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What prompted you to buy a GSP product?

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Originally posted by miT miT wrote:

It was quite a while ago but having been a headphone user for quite a while through my teens, I was looking at upgrading to a grown up system. Being on a modest income, the increased value of a headphone system appealed and this led to me discovering headphone amps, etc.

After a surprisingly good review in What HiFi, I discovered Graham Slee Projects / GSP Audio as it then was and invested in a Novo. This forum has been an instrumental part of my maturing over the years and ultimately led me to understand why the world of reviews are such a farce. Funny that the very magazine that got me here was left behind many years ago!!

I am a dedicated fan because as mentioned in other posts, Graham's honesty and openness about his designs gives me no reason to search elsewhere. I completely trust what he designs and see no reason to believe I know better; that simply would not be true.

I too first experienced headphones in my teens; grew up listening to great psychedelic progressive music such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc.

Over the past few years I started collecting vinyl again (like many of us) and upgrading my electronics. It was my wife who purchased a nice set of headphones for me (maybe too loud for her late at night! LOL) as I had hinted I wanted a pair. I already had a decent phono stage, but was not even aware of headphone amps until I discovered Graham Slee products through my internet research.  Thanks to BAK and the GS loaner program (great program!), I was able to try out some equipment. What a huge difference in my headphone experience!! The dynamics, separation, clarity of bass (no longer washed out and muddy) is amazing!

I immediately ordered the GS Solo Ultra-Linear Headphone Amp, which I enjoy frequently. Next on my list is the Accession preamp to upgrade my current phono stage. I have a lot of 1960s mono stuff (Beatles, Stones, etc), so plan to order mine with mono switch.

I am really enjoying my music and GS products!
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New owner here. I read Michael Fremer's review of the Accession M and thought, This is just what I'm looking for. The higher-end phono stages out there cater mostly to MC. While most claim they can do both, it seemed to me that paying megabucks for a MM/MC phono stage meant a big waste of money, as I would never use the MC section. An excellent MM-only phono stage was just what I needed.

Then I read further reviews of the Accession M. The praise was universal, and the price was right. I took the plunge, thinking I had little to lose. I could always sell the Accession on if I didn't like it.

Well, my new Accession M arrived yesterday. Of course it needs more burn-in, but right out of the box the sound astonished me. Recently I listened to a $300,000 system at a dealer demo. The Accession moved me appreciably closer to the $300k sound. (I know price is no guarantee of quality, but the expensive system did sound good!) That system had a $28,000 phono preamp. You could say that I just saved myself $26,500.

So far the Accession impresses me most with its retrieval of the sort of micro-detail that makes recorded music sound "live." (Fremer said the same thing.) Soundstaging and imaging are superb. I may post a more detailed review after the Accession has had a chance to settle in. But so far I'm loving it!




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote lwdykes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Feb 2020 at 10:57pm
Originally posted by RZangpo2 RZangpo2 wrote:

New owner here. I read Michael Fremer's review of the Accession M and thought, This is just what I'm looking for. The higher-end phono stages out there cater mostly to MC. While most claim they can do both, it seemed to me that paying megabucks for a MM/MC phono stage meant a big waste of money, as I would never use the MC section. An excellent MM-only phono stage was just what I needed.

Then I read further reviews of the Accession M. The praise was universal, and the price was right. I took the plunge, thinking I had little to lose. I could always sell the Accession on if I didn't like it.

Well, my new Accession M arrived yesterday. Of course it needs more burn-in, but right out of the box the sound astonished me. Recently I listened to a $300,000 system at a dealer demo. The Accession moved me appreciably closer to the $300k sound. (I know price is no guarantee of quality, but the expensive system did sound good!) That system had a $28,000 phono preamp. You could say that I just saved myself $26,500.

So far the Accession impresses me most with its retrieval of the sort of micro-detail that makes recorded music sound "live." (Fremer said the same thing.) Soundstaging and imaging are superb. I may post a more detailed review after the Accession has had a chance to settle in. But so far I'm loving it!


Thanks for the great review. I am looking at upgrading to the Accession myself. This helps.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote RichW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2020 at 11:21am
Most manufacturers would sell their soul for an endorsement like that. 
Well put.

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As a noob, I am torn between a dedicated MM stage vs one which handles MM/MC. The GSP line was one highly recommended for this purpose. I can't wait to find out more. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote lwdykes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2020 at 1:56pm
I upgraded to the Accession M a couple months ago. I had already installed the GS Solo UL DE Headphone Amp last year (amazing) and knew I wanted to upgrade to GS phono stage as well. I thought about the Reflex, but great reviews like the one above got me looking at the Accession. The Accession M was definitely the right decision for me. It sounds stellar! I'm hearing all kinds of subtle detail I never noticed before in music I have listened to all my life. A few weeks later I also upgraded my speakers to Revel F206 (almost went with the larger F208s) which further enhanced stage presence. These upgrades made a HUGE difference in my sound system. To say I am very pleased with my Accession M would be an understatement. Bruce Kohl & John Cadman were a great help and fantastic to work with. Bruce especially was a wealth of information and very gracious with his time over the phone. I also highly recommend the unique GS loaner program which gives the the opportunity to test GS products with your system and determine which ones are best for you. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BAK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2020 at 2:43pm
Originally posted by lwdykes lwdykes wrote:

I upgraded to the Accession M a couple months ago...
 Bruce Kohl & John Cadman were a great help and fantastic to work with. Bruce especially was a wealth of information and very gracious with his time over the phone. I also highly recommend the unique GS loaner program which gives the the opportunity to test GS products with your system and determine which ones are best for you. 

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