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    sometime ago i heard the integrated version of grandinote , the shinai with some heco direkt. the bass was extremely gripping . in fact with a track from interstellar the sofa was shaking with thunder from them . so the interest was stirred

    well these solid state amplifiers are from Italy . this is from hifipigs review of the proemio /silva

    "grandinote are based in Italy and headed up by Massimiliano Magri. The company use a technology they call Magnetosolid where solid state components are used in circuits more typical of valve amplifiers. Grandinote say this offers the advantages of both solid state and tube amplifiers. All the low signal stages in the amps are direct coupled without capacitors and every device has its own dedicated power supply. All their amplifiers run in Class A. "

    http://hifipig.com/grandinote-proemi...wer-amplifier/

    so I have the pre amp [ there is a higher one , heaven knows what that sounds like !!!] which is the proemio which is around 7.5k playing into a msb class A amp . they fit like a glove .

    the dislikes first , not too keen on the remote which compared to my rugged bel canto feels slightly unsubstantial . neither does it have theatre bypass which is good to have to integrate into an AV system . however its only 15 kg , built like a tank with beautiful finish and extremely easy to use . you can move swiftly from one input to another with the remote which goes up in increments and easy to control

    connecting with a modest reference fidelity rca interconnect with the msb . the first thing I notice is my chair can feel the vibration from the music at pretty low volumes . I might just struggle to use this combo with those lovely Kudos titan 707 methinks !!! however the verity audio Rienzi just rock beautifully with controlled bass that is pretty delightful. the main thing that really strikes you is strings sound like they have been plucked by a gladiator ....they really ping..... . piano has a lovely timbre .

    listening to a fantastic electrnic album from otarion called monument , the vocal harmonies are very compelling and cymbals and bells so realistic .

    only had the proemio on for 3 nights but it sounds good from the off , highly recommended . I know a number have the integrated version with high sensitivity speakers and enjoy them with grandinote
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    Do you plan to get the Kudos 707 Phil?
    You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan, designed and directed by his red right hand.

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    ah crimson donkey feels they would be too big , but they certainly were captivating . the verity i have are smallish , high waf factor , sound amazing , do not have too much bass and can sound like wilsons or living voice !!! so no not at the moment

    have you ever tried the grandinote ? most impressive i must say .
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    some pics*





    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    Nice to have a change from the norm in the styling front without being super blingy.

    Looks classy and forceful.

    Nice, I like it!
    Last edited by JohnJo; 04-04-2017 at 11:44.

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    in a few days after playing the modwright I shall put it back in the system . glad you like it
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    No not heard Grandinote. First came across the name when Leonardo were using their stuff.

    Leonardo is a silly expensive push pull Apogee like design of a speaker. Only curious about that speaker because of its philosophy. Instead of the magnets being on one side of the membrane/foil as per Apogee bass drivers, Leonardo puts them on both sides. I'm not sure if that's as good an idea as it sounds it might be.
    You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan, designed and directed by his red right hand.

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    Wait a minute, HOW muchhh!

    It's not that nice lookin

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    its worth it though !!
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    Gotta be honest I think it looks totally vile.

    No redeeming features at all.

    I therefore surmise the sound must be ace or they'd never sell a unit!
    You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan, designed and directed by his red right hand.

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