SP-8

Description

Tube stereo preamplifier.

Introduced

1981

Discontinued

1988

Revisions

SP-8 Rev 1

SP-8 Rev 2

SP-8 Rev 3

SP-8 Rev 4 (1983)

SP-8 Rev 5 (1983)

SP-8 Rev 6

SP-8 Rev 7 (1985)

Rev 1 - Rev 3 are sometimes called MKI.

Rev 4 - Rev 7 are sometimes called MKII.

Options

Wood cabinet (WC-4)

MSRP (US new retail)

SP-8 Rev1: $1,495. Later increased to $1,595.

SP-8 Rev5: $1,795.

SP-8 Rev7: $1,895.

Specifications

SP-8 MKII:

Frequency response | High level section: ±.25dB, 5Hz to 30kHz. -3dB points
below 1Hz and above 100kHz Magnetic phono: ±.25dB of RIAA, 30Hz to 40kHz |
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Distortion (THD) | Harmonic distortion: Less than .01% at 2V RMS output, 20Hz to
20kHz (Typically less than .0005% in midband) Intermodulation distortion: Less than .002% at 2V RMS output |

Noise & hum | High level: (1) 250µV RMS maximum residual unweighted
wideband noise at main output with gain control minimum (86dB below
5V RMS output) (2) More than 90dB below 1V RMS input (less than
20µV equivalent input noise) Magnetic phono: 5µV equivalent input noise, wideband RMS (-66dB reference 10mV input) (Approximately 1µV above 200Hz or -80dB reference 10mV input) |

Gain | Magnetic phono input to tape output: 34dB Magnetic phono input to main output: 60dB High level inputs to tape output: 0dB High level inputs to main output: 26dB |

Input impedance | 50K ohms, all inputs (Magnetic phono may have any value from 10 ohms to 100K ohms substituted. Also has provision to add to the 40pF input capacitance for matching certain magnetic cartridges.) |

Output impedance | 1000 ohms main output and tape output. Recommended minimum load for maximum audio quality 20K ohms and .001µF maximum capacitance. |

Output polarity | |

Maximum inputs | Magnetic phono, 900mV at 1kHz. (3.5V RMS, 10kHz) High level inputs essentially overload-proof. |

Rated outputs | 2V RMS 5Hz to 30kHz, all outputs; 60K ohm load (main output capability is 60V RMS output at ½% THD at 1kHz into 100K ohm load with 3V RMS high level input) |

Power supplies | Electronically-regulated supplies utilizing both vacuum tube and solid state elements. Line regulation better than .01% |

Tube complement | SP-8 MKI: (2) 12AX7 LN, (3) 12AX7, (2) 6922, (1) 12BH7 SP-8 MKII: (2) 12AX7 LN, (2) 12AX7, (2) 6922, (1) 12AT7, (1) 12BH7 |

Power requirements | 100-125VAC 60Hz (190-240VAC 50Hz) 60 Watts |

Other | |

Dimensions | 19" (48 cm) W x 5¼" (13.4 cm) H (standard rack panel) x 10¼" (26 cm) D. Handles extend 1 5/8" (4.1 cm) forward of front panel. Rear chassis fittings extend 7/8" (2.3 cm). |

Weight | 22 lbs. (10 kg) Net: 30 lbs. (13.75 kg) Shipping |

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Pictures

SP-8 MKI:

SP-8 MKII:

SP-8 Revision 5:

SP-8 Revision 6:

SP-8 Revision 7: