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Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.

We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!

The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”

When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.

Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?

Is Perreaux the best?

Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?

Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.

And there SHOULD be.

Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.

It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.

Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.

You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!

That is...

Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.

Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.

Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.

What could possibly be worse?

What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.

Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.

Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?

Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?

Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?

We like to think so!

And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:

Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)

Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.

We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.

Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.

All they need to worry about, is talking to us.

Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.

We want to know the picture in your head.

That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.

A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.

The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”

Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.

What kind of budget have you set aside?

What’s the existing set-up look like?

How big is the listening room you have in mind?

How much ambient light is coming in?

Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?

What about room resonance and reflection?

No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.

To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.

We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.

Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.

Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.

Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.


Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:

  • The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
  • A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
  • A commitment to end-to-end service.

At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.

Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!

We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.

Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.

To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Product Description

The Audiant VP3 is a highly flexible customisable vinyl preamplifier capable of connecting both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges to your audio system, providing low distortion, high dynamic range and a sound which is open, detailed and transparent.

The VP3 includes separate low noise input stages for Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges with dip switches for both resistive and capacitive loading on each input allowing for a clean, direct customisable signal path from the cartridge output.

The separate direct connections and switches ensure minimal noise and maximum channel separation, with the added ability of connecting two cartridges simultaneously and conveniently selecting between the two from the front panel.

Four different gain settings, the ability to switch between the normal RIAA and IEC RIAA equalisation curves and the selectable Mono input ensure the highly flexible VP3 is compatible with any cartridge and audio system through the high rated balanced (XLR) and unbalanced output connections.

The highest quality internal power supply features a custom designed, fully shielded toroidal transformer with shunt voltage regulation and filtering ensuring a low noise supply providing high levels of transparency, detail and dynamics.

The internal layout ensures that the power supply is separated from the preamplifier stage to reduce noise while the mirrored layout of the preamplifier design about the output ensures maximum channel separation.

Whether as part of a complete Audiant system or as the vinyl preamplifier in your existing system, the VP3 will reconnect you with your MUSIC.



Slim and Stylish - The Audiant VP3 features an extruded full width monocoque aluminium cover / front panel assembly. The chassis is then carefully sandblasted and clear anodised. The front panel consists of a beautiful black perspex touch panel for minimalist selection of all functions. The VP3 is slim and stylish and will perfectly compliment any listening environment.

Highly Flexible - The Audiant VP3 will fully cater for all high / low output moving coil and moving magnet.

Fully Customisable - The 36 rear mounted user accessible dip switches provide maximum flexibility and versatility. In years to come you may wish change your cartridge according to your tastes, however there is no need to change your VP3 as it can easily be adjusted to suit. In the ra re event that you can't find the correct dip switch settings, the VP3 can also be internally customised to suit your exact requirements.

Two Turntables - Two turntables can be independently set up and simultaneously run The VP3 can simultaneously cater for two turntables. One turntable input can be set to use moving magnet or high output moving coil cartridge and the other turntable input can be set up for a low output moving coil. Possible options are:

  • 1 x Moving magnet turntable and 1 x low output moving coil turn table
  • 1 x High output moving coil turntable and low output moving coil turntable
  • Touch Panel Selectable - The Audiant VP3 features capacitive touch panel selection of all front panel icons. The user can turn the unit on or off and select between moving magnet, moving coil and mono inputs.

    Normal RIAA or IEC RIAA Equalisation Profiles - Using the rear mounted dip switches the user can select between normal RIAA and IEC RIAA equalisation profiles.

    Highly Accurate and Low Distortion - Featuring a diminutive total harmonic distortion figure of only 0.002% at 1KHZ @ rated output, the VP3 is highly accurate and will faithfully reproduce your favorite recordings to be as perfect a recreation of the original as possible.

    High Dynamic Range - The VP3 features an exceptional dynamic range.

    Balanced and Unbalanced Outputs - The VP3 features balanced and unbalanced outputs. By employing entirely separate buffer stages, it is perfectly acceptable to use both outputs simultaneously without interference or degradation in signal performance.

    Highest Quality Internal Power Supply - Featuring a fully shielded toroidal transformer with shunt voltage regulation and filtering, results in an ultra low noise power supply providing high levels of transparency, detail and dynamics.

    Fully Mirrored Internal Layout - The internal layout has been laid out in full mirror fashion to ensure maximum channel separation.

    Trigger Input - The VP3 can be remotely turned on and off as part of your system using the rear mounted trigger input.

    Mono - The VP3 also caters for mono recordings




    Audio inputs:2 Unbalanced (RCA) (selectable)

    Input sensitivity - 

    'MM' input: 3.0mV to 11.9mV (selectable)

    'MC' input: 0.3mV to 1.2mV (selectable)

    Gain - 

    'MM' input: 36dB to 48dB (selectable)

    'MC' input: 56dB to 68dB (selectable)

    Input Impedance - 

    'MM' input: 1kΩ to 47kΩ (selectable)

    'MC' input: 10Ω to 47kΩ (selectable)

    Input Capacitance - 

    'MM' input: 22pF to 470pF (selectable)

    'MC' input: 47pF (selectable)

    Input Overload Margin: 22dB

    Trigger Input: 1 mono 3.5mm (⅛") jack -

    OFF Voltage: 0VDC

    ON Voltage: 3-12VDC


    Audio Outputs: 1 Unbalanced (RCA), 1 Balanced (XLR)

    Output Impedance - 

    Balanced: 30Ω

    Unbalanced: 100Ω

    Rated Output: 0.75Vrms

    Maximum Output: 10.3Vrms (14.5Vp-p)


    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N) -

    Typically: 0.002%, 1kHz @ rated output

    20Hz - 20kHz: <0.05% @ rated output

    RIAA Accuracy: ±0.5dB, 50Hz to 20kHz

    Signal to Noise Ratio (un-weighted): 87dB


    Main Fuse Rating: 0.5A (slow blow)

    Dimensions (wxdxh): 431mm (17.0") x 277mm 10.9") x 67mm (2.6")

    Weight: 7.5kg


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