UltraVerve preamplifier - Juice with Jump!

as reviewed by David W. Robinson



I tried the UltraVerve with both the Linn Klimax monoblocks ($20,000/pair) and the incomparable WAVAC HE-833 SET’s ($57,000/pair), and I never lost that sense of musicality and dimensionality getting close enough together to make every session worthwhile. Given the high level of audio achievement that these amplifiers represent, that’s quite a compliment. Months of listening never palled, never became dull; I never found myself wondering why I was bothering with the UV. (Yes, that has happened with other designs.) And I never quit tapping my feet! The UltraVerve was a splendid companion with both solid-state and tube components which cost many times its extremely reasonable price of $2495.00.

What can I say? I told Georgie K shortly after I got it that the deHavilland UltraVerve "is one hellaciously good preamp!" and I told him that he could quote me on that.

He did (see and nothing’s changed since then to alter my evaluation.

If you’re looking for a well-designed tubed preamp with no bad habits, no excesses, that works well with both sand and glass amps, and gives you music galore with both SACDs and LPs—and all at a very reasonable price—then your search may be over. The UltraVerve could be just the thing for you.

The deHavilland UltraVerve therefore receives Ye Olde Editor’s "very highly recommended!"

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