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Gryphon Ethos CD player-D/A processor | Review & Measurements - Stereophile

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https://www.stereophile.com/content/gryphon-ethos-cd-player-da-processor



"Includes two 32-bit/768kHz ES9038PRO Sabre DAC chips—one for each channel—with each holding eight individual DAC chips; offers optional upsampling to either 24/384 PCM or DSD128; and decodes up to 32/384 PCM and quadruple DSD (DSD512) via its USB input, or up to 24/192 (and no DSD) via AES/EBU or S/PDIF. It does not decode MQA or the high-resolution layer of an SACD disc, and it has no Ethernet port."
 

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I was just going to say ... "cute".
The display looks cool ...



It is not a high end multichannel/multilayer Universal player (no HDMI connection).
It's an ultra high end stereo CD player with Digital to Analog Processing.

It "almost" resembles a platine turntable in a triangular shape instead of the bland standard square design.

"Aspects of its styling are eye-catching and resolutely retro: Its strikingly lit, top-loading disc mechanism resembles an LP platter, access to which is gained by lifting a tonearm-like handle. The gold-plated puck that holds the CD in place (as on most or all toploaders) evokes nothing so much as a CD record weight."
 

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Price: $39,000. Warranty: 3 years workmanship and materials, 2 years on laser and movable parts. Nontransferable.

Gotta be honest here, looks a bit like a space-age ultrasonic cleaner... fortunately not my taste, though the display is rather nice.
 

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"Best digital I've ever heard next to the Topping D50!"
 

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$39k seems an awful lot to pay for a nice display and a corner friendly form factor...... A bit odd they didn't build it as a universal disc spinner as I find blu ray audio discs great for classical music.
 

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I quite like top loading CD players but the "puck" to clamp the disc must be automatically put in place by closing the lid.
It is easy to forget a separate puck...
 

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---Their Diablo 120 dual mono zero-feedback classAB costs only $11200 and measures like this... No awful hash like the classD amps?

https://www.soundstagehifi.com/inde...o-designs-diablo-120-integrated-amplifier-dac
"The Diablo 120 sounded, in a word, engaging. The hallmark of a great component is the level of involvement with the music it makes possible, and the degree to which it grabs your attention."

https://audio.com.pl/testy/stereo/wzmacniacze-stereo/3145-gryphon-diablo-120
"Gryphon Diablo 120 to nie jest wzmacniacz, który musimy odpowiednim materiałem sprawdzić. Praktycznie przy każdej płycie pokazywał swoje największe atuty - siłę, żywość, emocje, nie żałował ich, nie trzymał w zanadrzu, z wyniosłością wielu urządzeń, które nie "spoufalają" się ze słabymi realizacjami, sugerując nam nawet, że w ich towarzystwie, z ich pomocą, w ogóle nie powinniśmy ich słuchać. Diablo nie cyzeluje i nie miareczkuje, zdecydowanie wkracza z muzyką. " (Diablo does not chisel and titrate, definitely comes with music.)


 
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The power vs THD shows the “knee” at about 25% of output power. This is unusual, normally it is close to rated power and the curve is much steeper.
This unit is nice looking. Wish what I build looked this good.
 
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