Stereophile Show 2007

The SVC room across the hall was a different experience altogether. What appeared to be a throwback may well be a step into the future. The SVC stereo control center looked very similar to the high end of Pioneer’s separate components of the 1970s, loaded with such contraband as tone controls and variable crossover frequencies for bass and treble controls. Recent rummaging through some back issues of Vintage Guitar Magazine enlightened me of the importance musicians give to the tone of their instruments. On rare occasions their recordings sound just the way they want them to. With the SVC control center, you have the option of adjusting the recording to make it sound just the way you want it to, within limitations, of course. At the power end of the chain, a pair of SVC tube monoblocks whetted my appetite with massive transformers.