Perreaux has a long history of designing and producing phono preamplifiers. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s LP and 45 records were the only viable method of producing stereophonic music. The quality that it offered was taken for granted. Naturally Perreaux was also active during this time, producing preamplifiers such as the SM2 and SM3 that incorporated excellent phono preamplifier input stages. Many of these products are still in use today.
During the 90’s the compact disc gained ascendancy and our focus turned to this new format. Phono was largely forgotten, but lived on - on account of the vast amount of LPs that remained in circulation.
Things have stayed this way for some time, however in more recent years phono has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance with audiophiles and a new group of night club DJ users.
It has always been undeniable that a well set up phono system will offer superior levels of fidelity to listeners that can be achieved with CD. CD offers a limited bandwidth and resolution whereas LPs don’t suffer the same fate.
Some years ago we brought out our first new generation phono preamplifier the Silhouette Series SXV1. We were very surprised at the high level of uptake for this product and based on this positive experience we vowed to bring out a superior product when we had time.
Well it turned out to be quite a challenge as the difference between good phono preamps and great ones can often be measured in minute degrees.
Development of the new Silhouette SXV2 has proved to be a bit of a problem child and went through no fewer than five revisions, each time as a result of extensive AB listening tests in New Zealand and with experienced international Perreaux distributors. The good news is that the extraordinarily long wait has been worth it and we have now perfected the product and are extremely excited to announce its release.
Please click on the links below to find out more about this truly exciting phono preamplifier. Definitely the best phono preamplifier we have ever offered in our more than 30 years of hi fi audio development.