While an increasing number of audio manufacturers are struggling to go 'back to black' with the introduction of components for LP playback, Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark have never abandoned the LP format, maintaining a consistent commitment to vinyl reproduction from the creation of the company in 1985, right up to the launch of the Gryphon Sonett phono stage.
In a concerted effort to bring the performance of the reference level Gryphon Legato Legacy phono stage to more affordable price points, Gryphon designed the Phonostage Module for straightforward installation in the Gryphon Diablo 300 and Diablo 120 integrated amplifiers. This proven phono module is significantly improved with its own cabinet and dedicated dual mono power supply. "The LP holds a very special place in our hearts here at Gryphon, having been the inspiration for our very first product, the now legendary Gryphon Head Amp. For many people, the LP remains the finest high fidelity medium ever offered for home use with a catalog of titles that will never be rivaled by the compact disc, let alone download music." - said company's founder, Flemming E. Rasmussen.
Vinyl connoisseurs with other system configurations generated immediate demand for a stand-alone version of the phono stage that would make the fruits of Gryphon’s explorations into the latest circuit topologies, low-noise component breakthroughs and power supply innovations more widely accessible. The Sonett Phonostage is the perfect companion for the Gryphon Diablo 300 or Diablo 120 integrated amplifier when the amp already has the Gryphon DAC module installed and will provide a significant upgrade for any system assembled to extract the very best from black vinyl grooves to enlighten the lives of dedicated music lovers for years to come. Like every Gryphon product, Gryphon Sonett is designed and manufactured in Denmark. It's priced at €5990 plus all applicable local duties and taxes. Info and photos by Gryphon.