Category Archives: Personal Audio Review Notes

A Tale of Three Components – Gryphon Sonett Phonostage, the Third Leg for a Vinyl Outboard Trio

Gryphon Audio has a remarkable reputation for their systems approach with designers and engineers knowing just the right touch needed to evoke just enough emotion.  The brand leads with their money-no-object electronics design and solution, with their indisputably well reviewed integrated amplifiers, the Diablos, to their Scorpio S CD player, their flagship Mephisto Monoblocks, and their […]

Philip O’Hanlon on the Lineage of Luxman Vacuum Tube Electronics – insider view on stereo amplifier MQ-88u vs MQ-88

” I think the best way to look at the MQ-88 is as a cost-no-object, artisanal maxing out of classic 1950s push-pull tubed power-amp design.” – John Marks, Stereophile.  Read more here. Since inception in 1925, Luxman has never been about mass produced products. In the similar vein, this family of Luxman products, the MQ-88 vacuum […]