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DAV Electronics

We met the founder of DAV Electronics a few weeks after opening KMR back in 2003. He was one of the first few equipment producers we sought to gain exclusive rights to. We knew a few users of his BG1 stereo pre-amplifier, and knew the quality was up there with the best.

Once we'd heard it for ourselves we were convinced these things could be a big global success. So we sent one off to be reviewed by the inimitable Hugh Robjohns of Sound on Sound, and once he'd put in print what we knew, DAV Electronics became a bit of a phenomena.

Mick Hinton is an un-complicated fellow, and you can see his personality in his gear. What you see is what you get. No unnecessary flourishes, no extra expense spent on making the stuff look pretty - what really counts is what happens on the inside.

His, BG1u, BG2 and BG8 are all versions of the great BG1 (he even makes a 500 series pre the BG501) - super clean, low distortion, low noise pre-amps. Plenty of gain, plenty of punch, plenty power. Mick also produces the revered BG3 mastering EQ, the BG5 channel, BG6 compressor, a range of DI and Re-Amp boxes, a parallel processor and even a summing mixer. There are even units that are a combination of the above.

Mick worked as a design and maintenance engineer at Decca Studios, and you can hear this provenance in all his equipment. His units are designed to pull the best out of the source. If you don't want colour and opinion imparted to your vocals or instruments then DAV units are for you.

If you want something to look pretty and flashy in your rack, DAV is probably not for you. But if you want something to make your source louder while doing little to its integrity, DAV gear can't be recommended highly enough.

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