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Accession MC - a quick review

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Hello everybody!

On Wednesday I orderd an Accession MC,  expecting it to arrive in 2 - 3 weeks as stated on the website. But what a suprise, when I received an email message the same day, letting me know that the preamp will leave England the same day. 

I received it on friday morning just before leaving for work. I quickly unpacked the Accession MC and connected it via the Enigma PSU to the electricity, so that it could burn in a bit before I started to listen in the evening.

   Figure 1: "Audio Technica AT-OC9XEN", "Technics SL1200G" and "Graham Slee Accession MC"

For the first impression I listend using a quite new Audio Technica AT-OC9XEN MC LO cartridge, with an eliptical nude stylus, installed on my Technics SL1200G. I put on the record „Think!“ (Lonnie Smith), a release from the „Blue Note 80th Series“, published this month, which I already listend to very offen.

   Figure 2: „Think!“ (Lonnie Smith), a release from the „Blue Note 80th Series“ in the background

When I lowered the stylus I was buf astoned what I heard. Also having an Accession MM I expected a very transparent, well balanced and natural sound. But I did not expect this additional huge dynamic and spacious sound with a nice deep bass. Already the first title „Son Of ICE Bag“ on the record made it impossible for me to sit still. To be honest, I was a bit afraid that the Accession MC would sound a bit boring, as you can find quite often with very transparent MC phono preamps. But this is not the case, at least with this affordable Audio Technica AT-OC9XEN I am using. 

Thanks very much Graham for your work on developing this fine phono preamp. It is worth every penny.

I will try out other MC cartridges I have in the drawer ...

Best wishes from the river Rhine in Germany

P.S. Concerning the features of the Accession MC/MM I myself do not need the variable output. I would rather prefer one or two more inputs, to be able to connect more arms. Each input should have its own DIP switch to alter the capistance on the Accession MM and the resistance on the Accession MC. 

Edited by nemu - 26 Aug 2019 at 5:42am
Accession MM (PSU1), Accession MC (Enigma PSU1)
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