The LKV Mission
LKV Research offers music lovers great sounding audio preamps and amps at affordable prices. 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..
LKV Introduces the Veros One Phone Preamplifier
LKV Research introduces the Veros One. A phono preamp that provides the ultimate in musically engaging and accurate LP reproduction in a convenient to use design. It is the first in LKV’s top-of –the-line Veros series of components. Designed by Bill Hutchins, creator of the highly acclaimed LKV Phono 2-SB, the Veros One takes the excellent performance of the 2-SB to a higher level with premium parts; innovative RIAA circuitry; accurate, extremely quiet gain blocks; increased dynamic headroom; revised power supply regulation and filtering; and an output buffer that delivers astonishingly good performance into low impedances.
LKV Launches the Line One Preamplifier
LKV Research will launch its new Line One preamplifier at The Home Entertainment Show, Newport Beach, CA, May 30 - June 1. The Line One offers the listener both state of the art sound and operational that suits virtually very high end audio system. Designed by Bill Hutchins, who created LKV’s highly acclaimed Phono 2-B, the Line One reproduces music with natural tones, neutral frequency balance, accurate detail, startling dynamics, and a relaxed, engaging presentation. The bass is deep and tight, the midrange rich and smooth, and the highs extended and airy. Tangible images occupy a side, deep soundstage. Line One's are available for purchase now, through this website at the retail price of $3500.
Reviewer’s Reactions to the LKV Phono 2-SB
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.
21 May 2014
LKV Research Introduces Veros One Phono Preamplifier.
The Veros One takes the excellent performance of the 2-SB to a higher level with premium parts; innovative RIAA circuitry; accurate, extremely quiet gain blocks; increased dynamic headroom; revised power supply regulation and filtering; and an output buffer that delivers astonishingly good performance into low impedances. The Veros One is sold direct to consumer's from this website at a retail price of $6500. Full Press Release.
13 May 2014
LKV Research announces the launch of the Line One line level preamplifier.
The Line One offers the listener both state of the art sonic excellence, and operational flexibility that suits virtually every high end audio system. The Line One is sold direct to consumer's from this website at a retail price of $3500. Full Press Release.
28 Feb 2014
Analog Planet Reviews the Phono 2-SB.
Michael Fremer concludes his review by saying, “So, is the LKV Phono 2-SB 'an overachiever and a ridiculously great value for the money'? In a word, 'yes.'”
31 Dec 2013
Part time Audiophile website designates LKV Phono 2-SB a Best of 2013 component.
01 Oct 2013
Enjoy the Music website picks the Phono 2-SB as one of its Blue Note award winners as a Best of 2013 component.
28 Mar 2013
HPSoundings.com Phono 2-SB Preview.
Harry Pearson describes LKV’s Phono 2-SB as, “a home run … a great phono stage, at a quite reasonable price (given the cost of such), but most of all, its sly way of getting inside the soul of the music itself.”
May 30-June 1, 2014
The Home Entertainment Show in Newport Beach, California.
LKV will be demonstrating the highly reviewed PHono 2-SB and introducing two exciting new products, the Line One preamplifier and the Veros One. Visit us in Room 627 at the Hilton and hear for yourself what al lthe buzz is about. THE Show Website.