Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark have earned praise for their electronics and loudspeakers and for their range of accessories and now introduce The Atlas Spikes.

Legends from the Gryphon laboratories include the Exorcist (1994) and Black Exorcist (1996) for the removal of magnetic build-up in line-level and MM/MC circuits, respectively.

Their recent press release says that “Gryphon are also pioneers in the field of resonance control in audio equipment, introducing Gryphon Black Spikes as the standard footer for the Gryphon XT Preamp (1989) and for the Square One component platform. The Gryphon XT Preamp was the first commercially available product to offer spikes fitted as standard.”

And continues “Early on, Gryphon dismissed the notion of vibration control via absorption/dispersion using soft materials to convert resonances to heat. Pads, springs, viscous damping, rubbery feet etc., typically provide a largely random mix of coupling and decoupling of the audio component to the underlying surface. Because of the different resonant frequencies of the materials employed, they will have highly variable impact on energy transfer and, consequently, exert unpredictable influence on musical performance.”

The all-new Gryphon Atlas Spikes employ effective mechanical earthing, to divert resonances away from vibration-sensitive components (speakers, disc player, DAC, amplifier, turntable, cable/satellite TV box, etc.) where they could do audible and visible harm.

Extensive Gryphon research has shown that the size, shape and material of spikes can have significant influence on sound quality. Some materials actually store some of the energy that they are intended to transfer. But, because they are assembled from carefully selected parts made of Polyoxymethylene (POM), aluminium and tempered steel, Gryphon Atlas Spikes create an evacuation path between the equipment and the outside world, acting as mechanical diodes, conducting energy in one direction only and blocking it the other way.

These no-nonsense accessories include M4 screw threads for easy mounting under loudspeakers and adhesive pads for carefully balanced placement under audio components, regardless of total weight. The height of each Gryphon Atlas can be fine-tuned for perfect leveling and experimentation with positioning directly under transformers or motors will reveal the optimum set-up, “with across the board sonic improvements in such critical areas as bass firmness, soundstage focus and overall clarity and openness.”

Gryphon Audio Designs recommend Atlas spikes especially in conjunction with vibration-sensitive tube amplification, motor-driven components such as turntables and disc players and amplifiers with extensive internal wiring.

Like every Gryphon product, Gryphon Atlas Spikes are designed by Gryphon founder and CEO Flemming E. Rasmussen and manufactured in Denmark.

Price: 1.490 Euros (set of  4 ), plus all applicable local duties and taxes.

 

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