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Gram Amp 2 Communicator review

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    Posted: 30 Dec 2017 at 10:05pm
Ok so I got a GA2C on loan which was fantastic as I wasn't satisfied with the phono amps I'd tried already, this gave me an opportunity to 'try before you buy'. The loan programme really is great.

I put the GA2C up against the Rega Fono MM mk2 and the Schiit Mani, fully running them all back to back for a week using my favourite LP's that I know very well, from the likes of Steely Dan, Earl Klugh, Dave Brubeck, Kraftwerk, Queen, Pink Floyd, etc. My turntable is a modified Rega Planar 1 with upgraded ceramic bearing, sub-platter, acrylic platter, Nagaoka MP110 cart, arm raised 6mm, etc.

The only amp that gave me everything I was looking for was the GA2C! It was the most 'musical' of the 3 and had the most detailed sound, everything was solid, detailed and clear. From the lightest cymbal tap to the hardest drum hit - everything sounded real. It also had the best 3-dimensional sound stage with the most air between instruments, you can make out each individual instrument no problem.



Overall I was very impressed with the Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Communicator, best phono amp I have heard so far. I have since sold the Rega, returned the Schiit and purchased a GA2C! The GA2C is a good match for the RP1, no point in spending more than the cost of the turntable on a phono amp, the GA2C gets the most out of the turntable at an affordable price.

I purchased one from Audio Affair, with their 10% off I got it for £157.50!

I give it 5 stars! StarStarStarStarStar

I'm looking forward to having a loan of a PSU1 soon to hear what improvements that makes, if a big enough difference I'll be purchasing one of them too!


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Originally posted by RobDon RobDon wrote:

 I'm looking forward to having a loan of a PSU1 soon to hear what improvements that makes, if a big enough difference I'll be purchasing one of them too!
 
And…...??? what do you think about the difference of Gramamp2 with PSU1???
In my setup the difference was and still is huge (I already owned a PSU1 from my SRGII)
TecnoDec/Mi250/MP110; Cyrus CD8SE; Cyrus FM7> Exposure XXXV/ GramAmp2C/PSU1> Harbeth C7ES-3 '35th Anniversary' cabling: DNM V3 Ic's; Expo DMF Two LScable; BlackNoise netpower
SoloSRGII/GrPS> HD600
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