I love my Graham Slee Reflex. Using it with a Graham Slee Elevator for a low output moving coil (Lyra Titan) cart.
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Ha! Just went through the same decision; let us know what you decide!
After reading every possible review on the web, I came to the conclusion that the EAR is probably $400 overpriced (maybe due to weak $)?
I've heard good things about the Graham Slee Reflex, but spoke to several that pointed me to the EAR over the Graham. The Avid Pulsus was also in the running.
Anyway, I just placed an order for the 834 with the Tele tubes - Just having a hard time with the upfront cost.
The E.A.R. may be overpriced now but it upgrades beautifully. Look for a used deluxe (chrome) version. You can upgrade it yourself (do a search for Thorsten Loesch 834P mods) or call Audio Revelations. You can also get great results from tube rolling. As you can guess I have the 834P and it's one of the best audio buys I've made.
recently I found interesting experience of one audiophile who was running Icon Audio Ps 3 and his thoughts are these
"A couple of days ago i received a Reflex C with the PSU-1 via the loaner programme, and i thought i would let you know what i thought. A few years ago i had the Gram amp 2se, and have fond memories of it's musical and enjoyable sound quality, and amazing value for money. Anyway, back to the Reflex C, i set it up and decided to let it warm through overnight and have a listen the next morning. Well, i was expecting it to sound good, but not THIS GOOD!!! I can't believe all that sound was coming from these two small boxes, and my first thought was just how musical and enjoyable it was - maybe a little on the thin side, but i thought that might improve as it warmed up - and improve it has. It just sounds right, musical, detailed, with lovely bass, mid, and a silky treble, and if you did not know any better, you could be listening to a tube phono stage - it's that good!
Now i have some serious thinking to do. The Reflex C runs very close to my current tube phono stage, an Icon Audio Ps3 Signature, without the hassle and expense of replacing tubes!"
need to consider for me too
Proac28, Yes, I have a Lyra Titan-i cartridge and am using a Graham Slee Reflex M. When I got back into turntables several years ago and bought a VPI Super Scoutmaster, I got a high output moving coil cartridge with a Graham Slee Gold ERA phono preamp. I upgraded to a low output Lyra Skala a year or two later and the Graham Slee ERA didn't have enough output so I bought a Graham Slee Elevator, a step-up device with a wide range of loading options on the front panel making testing different loads very easy. I traded in the Skala and got a nice trade-in for it on the purchase of a Titan-i. I upgraded to the Reflex M about 1-2 years ago from the ERA Gold, which further improved performance. The Reflex M and Elevator are a great combination. I am extremely happy with the sound. I am not looking to change my phono preamp, this combo is a keeper.
Thanks-I am thinking tubes to replace a Heed Quasar. The Heed
won't be easy to trump without spending a fair amount more. It's really good, and has a sound I can see a tube guy liking.
That's coming from a tube guy. ProAc28- Not sure what the Slee sells for, but the Quasar may be worth consideration. Mine will stay until I hear something something better south of 3K. The 834P delux is $2595 BTW.
I did not do a lot of research on the deluxe vs std. Would be interesting.
From reading post, I can see how others perceive preamps which are more analytical compared to the ear now that I am listening to it.
Unfortunately it's a pain in the a*s for me to trade many units in and out to test. In the end, I choose the ear because of the "softer" sound.
That said,I really like the results (but maybe I don't know what I'm missing).
Fjn04: as far as the differences bwt the two, I spoke to two different salesmen at two different companies*. One said the main difference was a shiny chrome faceplate and a few hundred bucks and absolutely nothing else. The other said it was a completely different model and blew the standard out of the water?
I grabbed a dyna 10x5; seemed like a moderate choice with two kids running around. Not a lot of experience to compare with other pairings. To my the ear and 10x5 seem to be great with Jazz (Saxophone Colossus) and acoustic (Young Live at Massey Hall), and good with rock (Fever Ray).
*just repeating comments! not intended to offend.
Interesting- I heard about the superior RCA's from a dealer who was looking in to the line. According to Audio Revelations current ad here, it seems as if the Std version comes standard with a volume control. Pricing is $1695 MM,
or $1895 w/ both MM/MC. The deluxes price of $2595 comes standard without V/C. Why do i get the feeling one of us will have to become a sleuth to solve this mystery. I say this with love for the hobby, but can't this be a little easier.
Just to be clear about the standard version, it apparently can't be had without the V/C. I will check on it, but if it's true, I find it strange.
Fjn: to add to the mystery. I thought the standard came with vc, but when standard mm/mc showed up, no vc.
I thought vc was now standard as well; would have liked to have it, but not going to fuss with it (I should have clarified prior to purchase).
And yes, I was thinking the same thing about this hobby earlier today - it does seem like it should be easier. Just can't decide if it adds or subtracts from the hobby?