There has been some amazing hifi brands/products to come out of Italy over the past few years and one of the more exciting one in recent months is Grandinote. They have a very wide range of product offerings and the Genesis preamp you see here is their flagship model. Sonically, it stands among some of the best preamps we have heard. It’s a fully balanced design in Class A with zero feedback. But its what we heard that really distinguish it from the rest of the pack. The Genesis has a particularly high gain output (10dB) which really brings out all the nuances in the music that may have been missed with other preamps that have a lower gain output. The clarity and transparency just leaps out at you with a very clearly defined soundstage and imaging. Musical pace was also rather quick so you really get a pulsating experience with the Genesis. If you are looking for something warm and tube like sounding, this is not it. The Genesis is all about precision presentation, speed and crystal clarity.
Cosmetically, the unit looks good. Some scuff marks/light scratches here and there but nothing major. We have the original flight case, remote and a copy of the manual.