KVG Laboratories is an outgrowth of its founder, Kermit Gray’s, commitment not to rush new products onto the market each year just to have a new product. He and his team take whatever time is needed to get the product right because they will not be not satisfied until it’s right.
Our underlying philosophies are:
- Good enough isn’t good enough. Without high quality, nothing else matters.
- We first identify a common problem of music instruments, audio equipment or technique, or a desire expressed by many musician, listeners or operators, then solve the problem or satisfy the desire.
- Our objective is to give the musician, listener, the audiophile, or the sound professional a level of quality, a range of musical expression, or a listening experience, that is otherwise unobtainable, unaffordable or impractical; and a capability that is otherwise not available to them. It’s our passion to create things that enable everyone to discover new artistic expressions, create new sounds and tones, record with low noise and wide dynamic range for unprecedented fidelity and musicality, enhance any sound for richness, definition and clarity; and create new sounds or highly modify existing sounds in ways you might not have thought possible.
Vacuum tube amplifiers are a good example of our passion. The big electronics companies quit researching tube electronics since tubes were pronounced “dead” around 1965 but KVG Laboratories never stopped its research. We have been able to advance the design of vacuum tube audio, overcoming many of the adverse perceptions about tube sound and solving many of the limitations of transistorized audio equipment.
The distinctive sound of both our tube designs and our transistorized designs ensures that they do not rob the music of life, of emotion.
This is not just empty verbiage.
Think about it: a live musical performance has an energy that touches each member of the audience, involving them in that same energy, sharing the same emotions evoked by the music. Music can move an audience into action, otherwise music would not be a part of almost every human experience from marriages to celebrations to political movements and even wars.
Audio equipment affects more than the sound of recorded music, it can rob the music of the life if had when performed live.
It is that unbelievably elusive balance everyone seeks that, once found, changes recordings into live performances appearing magically before the listener.
Every nuance, every detail of the music must be let through unaltered, otherwise the balance is lost. KVG Laboratories demands that its designs allow the listener to experience that rare experience of losing themselves into the music, forgetting that they are listening to a recording, only to be jarred back to reality with a pang of sudden loss when the recording ends.