The owner Steve Meszlenyi, who helped start the company with his father in 1986, has a physics background and a love for audio. The company originally focused more on industrial audio applications but made a recent shift to serve the consumer Hi-Fi market. While the company is currently developing a Class D stereo power amplifier, the York Phono Preamplifier is their first fully formed Hi-Fi product.
The Six Acoustic York phono preamp is a modestly sized, aluminum cased component that, according to the manufacturer, is designed to perform on par with moderately more expensive MM/MC phono preamps. For the price ($499.00 CAD), it looks to have an excellent level of flexibility to suit almost any cartridge pairing. When I spoke with Steve to get a little background information on the York, he reiterated the point that the company designed the York phono preamp to be a high-value component whose performance punches well above its price class. Stay tuned to the Secrets website for a full review, with bench tests, to see if the York phono preamp makes good on its claims.