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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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