New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers

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Ulisse60

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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #80 on: 1 Oct 2023, 05:00 pm »
A little update on the Gryphon Essence
After a week of listening to songs and works that I have known for 25 years, listened to in numerous systems other than mine and at audio fairs and events, I can affirm, in my opinion, that this Essence maintains what the name wants to indicate, that is, it goes all the way 'essence of Music, with a capital EMME.
The best final amplifier passed through my system, a sound and musical realism that I did not expect, will keep the Ulysses company in the partnership that will continue until I have good ears to listen to music, by me and for my tastes, definitively. . .


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« Reply #81 on: 20 Oct 2023, 10:23 pm »
Several afternoons and evenings of listening confirm the remarkable qualities of the Gryphon, I would like to know if any of the Daedalus owners have listened to this combination and possibly if there are any interesting suggestions on the speaker amplifier connection cables, such as characteristics of materials or choices of geometries and possibly the models used in your system.
I am also evaluating whether the final placed on the ground on its standard feet can be placed in better insulation conditions, Gryphon offers black feet, i.e. tips that replace the rubber feet, I was thinking of Gaia or other equivalent products that insulate instead of pair . . .
Thank you for any suggestions, advice or experiences you would like to share!!


regards, Dario

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« Reply #82 on: 21 Oct 2023, 06:19 pm »
Hello, Dario.

While I have heard a Gryphon amp before, it was in an unfamiliar system/different speakers, so I don't know how your amp might sound with your Ulysses speakers. Very soon, I will have a new pair of mono 300b amps in my system, and I'm looking forward to new enjoyment in music.

Michael

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« Reply #83 on: 28 Oct 2023, 04:40 pm »
Good morning everyone, I'm listening to a pair of Nordost Tyr 2 speaker cables, and I'm appreciating what I hear, I was a little prejudiced about Nordost cables, having listened to some models from the first series, but these Tyr 2 are remarkable for extension, dynamics and detail , with a good tone and bass present and retained but not dry, nice speaker cables, without a doubt. . . !!
Any experience with Nordost cabling? Speakers cables first and foremost, but also ac power or signal, thanks for your feedback

regards, Dario
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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #84 on: 31 Oct 2023, 02:07 pm »
Have a good day everyone, what you see in the photo are the plastic feet of the Gryphon Essence
Really cheap, and in fact Gryphon offers black spikes, I screwed M6 size Soundcare Superspikes in place of the feet and the sound gained in focus and linearity, greater control in the bass, excellent result, of course they could have used better made supports and quality. . . Greetings Dario


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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #85 on: 1 Nov 2023, 03:09 pm »
Hello everyone
The latest local music update, very satisfied with the musical result, I'll stop everything for now, listen to music, metabolise sound and sound parameters, some components are still being run in, for news , we'll see next year!!!

If there are any curiosities, requests for information or anything else, I would be happy if you write here :wink:

regards, Dario



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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #86 on: 14 Nov 2023, 04:19 pm »
Hi everyone
With the curiosity that always accompanies me in the audio field, I brought home a pair of Spendor SA 1, mini speakers from several years ago, but when Hi Fi objects are well designed and built, the result is always interesting.
The Spendors have only been in the music room for 2 days, but they are really fascinating me . . .
I really like the sound they offer, the finish, the less invasiveness compared to the Ulysses, they pay a toll both at the top and especially at the bottom, but it's a correct and pleasant listen. . . !
Dario



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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #87 on: 30 Jan 2024, 09:31 pm »
Hi everyone
It's been a long time since I wrote here, but I had personal and work commitments, I wanted to share some small updates, including the insertion of a Furutech FP-3TS762 power cable, with Schuko and IEC 19A Furutech FI 52, assembled by me and which compares with the Zavfino, up to the possibility of trying other power cables for the Gryphon Essence.
Furthermore, I was able to try a pair of xlr cables between pre and power, which really impressed me in many parameters, the Kimber KS 1130, instead of the current AG signal,An artisanal product which is very good in relation to the cost, but which shows various limitations, as I could have expected, and today it represents a bit of the weak point of my current wiring, so I will try to find a good used one from Kimber, regards, Dario


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« Reply #88 on: 30 Jan 2024, 10:17 pm »
Hi everyone
With the curiosity that always accompanies me in the audio field, I brought home a pair of Spendor SA 1, mini speakers from several years ago, but when Hi Fi objects are well designed and built, the result is always interesting.
The Spendors have only been in the music room for 2 days, but they are really fascinating me . . .
I really like the sound they offer, the finish, the less invasiveness compared to the Ulysses, they pay a toll both at the top and especially at the bottom, but it's a correct and pleasant listen. . . !
Dario



Hello, Dario.

I missed this post in November - too busy with other things, I think.

I quite like the Spendor sound in its Classic two- and three-way configurations. I periodically consider adding a pair of Spendor two-ways for my home office, but haven't actually purchased any. I auditioned a pair of D7 speakers a couple years ago that left me flat and very underwhelmed.

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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #89 on: 31 Jan 2024, 09:54 pm »
Hello, Dario.

I missed this post in November - too busy with other things, I think.

I quite like the Spendor sound in its Classic two- and three-way configurations. I periodically consider adding a pair of Spendor two-ways for my home office, but haven't actually purchased any. I auditioned a pair of D7 speakers a couple years ago that left me flat and very underwhelmed.

Hello Mresseguie,
The Spendor floor standing speakers are very different from the classic 2-way stand speakers, I don't have great listening experiences with the D7, but if I wanted floor standing speakers I would look elsewhere, while I have had, for reasons of space and listening curiosity, several stand projects, by ProAc, the Tablette 2000, the Studio 1, the Studio 100, the SM 100, and the latest Tablette ten. . .

I had the P3 ES from Harbeth many years ago, I think the latest ones are definitely better, from Spendor the S3/5R2, and these SA1, with their original stands that I found just before Christmas. . .
The best is ???
Spendor SA1!!!
They are speakers from 2009, and Spendor has made a lot of effort to best harmonize the 2 transducers, the crossover and the internal wiring, not least the 2 WBT terminals.
Definitely a quality product, which already cost around 1300 pounds in 2010, and around 400 pounds for the dedicated stands.
Expensive as stand speakers, but the quality certainly comes out when listening, in my system/environment they did very well, compared to the Spendor S375R2 and the Tablette ten, they sounded more lively, tonally very correct even in comparison with the Ulysses, obviously on a smaller scale, but they showed correct timbre, refinement, greater extension and coherence than the other 2 in comparison, above all, very engaging, with the limits that the dimensions and the woofer impose, but enjoyable and coherent, definitely a mini worth trying to listen to!!
If you happen to find a pair, in my opinion, to be taken into great consideration for a second system or for less impactful but equally satisfying listening. . .
regards, Dario

P.S. I
I have saved several files from the web on the SA1, reviews and presentations of the speakers, I don't know if it is welcome to mention other platforms and magazines here, if so, send me your email address and I can send you the documentation I have on the SA1 privately

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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #90 on: 2 Mar 2024, 09:17 pm »
Hello Forum readers,
latest updates, I found a pair of Kimber KS 1136, 1 meter, used, really excellent, connected between pre and power amplifier, they have improved the sound a lot in terms of naturalness and refinement, focus and microdynamics.
Furthermore, at the suggestion of a friend, I placed the Gryphon alongside the audio rack, so I was able to use a much shorter, while still managing to make the best use of the Nordost Tyr cables between the power amplifier and the speakers. !!In addition, I removed the Furutech TP 609e power distributor, gaining a little in dynamics and cleanliness, by connecting the power cables directly to the wall.
A real gem was the possibility, thanks to the kindness of a friend who bought it, but not connected it because he was waiting for the speakers, of a Stealth Dream 20/20 power cable, which I inserted into the audio preamplifier.
What can I say, a cable with astonishing properties, it seems to have changed a component of the audio system, incredible dynamics, fire, extension, a notable energy boost, a higher stage and all this without forcing dynamics or timbres, a naturalness that is difficult to understand without listening. . .
Greetings , Dario









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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #91 on: 31 Mar 2024, 05:05 pm »
Good morning everyone,
I wanted to wish a happy Easter to all the participants in the Forum, and thank you for following me up to over 20,000 views!!
I am very amazed at this attention to my modest audio system and to the things I have written, after many years of refinement I think I have achieved a good result, but like many audio enthusiasts the desire to do better and to listen to more is always present, although today I think I have reached the limits of the environment, so I think I will listen to music and when I can offer a better room for the music, start again with some increments, such as inserting the bows I have aside. . .
Best wishes and questions or further information are welcome
hello Dario
P.S. Two images of the last configuration !









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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #92 on: 10 May 2024, 03:09 pm »
Good morning everyone
I've wanted to listen to this integrated amplifier for several years!!   Lavardin Technologies

I've been looking for some time, Lavardin IS or IT, I came across an IS Reference very close to home, and I inserted it between the Esoteric k01 CD player and the Daedalus Audio speakers, I must say that its reputation as an excellent sounding amplifier is fully deserved!!
Few watts, but my speakers are not a problem, a lot of quality both in timbre and in musical proposition, an excellent music object, just below my good combo, and luckily!!!!   :D :D
Resting on the Gryphon power amp, on a solid base but nothing more, connected with its supplied power cable, I inserted some RCA cables, it is obviously not balanced, of a discreet level, yet it performs very well. . .

regards, Dario




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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #93 on: 10 May 2024, 05:22 pm »
Dario,

Congratulations on your find. The brand is new to me, but I'm sure there are many brands I've never heard of. I glanced at the website, so I know this amp is rated at 50w/channel. Is this an Class A/B amp, D, or other?


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« Reply #94 on: 11 May 2024, 07:33 am »
Dario,

Congratulations on your find. The brand is new to me, but I'm sure there are many brands I've never heard of. I glanced at the website, so I know this amp is rated at 50w/channel. Is this an Class A/B amp, D, or other?

Good morning
Lavardin is a French brand quite well known in Europe, it is approaching 30 years of presence on the market, it started with the production of integrated amplifiers, IS and IT, and then diversified with cables, accessories, such as electronic racks, and also particular speakers, you can see the products on their website Lavardin Technologies.
One of their inspiring principles is the harmfulness of silicon memory, that is, the fact that, while valves do not have electrical memory, solid state components do, and this according to them affects the sonic result.
Hence a minimalist ss circuit, but with some encapsulated parts, thanks to which the amplifier is not affected by this phenomenon and the result should be a more airy sound, less mechanical and not conditioned by the silicon components on the signal path, in summary , the valve-like sound but in a ss amp.
I would read the review that appears on their site, Lavardin IS Reference Integrated Amplifier by Pete Christie
Issue 13 - September 2001, very nice and explanatory!
Technically, it is a class AB ss amplifier, minimalist, a central LED that indicates operation, an input selector, which refers to RCA only connections with an optional mm phono input, optional remote control, only from the x models onwards, the mine doesn't have that, and a volume knob.
It is given for 45 watts per channel, so it is not an amplifier suitable for all speakers, I would not connect it to 88 Db speakers, for example, except for background listening. . . There are also more powerful models, and also separate pre and power amplifiers, but the true iconic objects of the brand are the first, IT and IS Reference without remote control!!
To understand their philosophy and delve a little deeper into the products, I would read the FAQ part on their site, which is quite interesting, furthermore the site is full of reviews of their products, to get an idea, and all the models produced since 1998 are present forward.
I hope I have been helpful, if the power of around 45 - 50 watts is enough, a used IS or IT Ref is worth all the money spent to buy it, and even more!! have a good day everyone
Dario

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« Reply #95 on: 11 May 2024, 11:42 am »
I would like to point out that in the USA there are a pair of Lavardin ITs for sale, on well-known sales platforms, if they were of interest to any enthusiast, I would highly recommend them, a sound that goes beyond all expectations based on the characteristics techniques and asking price, ONLY for non-watt-hungry speakers!!

If moderation of this Forum is not a problem, and no rules of conduct are broken, I can post a link to the object, thanks, regards, Dario

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« Reply #96 on: 11 May 2024, 05:55 pm »
Post away......

https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/650038935-lavardin-it-integrated-amplifier/

Sitting unsold for 6 mos,  must be priced too high.     :dunno:

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« Reply #97 on: 12 May 2024, 03:06 pm »
Post away......

https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/650038935-lavardin-it-integrated-amplifier/

Sitting unsold for 6 mos,  must be priced too high.     :dunno:

It is a French product, it may be that it is not very well known in the USA where Hi Fi brands and producers abound, I won't go too far on the requested amount, both because I don't know the US price list of Lavardin, and because giving advice on audio components is always complicated. . .
It remains, from the listening I've been doing for 2 days, with CDs and very well-known songs, that it represents an amp with very high quality, absolutely, but even more in relation to the price, I wouldn't be surprised that it can be played, if inserted in a system with uncomplicated speakers, with amplifications costing up to twice or three times as much!!
Have a nice Sunday , Dario

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Re: New owner of Daedalus Audio Ulysses speakers
« Reply #98 on: 14 May 2024, 08:59 pm »
Hi everyone
after a few days of listening I can confirm that the Lavardin IS Ref is an excellent integrated amplifier, for the sound it expresses, for the way it delivers music, for its very low cost, obviously I'm talking about a purchased object used, I haven't bought new audio for about 2 decades.
The fluidity and coherence of emission is impressive, the sound cohesion without protagonism, without ostentation, great quality with respect for the music reproduced, no embellishment or coloring, a mature and correct musical proposition.
Clearly compared to my current combo it shows less dynamics and a little less detail, but the signal cables and the use of RCA instead of XLR are also different, a more romantic and less sculpted sound, with impact, but with a correctness of timbre and sense of rhythm that I would not have expected from such a minimalist object, we are talking about about 6.5 kilograms in weight!!
In many reviews, presentations, technical sheets, I read about amplifications with scary, oversized, separate power supplies, half a quintal of weight and 3 chassis that must contain enormous quantities of silicon, copper, hundreds of components and containers of incredibly complicated thickness and workmanship. And perhaps, the Gryphon Essence falls a little into this range of "important" amps, then if you connect this David and Goliath it seems exaggerated in comparison!!
Not that they sound the same, obviously, the weight of the Gryphon at the bottom is evident, the voices are perhaps better presented, while on the high part the little Lavardin has a lot to say, of course, in scale the music with Gryphon and Emmlabs pre is more sculpted, incisive, engaging and with a great impact, but the little Lavardin has a kind but decisive, delicate but precise way of presenting it, it makes itself heard without grandstanding or exaggeration, in short, an object with a lot of substance and coherence, for me a valid proposal in the panorama endless of increasingly arid and precise objects, but without a musical soul.
With the non-trivial advantage that it heats little, consumes little and in summer, when my small music room becomes difficult to live in, the Lavardin becomes a perfect summer amplifier!!
If you have the chance to listen to it, pairing it with speakers that are not too hungry for watts and amperes, give it a chance, it will be an experience that will not disappoint, regards, Dario