There comes a time when accumulated knowledge reaches a tipping point that insists upon a new product. The Insight phono preamplifier’s name was inspired by a moment where knowledge gained from the design of preceding phono opened new possibilities.
Ron Sutherland talks about ‘pride of ownership’. Although not expensive by high end standards, the Insight is a combination of solid, thoughtful engineering, 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 example, conventional designs built to a budget use inexpensive, low-quality computer rocker switches. However, these components are non-optimal for configuring the low-level signal from a phono cartridge. To offer the user a wide range of configurations while maintaining signal integrity, the Insight uses gold-plated header pins and gold-plated shunts. They offer high-pressure and large surface area contacts. This is an example where Sutherland Engineering make that extra effort in areas that make a difference sonically.
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.
- Plentiful loading and gain options for both MM and MC cartridges
- Compact, discreet chassis is impressively well-built and solid
- Quiet, dynamic, and musical beyond its modest price
- Stereophile – Class B Recommended, Editor Tested, Audiophile Approved, A-OK Product 2016
- Stereophile – Stereophile’s Products of 2014 Analog–Insight, Runner-up 2014
- Stereophile – Class B Recommended, Editor Tested, Audiophile Approved, A-OK Product 2014
|Gain Settings||40, 45, 50, 55 or 60dB|
|Loading||100, 200, 1k, 10k or 47k Ohms|
|Power Requirements||86 to 260 VAC, 5W universal, no adjustment required|
|Power Supply||Internal switching power supply board|
|Dimensions||432mm (wide) x 305mm (deep) x 64mm (high)|
|Shipping Box Dimensions||584mm (wide) x 457mm (deep) x 229mm (high)|
|Shipping Weight||8.6 kg|