Gram Amp 2 Communicator phono stage

  • A high-end phono preamp design stripped-down to meet a budget
  • Suits high output moving magnet cartridges
  • Output connects to a 'line' or 'aux' amplifier input
  • Energy saving external power supply - self-adjusts to your mains/line voltage
  • Take it to another level of performance by using our PSU1 power supply
  • Designed to sound good when left on full-time
  • Good choice for doing vinyl "rips"

Timing is excellent, listening to Four Tet the rolling rhythm pulls us in to the track and the level of detail keeps us hooked, revealing intricacies we might not have heard before. It’s fast, organised and dynamic, too... Low on frills, high on quality, Graham Slee's aptly-named Communicator comes highly recommended.
5-stars, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, June 2013

One of the most astonishing-sounding albums I pulled out was the 1976 duet between jazz/world fusion group Oregon and jazz drummer Elvin Jones, Together. All acoustic, this album really showed Jones’ abilities, both as a swinging player and as an octopus-like polyrhythmic God. The record really shows the Gram Amp 2’s precise timing, its effortless handling of fulsome bass, its sheer musicality, and that fabulous soundstage for which it is already justly famous.
Gary Steel, Witchdoctor New Zealand, September 2011

The GramAmp 2 was something else... What I didn't expect was for it to soundstage like a four-figure pre. This is the hardest thing for a phono stage to do. For it to come off the stage it must faithfully preserve the information on the disc, including keeping a firm grip on phase. The Gram 2 was fully a match for the Audion in this respect. Swapping to the Korato pre, which I strongly suspect is even better than the Audion, the Korato held on to a small lead in width and gave a slightly deeper soundstage. But though the difference was noticeable in an A/B I'm not sure I could have identified which was playing if I just walked into the room. And the Gram 2 gave nothing away in detail. It just lacked a little of the power and glory of the 'hi-end' stages, but at a tiny fraction of the cost this was a stonking performance.
Geoff Husband, TNT Audio, February 2001

After now 2 weeks of running in, the phono stage is getting better and better. It does control my speaker with a real strong hand, that my previous valve chinese was truly unable to do. I am so happy with it, really delighted. Best Value for Money! For once it gives the warming feeling that I could actually stop swapping boxes frantically every 6 months, and sit down and enjoy the MUSIC! Isn't it what it's all about?
- forum member: Frankyc2003

Gram Amp 2 Communicator moving magnet phono stage supplied with "green" switched-mode power supply


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Since its introduction in 2001 the budget Gram Amp 2 continues to communicate what's in the groove - few, if any, contenders can compare at the price!

A top notch high-end performance moving magnet sensitivity phono preamp stripped down to its most basic function, and presented in a low cost anodized aluminium enclosure so the listener on a budget can enjoy high end-sound.

Supplied with an economy carbon friendly remote power supply, the Gram Amp 2 Communicator can be given a serious performance uplift by powering it instead from our PSU1 power supply.

The output of the Gram Amp 2 Communicator is optimised for use with integrated amplifiers and high output magnetic cartridges.

It's also an ideal phono preamp for DJ use, and for digitising records to computer. Or just use it for listening to your vinyl records and you'll be immersed in hours of glorious fatigue-free listening.

As with all our products, the Gram Amp 2 Communicator phono preamp should be left powered-up for its circuits to fully stabilize, and give the intended performance.


Input range2mV to 10 mV
Output168 to 841 mV for input range above
Maximum input level58mV
Input impedance resistive47k Ohms
Input impedance capacitive220pF
Output noise('A' weighted) -75dB
Reproduction characteristicRIAA within 0.5dB
Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise< 0.02%
Channel balance0.1dB
Channel separation64dB
Size (approx.)115 x 85 x 45mm

Specifications subject to alteration without notice in keeping with our continuous improvement policy.

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