Consistently recommended and awarded throughout its 12+ year history, the Gram Amp 2 SE phono preamp earned its latest 5 star recommendation in the Feb 2014 edition of Hi-Fi Choice: "...the Gram Amp offers a level of musical enjoyment beyond what its price tag suggests"
Excellent value for money - September 2012 saw the styling change to our own anodised slim-line all-aluminium extruded enclosure with its classic clean line styling and solid build quality.
Gram Amp 2 Special Edition MM Phono Preamp Gram Amp 2 Special Edition MM Phono Preamp
An amazing little fixed gain RIAA preamp for moving magnet and high output moving coil cartridges, also suited to high output moving iron phono cartridges (sensitivity range 2-10mV). It's quite a gem as you'll find!
The Gram Amp 2 Special Edition RIAA preamp was first launched in 2001 with a number of refinements over the original legendary Gram Amp 2. The Special Edition features 50 percent more gain to deliver a higher output which is a close match to digital sources.
Originally designed to be an entry-level RIAA preamp for the USA market, it earned itself several recommendations from the American Hi-Fi press.
- Fast-Active preamp and equalisation technology
- Inherent reduced vinyl click and pop characteristic
- Rock steady sound stage
- Truly 3D performance
- Superior classic ground configuration
- Can be upgraded by using a PSU1 unipolar power supply instead of the "green" switched mode unit supplied
Input range: 2mV - 10mV rms
Output range (for above inputs): 224mV to 1120mV rms
Gain: 41dB (Av 112) ref 1kHz
Phase margin: 90 degrees
Maximum input level: 41mV (ref: 1 kHz)
Input impedance resistive: 47k Ohms
Input impedance capacitive: 100pF
Output noise: (CCIR Q-Pk 22Hz-22 kHz) -74dB
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) -115dB
Reproduction characteristic: RIAA within 0.5dB total deviation 20Hz-20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise measured at 80Hz, 1kHz, 5.6 kHz and 16 kHz: <0.05% (typically <0.015% at 1 kHz)
Channel balance: 0.1dB
Channel separation: 64dB
Size: 107 x 117 x 50mm approx.
"Now My Record Player Really Works!... This product is an easy recommend. It works very well, and it does so beyond what you might expect at the price.
[Neil Walker on the "V1" Gram Amp 2 SE, Enjoythemusic.com, April 2002]
"Having somewhat reluctantly undertaken this audition, I ended up enjoying this product so much that I had no great compulsion to go back to my AT33 MC cartridge... Amazingly, when partnered with quite expensive frontends and 'speakers, the Gram SE II was not left wanting, it just played highly enjoyable music. And it can step up to partnering some pretty serious MM cartridges as well... It should also be considered by those who might need a solution to a system with some harshness or frankly anyone with an amplifier having a phono stage that they feel isn't to their liking.
[Steve Davey on the "V1" Gram Amp 2 SE, TNT Audio, May 2002]
"...they'll be amazed by its sound...the Gram delivered genuine solidity in the mid-band and mid-bass. It was quiet, and free from the thinness, edge, and grain you usually get at this price..."
[Stereophile (print magazine) on the "V1" Gram Amp 2 SE, June 2002]
"...all the earmarks of a giant killer...the more you listen to this thing on its own, the more you'll discover that you can play it for hours without fatigue...the presentation had a rare top to bottom cohesiveness, with a tonal balance unusually rich, lush, and, well, beautiful...It's love at first sound between the Gram Amp and vocalists, while violins are marvelously silken..."
[Absolute Sound (print magazine) on the "V1" Gram Amp 2 SE, Feb/March 2002]
"The Gram Amp 2 SE offers exceptionally good value with its clean, detailed, dynamic and completely grain-free presentation
[Paul Candy on the "V2" Gram Amp 2 SE, Six Moons, April 2005]
"For those building a budget system or upgrading an existing built-in phono stage, the Graham Slee 2 S/E is a new reference. Its combination of superb wideband sonic performance and exemplary musical communication sets the standard for budget phono stages. Highly recommended.
[Paul Szabady on the "V2" Gram Amp 2 SE, Stereo Times, May 2007]
"Out of the box, this is in many ways the most musical phono stage here. Its sound is very 'analogue', almost valve-like in its nature..."
[Hi-Fi Choice (print magazine) on the slim-line Gram Amp 2 SE, Feb 2014]
Recommendations and Awards
Recommended: Hi-Fi Choice - Feb 2014
2007 Editors Choice Awards: The Absolute Sound - October 2007
Editors Choice - Best Buy phono preamplifier: The Absolute Sound - Issue 144 October/November 2003
Recommended System Component: Stereophile October 2003
Recommended System Component: Stereophile April 2003
Recommended Best Buy: The Absolute Sound Dec 2002/Jan2003
Recommended System Component: Stereophile October 2002
Recommended Best Buy: The Absolute Sound Oct/Nov 2002