Danish high-end manufacturer Gryphon Audio Designs has released its Sonett Phonostage as a stand-alone product, it having previously been available in only modular form for optional installation into Gryphon’s Diablo 300 and Diablo 120 integrated amplifiers.
The Gryphon Sonett is a fully-discrete, d.c.-coupled phono stage that in addition to precision RIAA equalisation offers six primary switchable load impedances for moving-coil cartridges (10Ω, 20Ω, 80.6Ω, 100Ω, 200Ω and 402 Ω). These primary options can be combined to enable other load options, so that a load of 45Ω can be achieved by activating both the 80.6Ω and the 100Ω DIP switches. The load for the moving-magnet input is fixed at 47kΩ/200pF. ‘Ultimate LP playback was the inspiration for our very first product, the now-legendary Gryphon Head Amp,’ said Flemming Rasmussen, of Gryphon. ‘For many audiophiles, the LP remains the finest high-fidelity medium ever offered for home use with a catalogue of titles that will never to be rivalled by the compact disc, which is why we have maintained a consistent commitment to vinyl reproduction from the creation of the company in 1985.’
Rasmussen told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that the Sonett MM/MC Phonostage uses exclusively WIMA polypropylene capacitors for its precision RIAA correction and that all other components in the circuit, which include low V(on) voltage Schottky barrier diodes, separate Talema toroidal power transformers for each channel and low-noise linear series regulators, are the finest available. ‘The Gryphon Sonett phono stage 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,’ said Simon Zanin of Kedcorp, which distributes Gryphon in Australia. Available now, the Gryphon Sonett retails for $9,995 (RRP).
Manufacturer’s Specifications: Gryphon Sonett Phonostage
Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz ±0.15dB
Gain: 64dB (MC)/42dB (MM)
MC Load Z (Ω): 10, 20, 80.6, 100, 200, 402 or parallel comb
MM Load Z (Ω): 47k/200pF
Signal/Noise Ratio: >72dB (MC)/>84dB (MM)
Max Input Level: 7.2mV (MC)/95mV (MM)
Max Output Level: 11.5VRMS
For more information, please contact Kedcorp