Dali Megaline / Gryphon Mephisto

Best of the best? Very possible. This is one gigantic hyper high-end system. What started out as a far better-than-average setup rapidly grew into this, an enthusiast’s ultimate dream. And yes, it is located in South-Africa and incredibly this exact pair of perfectly preserved Megalines originally belonged the one and only Mr. Albert Porter who over the years provided the high-end community with invaluable insights regarding these magnificent loudspeakers. Included with this pair of Megalines was the custom built active Transition Audio Design valve crossover that Mr. Porter had built by American audio and electronics engineer, Tom Tutay.  

Since the arrival of the Megalines we rounded off what seems to be the perfect cost-no-object setup when we flew to Greece to take delivery of a line stage preamp that’s been out of production for nearly fifteen years. It is a unit with a difference, because all those years ago there were no cost constraints on design and the execution thereof. Things have changed significantly since then. JFets are everywhere.

Our most recent upgrade and largest step forward by some margin, was the acquisition of two Gryphon Mephisto power amplifiers. These are held by many as the best power amplifiers ever made. We tend to agree because never before have we realized the stratospheric potential of the Dali Megalines as heard with the majestic Mephisto’s driving them. In South-Africa for some obscure reason however, Megaline owners seldom opt for two identical amplifiers preferring rather to use a valve amplifier on the ribbons and some solid-state on the bass. In my own Megaline system I’ve fallen prey to the same wayward means and I’m afraid I wont be listening to that setup anytime soon again or at least until I have two identical amplifiers.

 

System components:

Conrad Johnson ART series III line stage

dCS Paganini digital playback system (4-box)

Naim NS02 music server

Cary Audio DMS-500 Music server

2 x Gryphon Mephisto power amplifiers

Transition Audio Design active valve cross-over

Dali Megaline III loudspeakers

JL Audio F113 subwoofers x 2 

PS Audio active line conditioners x 2

Furutech Flux speaker cable

Furutech Digital interconnects

AudioQuest Sky/Niagara interconnects

Transparent Audio Premium power cables

Shunyata power cables

4 x Hi-Fi Tuning Cryo 32A Mains fuses

4 x Dedicated shielded mains cables from DB to US wall outlets

Hi-Fi Tuning Supreme and Silver mains fuses

Furutech GTX Dual Wall outlets x 4

 

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