Gryphon Legato Legacy Phonostage

The Gryphon Legato is available in standalone with and without external power supply, and in modular version for install into the Gryphon Pandora preamp.

Product features

  • Selectable MC input impedance from 10 Ohm to 47 kOhm
  • Custom impedance load option
  • Selectable gain
  • MM or MC input
  • Extremely low noise
  • Dual mono configuration
  • Fully balanced circuit, a Gryphon phonostage innovation as early as 1994
  • Fully discrete circuit
  • Select premium-grade components
  • Swiss LEMO connectors
  • Zero negative feedback
  • Short signal path with no internal wiring
  • Available as stand-alone unit or as integrated modules in the Gryphon Pandora and the Gryphon Sonata-Allegro preamplifiers.
  • Dual mono external power supplies
  • Custom-made C-core transformers
  • DC coupling
  • AC mains filtering
  • Fully sealed double-sided mil spec PC boards
  • 75 µm copper traces
  • Made in Denmark

The Gryphon Legato Legacy offered in 3 ways

Fully balanced from input to output, with no op-amps or IC´s, the Gryphon Legato Legacy Phonostage is available in 3 ways with identical circuitry and sound quality:

  • in standalone version
  • in standalone version without external power supply (sharing power supply with the standalone Pandora Preamp)
  • in modular version, for installation into the Gryphon Pandora Preamp

When installed in the Gryphon Pandora preamplifier, the modular Legato Legacy is powered by the preamp power supply. Legato Legacy modules can be factory-fitted or added at a later date.  The stand-alone Legato Legacy is a stylish slim line cabinet that can be driven by its own power supply (identical to the power supply developed for the massively over-the-top Pandora preamp) or by your Gryphon preamplifier’s power supply.  In both configurations, the sensitive low-level signal is fully shielded in a dual mono, RF-free environment with no internal wiring, fully sealed PCB’s specified to the highest standards, zero negative feedback and DC coupling.

Genesis for the Gryphon Legato Legacy

In 1994, Gryphon stunned the audiophile community with the Gryphon Orestes phonostage, the world’s first fully balanced MC preamp. Perhaps equally surprised by the fact that we chose to do it all as by how well it was done, the audio press had only the highest praise and admiration for the Orestes, “Utterly convincing. With a delightful firmness and wonderful resolution, it enhanced the performance of one MC cartridge after another. It offers earth-shaking bass and beguiling, airy highs.” (Audio, Germany).

At the turn of the millennium, Gryphon re-invented LP playback once again with the Legato phonostage. The word “legato” is from the Italian for “bound together.” In classical music, it is a composer’s instruction to play in a smooth, flowing manner without detached notes.

Briefly discontinued, the Gryphon Legato phonostage has been revived by popular demand in the Legato Legacy version to harvest the fruits of our explorations into the latest circuit topologies, low-noise component breakthroughs and power supply innovations in the service of the vast body of music that will continue to enlighten the lives of dedicated music lovers for years to come.

Designed to fully exploit the inherently balanced nature of the phono cartridge, the Legato Legacy phonostage employs the finest balanced LEMO connectors. Impedance loading is selected via a high quality, Swiss precision attenuator which can be bypassed once the owner has identified the optimal load.

Critical components are sourced from suppliers with extensive experience in building to the tight tolerances specified for military or medical equipment. Final assembly and testing are conducted in-house.

Component quality, mechanical construction and cosmetic design fulfill the high expectations that come with the Gryphon name. A classic example of Flemming E. Rasmussen styling, Legato Legacy exudes pride of ownership and stands as an ideal partner for the new Pandora reference preamplifier both in design and performance.

Dedicated to the music lover who continues to seek out the countless musical treasures available on LP, the Gryphon Legato Legacy phonostage is the key to all the power, purity and subtlety of expression captured for posterity on black vinyl.

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“A solid-state phono stage that pushes “analog’s performance and technological boundaries… The cleanliness of the layout along with the dual-mono construction instill great confidence that Gryphon Audio has addressed all sources of the noise that’s so detrimental to analog playback, especially with low output moving-coil cartridges…  This is what the Legato Legacy does: totality without sonic whoopia.  even its potent bass is just a cog in the greater machine…  it quickly established itself among the uppercrust of phono stages I’ve heard, even top-flight tube competition, biases be damned.”

MARC MICKELSON, THE AUDIO BEAT, AUGUST, 2013  <more>

 

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