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Review - Van den Hul Grail SB & The Crimson

Review of the VDH Grail SB fully balanced phono pre amplifier and the VDH Crimson MC phono cartridge. link

Never promise to lend me a fine piece of audio equipment, because I won’t let it lie. Van den Hul didn’t get a moments peace while I waited for their Grail SB phono preamplifier with a matching cartridge. It turned up in a big suitcase that was much heavier than expected. Inside I found the amp only, made from heavy steel and painted a creamy white colour, not even the power supply. The casing is so strong and thick that it will easily withstand an earthquake. The Van den Hul is not the prettiest phono stage on the continent, however, as my wife always says: “you find real beauty often on the inside”.