Installing the Trident 2

I was a little apprehensive about installing the Trident 2. The Pantheons, I can just about deal with, even on my own. But the Trident 2 are about twice the volume and approx. three times the weight.
when I broke my clavicle five weeks ago (cycling accident), I knew that it would be impossible for me to install the speakers myself. I am so grateful to Joe Cali, our Los Angeles Gryphon dealer for stepping in & taking care of the installation. Bringing the crates into the listening room, unboxing, putting in the rough position. Removing the Pantheons, putting them in their crates. Then putting the empty Trident crates into our storage, finally changing out preamps - almost three hours. Before dialing in the speakers, which took almost another six hours.

T2#1.jpg
Had the paving stones filled with concrete, a smooth path for the monster crates.
T2#2.jpg
Had a ramp fabricated & strengthened, no unnecessary lifting required.

T2#3.jpg
two dollies under each crate

T2#4.jpg
The Pantheons were still in the room, when the Tridents were brought inside. Mephisto in the middle between the Pantheons.

T2#5.jpg
Speakers were laid on their side to facilitate removing the top & bottom shipping caps.

T2#6.jpg


T2#8.jpg
These are v tall speakers

T2#9.jpg

T2#10.jpg
First speaker more or less in situ.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Comments

#2
Actually dialing the speakers in, is always the most time consuming. though fun part of this exercise. T2#18.jpg

T2#12.jpg
Trident 2 and Pantheon

T2#13.jpg

T2#14.jpg

T2#14.jpg

T2#15.jpg
Gryphon Black Spikes with Artesania Decoupling Discs. The display on the floor shows the bass amplitude, as well as damping. Adjustments, are made from the remote control or from the back of the speaker.

T2#16.jpg
Photo credit - Joseph Cali

T2#17.jpg
The room measures approx. 40 x 31 x 23'

The speakers have a 500WPC Class AB amplifier on the back panel that drives the 4 x 8" woofers in a sealed enclosure.
We ended up moving the two speakers about 6" away from the staircase (and into the room) & 1 1/4" closer to the staircase. After we found the correct location for each speaker, then we spiked them & mounted them on the Artesania 4" Decoupling Discs.

Total time spent from start to finish, a little shy of nine hours. My deepest gratitude to Joe Cali for taking care of the installation.

What do they sound like ? TBC
 

Attachments

HughP3

VIP/Donor
Apr 25, 2019
134
123
150
58
#3
Congrats Phillip! Please post impressions. I am beyond excited to have mine installed by Joe, maybe by mid April the room will be ready. - hugh
 
#4
Thanks, Hugh, I have no doubt that you will be thrilled with the Trident's performance. Joe & Mike did a fantastic job dialing in the speakers.

Can't wait to get the Ethos CD back from Manhattan; its a source that competes best with the best turntables. I heard Joe is going to bring his demo to your home for the installation.

Looking forward to hearing your room the next time I am in Atalanta.
cheers
Philip
 
Last edited:
Likes: Vienna

HughP3

VIP/Donor
Apr 25, 2019
134
123
150
58
#5
Please do Phillip
 

BruceD

VIP/Donor
Dec 13, 2013
1,105
121
135
#6
Wow! Quite an undertaking--where was Joe? don't recognise him from those two fellows
Did he pike on the heavy lifting:D!

Luv the house /setting/etc Philip --big difference from a Ballsbridge Semi !;)

BruceD
 
Last edited:

Audiophile Bill

Well-Known Member
Mar 23, 2015
2,656
1,017
210
UK
#7
Actually dialing the speakers in, is always the most time consuming. though fun part of this exercise. View attachment 62221

View attachment 62214
Trident 2 and Pantheon

View attachment 62215

View attachment 62216

View attachment 62218

View attachment 62217
Gryphon Black Spikes with Artesania Decoupling Discs. The display on the floor shows the bass amplitude, as well as damping. Adjustments, are made from the remote control or from the back of the speaker.

View attachment 62219
Photo credit - Joseph Cali

View attachment 62220
The room measures approx. 40 x 31 x 23'

The speakers have a 500WPC Class AB amplifier on the back panel that drives the 4 x 8" woofers in a sealed enclosure.
We ended up moving the two speakers about 6" away from the staircase (and into the room) & 1 1/4" closer to the staircase. After we found the correct location for each speaker, then we spiked them & mounted them on the Artesania 4" Decoupling Discs.

Total time spent from start to finish, a little shy of nine hours. My deepest gratitude to Joe Cali for taking care of the installation.

What do they sound like ? TBC
Wow what a fantastic room and setup. Enjoy.
 

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 25, 2015
7,551
1,837
440
Beverly Hills, CA
#8
How are the Trident IIs sounding, Philip?
 
Likes: HughP3

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 25, 2015
7,551
1,837
440
Beverly Hills, CA
#10
Philip,

Congratulations on the Bergmann line. I have had mine 6 mos and still tweaking it to sound better. In my case a Vibraplane really helps with the deep and mid bass, which are both outstanding.
Hi!

What cartridge are you using on the Odin now?
 

Mobiusman

Well-Known Member
May 25, 2010
560
120
195
Jersey Shore- waterside
#11
Hi!

What cartridge are you using on the Odin now?
ZYX ULTImate Optimum. I had the model one down ?Premium (the one I think you have) and then went to this which is very similar overall, but even more detailed.

It likes the arm and table, but the fine tuning of the counterweight is way too delicate and thus takes care and time. BTW, the arm is amazing, but there is a learning curve.
 
Last edited:

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 25, 2015
7,551
1,837
440
Beverly Hills, CA
#12
ZYX ULTImate Optimum. I had the model one down ?Premium (the one I think you have) and then went to this which is very similar overall, but even more detailed.

It likes the arm and table, but the fine tuning of the counterweight is way too delicate and thus takes care and time. BTW, the arm is amazing, but there is a learning curve.
Thank you very much, Russ! I am very excited that you are enjoying the Odin!

I am still trying to figure out whether I should start with the ZYX UNIverse Premium SB2 on the SME 3012R (a known and very well-liked pairing) or on the Odin.

What have you found to be the elements of the learning curve of the Odin? I know it's a little bit not obvious about how you roll down the knurled knob to drop the stylus onto the vinyl. Do you mean that, or do you mean other operating characteristics of the tonearm take some getting used to.
 

Mobiusman

Well-Known Member
May 25, 2010
560
120
195
Jersey Shore- waterside
#13
At first I found the cue to be clunky, but then quickly adapted. The hardest setting is the tracking force, which does not change easily because it is not threaded ad has a lot of friction and thus not easy to move. The tracking force is very sensitive, ,01 gram makes a substantial difference, gut what a difference.
 

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 25, 2015
7,551
1,837
440
Beverly Hills, CA
#14
At first I found the cue to be clunky, but then quickly adapted. The hardest setting is the tracking force, which does not change easily because it is not threaded ad has a lot of friction and thus not easy to move. The tracking force is very sensitive, ,01 gram makes a substantial difference, gut what a difference.
Thank you, Russ.
 

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