Not everyone likes a truly neutral sound. Different preamps can and do provide presentations that stray from neutral (warmer or cooler) and better match with the rest of their system. One size doesn't fit all.
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I will agree the GFP750 is a great value. I compared it to my Melos 333? several years ago. It was impressively close to a $3000 preamp for only, if I remember correctly, $750 or so. But the Melos was slightly better in all areas, with more neutrality, but also mainly more fully fleshed out tone and imaging. Nowadays, compared to current well regarded preamps, I am sure it holds its own, but the differences would be even greater. A Ref 3, for example, has a MUCH more transparent sound, and will show the GFP as sounding too thin, and not that neutral. Neutral only sounds "neutral" until you hear something even more "neutral". But hey, the GFP is still a great value. It is just not close to the best out there anymore.
Kanuk, if you ever have a chance to try the Placette Active Linestage, you'll get the full measure of where the Adcom comes up short. Same type of "passive pre" sound but considerably better. But really, stay with the Adcom. As others have said, it's a great value and a I found it a real joy to use and to live with.
I'm sure you feel your new Adcom preamp sounds better than a JVC or Pioneer receiver. Please educate me on the difference. How could a $1200 preamp sound better than a $250 receiver? Why spend more than $250 on a receiver?
Bottom line, reviews don't mean crap...if it's good enough for you, then it's good enough. 'nuff said....enjoy...
better preamps short-out unused inputs, provide SE and BAL inputs and outputs, use much-higher quality connectors, detachable power cords, resonant-free cabinets, longer lasting and quieter switching devices... another thing is the box needs to be stable and solid enought or it gets thrown all over the place by the sheer weight of the cables attached to it. otoh, you can buy a superb "used" preamp that used to be class "A" for 30 cents on the dollar. i set a limit on what i will spend on a preamp, and it's pretty high. but i will never buy a boulder or "whatever" for over $30k. not ever. and i respect boulder and fm acoustics, goldmund, kondo, etc. dynaudio even tried to market a $100,000 preamp awhile back. and what the heck was THAT suppose to sound like? but IMHO music sources aren't that good that i feel i need to worry about a $60K preamp. geez, man, just buy a steinway and get a piano teacher...
Well as someone who enjoyed the GFP750 (in active mode) for a couple years before changing to a Supratek tube preamp (approx 2400 new). With no other changes..
Quantum leap forward in bass response, soundstaging, noise floor. I was especially suprised at how much better the bass response got. Now we're comparing a $1400 new to a $2400 new unit, but that was a well spent 1000 bucks.
I know I would inflame many members by saying this, but I'll do it anyway:
I never heard Adcom, but I owned various preamps at different price points, and came to conclusion, that if you are on the path to find "miracle component" and " a giant killer", sooner or later you'd realize they are pretty much non-existent entities. Miracles do not happen in this hobby, and to a certain point (point of diminishing returns, that is) you get what you paid for.
If it was that easy to create $1400 preamp equal to the best $10,000-15,000 units, somebody would've done it by now.
Do arrest me now.