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    Posted: 01 Dec 2020 at 9:47pm
A quick review on the Accession M with PSU Enigma and Lautus ICs

I had the phono stage in my system for 3 weeks on the loaner program.

Once in position and all switches on the front set for stereo RIAA I set about listening to a selection of records that I use as a reference.

From the off the Accession sings, it is easily the best MM phono stage I have had in my system and the least expensive, I have even removed my preamp to just use the volume control on the Accession the system sounds way more musical and I am just loving the sound.

I have bought an Accession M off the back of the loaner program all be it with the PSU one.

I think the Accession M with PSU one is an amazing product.

Phil

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Thanks Phil.
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Hi Phil,
   You’re not the only one. Welcome aboard.
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welcome Phil - the Accession is pretty much perfect for me, I can't be bothered chasing the last 2 or 3% of so called perceived SQ anymore  :-) 
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I was just coming to the forum to post my experience with Accession M so might as well jump on this new thread. 

I've had my Accession M for a few months now. I bought it used from Canuck Audio Mart (US) for a very reasonable price and determined from sending the serial number to John C that it was probably from around 2016/2017. 

I was using a Reflex M at the time, which I bought new from a Canadian dealer in June 2020, so I was still pretty new to Graham Slee products but had been very impressed and couldn't pass up the Accession M deal since I knew I was going to buy one eventually anyway.

My initial impressions were actually mixed, as I was comparing directly to the Reflex M within the first couple of days. I figured it would be fully broken in after so many years of use. Well, it might have been, but for whatever reason (the fact that it was unplugged for so long in mail, the fact that it was quite cold outside) it needed a good 3 days being plugged in to begin to show it's superiority to the Reflex M. In a way, it has only gotten better since. 

I should say that I have an Enigma PSU1 which I bought for the Reflex and use with the Accession now. 

The Accession offer what I can only describe as a natural, full sound with an "aura". Sounds kind of hokey, but when I listen to things, they have this light emanating from them. I think that what I probably really mean is that the atmosphere of the recordings is translated by the Accession. There's a lot of presence to the sound, even when it's quiet. It has really brought my entire classical collection to life, as well as offering superior listening of all the other stuff (jazz, rock, indie, reggae, hip hop, acoustic).

In a way, I don't have a lot of adjectives for the Accession sound because it's just "right." Everythings sounds as it should and I'm more focused on the music itself rather than how cool my phono stage is, which is exactly how it should be. In the end, hi-fi is about getting closer to the music, not making the music sound in a specific way that some equipment designer wants it to sound.

One of the best things about the Accession, beside how awesome it is to listen to my music through it, is the way it has killed my quest for better sound. I have arrived at sound I can be happy with. No small feat and such a relief to my pocket book.

Ok, well not really, because now I can focus on all the expensive AAA vinyl I want to own. So maybe it hasn't been that kind to my pocket book LOL

Thank you Graham for putting the music first in your design!


Edited by Pushpaw - 08 Dec 2020 at 7:25pm
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^^ a great review! 

i'm lucky enough to have both an MM and MC Accession, and I'm never going to look for an upgrade (unless Graham brings out another game changer of course! LOL)
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You have my interest! What's your preference - MM or MC? I've actually never heard an MC setup before. Is it a big upgrade?
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