Super AV Magazine
Products: VIP Speaker Cable
As a necessary consequence of the introduction of the latest generation of Gryphon electronics, the Mirage preamplifier and Colosseum power amplifiers, Gryphon has created the all-new VIP Reference cable series, an audiophile range with ultra-pure conductors and select dielectric materials optimised for the free flow of music. Extreme low noise and high resolution are achieved through careful scrutiny of the electro-dynamics of field geometry.
Rigid mechanical construction and unstressed conductors of the purest metals are employed. Crystalline purity ensures fewer crystal boundaries and eliminates distortion caused by amplitude-dependent signal transmission.
Multiple layers of insulation contribute to uniform pressure on the conductors and effectively eliminate the "acoustic memory" of insulating materials, which in other cables causes smearing and degraded impulse response.
Uncompromisingly neutral with no intrinsic colourations and no bias in favour of specific frequency bands, Gryphon VIP Reference cables possess a unique level of tonal coherence from deep, detailed bass up through the rich, open midrange to the airy transparency of the highest frequencies.
The Gryphon VIP Reference Series consists of the VIP M5 Powercord, VIP Interconnect and VIP Speakercable.
“How can a mere two meters of super power cable make any kind of audible difference, when the electrical wiring in the walls is vastly inferior and on top of that, there are 20,000 meters of thin, aging wire between the home and an unstable power plant?”
This is certainly a valid question for a consumer embarking on the purchase of a very expensive power cable, no matter how good it sounds.
As is the case with so many things in audio, the explanations offered are often more creative than the products themselves and we have never heard anything on this subject that makes much sense.
Our theory - and the design platform behind the VIP M5 Powercord - is that the crucial aspect of a power cord is not what it does, but rather the far more important question of what it does not do.
The rear of an amplifier, preamp or any active audio component is the “busy” side. Here, sensitive signals are transported in and out; some balanced, some single-ended, some even via unshielded cables. Then there are speaker cables, carrying an amplified version of our precious message to the speakers.
In the middle of this hostile environment is the villain of our tale: the power cable carrying horrendous levels of noise and interference. In most cases it is infected by everything connected to it, washers, air conditioners, garage door openers, refrigerators, computers and their peripheral components. The long list is a nightmare and a surefire recipe for trouble.
OK, so what can we do about it?
The hardcore enthusiast has a dedicated power line that is not shared - in theory at least - with household appliances. He also has a dedicated 10 foot copper pole earth ground, because the shared ground is the common sewer for all the garbage that you do not wish to share.
He may even have power line conditioners, filters, transformers, etc., all with their own separate sets of issues. But even with all that in action, there is still a difference between power cords.
The design of the VIP M5 is based on a theory that makes sense to us: that a power cord in close proximity to sensitive interconnects and circuitry must have low radiation in order not to contaminate its surroundings. The M5 has excellent conductors, allowing it to carry high power as demanded by large amplifiers. Insulation is extremely tight to avoid any possible vibration related distortion. It also has it own dedicated ground wire in matching dimensions and materials.
The conductors and ground are effectively insulated and isolated with electrical shielding foil under a very dense, heavily braided copper screen. In the M5, this extreme shielding is connected to the dedicated ground wire as a well defined and efficient evacuation path for noise that otherwise would escape and radiate from the power cord to pollute the sensitive surroundings.
So the improvement that you hear is simply the elimination of emissions from a conventional poorly shielded power cord, allowing your other cables to perform at their best. The most obvious effect is normally an enhanced sense of “blackness” - silence, if you will, between instruments. This increased silence supports an improved experience of dynamics, as normally defined as the difference between silence and very loud.
The M5 is the fourth generation of Gryphon power cords since the introduction of the Online in the late 1980´s.
The M5 is delivered in 2 meter lengths pre-fitted with Furutech connectors. Other lengths are available as special orders.
For installation purposes the M5 is available in lengths of 30 meters. Bulk cable will only be sold without the black outer jacket and we cannot offer connectors, unless they are fitted at our factory.
”Wire is wire” has sadly become the new mantra for consumers who have encountered too much snake oil down through the years from disreputable cable suppliers whose dubious claims and practices have cast a dark shadow over the entire product category.
This is an unfortunate state of affairs in light of the irrefutable fact that there are straightforward laws of physics relating to impedance, Inductance, capacitance and hysteresis which account for the differences which we hear between cables. It is the cable designer’s complex mission to identify and control the practical construction parameters which define these mechanisms and, through them, the sonic performance of the cable.
With decades of experience designing and building some of the most revealing amplifiers, loudspeakers and source components ever made, Gryphon Audio Designs is in a unique position to develop cables with similar stellar qualities, first and foremost breathtaking neutrality and resolution with no identifiable sonic signature, just a clean, clear conduit for the audio signal.
The Gryphon VIP loudspeaker cable incorporates multiple individually insulated multi-strand conductors of the purest PC-OCC silver with varying diameter in order to combat resonance. Teflon is utilised for tight-fitting, effective insulation. For extreme stability and durability, the two conductors are wrapped in PVC jackets and nested alongside two PVC sheaths filled with air-core Polyethylene tubes to maintain constant distance between the conductors.
Finally, cotton filling, a non-woven fabric sheath and an outer jacket of thick PVC are fitted to create a rigid construction that protects the conductors from external mechanical forces and damage caused by bending and flexing.
Enthusiastic VIP cable owners report stunning new levels of resolution along with extraordinary harmonic purity. If a cable can have a Class A signature, then this is it.
For performance reasons, the VIP loudspeaker cable is available exclusively in custom terminated sets assembled at the Gryphon plant using specially developed tools to ensure the finest possible mechanical and electrical interface between amplifier and loudspeaker.
The same uncompromising purity of materials and rigidity of construction found in the Gryphon VIP loudspeaker cable are the key to the effortless transparency of the Gryphon VIP Interconnect.
Most cables tend to display a readily identifiable sonic signature, particularly distorted or hazy high frequencies, the result of a diode effect caused by impurities at crystal boundaries in the conductor. With its virtual single-crystal PC-OCC structure, the Gryphon VIP Interconnect provides pure, open high frequencies with no sharpness or harshness and offers a natural, non-resonant tonal quality across the audio range.
In other cables, mechanical forces typically cause the conductor to vibrate in time to the music, generating dynamic distortion due to the rapidly changing distance between the conductors (microphonics). The audible result is slurring or distortion of the signal.
With full shielding against RF interference and emission and immunity to external vibration, Gryphon VIP sets new standards for tight, articulate bass, solid imaging, full-scale dynamics, superb timing, resolution, speed and tonal characteristics.
Gryphon VIP Interconnect employs large-diameter PC-OCC multi-strand silver conductors with Teflon insulation and air dielectric in the form of hollow Polyethylene tubes wrapped tightly around the conductors. (Only vacuum possesses better dielectric properties than air.) This construction is held in place by a 100% Al-Mylar foil sheath. A drain wire runs between the foil and the braided Oxygen-Free Copper shield. A thick PVC outer jacket encases this substantial construction.
The overkill configuration of the VIP Interconnect ensures optimal shielding from external forces in the hostile territories at the rear of an amplifier, where delicate low-level signals rub shoulders with heavy power cords and cross paths with digital signal carriers, etc. (see VIP M5 presentation).
A tightly wrapped, rigid construction in combination with effective protective outer insulation allows the VIP Interconnect to deliver its best – now and for a long time to come.
Beyond high praise for superb transparency, rock-solid stereo definition and exquisite resolution of micro-detail, it is difficult to assign specific sonic characteristics to a cable that is so supremely neutral and utterly lacking any identifiable “personality” of its own. And isn’t that exactly what you want from a true reference interconnect?
Products: VIP Speaker Cable