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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.

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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 at Capital Audiofest November 5-7, 2021.

Verito 1 Integrated Ampliflier

You are invited to a “festival” of new products in LKV Research’s Room 508 at Capital Audiofest, Nov. 5 -7. You will see, hear and discuss five exciting, audio designs: two amplifiers from LKV, a turntable from Basis Audio, speaker cable from Finley Audio and vibration control blocks from Les Davis Audi. 

The LKV PWR-3. Chief Designer Bill Hutchins decided to see how much of the excellence of his Veros PWR+ (a Stereophile Class A recommended power amp) he could design into a “little brother” amp available to audiophiles at a significantly lower price. The answer turns out to be a great deal. As Bill says, “I managed to incorporate into the PWR – 3 scaled down versions of the gain circuitry used in its big brother. Thus, you are getting the sonic essence of the PWR+ in a smaller package at about a third of the price.” The PWR – 3 will deliver 175 W into 8 ohms, and 350w into 4 and 2 ohms. LKV is pleased now to be able to launch this amazing amp at CAF. It sells direct from LKV with a 30 day full refund guarantee for $3,350.

The LKV Veros VNL embodies Bill’s vision of the ultimate state-of-the-art phono amp. He explains: “In designing the VNL, I spent several years re-examining all elements of the phono stage -- all circuits, all components, all materials -- to devise ways to make each as close to perfect as possible. The result is a phono amplifier that invites the listener deep into the music with a presentation manages to be not only detailed and exciting but also naturally relaxed and musical.” Come listen. The Veros VNL will be launched in late Spring 2022. But audiophiles attending CAF will get an advance “sneak peek and listen” in Room 508. No price has yet been set, but our goal is to make it no more $6500 (the price of the LKV’s Veros One phono which the VNL will replace). 

Basis Audio’s new BRAVO turntable and Vector tonearm offer legendary performance in a smaller package. Enjoy the true musicality and neutral playback that comes from Basis Audio’s commitment to extreme levels of precision and exacting execution of designs based on the fundamentals of physics. The retail price for the Bravo/Vector package will be $9,750. 

Finley Audio – Finley Audio is excited to announce the release of the Cirrus Speaker Cable. Over two years of development was used in researching, testing, and fine-tuning the Cirrus Speaker cable utilizing much of the same technology applied to our Cirrus line. This nine-gauge design includes 7n copper, true litz conductors, Teflon dielectric, and a ton of late-night work sessions in the shop with cold pizza and warm Mountain Dew. Come hear music brought to you through this amazing new speaker cable. 

Les Davis Audio Vibration Control Blocks. Using Constrained Layer Technology, where the viscoelastic layer is tuned for 60 Hz, Les Davis Audio drains and isolates electronic components. After extensive trials, second-generation blocks and wafers place the aluminum layers under the viscoelastic layer to provide better coupling with component chassis such as the LKV Line One


LKV introduces new integrated amplifier - the VERITO 1! Read the full Press Release HERE.

Verito 1 Integrated Ampliflier

New Hampshire’s LKV Research introduced at the Las Angeles Audio Show its new Verito 1, an integrated amplifier that raises the bar for high end price/performance ratio. Priced at $2,700 the Verito 1 includes phono stage, preamp and power amp, each of which achieves performance rivalling that of the best audiophile separates available today. The Verito 1 is also available without the phono stage at a price of $2,200.

As LKV’s Chief Designer observes, “The Verito 1 is a groundbreaking piece of gear. We have taken the essential elements of our Veros One phono separate and Line One preamp and combined them with a state of the art Hypex designed power amp. The result is an incredibly musical, high end system in one box at an amazing price.”

To learn more or purchase the VERITO 1.


Stereophile Review: Michael Fremer says the LKV Veros One phono preamplifier is a "Class A performer" from which "utterly natural" music emerged.

Veros One Phono Preampliflier

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

Phono 2-SB Phono Preampliflier

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.

26 Apr 2016
Stereophile Review: Michael Fremer says the LKV Veros One phono preamplifier is a "Class A performer" from which "utterly natural" music emerged. Read more.

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.

7 July 2015
LKV Research will be demonstrating its Veros One phono stage and its Line One preamplifier in Room 321 at Capital Audiofest on August 28-30, 2015. Full Press Release.

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.