The LKV Mission
LKV manufactures hi-end phono stages and preamplifiers that offer audiophiles great sound and good value. We focus on the characteristics of each component that truly matter for sound quality and use good engineering design and extensive listening to achieve excellent performance without incurring unnecessary cost.
Science and Art in the Service of Good Sound.
At LKV we believe that designing excellent audio components involves three fundamental steps: (1) identifying the necessary characteristics or elements necessary for the device in question to perform well; (2) applying sound engineering principles and techniques..
Stereophile Review: Michael Fremer says the LKV Veros One phono preamplifier is a "Class A performer" from which "utterly natural" music emerged.
We at LKV Research were pleased to read Michael Fremerís analysis of our Veros One in the May issue of Stereophile magazine (pp. 25-29). His description -- deep, stable soundstage; rock solid images; black backgrounds; utterly natural, three dimensional, and transparent presentation; transients clearly delivered but not etched; believable instrumental textures and timbres; strong dynamics; impressive low frequency extension; and neutrality - is spot on. Michael also said that, "With the Veros One in my system, I was fully engaged in listening to music," and concluded the review with the judgment that "the Veros One is a Class A performer."
LKV Makes the Phono 2-SB Phono Preamplifier Even Better
LKV Research has made its great-sounding phono preamp, the Phono 2-SB, even better in two audibly important ways: (1) the already very quiet 2-SB now has an even lower noise floor; and (2) the 2-SB now incorporates a version of the excellent, jfet-based third gain stage originally designed for LKV’s state-of-the-art Veros One phono pre. To support these improvements, LKV will be increasing the MSRP of the Phono 2-SB to $3000 as of February 1, 2015. But any orders placed through the LKV website with payment before that date will still pay the original $2500 price. These orders will be filled with the new, improved units.
Positive Feedback Magazine Review and Award for the LKV Veros One Phono Preamplifier
Pete Davey summed up his recent review of the LKV Veros One by saying, "So, there you have it. The LKV Veros One is now the holy grail of phonostages, in my opinion, and I implore you to try one if you haven't already, there is definitely something you are missing from your system if you haven't."
Enjoy the Music Review and Award for the LKV Line One Line Level Preamplifier
Tom Lyle, in his review, emphasized "the LKV Research Line One’s midrange transparency prowess, its very deep and tight bass, extended and sparkling treble, transient speed, its adeptness at creating pin-point images, and [its] crystalline clarity." He summed up by saying "the Line One sounds more like music than a piece of audio equipment. There is no higher praise."
Reviewer’s Reactions to the LKV Phono 2-SB Phono Preamplifier
The 2-SB is LKV’s state of the art phono preamplifier, designed to enable your system to convey to your ears the emotion, drama and beauty of the music on analog LP recordings. It has every element needed to amplify and equalize with great fidelity the minute voltages produced by the cartridge as it traces the grooves on your vinyl records.
Michael Fremer titled his Phono 2-SB review “Affordable Excellence” and concluded that very positive review by saying, “So, is the LKV Phono 2-SB 'an overachiever and a ridiculously great value for the money'? In a word, 'Yes.'"
Harry Pearson describes the Phono 2-SB as “… a great phono stage at a quite reasonable price.” Originally published on HPSoundings.com.
Tom Lyle says that the Phono 2-SB is “… one of the best phono preamplifiers I've ever had the pleasure of using in my system.”
Scott Hull awarded the Phono 2-SB a Part Time Audiophile “Best of 2013” and more recently said that, “Overall, the 2-SB seems to fall on the warm-side of sonic neutrality, with excellent dynamics and detail retrieval. It is, in a word, excellent.” Also read "An Analog Twist: Bob’s Devices 1131 Step Up Transformer" using the 2-SB.
Enjoy the Music bestowed a Blue Note Award on the Phono 2-SB, honoring it as a “Best of 2013.”
Scott Dorsey describes the Phono 2-SB as one of the three most exciting things he saw and heard at the Capital Audiofest.
Art Dudley reported that at Capital Audiofest “New Hampshire-based LKV Research demonstrated their 2-SB solid-state phono preamplifier ($2500, direct) and a prototype of their forthcoming line-level preamplifier, to very good effect.”
News and Developments
New products, Upcoming events, Design breakthroughs and major developments at LKV.
26 Apr 2016
LKV Research will be demonstrating its Veros One phono stages and preamplifiers in Room 321 at Capital Audiofest July 8-10, 2016. Please join us at the Hilton Hotel at Twinbrook Metro, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.
Pete Davey of Positive Feedback reviews the Veros One, and concludes, "So, there you have it. The LKV Veros One is now the holy grail of phonostages, in my opinion, and I implore you to try one if you haven't already, there is definitely something you are missing from your system if you haven't." Full Press Release.