Juxtaposing $14'690/pr worth of EnigmAcoustics Mythology M1 with Sopranino super tweeters and custom stands—one of the finest monitors I've ever heard—to €35'000 worth of Gryphon Pantheon suggests that the Danes are easily 2.5 times the speaker which the Taiwanese/Californians are. Of course the Norsemen also make for a rather more imposing cosmetic statement.

Before one contemplates said statement, the outrigger footers will have already been installed with the included hex driver and...

... the protective bags removed from the custom terminals with the attached QC tag. I'd however leave on the protective wrap around the speakers' top and bottom panels to insure scratch-free return into their crates. Making this a one-man job in our household, I'd want all the unfair advantages I could muster.

Next we see the concave profile of how the six baffle partitions go together; and the faux vents along the edge of the back.

Against a two-storey gabled ceiling of course, visual domination suddenly seemed far more demure than it might have otherwise. With the Diablo 300 delivered with the optional DAC module installed, let's do a quick candid camera on that.

This reveals quad arrays of Sanken 2SA1295 and 2SC3264 transistors augmented by ten 10V/6'800µF capacitors per side; and a heroic Noratel power toroid. The encased digital module is a two-storey affair whose USB transceiver is encased as well to shield it from prying eyes and EMI/RF interference.

From a hardware perspective where 'hard' means actual stuff, not loads of empty space and hot marketing air, the Diablo 300 is a proper heavyweight.

In logical number sequence, the five analog inputs are followed by USB as input 6, AES/EBU, two BNC and Toslink as inputs 7 -10.

With its case edging removed, this is the doppeldecker digital module. In the next photo we see the right channel's Sanken 2SC3264 alley beneath which, albeit out of sight, lives above the complimentary 2SA1295 avenue. Cue Basha's "Cruising for Bruising" hit.