Preview: LKV Research Phono 2-SB
It isn’t often that the first time you go to bat you hit a home run, but Bill Hutchins has done just that with his new (and virginal) phono preamplifier. It not only captures as much information off of an LP that is necessary (we used it with the impressive VPI Classic 4 turntable and Lyra Atlas MC cartridge), but it does so for a quite reasonable price; something of an anomaly given this industry.
Its high end sonic credentials, in terms of not just the info it retrieves, but in the truth with which it transmits a real sense of that illusive goal; the music. And, oh lawsy, does it ever triumph over the usual bugaboos of LP reproduction; bloated mid-bass (here it is both taut and tightly defined), soft transients and compressed dynamics (take a listen to anything from Rock and Roll to the “un Bal’’ movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and you’ll almost be able to visualize the waltz and its dancers).
I could go on about the many joys we had running through our favorite test records from The Weavers (Carnegie Hall) to Greg Kihn’s hard rock “Jeopardy”. To say that I was stunned by the truths it told is just to begin my first impressions: 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.
LKV Research Phono 2-SB