Sutherland Engineering Duo phono preamplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Source: Primare CD 31 CD player.
Analog Sources: Spiral Groove SG-2 turntable & Centroid tonearm, VPI HR-X turntable & tonearm; Grado Signature Reference phono cartridge.
Preamplification: Placette Active, Simaudio Moon Evolution 850P, Sutherland Line Blocks & Direct line stages; Sutherland PhonoBlock phono preamplifier.
Power Amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.20.6, Simaudio Moon Evolution 880M, VTL Ichiban monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Sophia II.
Cables: Nordost Valhalla & Valhalla 2, Audience Au-24SE.
Accessories: Finite Elemente Reference equipment stand. MusicTools CD rack, Audience aR-12TS & aR-2TS power conditioners, Audiodesksysteme Gläss record cleaner, Echo Busters room-treatment products.—Brian Damkroger

Sutherland Engineering
455 E. 79th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 718-7898

Glotz's picture

If I had the dosh, this would be the phono preamp to own!

Really great to hear your observations and comparisons were very lucid and communicative.

jerryb's picture


I thoroughly enjoyed your review and concise description of the Sutherland Duo. I am leaning towards purchasing one, but my dealer is nudging me towards the Gold Note 10. Can you comment on the Gold Note?

I currently own the Zesto Audio 1.2 but I am finding a bit too much tube noise when I feed it through my Prima Luna HP Integrated.

I appreciate any suggestions you may have.



barbierk's picture

Do you ground the turntable to both of the DUO's or just one?

LinearTracker's picture

I recently upgraded my Sutherland 20/20 to the DUO LPS.
Please update your review of the DUO ASAP, you won’t be sorry.

Enrique Marlborough's picture

Great Review. Thanks!

Certainly The Duo is an incredible product.

My whole analogue system sounds better, my Soundsmith cartridge, my Nottingham turntable, my Origin Live tonearm, all have better affinity with my ML No.326S preamp. Now it is more transparent, with a balanced tonality, airy and extended, open and so smooth. Better!