Grandinote’s secret formula is based on the transformers.  This is the beating heart of the technology behind the brand, gambling on high quality inductors.  But was it really a gamble?  Not at all!

Max built his original amps based on tubes.  Then he tried to make them better, electing to use solid state circuits without any use of tubes.  In both incarnations, he made great progress, but it’s the transformers that are Max’s true secret.  He designed and optimised them from the ground up, to specifically suit the purpose for which they were intended.  This is somewhat rare for any product these days, and, to use an appropriate turn of phrase, the devil is in the detail.  He called the science behind his transformer design Magnetosolid® TechnologyMagnetosolid Technology has been clearly described in detail by Max on his company website, so follow the above link if you would like to find out more.

In addition to his transformer technology, Max also created his own speaker range to match, which he called Mach.

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Below is a listing of Grandinote products with a brief description of each.  More detailed information can be found on the Grandinote web site.

Magnetosolid® Technology Preamps and sources

All Grandinote front end components, just like the range of amplification, are based on the same Magnetosolid® Technology.  This is what makes them sound spacious, holographic and involving as the sound of the tube has always been Max’s true point of reference and an inspiration.

VOLTA mkII

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Streamer-DAC

  • Stereo output XLR (full balanced)
  • Stereo output RCA
  • Direct command for reversing the output phase
  • HDMI out Ultra-HD up to 3840×2160@60P
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000 MBit RJ45 port
  • WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz AC – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • DSD (64x/128x) and PCM 384kHz 32 bit
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Main power consumption maximum 25W
  • W=178 x H=148 x L=318 [mm], Weight 8kg

Streamer DAC remotely controllable from tablets, smartphones and personal computers. Reads audio and audio-video files from Ethernet disks (NAS) and USB, reduces possible reading errors and jitter. His uniform management of digital files, the extreme accurate conversion to analogue, power supplies and output stages of Magnetosolid ® technology derivation, makes Grandinote Volta the most faithful system for digital playback ever made.

Celio mkIV

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Phono preamplifier for MM and MC

  • MC gain = 66dB
  • MM gain = 45dB
  • XLR for MONO-BALANCED
  • Adjustable load impedances
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 9W
  • W=178 x H=148 x L=316 [mm], Weight 7kg

Phono preamplifier for MM and MC cartridges. It is characterised by the same sweetness, musicality and naturalness of the Magnetosolid® power amplifier systems. This special phono preamplifier has 2 XLR connectors: one input and one output. The Celio is both: either a stereo RCA phono preamplifier or a mono XLR phono preamplifier. To upgrade from a RCA stereo to a XLR stereo phono preamplifier is sufficient to add another Celio to the system: this preserves the investment in Your analogue hifi chain.

Stereo Line preamplifiers

PROEMIO

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Hi-End Preamplifier

  • Three unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Three balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • One unbalanced output RCA
  • One balanced output XLR (full-balanced)
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 350 kHz
  • Gain = 10 dB
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
    Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 15W
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=408 [mm], Weight 15kg

DOMINO

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Premium Hi-End Preamplifier

  • Three unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Three balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • One unbalanced output RCA
  • One balanced output XLR (full-balanced)
  • Frequency response 1,3Hz – 400 kHz
  • Gain = 10 dB
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 30W
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=408 [mm], Weight 16kg

GENESI

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No-compromise hi-end preamplifier

  • Four balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • One balanced output XLR (full-balanced)
  • Frequency response 0,5Hz – 650 kHz
  • Gain = 10 dB
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 30W
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=408 [mm], Weight 18kg

Magnetosolid® Technology amps: Integrated & Power amps

SHINAI

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  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • Power for channel 37W
  • Damping factor >150
  • Frequency response 2Hz – 240 kHz
  • Two unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Two balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 270W
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm], Weight 40kg

PRESTIGIO

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  • Monofonic integrated amplifier
  • Nominal power 60W
  • Damping factor >150
  • Frequency response 2Hz – 240 kHz
  • Three unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Three balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Absorption 220W (each channel)
  • Weight 30kg (each channel)
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm] (each channel)
  • Communication network AMSYNET

Grandinote Shinai has refined and charming sound of Magnetosolid® amplifiers. Supreme musical characteristics of Prestigio, dual case 60W amplifier, are transferred in this little masterpiece of 37W for channel. In summary, these are two mono units, enclosed in a single chassis. Requires two power cables.

Grandinote Prestigio is a integrated “multi-case” amplifier. The two mono-amps share volume, input, and balance information trough the Grandinote network “AMSYNET” (AMplifiers SYstem NETwork). Grandinote Prestigio, based on Magnetosolid® technology, produces a tight and dynamic solid-state sound, conserving the sweet and natural sound peculiar of tube amplifiers.

SILVA

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  • Full dual mono power amplifier
  • Power for channel 37W
  • Damping factor >150
  • Frequency response 2Hz – 280 kHz
  • One balanced input XLR (full-balanced)
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 270W
  • Weight 40kg
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm]

FUTURA

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  • Monoblock amplifier
  • Nominal power 60W
  • Damping factor >150
  • Frequency response 2Hz – 280 kHz
  • One balanced input XLR (full balanced)
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Absorption 220W (each channel)
  • Weight 30kg (each channel)
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm] (each channel)

Grandinote Silva, is a full dual mono power amplifier based on Magnetosolid® Technology. Therefore it counts extension, tight and precision of a solid state power amplifier combined with the sweetness and harmonic content of a real high end tube amplifier. These are two mono units, enclosed in a single chassis. Requires two power cables.

Grandinote Futura, is a mono block power amplifier based on Magnetosolid® Technology. Therefore it counts extension, tight and precision of a solid state power amplifier combined with the sweetness and harmonic content of a real high end tube amplifier. Futura is the highest statement of Magnetosolid technology.

Magnetosolid® VHP Technology amps: Integrated & Power amps

The Magnetosolid®-VHP line products are based on the original Magnetosolid® range. The same circuit designs have been employed but built with money-no-object components – nothing is spared or saved – to ensure the best performance the designs can offer.  All standard products can be retrospectively upgraded to the VHP range at the appropriate cost.

ESSENZA

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  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • Power for channel 37W
  • Damping factor >230
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 300 kHz
  • Two unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Two balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 270W
  • Weight 40kg
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm]

SUPREMO

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  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • Power for channel 37W
  • Damping factor >230
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 350 kHz
  • Four balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 270W
  • Weight 40kg
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm]

DIVINA

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  • Monofonic integrated amplifier
  • Nominal power 60W
  • Damping factor >230
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 300 kHz
  • Three unbalanced inputs RCA
  • Three balanced inputs XLR (full-balanced)
  • Balanced inputs XLR unbalanced convertibles
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Absorption 220W (each channel)
  • Weight 30kg (each channel)
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm] (each channel)

Grandinote Essenza is the natural evolution of the acclaimed Grandinote Shinai amplifier. The only difference is the output stage. Essenza is equipped with the extraordinary and exclusive Magnetosolid-VHP, the most avant garde Magnetosolid® technology, utilizingrefined and exclusive ferromagnetic components.

The Grandinote Supremo is a no-compromise hi-end stereo integrated. The best of Grandinote family. His design and his construction born to splurge every virtues of Magnetosolid® sound.

Grandinote Divina is the natural evolution of the acclaimed Grandinote Prestigio amplifier. The only difference is the output stage. Divina is equipped with the extraordinary and exclusive Magnetosolid-VHP, the most avant garde Magnetosolid® technology, utilizing refined and exclusive ferromagnetic components.

ARALDO

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  • Full-dualmono power amplifier
  • Power for channel 37W
  • Damping factor >230
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 350 kHz
  • One balanced input XLR (full-balanced)
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Full dual mono
  • Absorption 270W
  • Weight 40kg
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm]

DEMONE

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  • Monofonic power amplifier
  • Nominal power 60W
  • Damping factor >230
  • Frequency response 1,5Hz – 350 kHz
  • One balanced input XLR (full balanced)
  • Class “A”
  • No feedback
  • Direct coupling stages: no capacitor used
  • Absorption 220W (each channel)
  • Weight 30kg (each channel)
  • W=318 x H=196 x L=473 [mm] (each channel)

The Grandinote Araldo is a no-compromise hi-end power amplifier. It’s the evolutin of the Grandinote Silva. The difference is the output stage. In facts, Araldo bases on the exclusive Magnetosolid-VHP technology. His design and his construction born to splurge every virtues of Magnetosolid® sound. We can enjoy with a natural and sweet sound, but also tight, energetic and dynamic. These are two mono units, enclosed in a single chassis. Requires two power cables.

The Grandinote Demone is a no-compromise hi-end preamplifier. It’s the evolutin of the Grandinote Futura. The difference is the output stage. In facts, Demone bases on the exclusive Magnetosolid-VHP technology. His design and his construction born to splurge every virtues of Magnetosolid® sound. We can enjoy with a natural and sweet sound, but also tight, energetic and dynamic. Demone is the highest statement of the Magnetosolid-VHP technology.

UPGRADES

Shinai 2 Essenza
Silva 2 Araldo
Prestigio 2 Divina
Futu 2 Demo

Grandinote Essenza, Divina, Araldo and Demone models are based on the Shinai, Prestigio, Silva and Futura respectively.  They implement the superior output stage based on superior materials and implementation of the exclusive Magnetosolid®-VHP technology.

The upgrade can be performed on each power amplifier transforming the Shinai into the Essenza, the Prestigio into the Divina, the Silva into the Araldo and the Futura into the Demone, Grandinote’s signature amplifier.

The upgrade includes complete overhaul of the power amplifier, substitution of the output stage and substitution of the front part.

5 year’s warranty is given on the upgraded product starting from the upgrade date.

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