Although I now find accessories more of a distraction than an aid, certain ones continue to crop up an reassert their usefulness. Accessories Club honcho Mike Harris reminded me of the Gryphon Exorcist after I happened to mention to him the 'demagnetising CD' from Ayre that has everyone running around like a woad-wearer during an eclipse. I was aware that the Exorcist had been unavailable for a while, that customers were clamouring for it, nor that it had gone back into production.
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A £100 value, the Exorcist is available in two versions: one for 'demagging' your system and one for phono cartridges. To our delight, Gryphon's Flemming Rasmussen decided to relaunch the Exorcist with a little fanfare. He's given us 12 regular Exorcists and 12 Black Exorcists (for cartridges)...to give away! Below is a simple quiz, but first, a re-cap.
Gryphon developed the Exorcist for easy demagnetising of the signal path in whole systems, and developed the cartridge demagnetiser in the same case. Feeding certain types of signals through a system for a fixed period of time would, in effect, tighten up a circuit, rid a system of unwanted magnetic and electronic properties and - even better - help to speed up the burn-in process of new components. As the heart of most cartridges is a magnet or magnets, demagnetising helps to focus the magnet's flux and remove unwanted magnetism from the iron core or other metal parts. Black Exorcist looks nearly identical to the original Exorcist in that both are housed in perfectly-finished metal extrusions sized like a hand-held remote. Each measures 70x48x22, both are black and they carry the instructions on their upper surface, with slight differences for either type Exorcist.
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