
in the search for the holy grail of high end performance, the preamplifier
can be seen as being the "main driving force". The influence of
the preamplifier is central and dramatic. Typically, the preamplifier
holds back key portions of the musical event, in much the same way
that the wall of a dam holds back the main body of water and only
releases a trickle of the tremendous energy through its spillway.
One does not know one is missing the "real" event, until it is revealed
in its true majesty and glory. Encountering it can be a life changing
We have now had multiple opportunities to experience the VRE-1C
preamplifier in action. No matter what equipment it is paired with,
and even in systems where volume control can be had through a digital
component and the addition of a preamplifier has been considered
"unnecessary", the VRE-1C has always delivered a higher
level of performance in every respect including transparency, richness
of inner detail, dynamic contrast and ultimate quietness.
remote volume control outperforms the best mechanical switches
100-step volume control resolution for perfect level setting
design combines the best aspects of active & passive performance
wide-bandwidth JFET circuit uses no feedback
heavy, non-resonant enclosure contributes to outstanding sonics
Cardas XLR and unbalanced WBT RCA inputs and outputs
and Jensen coupling transformers enhance performance
DC leakage, no ground loops, and no RFI issues
stable and reliable
heat, no noise, no ground loops, low voltage design
choke-filtered power supply for superior sonic purity
transparency and neutrality; incredible dynamic expression
true gwindow onto the performance.
Virtual Reality Engine preamplifier is the culmination of years
of careful thought and painstaking research into the issue of preamplifiers
and their effect on reproduced music. My lifetime of work as an
equipment designer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer has
allowed me to see clearly the degree to which preamplifiers (including
passive volume controls) alter the music that we work so hard to
reproduce in our homes. My goal has been nothing less than the creation
of a device that acts as a conduit to the sound of the master tape,
and which allows your system to be a true window onto the performance.
I believe the VRE-1C achieves that goal, and represents a true breakthrough
in preamplifier performance. The VRE-1C is a synthesis of the best
attributes of tube, solid-state, and passive design, without the
traditional drawbacks inherent in those technologies." - Steve
critics agree - the VRE-1C is a masterpiece!
coherent clarity - seamless character top-to-bottom, with no region
emphasized or detracted from, and no vagueness, muddiness, smearing,
transparency - that see-through quality that gives you the feeling
of looking out across the room or venue of the original recording.
dynamic expression - from the quietest passage to the loudest,
the VRE-1 portrays all of musicfs dynamic power and subtlety
- from the thunderous strike of a drum to the almost subliminal
shift of a singer's breath.
focus and localization of instruments and voices within a 3-D
soundfield, and clear individualization of their musical lines.
connection with the music - the most elusive and important quality
simplicity of design and full remote-control operation.
programming of input level trim for matched volume on all sources.
ñ± Beautiful non-resonant chassis - solid-surface technology contributes
reliability and stability. The VRE-1 will always be ready to deliver
beautiful music, whether it is new or many years old.
Isolation Technology built-in provides unique performance enhancement.
now - contact The Lotus Group for pricing and delivery.
all the preamplifiers at any price, with any design characteristics
of unique or standard structural logic, the McCormack VRE-1C is
THE unitthe preamplification musical instrumentI would choose
to live with on a perpetual basis. In a phrase, the VRE-1C recreates
musical truth with musical grace, tenderness, and grandeur."
Jim Merod - Positive-Feedback.com
faith in the VRE-1C is such that we invite you to compare it with
anything costing anything.
available through audio retailers. Retail price: $16,950
Contact The Lotus Group