iFi xDSD Gryphon DAC & Headphone Amp

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iFi xDSD Gryphon DAC & Headphone Amp

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ifi xDSD Gryphon is a high-powered, high resolution DAC and headphone amplifier, it will drive any headphones with ease! Portable DAC/amps tend to be compromised because they focus on a great digital OR a great analogue section. But not both. The xDSD Gryphon is different. Just like its mythical namesake, it is two beasts in one. From the Ultra-Res digital stage using the Burr-Brown MultiBit at the core to the PureWave analogue power section pumping out 1,000mW and other things in-between, it takes serious headphones to tame the Gryphon.

Well-connected

  • Separate Bluetooth + DAC + amp stages: each optimised for maximum performance
  • Digital sources via USB, S/PDIF or BluetoothAnalogue sources via 4.4mm or 3.5mm inputs

Brilliant Bluetooth. Hi-Res Wireless.

Using the latest QCC 5100 series Bluetooth 5.1 chip as the starting point, for wireless connectivity, the xDSD Gryphon is at the bleeding-edge when it comes to the latest formats:

  • aptX Adaptive and aptX HD
  • LDAC and HWA/LHDC
  • Regular aptX and aptX Low Latency
  • AAC
  • SBC (plain vanilla Bluetooth)

Not only this but the above is on the iFi digital platform where each section is distinct. So QC5100 for reception > Global Master Clock for jitter > Burr-Brown for DAC conversion. More effort but that’s why our wireless gives wired a run for its money.

USB & S/PDIF. Wired to the nines.

In terms of wired connectivity, the xDSD Gryphon handles all the formats using a hybrid Burr-Brown DAC chipset which is the same as used in our £3,000 flagship, the Pro iDSD Signature.

Rest assured that all the following latest formats are catered for but most importantly, are pushed to their zenith.

On USB:

  • PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
  • DSD (512/256/128/64)
  • DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz)
  • MQA (Decoder)

On S/PDIF

  • PCM (192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
  • DoP

Balance of Power

ThexDSD Gryphonuses ourPureWaveamplification circuitry. It has 1,000mW at 32 Ohms. With a whopping max 6.7v output, bring on the high impedance headphones because theGryphonwill not break a sweat driving them.

This is plenty to drive all manner of headphones. The 4.4mm Pentaconn is the best for balanced playback. The 3.5mmS-Balancedwill max SE headphones. And your premium high-sensitivity IEMs have not been forgotten either –iEMatchwill cut out the hiss.

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  1. 5/5

    DAVID J W STEWART

    I wish to record my initial impressions on first contacting PS . I was struck by Maksyn ‘s approachability and willingness to assist. Communication was excellent and informative. Delivery was prompt. Overall , the process was made throughly enjoyable

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