Gryphon Legato Legacy Phono Stage
In spite of the theoretically perfect measurements of even the most basic digital audio format, we simply hear more music when listening to the LP. This is a good thing, considering that the number of LP’s released during the course of the last half a century will never be matched by the CD in its brief lifespan.
In 1994, Gryphon stunned the audiophile community with the Gryphon Orestes phono stage, the world’s first fully balanced MC preamp. Perhaps equally surprised by the fact that they chose to do it at all as by how well it was done, the audio press had only the highest praise and admiration for the Orestes.
At the turn of the millennium, Gryphon re-invented LP playback once again with the Legato phono stage. 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 phono stage 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.
Fully balanced from input to output, with no op-amps or ICs, the Gryphon Legato Legacy XLR is available in modular or stand-alone versions.
The two versions are identical with regard to circuitry and sound quality.
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.
Designed to fully exploit the inherently balanced nature of the phono cartridge, the Legato Legacy phono stage employs the finest balanced XLR 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 Gryphon styling, Legato Legacy XLR 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 XLR phono stage is the key to all the power, purity and subtlety of expression captured for posterity on black vinyl.
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