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    Grandinote Celio

    Anyone familiar with this Italian beauty, coming from a small manufacture in Pavia? Everything very much hand-made. Just went ahead and ordered one.

    It is a Magnetosolid Phono Preamp, i.e. it is a transistor amp built based on a tube architecture. I'm really looking forward to it, will report.




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    Grandinote Celio

    So, here's the update, got the Grandinote Celio yesterday, so not burned-in, just after 24 hrs warm-up:
    - excellent detail retrieval
    - frequency extension into the highs and lows superb
    - tube like liquid highs
    - full and delicious mids, w/o sounding bloated or overly warm
    - bass not only better than any tubes I have heard, but better than transistors
    - in a combination tube-like highs and transistor-quality bass definition
    - phono pre's used this year, EAR 834P, Nagra VPS, ARC PH6 do not stand a chance in any aspect
    - analogue now clearly better than digital system
    - I have been sitting mesmerized in front of my system since this thing arrived

    If you have a chance, I can only recommend an auditioning.


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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Wow! Very nice. Please keep the updates coming. Sorry I missed this thread.
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    Grandinote Celio

    Yes, I am indeed impressed with this one. Produces a very nice end result in my system.

    It was also tested in German Audio Magazin this summer and got excellent marks and a highlight recommendation (Audio Empfehlung). I thought it might be better than the ARC PH6, but I was surprised how much better it is. Also clearly exceeding what the Nagra VPS can do, which I tested earlier this year.


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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Excellent choice! Grandinote makes some really impressive gear.

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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Great to have other people on the forum appreciating Grandinote. As I like the Celio so much I am tempted to try more.

    Have you heard any of the pre or power amps?


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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Only a couple of their integrated amps I'm afraid- the Shinai and the double chassis Prestigio; if they were anything to go by, their pre-power offerings must be very special indeed.

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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Great to have other people on the forum appreciating Grandinote. As I like the Celio so much I am tempted to try more.

    Have you heard any of the pre or power amps?


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    I loved it !

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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    I would really like to hear the big Demone monos, I bet they're special.


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    Re: Grandinote Celio

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Great to have other people on the forum appreciating Grandinote. As I like the Celio so much I am tempted to try more.

    Have you heard any of the pre or power amps?


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    Hi,

    I'm sorry to discover this discussion just now.


    By the end of 2015 I wanted to try the Demone mono amplifiers in my setup and therefore contacted Grandinote (I'm living in Italy so there was no problem). Unfortunatly they did not have a pair of Demone on hand for a demo at my home, but they lent me a Domino pre-amplifier instead. In the 5 years before, I was driving my Pass XA 100.5 directly with my DCS Puccini as I preferred the more transparent and quiter sound compared to passing through the ARC Ref 3 I owned at that time.

    The Grandinote pre-amplifier was a great fit in my setup. Putting the Domino in my system brought more air, more space and some improvement of the microdynamics especially at low levels. So, since that day the Domino remained in my system.

    As soon as I have some more time available, I will also do a demo of the Demone at home (they currently have a demo pair available..... maybe compared to some Vitus power-amp which I also admire).

    I also talked to two journalists of the German Audio journal and they confirmed me that the Grandinote products are really that good!
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