Search results

  1. Philip O Hanlon

    Doctor's Orders-Part Two-The New Listening Room Of Steve Williams

    Always great visiting friends & enjoying a music session. For me, besides the camaraderie, I am continually on the hunt for demo songs to include in the next Demo compilation CD. Steve never disappoints but usually has some wonderful music that is a sonic treat. INTERESTING MUSIC Who Am I -...
  2. Philip O Hanlon

    Stereophile review / comparison Graham LS3/5 and LS3/5A versus Falcon LS3/5A

    Ever since the Graham Audio loudspeakers representation in the U.S. and Canada, we have been looking for a suitable amplifier for the 3/5's and the 6's. After many auditions and A/B tests, we are delighted to say that the Moon Audio integrated amplifier from Sweden is a fantastic pairing to...
  3. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    No offense meant Bazelio but I think you are missing the point of the Bergmann TT system. The AF3 Premium is a wonderful table but the performance is challenged by the use of traditional radial tonearms. The linear tracking arm with air bearing is far superior to the best of the radial arms -...
  4. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    We are delivering a 40KG copper platter to a reviewer on Friday. will ask him to write about it, once it's installed in his black / black Galder. BTW, he also is receiving a matching copper armboard & record clamp.
  5. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    Yesterday I installed a Dynavector XV-1S on to the Odin tonearm. A lot more resolute than the Brinkmann Pi (Benz Micro motor) with lovely extended high frequencies; cymbals have lots of air around them. Has a lovely involving midrange. Currently running 300 ohms loading into the Gryphon...
  6. Philip O Hanlon

    Graham's new LS5/5

    This is a message from Derek Hughes, designer, Graham Audio, to give you an insight into how the LS5/5 unconventional slots work: “All drive units are omnidirectional at low frequencies and have an increasingly narrow dispersion (beam width) as the frequency increases. This means that at the...
  7. Philip O Hanlon

    Gryphon Essence

    eagle333 congrats on a great write-up. Just one small correction - the Essence preamp can accept a fully balanced DAC module or the PS2-S phono stage with variable loading, but not both. If an audiophile needs both, then we suggest that he goes with the internal DAC and either the Sonett or...
  8. Philip O Hanlon

    NEW - Irish Super Premium Whiskey

    Received a late birthday gift of RB 27 YO from my Pandora this evening ! As you can see from the outside packaging, its Batch # 1, 2020. I already have the 12, 15 & 21 on hand. Have tried the 12 YO Cask Strength & 12 YO Lusteau but prefer the 15 YO for just a few more $$. Will celebrate...
  9. Philip O Hanlon

    Dedicated audio room build thread aka The Big Dig

    Hugh, I look forward to visiting Lorie & yourself and hearing this amazing room for myself. warm regards Philip
  10. Philip O Hanlon

    Installing the Trident 2

    Had a wonderful music session on Friday afternoon with Steve Williams, the co-founder and fearless leader of WBF. Swapped out the Mephisto for the Essence, which is sweeter amplifier and though less resolving, its not noticeable that we are missing any musical information. Given that the mid...
  11. Philip O Hanlon

    Installing the Trident 2

    Hugh, I hear through the grapevine that your listening room is spectacular ! Congrats ! Please post photos & impressions of the finished product. Many thanks, Philip
  12. Philip O Hanlon

    Installing the Trident 2

    Ron, Whenever you are ready, I would be happy to lend you - the Antileon EVO, Essence or Mephisto to drive your Pendragons. Hopefully, the Lockdown will be lifted shortly & we'll all use the Apple / Google Tracing app on our phones. Should address concern about having guests over to your...
  13. Philip O Hanlon

    Gryphon Colosseum Stereo v Antileon Evo Stereo

    AJR, Another point worth considering when it comes to speaker selection is whether you focus on the recording or the music ? The Magicos are superb at retrieving detail, whereas if you are looking for a more musical experience, you might consider auditioning the Pantheon. Though your room size...
  14. Philip O Hanlon

    Gryphon Colosseum Stereo v Antileon Evo Stereo

    AJR, The Anitileon EVO & Pandora combination is wonderful. We used them last year at THE Show in Long Beach, CA with the Magico S5 Mk2 to great effect. The Magico speakers have become considerably more musical over the years. The other piece of gear you should audition would be the Ethos CD...
  15. Philip O Hanlon

    One of the finest whiskeys - introducing Red Spot.

    I am not familiar with 23 YO Red Breast; by any chance do you mean 25 YO ? Red Breast have produced limited production, 19, 25 or 32 (Dream Cask); All Sherry & Mano A Lamh (Sherry) in v small quantities. I will indeed take you up on your kind offer for whiskey tasting in Austin, when the...
  16. Philip O Hanlon

    One of the finest whiskeys - introducing Red Spot.

    Yes, the different vintages or batches taste different. At least with Middelton, you know what you are drinking. The barley might have had a wet or dry growing season as opposed to a normal year. The raw distillate is matured in sherry & bourbon casks, the trees grow differently depending on...
  17. Philip O Hanlon

    Gryphon Colosseum Stereo v Antileon Evo Stereo

    AJR If you like your Magicos and are looking to upgrade from the DIblo 300, perhaps you might consider the Essence amp & preamp ? Ciao, Philip
  18. Philip O Hanlon

    One of the finest whiskeys - introducing Red Spot.

    I plan on comparing last year's batch of Red Spot to the 2020 batch of Red Spot. Be interesting to taste the difference between the two batches. Waiting on delivery to my local Total Wine. More anon.
  19. Philip O Hanlon

    NEW - Irish Super Premium Whiskey

    Soliver, I drank the 21 YO Red Breast yesterday afternoon at a friends home before settling down to a music session. This was a recent purchase and has a newer label; with a painting of the red breast (bird) instead of a gold engraving. I do not claim to have a remarkable memory, nonetheless...
  20. Philip O Hanlon

    Installing the Trident 2

    Coming up to three months now since I installed the Trident 2, been busy changing gear out. Enjoying myself immensely. Given that I have changed out all of the sources and even the amplifier for the mids & highs, its been a fun time for exploring music & trying to determine the limits of this...
  21. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    Have been listening to the Galder for a few weeks now with the Brinkmann Pi MC cartridge (Benz Micro motor assembly) mounted on the Odin linear tracking tonearm and must say that once I sorted out the loading on the Gryphon Legatto phono stage - the latter allows one to use any value resistor...
  22. Philip O Hanlon

    Studer / Revox Service in So. CA

    Can anyone recommend a good service technician for my Revox PR99 in So California ? Many thanks Philip O'Hanlon
  23. Philip O Hanlon

    One of the finest whiskeys - introducing Red Spot.

    May 2020 Update. Still waiting on Total Wine to receive their batch of Red Spot. Drank some Red Spot before the Lockdown with Dan Meinwald (E.A.R. distributor) and my memory rang true about how unique & compelling this pot still whiskey is. Thanks Dan. Expensive but memorable.
  24. Philip O Hanlon

    NEW - Irish Super Premium Whiskey

    From Irish Distillers experimental division - Method & Madness. M&M is only distributed across Ireland, the U.K. & France. The limited edition Single Grain Irish Whiskey 31 Year Old has been matured in an ex-Bourbon cask for 31 years. The rare single cask release has developed a “full deep...
  25. Philip O Hanlon

    Moonriver 404 = Midrange Magic

    I thought it was a nice touch to print The Mission Statement onto the 404 motherboard.
  26. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    Yes I am. Just being cute.
  27. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    The Galder is currently on an active Vibraplane but I plan on upgrading to an Artesania KRION turntable platform, resting on an Artesania Exoteryc rack - I know the importer, its just a question of finding the time to dismantle everything & change out the rack - no small task. The current rack...
  28. Philip O Hanlon

    Moonriver 404 = Midrange Magic

    The optional internal MC/MM phono stage module in the 404 was recently upgraded with little fanfare. Though they still have crowds of people out on the streets at night in Sweden, no social distancing or Lockdown in place. I hope it works out for them; I guess history will be the final arbiter...
  29. Philip O Hanlon

    Any Bergmann "Galder" owners here ?

    Brought the Gryphon Ethos CD player downstairs to the living room on Saturday morning; spoilt for superb sources. Using the Gryphon Essence amp at the moment, started out with the Mephisto. The Essence is sweeter sounding than the Mephisto, a matter of personal taste. Clearly the Mephisto is the...
  30. Philip O Hanlon

    Moonriver 404 = Midrange Magic

    Angel Number 404 Meaning Folsom Here is a different meaning for 404 that I was unaware of: With a message of happiness and celebration, angel number 404 is here to help you remember that you are surrounded by souls and angels who adore you and the work that you have done to create a better...

About us

  • What’s Best Forum is THE forum for high-end audio, product reviews, advice and sharing experiences on the best of everything else. A place where audiophiles and audio companies discuss existing and new audio products, music servers, music streamers and computer audio, digital to audio converters, turntables, phono stages, cartridges, reel to reel, speakers, headphones, tube amplifiers and solid state amplification. Founded in 2010 What's Best Forum invites intelligent and courteous people of all interests and backgrounds to describe and discuss the best of everything. From beginners to life-long hobbyists to industry professionals we enjoy learning about new things and meeting new people and participating in spirited debates.

Quick Navigation

User Menu

Steve Williams
Site Founder | Site Owner | Administrator
Ron Resnick
Site Co-Owner | Administrator
Julian (The Fixer)
Website Build | Marketing Managersing