iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon portable DAC and headphone amplifier

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Fantastic Beasts. Here’s where you find them.

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 Bluetooth
  • Analogue sources via 4.4mm or 3.5mm inputs

 

Brilliant Bluetooth. Hi-Res Wireless.

Using the latest QCC 5100 series Bluetooth v5.1 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

The xDSD Gryphon uses our PureWave amplification circuitry. It has 1,000mW at 32 Ohms. With a whopping max 6.7v output, bring on the high impedance headphones because the Gryphon will not break a sweat driving them.

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

 

Tailored to your ears

XSpace adds back the cavernous sound stage of recordings.

XBass II reinstates the missing bass from open-backed headphones or for recordings that you hanker for bass slam. Under XBass II you can select ‘Bass’ and/or ‘Presence’ so that the upper midrange frequencies are correctly added back into your favourite recording.

iEMatch – is our proprietary tech which reduces the annoying hiss from high-sensitivity headphones without losing any dynamic range.

With digital sources, users can choose between three bespoke digital filters via the on-screen menu: Bit-Perfect, Standard and GTO (Gibbs Transient Optimised), each having a fine-tuning effect on sound.

 

OLED. Seen but not heard.

The OLED display and iFi’s CyberSync operating system combined, usher in a whole new world of user enjoyment – all information from format to battery life is there. Just as importantly, SilentLine technology means the display does not add noise into the system. It can even be set to off if preferred.

 

Specifications 

 

Inputs

Wireless: Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, HWA, AAC and SBC Codec)
Wired (digital): USB-C, S/PDIF co-axial
Wired (analogue): Balanced 4.4mm, Single-Ended 3.5mm
 

Formats

DSD: DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed
PCM: 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/ 96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
DXD: 768/705.6/384/352.8kHz, Double/Single-Speed DXD
MQA (Decoder): 384/352.8kHz

Bluetooth: Up to 96kHz

DAC

Burr-Brown

Battery

USB-C charging. BC1.2 compliant up to 1900mA charging current

Dimensions

123x75x19 mm
4.8"x3.0"x0.7"

Weight

215 grams
0.5 Ibs

Line Section

Outputs

Balanced: (SE)6.7V max. (variable)
S-Bal: 3.5V max. (variable)

Output Impedance

Balanced ≤200Ω
S-Bal (SE) ≤100Ω

Balanced <110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
S-Bal (SE) <110dB(A) @ 0dBFS

Balanced <0.007% @ 0dBFS
S-Bal (SE) <0.015% @ 0dBFS

Headphone Section

OutputsBalanced: 4.4mm Pentaconn
S-Bal (SE): 3.5mm SE

Output Power

Balanced

>1000mW @ 32Ω
>74mW @ 600Ω
>6.7V max. @ 600Ω

S-Bal (SE)

>320mW @ 32Ω
>40mW @ 300Ω
>3.5V max. @ 600Ω

Output Impedance

Balanced <1Ω
S-Bal (SE) <1Ω

SNR

Balanced <116dB(A) @ 0dBFS
S-Bal (SE) <115dB(A) @ 0dBFS

THD+N

<0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)

 

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