Jeff Rowland Design Group Synergy Preamplifiers

5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $4800.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Brenchley a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have had a Synergy 1 for about 2 years, used with the BPS1 battery, Model 2 power amp and battery as well. I bought them second hand, and have been extremely impressed with every aspect of their performance - can't really add to the "Synergy 2" reviews.

I recently had an upgrade to a "Synergy 2i" for the bargain price of £1000, and this has transformed the sound to another level. It sounds like a completely new amp. See rowland's web site for details of this upgrade, but you're basically ending up with 90% of the costlier Coherence componentry in a Synergy box.

Now this upgrade is run-in, it is truely amazing and everyone with a Synergy 1 should getthis upgrade - the best value upgrade you could ever do!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Barry Rothman a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 18, 1998

Bottom Line:   
I had the opportunity to pick up this unit at very, very reasonable price - a good thing considering it's sticker price - and did so only after a lengthy audition. And, I didn't exactly upgrade from a much lower level unit, as my prior preamp was a Classe CP-50, which I raved about when I bought it (and still think it is terrific).
The thing is, this Synergy preamp has a sound that is better than anything I've ever heard (and I can only wonder how much better the top of the line Coherence sounds). The clarity, detail, resolution, tone, timbre, low end, high end, air, soundstaging, etc., etc., etc., are all superb. I have heard the Mark Levinson 380S, and I have to tell you that I think this one is better by a noticible degree. Best of all, my new Theta Miles, which sounded great with the Classe CP-50, now sounds like a whole new CD player. Everything sounds better.

It's not cheap, but what the hell, this is a crazy hobby and the thrill of having great music is sometimes irresistable.


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Cable matching, or synergy

Component matching is an art to some degree, and being fortunate to find just the right combination of loudspeaker, amp, preamp, etc., is something most of us seek, but don't always find. Once, and if we do, the results are sonically delightful. I've discovered (perhaps late in life!) that much ... Read More »

Do you buy into the whole "Synergy" thing?

After 10 years of mixing and matching equipment (basically a hit or miss approach). I'm now wondering if these matching component systems have some validity..(whether it be a HTIB or a more expensive gear combo). Case in point...i've butchered many a systems in my home..some good -- some not so. ... Read More »

I Bought a Pre-Amp. Synergy requests needed

I'm finally entering the world of separates. YAHOO! I bought a NAD 114 Pre-Amp. I'm thinking of using a Behringer EP1500, EP2500, or finding a used NAD power amp. I'm NOT after a grainy high end and seem to enjoy deep powerful, but not boomy, bass, and slightly rolled off highs. I'm still ... Read More »

Engineering Synergy

I am currently building a 2 channel audio system out of used equipment, and so far have: Paradigm 11seMk3 speakers, Adcom GFA-5500 power amp, and Adcom GFP-345 preamp. I am in the hunt for a single CD player that will best compliment this existing equipment, and am looking at the Adcom GCD-750 or eq ... Read More »

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