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Old 03-18-2017, 09:42 PM
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I have listened extensively to Gryphon products including the Diablo 300( which is my top choice for an integrated) since we have a dealer in Cape Town, about 30min drive from my home.

Count me a huge fan, the products are simply in a different class. Gryphon would be my choice if I had no limits on a budget.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:49 AM
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I agree Gryphon is very special. The sense of speed and realism that my Diablo 300 presents in combination with a lot of spacial information really brings me to the set of the musicians.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:32 AM
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Anyone managed to compare the Diablo 300 to Pass X250.8 or X350.8? I prefer the Pass Labs dealer locally or I wouldn't hesitate to go for the Diablo.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:56 AM
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That would be an interesting comparison.
As you know the Pass gear you are referring to are power amps and the Diablo 300 is an integrated amp.
What pre amp do you have today to go with the Pass Labs?
I have not heard the machines side by side in the same system.
But my guess is that if you are looking for a slightly richer and fuller sound - Pass could be the better choice. But if speed and dynamics is higher on your agenda the Diablo might a better match. Both are IMO slightly on the warmer side.
I think it all comes down to personal preferences and system integration.
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I currently use a Ayre QX-5 twenty as a DAC/Pre and would look to upgrade to a standalone pre in future.

With the Diablo I would not need to bother with a preamp, and the Pass integrated seems to be using the XP10 which is far from their top of the line preamps. Going with their power amp would let me have more options in future. Tube amp perhaps?

Gryphon separates are out of the question for me, considering their price and size.
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