"...sonically, a combination of virtues between tubes and transistors." "He does not color. He draws conspicuously in 3D" "The device simply fills the room." "This is an amplifier that is state of the art."
HIFITEST.DE - Holger Barske - 05/2021
"Grandinote CELIO: Product of the Year 2021"
LP Magazine - 2021
Themes in the "a knack for detail retrieval" "gave notes and musical lines enough space to stretch out and seamlessly transition into the next notes and musical lines." "The Shinai has the spirit of a revealer. It speaks the truth—not ruthlessly, but honestly."
STEREOPHILE - Recommended Components 2021
"...uncanny ability to combine transparency, openness, and resolution with musicality. Subtle details of pitch variation and bowing texture were displayed with an unmatched sense of resolution with a full measure of warmth and body."
STEREOTIMES - KEY KIM - AWARD - 12/2020
"The Best Amplifier reviewed in 2020"
MONO&STEREO - AWARD - 12/2020
"This integrated amplifier is made for purists and for absolutely "pure" sound with no flap."
FAIRAUDIO - AWARD - 12/2020
"It was as if a world was materializing around me" "The Shinai has a knack for detail retrieval" "the speaker cones were completely under the Shinai's control" "The Shinai transmitted not just sound but subtle people-in-a-band cues and dynamics"
STEREOPHILE - Robert Schryer - 08/2020
"La vibration de l’humain, la présence incoercible des êtres de chair et de sang derrière les instruments ou derrière la pensée, la création, le son comme vecteur de l’âme, tel est le credo du gros intégré transalpin."
LEBEAUSON.FR - 06/2020
"My journalistic objectivity be darned! The Goerner Audio/Grandinote room produced the sort of sound that melts my heart, ravishes my senses, and reminds me of why great hi-fi is worth the money." "But I think what surprised me most was the fact there wasn't a single tube..."
STEREOPHILE - Robert Schryer - 10/2019
"For this Toronto festival, it was my Best of the Show, no doubt."
TED - Reportage - 10/2019
"The phono stage Grandinote Celio is an outstanding device in every sense. Unmatched circuitry, excellent workmanship and assembly and, of course, luxurious sound. True High End."
HI-FI.RU - Анатолий Максименко - 08/2019
"Massimiliano Magri of Grandinote from Italy put up a stellar sounding system." "...with his new carbon fiber enclosures. It’s a line source with a crossover-less design"
STEREOTIMES - Key Kim - 05/2019
"Genesi encapsulates Max love for music, life and high-end audio in the best possible way." "Genesi remarkable ability to maintain the signal pureness while responding to single quark like cues and nods..." "This is why I'm wholeheartedly giving out the Mono&Stereomost Highly Recommended Product Award!"
MONO&STEREO - Matej Isak - 05/2019
"Massimiliano Magri is always trying to push the limits with his unique way of doing things and Mach unfiltered and unequalized design by itself was already an out of the box speaker concept, but the carbon fiber enclosure really let 9 woofers and 16 tweeters to breath most freely."
MONO&STEREO - Matej Isak - 05/2019
"...is real tube warmth and “mercury” eclecticism, excellent tonal and timbre authenticity." "As if we are listening to a real single-ended amplifier in all its glory" "get physical pleasure from the exquisite sound pictures and enjoy the high-end gloss."
HI-FI.RU - Стас Устенко - 05/2019
"Rich in all regions: dynamics, colors, naturalness. He managed everything in our test with a self-confidence that would inspire even the most critical analog fans." "This streamer met our highest benchmarks and dreams. Volta succeeded in everything with ease and naturalness. If you have analog feelings, you should get it."
AUDIO - Andreas Günther - 04/2019
"the sound I heard was captivating, courtesy of a complete system from Grandinote, an Italian brand I was unfamiliar with, but was immediately taken by."
STEREOPHILE - Robert Schryer - 03/2019
"The phenomenal sphere of sound surrounded us like a merry ocean on a hot day. The ocean of extraordinary clarity and splendor." "a sound not unlike what produce electrostats, but with incomparable higher dynamics." "La Grande Bellezza. Just one great splendor!"
HIGH & STYLE - Andrej Turok - 12/2018
"...few were as musical or emotionally powerful as this one." "quality was exquisite-musical, emotionally powerful, and sneakily dynamic, without apparent flaw"
STEREOPHILE - Art Dudley - 05/2018
"by all accounts the sound was stellar as to be expected already knowing how good this Italian brand performs." "Sounds too good to be true until you hear these products for oneself. "
STEREOTIMES - Clement Perry - 05/2018
"Shinai has an outstanding talent for natural vocals, just like a really good lamp. The advantage is greater power" "Listen to Shinai, that's the essence of fun" this is pure musicality."
PLATINUM NOTE WINNER
HIFI VOICE - Daniel Březina - 05/2018
"From Bressana the Hi-Fi system that travels the world"
PROVINCIA PAVESE - Mattia Tanzi - 04/2018
"...literally 3-4 pairs of the best speakers that have visited me. These are loudspeakers that play differently than all known to me, and yet, or maybe because of that, fantastic."
RED FINGERPRINT WINNER HIGH FIDELITY - Marek Dyba - 03/2018
"That’s really what distinguishes Grandinote devices and puts them in a category of their own that is quite different from anything else in the high-fidelity market."
SON & IMAGE - Michel Bérard - 01/2018
"Grandinote Shinai A Ferrari among amplifiers"
SON & IMAGE - Michel Bérard - 10/2017
"Shinai sounded as if it had several hundred watts at its disposal" "Shinai has the rare ability to present the better side of recording"
HIGH FIDELITY - Wojciech Pacula - 09/2017
"It is capable of giving life to the reproduction of music. Very few hifi products of any price are capable or were capable of doing it."
HIFIBLE - 09/2017
"so special and so different we just sit with beating heart and open mouth, excited and almost crying in excitement."
PLATINUM NOTE WINNER HIFI VOICE - Daniel Březina - 08/2017
"It's incredible that it has only 37Watt" "...a realism and a delicacy in reconstructing even the smallest nuances..." "The detail and refinement are another must"
FDS - Alberto Guerrini - 07/2017
"Grandinote Genesi is the best pre-amp that I have listened" ... ... "He plays in a itself category besides the Champions League."
HIFI STATEMENT - Peter Banholzer - 07/2017
"The only thing that kept coming back to me was the word SCARY" ... ... "The sound is so wide-open and natural that it really is perhaps the best sounding system that I have had"
STEREO TIMES - Clement Perry - 07/2017
"Grandinote Genesi is quite a different beast where sound is never lackadaisical, corrupt or augmented." ... ... "Genesi follows the path of purity and simplicity in the signal amplification."
MONO&STEREO - Matej Isak - 06/2017
"The very first reaction with few of the well know track was an exuberant "mamma mia" :)" ... :.. "Yes, this seems to be no ordinary preamplifier."
MONO&STEREO - Matej Isak - 06/2017
"It made me forget I was listening “only” to the re-production of the live performance. It simply felt real, it felt true."
Hi Fi Knights - Marek Dyba - 11/2016
"It's rare this dynamic readiness in the harmonious border regions." "...a tube amplifier, without tubes." "The Shinai from then on perched on a top place in our list."
AUDIO - Andreas Günther - 08/2016
"This is definitely one of the best sounds I’ve heard in the reference system..."
HIFI PIG - Stuart Smith - 06/2016
"Shinai is one of the best solid state integrated amplifire in the world... ...this capacityes are too rare..."
STACCATO - 06/2016
"Grandinote Celio is a sonically brilliant phonostage that provides an incredibly airy and magnificent reproduction of music" "distinctly neutral, but with good dynamics and compelling bass."
STEREOPLUSS - Roy Ervin Solstad - 04/2016
"Proemio had the power of precise images, It was brighter, more transparent with all the advantages of good tube circuits, no hardness velvety silver."
AUDIO - Andreas Günther - 03/2016
"Grandinote Celio is very different and unique sounding phono preamplifier" "sound tuning is lush, emotional and involving factor, extending across all the musical genres"
MONO&STEREO - Matej Isak - 01/2016
"Revolutionary" For Grandinote Demone 140/140 points. From 1978 to the present day, only 3 amplifiers in the world took the top score from AUDIO!
AUDIO - Johannes Maier - 07/2015
"...was so, so beautiful. This system was a triumph. I sure hope I encounter Grandinote electronics again in Munich."
STEREOPHILE - Jason Victor Serinus - 04/2015
"it is almost impossible to take off, this amplifier connects you simply and purely to music. this feeling of addiction is quite rare and we'll see why."
AUDIOPHILEFR - Lionel Schmitt - 03/2014
"I always find the Leonardos, to my ears, to sound their very best when played through Grandinote electronics."
STEREO TIMES - Clement Perry - 06/2013
"The best of solid state"
MUSIC EMOTION - Ruud Jonker - 06/2013
"a word occurred often to me: energy. This sensation of energy never fades away and gives to the whole reproduction a dynamic sensation, violent at times where the partition requires..."
AUDIO ACTIVITY - Domenico Pizzamiglio - 04/2013
"We did not hear never the fineness of the notes... ...The harmonic density and dynamic distribution allow for each partition, each note, each sound to be interpreted in a credible manner..."
HAUTE FIDÉLITÉ - Dominique Mafrand - 12/2012
"A disarming naturalness: great! Who you were never present the opportunity to listen to the SHINAI, perhaps at a trade show, you should definitely do it. "
Wilfried Lardenoit - 07/2012
"An amplifier with absolute quality level, able to offer the best quality that you can expect from tube technology and from solid state. "
NUKE - Alfredo Di Pietro - 12/2010
"Without any exaggeration this amplifier imposes itself in a natural way and evidence of timbral precision, an exceptional spacial coherence... ...these amplifiers own an unique character to go beyond naturally the reproduction of all kind of music"
SP&I - Patrick Vercher - 2008
"It's like listen a sound by McIntosh MC230 or a pair of MC30, which had stolen the muscles, from a not so small Krell."
FDS - Bebo Moroni - 12/2007
"I could not reasonably think that a tube integrated had the same authority of a transistor, or that one transistor had the same feeling of a tube. Then I listened the Grandinote A Solo..."
FDS - Andio Morotti - 10/2006
"Refinement like small power tube amplifire"
FDS - Andrea Della Sala - 02/2006
"We seem to listen a modern tube amp, one of those properly designed, with tight bass, without difficulty in driving strong speakers. Has instead, all the advantages of a solid state..."
FDS - Vittorio Vitti - 09/2005
"...the result of a careful search for more natural, grace, sweetness typical of valuable tube productions, combined with the tight, precision and dynamics of the solid state of exception."
FDS - Andrea Della Sala - 09/2005
"Why have I been so impressed by the sound of these amplifier? It 's simple, because they sound great tube amp, without suffering the limits"