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    Gryphon Essence Stereo & T&A DAC 200

    Hi all,

    Iím eagerly awaiting the arrival of an Essence stereo at my dealer whereupon Iíll be heading in to audition it. Funds currently wonít allow me to buy the Essence pre amp at the same time so Iíll be taking along my T&A DAC 200 to assess its pre amp capability with the Essence stereo.

    The DAC is currently fed by a Grimm MU1 and amplification is a Hegel H390.

    Until its arrival at the dealer Iím wondering if anyone has any experience or thoughts on the T&A + Gryphon pairing. Iím delighted with the DAC and not looking to move away from it and hoping that itís going to be a winning combination.

    Next step after a showroom audition would be a home audition but I love why Iíve heard from the Gryphonís they currently have set up. Unfortunately they dont sell T&A so Iím having to take mine in on the day. Speaker matching wonít be an issue on the day as they have my Reference 1ís set up there so itíll only be room acoustics as the big variable on the day.

    Iím planning on this being my end game amp as retirement is looming, ideally before then I can then acquire the matching Gryphon pre amplifier but thatís at least a couple of years off.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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    Re: Gryphon Essence Stereo & T&A DAC 200

    Any reason not to get the 333 integrated? That way you don't have to wait for the preamp. Sure the separates will have an improvement in performance but in my opinion also a bit of an overkill for your speakers.

    I know some do use the DAC directly into a power amp but it's been my experience a preamp in the chain is better. I have not heard the exact pairing you are asking about.
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    Re: Gryphon Essence Stereo & T&A DAC 200

    Iím planning to audition the integrated as well. All the reviews on the Diablo 300 had the Essence shading it but Iíll definitely be comparing the 333 as well.

    The longer term game plan for the speakers are the Wilson Sabrina X ( at this stage)

    I know the preference is a stand alone pre amp over the dac as pre amp but Iím hopeful that itíll be good enough to keep me happy for a couple of years at least until the Essence pre amp (or itís future replacement) is achievable
    KEF Reference 1
    REL Tx9
    Hegel H390
    T&A DAC 200
    Grimm MU1
    Chord Shawline Interconnects
    Chord Signature Speaker Cables

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    Re: Gryphon Essence Stereo & T&A DAC 200

    Iíll be very interested in this thread. Iíve been running a Grimm and Tambaqui directly into the Essence Stereo. I get very clean sweet sounds, although at time wish for some increased warmth and dynamics. I do get huge gain from the Grimm/Tambaqui combo. Usually satisfied though, especially with classical and acoustic. . Iíve wondered what a preamp would add. Always been intrigued by the T*A SD 3100 HV, although have found the retail price absurd. Also, Iíll be very curious how the 333 compares. Keep us posted!


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