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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.

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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..

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LKV Essentials

We believe engineering, critical listening, and rigorous electronic testing go together in the design and manufacture of audio components that deliver good sound.

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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. Read more...


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." Read full review

Positive Feedback also honored the Veros One as one the best that they’ve reviewed during the course of the year." Read full review

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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." Read Full Review

Enjoy the Music also honored the Line One Line Level Preamplifier as One of the 20 best of 2014. Read Full Review

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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.

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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.'" Read more...


Harry Pearson describes the Phono 2-SB as “… a great phono stage at a quite reasonable price.” Originally published on HPSoundings.com. Read more...


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.” Read more...


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.” Read more... Also read "An Analog Twist: Bob’s Devices 1131 Step Up Transformer" using the 2-SB. Read more...


Enjoy the Music bestowed a Blue Note Award on the Phono 2-SB, honoring it as a “Best of 2013.” Read more...


Scott Dorsey describes the Phono 2-SB as one of the three most exciting things he saw and heard at the Capital Audiofest. Read more...


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.” Read more...


News and Developments
New products, Upcoming events, Design breakthroughs and major developments at LKV.

2 Jan 2015
LKV Research announces upgrades to the Phono 2-SB. Full Press Release.

Jan 2015
Enjoy the Music honors the Line One as one of the 20 best of 2014. Full Press Release.

31 Dec 2014
Positive Feedback honors the Veros One as one the best that they’ve reviewed during the course of the year. Full Press Release.

Nov/Dec 2014
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.

Oct 2014
Tom Lyle of Enjoy the Music reviews the Line One, saying that "the Line One sounds more like music than a piece of audio equipment. There is no higher praise." Full Press Release.


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