Ray H

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  1. @ex brickie TheGryphon does perform to a fairly significant level above the Hegel in the areas of transparency, dynamics and soundstage size from what I recall. i am somewhat surprised at the Hi-Fi + reference to it being bright, I definitely do not agree with that. cheers,
  2. Hi Nick, I currently have a Hegel H300, which is the predecessor to the 360, similar amp stage. It is a very nice amp, very good power out put and drives a lot of speakers well. I would describe its sound as quite neutral, with no brightness and good soundstaging. I actually think the Hegel would pair well with the Diablo from a sound signature perspective. The reason I say that is, potentially a bright amp may exacerbate the sound signature of the Diablo's, ie overall the system could be too bright. I used it with Focal 1028 be2 and it was a good combination IMO. i have owned a Gryphon Diablo before also ( amongst a lot of others, have downscaled over the years). I love the gryphon integrated, I think this would be an excellent option with the Focal's also, but a bit more expensive of course. I would probably own a Diablo 300 with Dac if I had more time to listen to hi fi. i have not experienced, it, but the big Musical Fidelity amps are also reputed to synergise with the Focal Utopia range, so may be well worth a look. Although I'm not convinced any of their amps perform at Gryphon levels. It would be interesting to hear if Vitus or Pass Labs was an option with the Focal also.
  3. $3000€, so potentially less than I thought ! Nice. https://www.whathifi.com/news/dynaudio-launches-special-forty-stereo-speakers
  4. I almost wish you hadn't posted this.... i like how it harks back to the 1.3se size. im with danrey though, the cabinet shape could have been a specific design, they have clearly gone to a bit of effort with the drivers, new Esotar for example ! Given the use of what appears to be an existing cabinet, it's hard to know how they will price this, ie can it be above the new contour bookshelf ?? I would guess around $7600..optimistically I suspect.
  5. Item: Revel or PMC floorstanders Price Range: up to $4000 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: must be excellent + condition with packaging. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  6. I actually thought the Heimdall sc sounded unrefined and lacking weight compared to the Frey. The Frey offers more clarity than the Heimdall and Chord IMO (I would suggest more detail also). It's a shame we aren't in the same loc, would be happy to loan you my pair to hear.. i havent heard Blue Heaven sorry, so I can't comment. cheers, Ray Edit; I noticed you refer to Heimdall v2, which I haven't heard either, to further confuse the issue, I believe they try to make the v2 as close as possible to the cable one up v1 if that makes sense.. ie Heimdall 2 should be close to the performance of Frey 1..
  7. Hi Hugh, I heard a fairly decent performance gap between Heimdall and Frey speaker cables. I have owned both and the Chord Signature. I didn't like the Heimdall speaker cable much tbh. I have the Frey v1 still, nice cable, it just sounds a better balanced cable than the Heimdall, better detail and bass, which results in more weight/heft. The chord is a nice cable also, but a fairly different sound sig to Nordost, it probably doesn't sound as incisive or have the startling clarity the Frey has, but in the right system it may be a better option. Potentially if your system is a little bright the Chord may mitigate or reduce that. Other options, potentially Kimber, or Harmonic Technology.
  8. I was In a similar predicament when I owned a pair. The best tweak for me was the Cardas clear balanced cable. This seemed to encourage a bit more body and heft to the sound without compromising soundstage, detail and clarity. if I am honest though, I found the AKG K812 with a good cable a better compromise of good soundstage with a bit of heft down low, basically it's a very enjoyable sounding headphone. i think the EQ you have explained above though, may be the best and most cost effective way to achieve significant alteration to the sound.
  9. Item: Cardas Clesr Light XLR. Location: Sydney Price: $600 Item Condition: Mint, probably 10 or so hours use at most. Reason for selling: Excellent sounding cable, the new Cardas retain the beautifully organic nature of the Cardas of old. In addition they have excellent detail and don't sound rolled off on the top register like the older Cardas cables. Only selling as I have multiple pairs and I don't need these at present. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Or EFT. Extra Info: 1 metre long, RRP is $1299; https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/all-products/products/cardas-clear-light-interconnect?variant=16063999555 Pictures:
  10. Item: Cardas clear digital cable (XLR). Location: Sydney Price: $500 Item Condition: Mint, less than 50 hrs use. Reason for selling: No DAC at present. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Or EFT. Extra Info: 1 metre long, RRP is $1039. https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/all-products/products/cardas-clear-digital-cable?variant=16063991043 Pictures:
  11. They could be ! Reduced to $4500 each.
  12. Reduced to $3500. Regards,
  13. And he doesn't want Maggies, which implies he doesn't want electrostatics either, ergo box speakers... yes i I have heard maggies, Audio physic are one of the dynamic box speakers in that price range that have the qualities he mentions, there aren't that many. You offering useful suggestions or just hanging around ?
  14. So I'm looking for something that will get me closer to that planar transparency, staging and mid-range brilliance. I prefer tight and focused bass and am prepared to lose the subterranean. Sounds like a pair of Audio Physic floorstanders would be a good option. Castle Hill hi fi have quite a few pairs on sale at the moment in your price range.
  15. Item: Digital cable 1-2 metres long Price Range: N/A found. Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: To connect CD player out to DAC. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).