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post #76 of 540
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
More late, late night listening and this amp is impressive. I have owned 5 gilmore amps including the v1/v2/v2-se and a specially modded v2-se. I am already convinced the GS-1 tops any of them. This amp has a richer tone and more refinement than any previous gilmore amp I have heard. Well done Justin....now for some preamp duty.
Curious. Have you heard either the Reference or Dynahi?? If so, any impressions on how they compare to the GS-1? Know the GS-1 won't surpass either of these but I wonder where they show similarities.
post #77 of 540
Seems to be a Gilmore I could like. I have got an impression that they were a little cold (but that could be wrong). Wonder what will happen with this amp when fully burned-in?
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Originally Posted by Anders
Seems to be a Gilmore I could like. I have got an impression that they were a little cold (but that could be wrong). Wonder what will happen with this amp when fully burned-in?
First for KenW, I have not heard any of the gilmore amps above the v2-se.

The v2 and v2-se were leaner sounding in the bass and brighter in the upper midrange/lower treble vs this amp to me. But I think set up had the most to do with the perceived warmth of the v2/v2-se amps, as they tend to give you what you feed them. I didnt find the v2/v2-se amps cold as much as I thought the bass was to lean. The v2 and v2-se always struck me as transparent and neutral sounding amps that needed more mid bass to balance the overall sound.

I have a warm magnet wire interconnect (magwire original) and a warm sounding power cord (signalcable magic power cord) and the synergy is just what I want with the GS-1. That said... this amp is definitely warmer in the midrange and more weighty in the bass using the same cables than either the v2 or v2-se. This amp is more like the original v1 with a big powerful sound. But this amp is more refined and doesnt have the brighter sounding upper mid/ lower treble of the v1. Sibilance is noteably better controlled in the GS-1 sounding less forward and more relaxed. I hope this amp doesnt change and brighten up because it has the best treble from a solid state amp I have yet heard.
post #79 of 540
I'm really eager to find out how the GS-1 stacks up against an Emmeline, such as the HR-2. I'm considering purchasing either one of them for my new headphone rig. Have you enough experience with the HR-2 (or XP-7) that you could comment, sacd lover?
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Hmmm...

Is the GS-1 simply a Dynalo/mid with more connectivity? The photographs show removable boards that resemble the Dynahi boards I've seen.
post #81 of 540
I didn't take a long look at the GS-1 yesterday but it looked like the modules in use were of dynalo design. The power supply is completely different I'm pretty sure it's something that Justin designed himself.
post #82 of 540
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Originally Posted by DrOctagon
I'm really eager to find out how the GS-1 stacks up against an Emmeline, such as the HR-2. I'm considering purchasing either one of them for my new headphone rig. Have you enough experience with the HR-2 (or XP-7) that you could comment, sacd lover?

I like this amp a lot better than the HR-2. I prefer the GS-1's sound quality and the GS-1 has more features. The GS-1 is quite a bit less expensive too. This amp is a great value and right now its sounding exceptionally good as a preamp. I am already worried I wont be able to send it back.
post #83 of 540
Nice reviewing going on here Earl. On the web site it calls the modules "gilmore standard", and I assumed, at that time, that one would be buying something like the V2 with the possibility of upgradeing it later with different modules as they became available. I also assumed the stock modules had just the standard V2 circuit/sound. Apparently this is not a correct assumption on my part. As I listen to the reviews here, I get the impressions that the modules are better than the V2 circuits/sound. I think the web site could do a better job of explaining just what that "standard Gilmore module" is.
post #84 of 540
I received my GS-1 (with stepped attenuator) on Saturday but just got it fired up. Right now it's receiving audio from a DAC1, which is being fed by my laptop, temporarily. Later tonight or tomorrow I'll hook the GS-1 up to my Arcam CD33, which is a revealing source.

My first impression is that the build quality is excellent. It will sit nicely in my cabinet with the other Arcam pieces that I have. As for the sound, well, it seems to have nice synergy with the RS-1s. Bass is tight, and nothing seems to be missing. But this is a very early impression. More to come.

Go Yanks.
post #85 of 540
Hey Earl, keep up those impressions. I was curious about a couple of things. Did you ever try one of the Gilmore's with BlackGates? Does this amp have the BlackGates in it? If not, what caps are in there? It sounds like you're describing the changes that are somewhat akin to the changes I hear with the BlackGates though not exactly the same.
post #86 of 540
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Originally Posted by gpalmer
Hey Earl, keep up those impressions. I was curious about a couple of things. Did you ever try one of the Gilmore's with BlackGates? Does this amp have the BlackGates in it? If not, what caps are in there? It sounds like you're describing the changes that are somewhat akin to the changes I hear with the BlackGates though not exactly the same.
I just typed a semi-long post and lost it. Grrrrrr!!!

With more listening tonight the GS-1 continues to go toe to toe with my mpx3. The mpx3 continues to display a little more openess and sense of space. The mpx3 also puts a little more air around vocals (Trouble No More from Live At The Filmore) comes to mind. The mpx3 passed on a small amount more emotion in the same song too. But the resmblance between these two amps is striking. The GS-1 and the mpx3 have nearly a spot on tonal balance and the GS-1 seems to dig out all the little hall sounds and spatial clues I hear from th mpx3. The GS-1 has a more robust mid bass and is every bit as potent in the low end as my mpx3. The musicality of this amp is messing with my mind. Am I saying the GS-1 sounds like a tube amp? No, not really. The mpx3 with a good live recording sounds real. The GS-1 is almost, but not quite as lifelike as the mpx3.

I need some Ohio guys to volunteer to come over and compare these two amps before everyone thinks I am crazy. This is the best sounding solid state amp I have ever heard.

No Happy, no blackgates and I dont know what caps are in the amp. I wouldnt change a thing though; Justin has this amp right. I thought I was going to have some fun auditioning this amp and send it back. This amp isnt going anywhere. Expect to see a Woo 3 and a Space Tech Lab preamp for sale. Oh yeah, this amp is a wonderful preamp.
post #87 of 540
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
No Happy, no blackgates and I dont know what caps are in the amp.
Have you heard of the invention of the screwdriver? Your fans demand it!
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Originally Posted by gpalmer
Have you heard of the invention of the screwdriver? Your fans demand it!
Yeah, but I dont drink.
post #89 of 540
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
Yeah, but I dont drink.
Good one, I'll be quiet now...
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Good one, I'll be quiet now...
I will find out for you Haps; just not tonight.
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