Is there a commandment against coveting your neighbor's audio equipment? If so; I broke it. Ever since my friend and fellow forum member (ALL212) bought a Granite Audio 825 preamp from Audiogon last year, I've been wanting to get my hands on it. They come up for sale very rarely and I've bugged Aaron nearly everyday to sell it to me. Well, he finally bought a new tube pre (Odyssey Candela) and parted with this.
This is going into my secondary (office) rig where I'm upgrading from a Dodd ELP (which is a fantastic unit). However, as great as the ELP sounds, this takes it to the next level. Great soundstage and better bass. I'm very pleased with it. It helps that Aaron spent the last year rolling tubes and came up with a combination that sounds top notch.
The 825 is paired with a Dodd 50w tube amp driving a pair of LSi9s. One word of advice for those who haven't dipped their toe into the abyss of tubes... be prepared to spend some money and never look back!
(There are two headphone outputs on the front panel)
(That is the biggest 5Y3 (rectifier) tube I have ever seen!)
(Aaron included a quad of early 1950s Valvo EL84s, a late 1950s E80CC (12AU7) Valvo, and an early 1960s RCA 5Y3 rectifier)
(The Dodd ELP had two inputs and one output. It's nice to have a few more options.)
(The remote weighs 10 ounces. I wouldn't want this thing hurled at me!)
I'm currently experiencing a rather nasty ground loop hum, but I think I can take care of that with a Tripp Lite IS250 isolation transformer. Fingers crossed!
This will be the last audio upgrade on this rig for quite some time. :D