Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Special Edition Phono Preamp
The Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Special Edition
Here we have Graham Slee's multi-award winning Gram Amp 2 SE Moving Magnet Phono Stage. This is Graham Slee's best selling budget preamp - however it is to be noted, this is budget (comparitively) by name but not by nature - this has won accolades for a reason and this modest purchase could easily elevate your vinyl experience to a higher level! This is the obvious choice for someone getting a new deck and adding it to an existing system where a phono-stage will be needed and wanting a step up from the essential level - or as a great upgrade if you already have a 'starter' phono stage and want a simple upgrade without spending a fortune.
Gram Amp 2 Special Edition - MM Phono Preamp
So Good We Went One Better
The "stonking" musical performance mentioned by Geoff Husband at TNT Audio magazine in 2001 just about said it all about the Gram Amp 2.
The legendary value-for-money of the Gram Amp 2 was etched into audio history right there and then.
However, to show this wasn't a fluke we went one step better and made our best-selling budget phono preamp: the Gram Amp 2 Special Edition.
Supplied with a basic ("green energy") power supply with self adjusting voltage, and with power-pins fitted to suit your power outlet — you can upgrade by swapping over to PSU1 power as and when you're ready.
Basic power supply
PSU1 power supply - the upgrade
Shortly after the launch of the "beer money" Gram Amps in 2000 we were asked if we could make an even-better version for the US market, and the Gram Amp 2 Special Edition came into being.
It quickly picked-up awards and recommendations from a number of US hi-fi publications because of its "bang for the buck".
Since then its design - both in audio performance and appearance - has been refined a number of times.
Each time it has been judged by customers and magazine reviewers - and has not been found wanting.
For such a low-cost, small and lightweight phono preamp, it has proved itself capable of delivering a blistering musical rendition.
As might be expected the Special Edition has become a much sought-after dedicated MM phono preamp amongst record fans in the UK and Europe as well as in the US.
The Special Edition will not be found lacking in the company of the best high output cartridges.
But where budget dictates, less-costly cartridges like Audio Technica's AT95E will still let it produce a highly satisfying sound.
The Gram Amp 2 Special Edition phono preamp won't stamp any "signature" on your music so you'll be able to hear all the qualities of your cartridge.
It will be a lasting part of your hifi system, and won't be easily outdone by upgrades to the rest of your system.
|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)|
|Size (approx.)||107 x 117 x 50mm|
Specifications subject to alteration without notice in keeping with the manufacturer's improvement policy.
If you've got only $219 to spend and you're running MM, you can't go wrong with the surprisingly accomplished Gram Amp 2 SE, handbuilt in the UK . . . Unlike some other ultra-inexpensive phono sections, the Gram delivered genuine weight and solidity in the midband and midbass. It was quiet, and free of the thinness, edge, and grain you usually get at this price. .
- Michael Fremer - Analog Corner May 17 2018, republished from 2002
Still going strong after 16 years - though the price is now $410 . . .
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
|Model||Gram Amp 2 SE|
|Cartridge Types||MM, High Output MC|
|Warranty||1 Year Manufacturers Warranty|