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There comes a tipping point of accumulated knowledge that insists upon a new product. Insight gained from the design of preceding phono preamps opened up a new possibility. The Insight can be viewed (and appreciated) from many angles. My favorite is ‘pride of ownership’. Although not expensive by high end standards, the Insight is a combination of solid, thoughtful engineering ‚Äì with an artisanal attention to every design decision. Every detail matters; good enough is NOT good enough. All the areas of performance, aesthetics, reliability, circuit design, circuit board layout, parts selection, packaging – ALL of those aspects must seamlessly dovetail into one expression. For those with a taste for understated elegance, the Insight will deliver an enduring pride of ownership. The physical artistry is a means to solid, reliable, musicality. There is no affectation. Just a simple, pure link to your recorded treasures. It faithfully delivers musical joy, year after year.


Gain Settings

40 dB 45 dB 50 dB 55 dB 60 dB

Cartridge Loading

100 Ohms 200 Ohms 1k Ohms 10k Ohms 47k Ohms


86 to 260 volts AC, 5 watts universal, no adjustment required

SIZE: Insight

17” x 2 1⁄2” x 12”

Shipping Box

23″ x 18″ x 9″


Insight 11 pounds

Insight packed in shipping box 19 pounds


Good pop records, too, liked the Insight, including Chris Stamey’s adventurous It’s a Wonderful Life (LP, DB Recs DB66). In the title song, the lead guitar-played during the verses with a mandolin-like tremolo – had a great sense of feel through the Sutherland, while the moderately compressed drum sound came across with good impact. Spatial layering, too, sounded believable and fun, and I noticed that the Insight had apparently greater channel separation than the Shindo’s phono stage. Read More