Dr. Bews talks candidly about his LFD Audio Phono Stages

When it comes to Phono Stages, as a general rule we take the view that the quality of the components in a circuit is of more importance that the circuit itself when it comes to determining the overall performance of an audiophile design. Frankly our circuits are very good, but not in the true sense of the word 'special.' However the components we use are most certainly very special. In many cases we have over the years created considerable stockpiles of long discontinued special components.

We've done this not only to ensure that we’ll always have spare parts but also because some of these discontinued parts have no sonic equal today. Or put differently, in some instances, nothing and we do mean nothing currently available at any price will approach, equal or exceed some of these classic components. Strange – but true.

Thus although in general terms the circuits used in our phonostages are similar, the quality of the components, right down to the solder and the multi-diameter silver wiring are progressively improved as you move up through the range.

A crucial aspect, by which we mean the time-consuming skill involved, is how to ensure that every component is working in complete harmony with not only the next component on the circuit, but with every component throughout the entire piece of equipment. To get this right takes many years of experience and in part, that’s what you pay for as you progress up through the range of my Phono Stages.

Each phono stage is a logical sonic progression on from the preceding one and a few of our retailers who stock the entire range can demonstrate the improvements. Only you can decide if the degree of improvement is worth the increase in price. To help facilitate this, some of my retailers offer generous and guaranteed trade-in values as you move up from one new LFD phono stage to another. It’s a good idea to ask. Also some of my retailers offer very competitive trade-ins on discontinued LFD Phono Stages such as my MMO against my latest ones. Again – it's a good idea to ask.

Thank you

Dr Richard Bews.