Hifi Pig was lucky enough to attend the premier of the Trident II Loudspeaker from Gryphon Audio in late prototype form at the Munich 2013 High End Show and we liked them a great deal. You can read our mini-review of the Gryphon Trident II loudspeaker.
Gryphon founder and CEO Flemming E. Rasmussen says, “Gryphon have never felt the need to constantly replace our product line-up to suit the changing seasons. Our observation has been that most “Mark 2” versions are simply trivial bug fixes promoted as major breakthroughs. We prefer to expend the necessary effort and resources to get things right the first time. That is why Gryphon products have an exceptionally long lifespan both in the marketplace and in the home.”
“In the case of the Trident, we identified specific areas in which technological advances made real improvements possible, so it made sense to pass them on to music lovers.”
The Gryphon Trident II incorporates specially developed constant phase technologies to ensure that all drivers are in phase at all frequencies at all times. As Rasmussen proudly declares, “Few loudspeakers can truthfully make this claim and they are all made by Gryphon.”
Compared to its predecessor, Gryphon Trident II is housed in a slimmer, taller, massively braced enclosure with precisely contoured baffle and driver surrounds and baffle covering carefully selected and applied to effectively address baffle reflections and eliminate diffraction phenomena.
Air Motion Transformer Tweeter
The most crucial upgrade in Trident II is perhaps the implementation of an AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high frequency driver with minimal mass for instantaneous response to the audio signal.
Because of its large surface area, the pleated diaphragm structure energises a large air volume with minimal diaphragm motion, for a highly desirable point source sonic presentation. Eliminating fundamental issues of mass, inertia and internal resonance, the Gryphon Trident II high frequency driver promises lightning fast transients, combining flat frequency response beyond 38 kHz with extremely low distortion and a total absence of compression.
Self-Powered Bass System
By implementing a semi-active configuration based on dedicated Gryphon on-board 1,000 Watt bass power amplification in conjunction with heavily modified drivers, handmade crossover components, proprietary Q Control room integration and a non-resonant enclosure, “the Gryphon Trident II sidesteps the electrical and mechanical problems which plague lesser systems”.
Active bass also allows the owner to select the ideal amplifier for the upper frequency range without having to worry about deep-bass power demands.
Price: €97 000 plus local taxes