WIN! 2 x VIP factory visits to Gryphon Audio Designs in Denmark

The prize will include:

2 x flights and VIP Factory and museum tour then dinner and accommodation*

Alan Sircom reviewed Ethos CD player in Hi-Fi+ issue #191 (pages 31-36) where he wrote, “Gryphon is well-known for its industrial design, but it knocked the Ethos out of the park. It’s not simply a CD player; it’s a source statement of intent”.

He went on to say, “In addition to handling standard 16-bit/44.1 kHz ‘Redbook’ CD, the Ethos offers playback up to 32-bit/384 kHz PCM and up to DSD512, and these formats can also be accessed by external digital sources through its BNC-equipped S/PDIF, AES/EBU balanced digital connection and USB. It can also output a digital signal via AES/EBU for those wanting to treat the Ethos as a transport mechanism. Gryphon’s electronics have always stressed a dual mono and fully symmetrical balanced operation, and the Ethos is no exception. It’s fully balanced throughout the digital DAC domain as well, implementing eight ESS Sabre ES9038PRO 32-bit DAC chips in full dual-differential dual-mono mode. This makes the DAC ‘block’ capable of full 32-bit processing and the configuration drastically lowers the digital noise floor while improving the overall imaging properties of the Gryphon Ethos”.

He concluded the review by saying, “I knew it was going to be good, but how good? In truth, I didn’t expect it to be this good, I didn’t expect to put it among the top flight players, all of which cost around three to five times as much as the Ethos. More importantly, I didn’t expect the experience to be quite so entertaining, as sometimes the best in audio can get a little self-flagellating. Forget all the preamble; this is music played at its absolute best.”

*Offer is made under COVID-19 restrictions, and may be subject to delays.

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Competition Rules

The competition will run from February 4th 2021 until April 1st 2021. The competition is open to everyone, but multiple, automated or bulk entries will be disqualified. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries, will be contacted via email (where possible) and their name will be published in Hi-Fi+ magazine. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.