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karthikswaminath

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Now switching to Harbeth's, we paired the Harbeth Super HL5+ 40th Anniversary with Yamaha A-S2100. The amps maximum power is 160W per channel (@ 4 ohms). Harbeth is a 6 Ohm and 86db. The Yamaha took about 30 minutes to warm-up. I must say the Harbeth's paired exceedingly well with the Yamaha. The amplifier provided the right level of balance of sweetness and attack. The Sony was really sweet, but Yamaha provided a dynamic output and I could feel the power.
This week, we continued the demo with another friend who got his Sonore Ultrarendu. The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, Ultrarendu, Yamaha A-S2100 and Harbeth's were the perfect combination and one of the best auditions we experienced.
I am wondering do I really need such an expensive Grypyon Diablo 300 to pair with Harbeths (maybe that's for the second set-up :).
Also, in the attached Pic you will notice, I got an external LPS for the Mytek (Oh, my it does improve overall SQ and Bass) and Mytek no longer gets hot.
And not to forget, upgraded the TT from Amrai LP-18s to Amari LP-22s Turntable. I find Amari to be VHM compared to the other brands (not that i have much experience with Vinyls).
Cheers and more later...
 
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I have this feeling the Gryphon Will be exchanged for a Yamaha 2100. :)
 

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Congratulations.
Gryphon is not overkill for Herberths. FM Sid used to drive them with Symphonic line Kraft .

However ...in terms of return on price and performance ....passive ATCs like SCM 50 or 100 is right choice....my humble opinion...
 

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I have this feeling the Gryphon Will be exchanged for a Yamaha 2100. :)
Lol. finally, i have paired the Gryphon with the Harbeths. In total i must played the Gryphon for less than 10 hours. So, for next few days, I am going to let it burn-in and would provide my impressions.
 

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Congratulations.
Gryphon is not overkill for Herberths. FM Sid used to drive them with Symphonic line Kraft .

However ...in terms of return on price and performance ....passive ATCs like SCM 50 or 100 is right choice....my humble opinion...
Yeah Sameer. the return on price is what's making me think. I am going to play it for few days for now. The ATCs 50/100 is way over for me having invested on these :).
 

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My take on this is that perhaps the Gryphon may be an overkill for the Harbeth SHL5+, but down the road if you should ever change speakers (read upgrade) then you will not have to change the amplifier. Anyways when I had my SHL5, they sounded good with most amplifiers, however when I upgraded to the Ascendos which were significantly more transparent, the SL Kraft 250 was much better.
Cheers,
Sid
 
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You have quite a setup! I have listened to Joseph Audio BS and can tell everyone out there that this boutique manufacture makes one of the finest speakers out there. They throw out subterranean bass.
Thank you for your kind words. I believe the flagship mode of Joseph audio pearl 3’s are speakers to reckon with . If you are ever in mumbai pls do come by .
Cheers!
Anand
 

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Dear EastoftheSun

Your setup photo is on FM Karthik's setup page..

Maybe you can ask for the mods to delete your post here and begin a new page for your setup to shine ;)

:)

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mpw
 

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Dear EastoftheSun

Your setup photo is on FM Karthik's setup page..

Maybe you can ask for the mods to delete your post here and begin a new page for your setup to shine ;)

:)

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mpw
hi Mpw , have apologised to karthik already . :) trying to figure out how to delete it tho lol.
Cheers!
Anand
 

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Its a while since i updated the exploration that seems to continue...
As you can imagine, I was not satisfied with the value proposition of Gryphon with Harbeth. So, I hauled the Harbeth's - first to listen with Line Magnetic 219ia. I previously had the LM 508ia and loved it.
The Harbeth's danced to the sweet LM. The 219ia is mighty amp at 62 kgs. I could feel the vibrations and the music was profound. I almost triggered the purchase - thanks for my credit card not working.
Later, the same day we went to the Accuphase dealer and paired the Harbeth with Accuphase E-650. It the best audition and synergy we could get -- my friends and I literally had gooseberries to Luka Chupi. Harbeth Super HL5 Plus 40th Anniversary and Accuphase E-650 are a match made in heaven. In addition to the music being detailed, we felt the voice was a bit recessed in the LM - Accuphase delivered everything. Now sleepless nights.....

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4bg7iu87cNHajx7h7
 

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