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Accession MC review

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    Posted: 27 Sep 2020 at 5:39am
Hi All,
    The Accession MC/Enigma PSU is on day three in my system. As is customary, I though some words should be committed to a review. Unfortunately, I'm having a bit of trouble, because I can't "hear it working". Yes, I'm hearing a really different presentation to the Reflex M - Elevator EXP combo it replaced, with a deeper stage and smoother response, better detail and macro/micro dynamics, cleaner bass, etc, but it's not like it moved those things from an 8 to a 9 on a subjective scale. It's that it's made those comparisons a bit redundant, like it's good enough that it's removed the NEED to discuss or compare those elements. The music just sits there behind, around and above and below the speakers, disconnected from the boxes, doing expressive things and revealing what went on in the studio, especially with depth of field.

With a good pressing it's as quiet as digital. A really powerful presentation - meaty. The best I've heard the RP8/Apheta 2 combo. You can play the system at tremendous volume without any hardness or glare (and the PMC's love loud). 

The mono switch is something that should be on every decent phono preamp - it's a revelation for a bunch of old classical stuff and Beatles albums and mono jazz. It's much cleaner and more convincing.

The switchable EQ is also very handy for me. I have an original mono German pressing of Karajan's first Berlin Beethoven symphonies cycle. Pop it into mono and select the British EQ setting - the DG stodge just goes away and it's a wonderfully vivid performance, and even seems more rhythmically alive (perhaps it's throwing a bit more light on upper midrange detail?). Original Columbia albums with Bruno Walter on the "American" setting brings more warmth and radiance to recordings that have always seemed too bright to me.

Finally, running it direct into the Proprius via the variable outs, and to the Solo ULDE via the fixed outputs, I have a vinyl system that is minimalist, easy to use, and with sound quality that is truly excellent.

I can't wait for lockdowns to end so I can share music with more people. The Accession MC is a brilliant piece of equipment, and I can honestly say that the reviews I've read (universally positive) are NOT exaggerating when singing its praises. I'm so glad I own this unit and can't wait for the inevitable improvements to come over the coming weeks.
Thanks again, Graham, for a fabulous product at a brilliant price point.
All the best,
Mick.
Rega RP8 - Apheta 2 - Accession MC Enigma PS -Solo ULDE (Focal Utopia) - Proprius - PMC Twenty5.22
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Well said Mick. I couldn't agree more! Thumbs Up
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