KVG Laboratories

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Research Areas

KVG Laboratories actively conducts a broad program of both primary and applied research, with subsequent development, engineering, testing, evaluation, and assessment into the fields of:
  • psychoacoustics
  • design and operation of sound recording apparatus (microphones, recorders, equalizers, compressors, amplifiers, monitors, et cetera).
  • design and operation of sound reproduction apparatus (loudspeakers, amplifiers, preamplifiers, phono pickups, turntables, media players, et cetera).
  • audio signal conditioning and processing
  • sound recording techniques
  • room acoustics (and acoustic devices) for music reproduction, live performance and sound recording recording
  • music instrument design
  • music instrument amplification
  • music instrument effects processing

To support our research efforts, we maintain one of the largest privately-held research libraries in North America, containing reference books, articles, white papers and specification sheets. The results of our research efforts are then developed into new products, training programs, and reference works that are made available to consumers, industry and original equipment manufacturers.

A Few Of Our Research Projects have been…

  • Advancing the design of vacuum tube audio, overcoming many of the adverse perceptions about tube sound and solving many of the limitations of transistorized audio equipment. The big electronics companies quit researching tube electronics since tubes were pronounced dead around 1965, but KVG Labs never stopped its research.
  • Does certain audio equipment bring you to an emotional experience by listening to them? Is this merely marketing hype, or is it possible? if so, how? We looked into the issue, and the answers surprised us.
  • Does the wood used in a solid body guitar actually affect its tone? We worked to discover the answers.
  • Can a stereo system give you the same experience as a live concert? We found out that it can be true, and how to do it.
  • Does it really matter what wire or magnet is used in a guitar pickup? Our research says yes, and we found out why.
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