Gryphon Audio Sonata Allegro Preamplifiers

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • True Dual Mono configuration
  • Fully discrete circuitry
  • Ultra-wide frequency bandwidth
  • Select premium-grade components


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SCHWINNINDIA a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Wonderfully 'silent' pre amplifier.
2 chasis build.
Pure DC operation.
Natural & Transparent
Very Communicative, yet in absolute control.

Music Used for evaluation :-

· M.A. Recordings - Begona Olavide / Mudejar MA042A
· Water Lily Acoustics - Tabula Rasa WLA-CS-44-CD
· ECM Records – Making Music / Zakir Hussain ECM – 1349
· Moment Records – Ustad Sultan Khan MRCD – 1006
· Reference Recordings – TUTTI ! RR-906CD
· Telarc – A tribute to Oscar Peterson CD – 83401
· Chesky Records – The Raven / Rebecca Pidgeon JD 115
· Mercury – Essential / Yello 512 390 – 2
- Mary Black - Looking Back - GrapeWine
- Kari Brehms -
- Chris Rea - Road to Hell
- In Praise of Dreams - ECM Records - Jan Garbarek

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $12000.00

Purchased At:   Mumbai - Bombay - IN



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mazher Bashir JAFFAR a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This is a wonderful pre amplifier.

I replaced the Pass Labs with the Gryphon Sonata Allegro.
Have been very satidfied with its performance for the past 2 - 3 years.
Build Quality is 8 / 10
It is one of the most silent pre amplifiers that is available in the audio market today.
I would rate this pre as one of the top 10 pre's that one can buy in the current scenario

It works very very well with the Antilion Signature.
The 'auto bias' funstion syncs rather well.
They are a match made to work together.

I am a happy & satisfied custommer.
I just need to buy the Cantata to complete my set.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $13000.00

Purchased At:   Mumbai [Bombay] INDI



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by carl11529 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I have owned Gryphon Sonata (the previous generation of Sonata Allegro) for two years. Before it were Accuphase C-290 and Levinson 26s. I temporarily tried Levinson 380s for some time but rather disappointed, quite analytical and not as musical as 26s. Fortunately there was one set of Sonata available at the store and I brought back home for a trial. Woo what a difference!! Balanced, detailed, sweet high, solid bass, tube-like musicality... In a word, no flaws for my ears. This preamp has been in my system and I can hardly imagine what can replace it. I had an opportunity to try Cello Audio Palette, and both my wife and I found the magic disappears. Ad Palette was used as a preamp (without Suite), this comment may be inadequate.

Sonata is a genuine dual-mono design, and need two power cords. I use two NBS Monitor 0, costly but very powerful.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand at Taipei




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