Testimonial: Happy customer purchased U. S. launch unit for Vivid G1S in blue and had this to say …

I’m writing to express my gratitude for the services of Philip O’Hanlon and On a Higher Note in the recent purchase of my Vivid Audio Giya G1 Spirit loudspeakers. I’ve known Philip for several years now, as he was instrumental in the purchase of my previous speakers, Vivid Audio Giya G2s. Philip’s knowledge of music […]

Testimonial: Happy Arizona client sad to go back to work after a great weekend of listening to his newly purchased ex demo Luxman M-800A and C-800f combo

We get deep into components we represent and learn them organically.  We know their limits and know what goes well together.  Assembling a music system is an assemblage art.  This client came to us first about 2 years ago and recently finally decided to purchase one of the Luxman M-800A ex demo units of ours.  […]

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

ZZ Top – “La Grange” Growing up on the other side of the pond, I only heard ZZ Tops 1973 hit in 2017. Thanks to HiFi+ for the recommendation. I think its important to have a classic rock song on the demo compilation, one that most people heard while they were in College. When you […]

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 […]