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.
- Separate Bluetooth + DAC + amp stages: each optimized for maximum performance
- Digital sources via USB, S/PDIF or Bluetooth
- Analogue sources via 4.4mm or 3.5mm inputs
- xDSD Gryphon from iFi audio
- 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
- 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.
PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
PCM (192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
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 Pentaconn 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 low and mid-bass respectively, 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.
OLED. Seen but not heard.
The OLED display and iFi’s CyberDrive 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.
|Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, HWA, AAC and SBC Codec)
768/705.6/384/352.8kHz, Double/Single-Speed DXD
Up to 96kHz
|Battery||USB-C charging. BC1.2 compliant up to 1900mA charging current|
|6.7V max. (variable)
3.5V max. (variable)
|<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
|<0.007% @ 0dBFS
<0.015% @ 0dBFS
|>1000mW @ 32Ω
>74mW @ 600Ω
>6.7V max. @ 600Ω
>320mW @ 32Ω
>40mW @ 300Ω
>3.5V max. @ 600Ω
|<116dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<115dB(A) @ 0dBFS
|THD+N||<0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)|
The Gryphon is replacing my iFi Zen Can/Zen Blu stack, but I also have the Go BLU (and a Qudelix 5K) this smokes them both. Honestly for some headphones like the Aeon 2C and the Campfire Audio Cascade I think I prefer this Gryphon to anything else I own, regardless of cost. It drove my limited selection of IEMs very well too with zero noise, and even my ZMF Eikon sounded great with its 300ohm. The adjustable XBass options are an awesome improvement over the basic on/off implementation in their other products, and I love the whole aesthetic of this unit from the lights to the form factor to the settings and ports. iFi just keeps getting better!