"Very quiet ...very detailed ...sensationally good soundstaging and imaging, and a midrange to die for!" - TAS Highly Recommended!
The Sutherland Hubble Phono Stage is an instrument for discovery and
exploration. With it, you can look deeply into the most subtle details of your
treasured music collection!
From any view point, the dove-tailed integration of aesthetics, performance, and
technology will affirm your choice to include it in your music system. It will
earn your respect as a long-term, collaborative teammate.
Even before you listen to the Hubble, you will recognize the correctness of its
character. The substantial size and weight are the first indications of its
enduring build quality, but its svelte proportions, along with an uncluttered
elegance, also speak of craftsmanship and pride of ownership.
"...the stereo separation of the Hubble truly is outstanding. I've heard many phonostages with excellent soundstaging, but none better than the Hubble, which puts oodles of air between and around instruments and voices and separates them left-to-right with a spaciousness that has to be heard."- Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound June/July 2010, Issue 203, pg 28
"So. How does the Hubble sound? Well, pretty much the way its thoughtful engineering would lead you to expect it to sound. It is very quiet; it is very detailed; although it never gets raw or raucous, it does not crap out on big dynamic swings; it has, as I've already said, sensationally good soundstaging and imaging, and a midrange to die for."- Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound June/July 2010, Issue 203, pg 28
"From the bass through lower treble, but especially in the midband, the Hubble is uncannily lifelike. On voices it is ravishing. Take Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" from her Live from Austin, TX album. I've listened to Jones' voice on this number through virtually every phonostage preamp I've had in house and none outdoes the Hubble in sheer disarming realism. There is a complete lack of transient edge with the Hubble, which manages to preserve little details of tone color, dynamic, and performance (like the drummer, presumably, counting off the beat before the band launches into "What Did You Say"" on the same LP) without ever exaggerating them. It's as if the damn thing is handling every note of the music with loving care."- Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound June/July 2010, Issue 203, pg 28
"...if supremely lifelike midrange timbres, extremely high resolution of inner detail, very good midband dynamic range, and truly exceptional soundstaging are your priorities, the Hubble comes most highly and warmly and enthusiastically recommended."- Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound June/July 2010, Issue 203, pg 28
Must-have Highest Quality Parts:
• FR-4 fiberglass circuit boards, Double sided with plated thru holes
• Dale/Vishay 1% metal film resistors
• Wima Polypropylene capacitors for power supply by passing
• Custom wound, 1% polystyrene film capacitors for equalization
• 12 gauge cold rolled steel base and battery compartment
• Baked epoxy powder coat finish
• 1/2" thick anodized aluminum panel
• anodized in front panel artwork
• Gold plated, Teflon insulated RCA connectors
• Gold plated configuration headers and sockets
Weight (without batteries):
16 Alkaline 'D' batteries
1,000 hours (actual power-on time)