Redesigned, More Powerful Integrated Amp from Gryphon

by The Audio Beat | August 19, 2015

ryphon Audio Design's Diablo integrated amp remained in the company's product line for a decade, so the new Diablo 300 (€12,800) has big shoes to fill. It takes advantage of technologies developed for Gryphon's Pandora preamplifier and Mephisto power amplifier while offering both digital and analog options.

The Diablo 300 uses a fully balanced, microprocessor-controlled volume control derived from the Pandora preamp's. Select resistors and relays are used, with no more than two resistors in the signal path at any setting. Military-spec dual-layer and four-layer printed circuit boards with up to 105-micron copper traces are used; the Diablo 300 maintains an ultra-short signal path and minimal internal wiring. The 300Wpc Diablo 300 has a wideband frequency response of 0.5Hz to 350kHz, and its extremely high current capabilities allow it to double its output to 600Wpc into 4 ohms and 950Wpc into 2 ohms.

The Diablo 300 can be fitted with an optional PCM/DSD DAC module based on Gryphon's Kalliope digital-to-analog converter or an MM/MC phono stage based on the company's Legato Legacy phono stage. User niceties include remote control, a large, easy-to-read vacuum-fluorescent display with adjustable lighting and backlit touch-sensitive front-panel controls.

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