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Gram Amp 2 Communicator vs Schiit Mani

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RobDon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 4:50pm
We have a winner!

After spending 5 days listening to both the Schiit mani and the Communicator, same LP's over and over to compare the sound (Steely Dan, Dave Brubeck, Yes, Kraftwerk, Earl Klugh, Daft Punk plus others) - I have to say although the Mani is very good, the Communicator still sounds better! Not a huge difference but still the Communicator offers better detail, more realistic instruments, more air between them too so you can hear each instrument more clearly, just all round more 'musical' than the Mani. Thumbs Up

I am returning the Mani and have placed an order for a Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Communicator from Audio Affair, with their 10% off just now I got one for £157.50. Big smile

I'll get the PSU1 at a later date.  


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 9:46pm
You've still got the loan unit for another week Rob so happy listening to the GA2 until your own unit arrives.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RobDon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 10:38pm
That's the plan yes! Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RobDon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Dec 2017 at 8:18pm
Can anyone tell me how big a difference the PSU1 makes to the Communicator? Is it a noticeable improvement or only slight?
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"My Audion Silver Knight pre has a superb valve phono stage, but only one, I needed two. Enter a 'White Knight' in the form of Graham Slee. He happily supplied two of his GramAmp2 phono stages. These are wonderful devices for beer money and my experience with them made me consider them capable of showing up front-end differences even at the high-end. I was right... Graham even included the optional bigger power supplies, which managed to lift the performance, particularly the sense of scale and openness, to a point where at times they were a match for the Audion stage..."

http://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/turntabletest01_e.html

(17 year old review by Geoff Husband, TNT Audio magazine)

(you can also borrow a PSU1 from the loaner program)
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OK great, my Communicator arrives today so I'd like to try out a PSU1 before I splash £185 on one.
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Originally posted by RobDon RobDon wrote:

OK great, my Communicator arrives today so I'd like to try out a PSU1 before I splash £185 on one.


Please PM Jon (Fatmangolf) unless you already have.
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