Show report: Dealer event at Joseph Cali System’s Gryphon Audio loft in New York

Setting up the Gryphon Manhattan dealer’ showroom was a labor of love.   I got so touched by the commitment to excellence from everyone around me that I wrote about the preparations for the event and posted that day (see: Gryphon Has Landed in snowy New York! – The Prep).  Industry veteran, Joseph Cali, is a dear […]

Introduction to Irish pot still whiskey and On A Higher Note’s tasting notes

The Irish are famous not only for inventing whisky but refining the process with the evolution of pot still whiskey.  Pot still whiskey starts by blending malted and unsalted barley then is triple distilled where the volume of liquid is reduced but the alcohol content is increased and the raw whiskey is surprisingly smooth.  Think […]

Part 3 of 6: Demo Material LPs—Female Vocals

A While ago we did an A/B test having Ms. Lori Liberman perform live in our exhibits’ room at CES and we recorded that performance.  We did an immediate playback.  While the live performance was of course brilliant, the playback felt like the artist was in the room.  That was done with Luxman B-1000f and […]

Gryphon Has Landed in snowy New York! – The Prep

Truly a redefinition of the word “Excellence” from all fronts, last night’s event with Joseph Cali at their high end loft in the Gryphon room just off of Union Square in New York gave me the rush to share some quick snip bits.  Promise to deliver a proper show report next week with event details, […]

Philip’s Demo XX – Curator’s Notes (Part 2 of 3)

Sibelius Piano Trio – Piano Trio in D Major, JS 209 “Korpo”: I. Allegro moderato I was honoured to be invited to attend the recording of this beautiful piece of chamber music by Yarlung Records at the Samueli Hall (Costa Mesa, So CA).  It’s one of the earliest compositions by Jean Sibelius, who picked up […]

Gryphon Has Landed at Suncoast Audio, Sarasota, FL – 2017 Show Report

Suncoast Proprietor, Michael Bovaird, really knows how to throw a spread! December 9, 2017 It was a family affair where all invitees felt so welcomed as if we were invited to a holiday family gathering except with high fidelity sound and wonderful high resolution music playing. Grant Samuelson from Shunyata gave a most informative speech […] called Mojo S and Diablo 120 combo “Gryphon lite only visually”

Srajan Ebaen at 6moons called this Gryphon entry level combo, the Diablo 120 integrated amplifier with the Gryphon floor standing loudspeaker system, the Mojo S, “a prearranged marriage”.  Here’s his some of his conclusions: “Mojo S didn’t have to shout to make itself felt.” “Now the music becomes emotionally accessible and invested.” “… if you’ve […]

Merging Technologies NADAC+Player PL8 raving review by Kal Rubinson at Stereophile!

The NADAC+ Player PL8 brought the platform to an MQA compatible streaming environment. Mr. Rubinson commended Merging Technologies’ efforts to have “successfully added full-feature music-player software to its well-received DAC… (I refer you to my March 2016 review of the NADAC Multichannel-8 MC8  to see why the latter is still listed in Class A of […]

Artesania Isolation Bases 3-Part Review from

A testimony to true function an form, Artesania releases its updated Isolation Bases offerings, often referred to as “the best performance per dollar” by anyone that has first hand experience with these gems. “The Isolation Discs far exceeded my expectations. They are beautiful to look at and greatly enhance the sound without introducing any downsides.” […]