- Equalisation settings for virtually all electric phonograph records
- Revelation M for moving magnet/Revelation C for moving coil
- Rear mounted mono/stereo switch
- Reflex flagship performance in RIAA mode
- Fast-Active preamp and equalisation technology
- Low latency EQ for reduced record noise annoyance
In short, it’s a phono stage that’s as easy to shell out the ducats for as it is to enjoy. Add the immense improvement in sheer musicality that can come from judiciously using those selectable EQ curves, and it’s a no-brainer. Perhaps that’s the Revelation M’s most defining quality: Its ability to consistently deliver musical joy, record after record, night after night, RIAA LP or otherwise. If getting the most musical and sonic goodness from your cherished LPs (or shellacs!) without breaking the bank is important to you, give a listen to the Revelation M. You just might fall in love with it, as I did. And maybe you’ll buy one -- as I did.
- Oliver Amnuayphol, Soundstage Network, February 2014
Running the [Revelation plus Elevator] as a straight RIAA stage and optimizing the front-end loading, the performance is more than impressive for the price. But as soon as you start using the EQ facilities on the MM stage, the musical delivery steps up several levels – to the extent that with certain records it starts to challenge the musical virtues (as opposed to the sonic qualities) of the more expensive units here. The Previn/LSO Rachmaninov 2nd Symphony, a 1972 EMI recording is a good example of this. A wonderfully lyrical reading, this is an early pressing of an otherwise unremarkable record you might easily pick up in a charity shop/thrift store, or at a bottom dollar price from a specialist secondhand dealer. Played via the RIAA only Groove and Herron stages it’s a nice but rather run-of-the-mill outing, a shade stilted and constrained. It sounds much the same via the Rev/El when it’s set to RIAA EQ. But switch it to the preferred setting for EMI recordings and the transformation is astonishing. Suddenly it becomes sumptuously fluid and powerful, graceful and sweeping; suddenly it has you wanting to conduct the orchestra, a sure sign that it has taken on a new level of musical involvement but also that there’s a natural weight and momentum at work.
- Roy Gregory, HiFi+, December 2008
Echoing Steve's helpful posts, I've never regretted buying a Revelation M. I think a number of my records are non-RIAA, mostly FFRR/Decca ones and some second hand imports, it has lifted them with -11dB HF. I've got a few modern LP's that are very trebly and the -16dB came in handy. The different LF's help on a few by tightening a loose/boomy low end on some older records, I can't prove that's the EQ that was cut. Even if you were in the MF/RIAA camp, the Revelation is a subtle and very high quality EQ to get the most out of your vinyl.
- forum member: Fatmangolf
Some time ago I scored a set of recordings in mint condition, mono, pressed perhaps in the late 40's or early 50's, of performances of Beethoven by the BBCSO conducted by Arturo Toscanini, originally recorded in 1937-39, reputedly very fine performances, but ones that, even with a mono cartridge did not sound "right". Tonight, between playing with the settings on the Revelation and cartridge loads on the Exp they have been brought to life and I could focus on the performances rather than the sound. Wonderful stuff, worth every penny to be able to release the glory of these recordings and historic performances on nearly their 75th anniversary. I have lots more older recordings that I am sure will benefit when I find the right settings for them. A Revelation indeed.
- forum member: tg
I've been using a Revelation M for several months now and it just seems to get better and better. Initial set-up was to power a Rega Planar 3/RB300/Ortofon 530 combination into one of the line level inputs of an Audiolab 8000A. After leaving the Revelation powered up for about a week to burn-in, the difference between it and the Audiolab's built-in phono stage was ... a revelation! The inevitable surface hiss was reduced and sent well to the background while the soundstage was widened and made more 3-dimentional. It presented detail that I didn't know existed and made the whole vinyl listening experience much more exciting. The effect was so marked that even Mrs Bi-wire, who professes to be tone deaf, noticed the improvement straight away. Most of the time, the selection switches are set to RIAA but I have experimented with a couple of old DECCA recordings and the bias settings really do have an impact.
- forum member: Bi-wire
...I was pleased with the easy-going, not noisy way that the Revelation seemed handle any music....it's true that many of these recordings rise to another level when correctly equalized, weird things disappear and the original tonal balance all of a sudden makes much more sense. It is then when multi-EQ phono stages such as Graham Slee Revelation M become highly valuable.
- Inner-Audio. Graham Slee Revelation M & Elevator EXP, May 31, 2013, Kari Nevalainen