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    Posted: 15 Jul 2018 at 1:03am
Hello forum members,
I wanted to post some feedback on my home trial of the Accession M and Elevator. First off, a big thanks to Bruce(BAK) for his extremely accommodating assistance in getting me the equipment. What a great guy! And what a great program. Thanks Graham!

The equipment arrived yesterday and I set it up and listened for the first time this afternoon. I'm already totally wowed. I wanted to pass on something that is not all that often talked about, but was instantly so impressive to me—it's the issue of instrument location in orchestral music. As a conductor, I am keenly, acutely, aware of where sounds come from, and in my audio system I want to hear the right sounds from the right places. The accession/elevator delivered in spades! The English Horn must clearly come right of the oboe, bass clarinet left of principle clarinet, and so on, and so on. The clarity of the Accession was so satisfying in this regard. Instrument location across the spectacularly spread sound stage is wonderful, and the timbre of the instruments also so accurate. Bass trombones sound different than a tenor trombone or tuba, etc. Again, the Accession was right on the mark. Far, far better than my previous phono preamp. Worlds better. The instruments sound almost isolated, as they do when you're standing 10-15 feet away on a podium. They aren't just a wash of sound, they are individuals. This is my first impression, and I am expecting it to get better and better over the next couple weeks, but I wanted to share. Anyone else had this same impression?

I've got more thoughts but I'll wait. So far I'm enchanted and mesmerized and will pass on more as the days go by. 
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That's a great write-up Kory! Thank you.

I listen to a lot of orchestral music and have found that the Accession gets me more involved in the music than anything else I've tried. As you've found, image placement and instrument timbre is spot on. Given the right recording you can just hear the bows digging into the lower strings, and fruity trombones and horns can sound delicious!

Since you're obviously using an MC cartridge, have you thought about trialling an Accession MC  -especially with the Enigma 1 power supply that Graham's just developed? It ups the game even more over the (MM) Accession+EXP. I think Bruce should have a loan unit, and hopefully the Enigma 1 power supply will be available to borrow shortly.
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Originally posted by morris_minor morris_minor wrote:

Since you're obviously using an MC cartridge, have you thought about trialling an Accession MC  -especially with the Enigma 1 power supply that Graham's just developed? It ups the game even more over the (MM) Accession+EXP. I think Bruce should have a loan unit, and hopefully the Enigma 1 power supply will be available to borrow shortly.

Thank you Bob. I already asked Kory about trialling an Accession MC. He wants to continue using the MM and MC cartridges he has... liking the versatility of the combination of Elevator and Accession M.
 I wonder if the Enigma PSU1 could work its wonders with the Elevator EXP?Wink
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My beta testing on the Enigma PSU1 focussed on using it with the loan Accession MC, comparing this to the standard PSU1. I also tried the Enigma PSU powering my Elevator EXP going into my Accession M, and it improved the sound of the music played through each MC stage IMO.

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Originally posted by Kory Kory wrote:

Hello forum members,
I wanted to post some feedback on my home trial of the Accession M and Elevator. First off, a big thanks to Bruce(BAK) for his extremely accommodating assistance in getting me the equipment. What a great guy! And what a great program. Thanks Graham!

The equipment arrived yesterday and I set it up and listened for the first time this afternoon. I'm already totally wowed. I wanted to pass on something that is not all that often talked about, but was instantly so impressive to me—it's the issue of instrument location in orchestral music. As a conductor, I am keenly, acutely, aware of where sounds come from, and in my audio system I want to hear the right sounds from the right places. The accession/elevator delivered in spades! The English Horn must clearly come right of the oboe, bass clarinet left of principle clarinet, and so on, and so on. The clarity of the Accession was so satisfying in this regard. Instrument location across the spectacularly spread sound stage is wonderful, and the timbre of the instruments also so accurate. Bass trombones sound different than a tenor trombone or tuba, etc. Again, the Accession was right on the mark. Far, far better than my previous phono preamp. Worlds better. The instruments sound almost isolated, as they do when you're standing 10-15 feet away on a podium. They aren't just a wash of sound, they are individuals. This is my first impression, and I am expecting it to get better and better over the next couple weeks, but I wanted to share. Anyone else had this same impression?

I've got more thoughts but I'll wait. So far I'm enchanted and mesmerized and will pass on more as the days go by. 
Excellent description of the Accession M & Elevator Kory.
I don't have anything like your experience with an orchestra but I use this combo & have always thought instrument location & timbre are very strong. 
Recently I played a Mozart piano concerto LP to some visitors who are not particularly interested in 'HiFi' but do like music & they were almost transfixed by the music - 'So clear - just like being there' was one comment. Quite right.

The Accession MC takes the strengths of this combo even further I feel, but it's completely
understandable that you want to maintain MM & MC capability with the Elevator/AccMM.




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I’m with you, Kory! Also a conductor for a long while, and I can tell you I’ve found the same results. I know I’m not the only one around here who has purchased a Slee product and forgotten about it and just listened to music. The highest compliment, I suppose.
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One more interesting sound feature of the Accession I'm hearing is for lack of a better word, the sound of the concert halls. What I mean is that in great halls there is a quality of resonance and reverb that greatly enhances the recording, and for that matter the performance experience both for players and listeners. Great halls have a sound. Sometimes we try to articulate what we hear by saying they are live, or wet, or rich, you all know what I mean. Well as I've been listening I have become aware of the sonic properties of the halls in the recordings. I hear better reverb, richer sounding tone and airy acoustic. I hadn't noticed at first that the Accession was reproducing those acoustic environments more faithfully but gradually became more aware that in addition to it sounding more like real instruments, it was also sounding more like I was in great halls as well. At least it felt like that to me. Have other forum members experienced that too? Am I going overboard here or is this another quality of a great phono preamp? 
At any rate, I'm still totally captivated and fascinated by the improved response and sound of the Accession and Elevator.

Thanks to the replies and on to more listening!
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