We here at CAV are always very pleased to purvey a product which offers a lifetime warranty. Densen definitely show that in the build quality. As though they have designed and manufactured the entire range of equipment to outlast even the youngest of owners. Earlier in the week Densen’s Australian importer Stolmack Audio asked if I wanted to have a go on their DP-04 Phono stage to test in my home system as I was intrigued after learning the DP-Drive XS has an LED powered current source rather than a power supply. The Power source are LED emissions which trigger photo-voltaic chips. “A very basic explanation of how this works is it converts electricity to light and back to electricity which gives a perfect clean power. “

Once unpacked I immediately plugged in the unit to my reference system, comprising of; Audio Research Reference 75 Power Amplifier, Audio Research LS17SE Pre, Linn Sondek LP12 With Ortofon 2m Black, Musical Fidelity X-LPS V3 Phono and Sonus Faber Cremona M loudspeakers. I was amazed at the immediate improvement throughout the full audible spectrum having the Densen included to my system. The soundstage immediately widened and the depth was tremendous. The bass tightened up which, full credit to the Densen is very hard to do with an Linn LP12. My favourite characteristic of the Dp04 was the way in which the background noise was handled. It deals with white noise incredibly easily which worked wonders for some of my older and poorly pressed LPs.

It is currently setup with a Roksan Radius turntable in our reference demonstration room with a full reference Audio research pre power combo and PMC MB2se. It is very, very good.

Priced at a respectable $1350. Densen's official page is here.