With the xDSD Gryphon, iFi Audio introduces a new compact one DAC with integrated Headphone amplifier which can also be loaded with analog sources. It is the designated successor to the popular iFi Audio xDSD and xCAN. Its powerful battery makes it an attractive play partner for mobile use.
iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon: Features and Technology
The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon comes in an aluminum housing that weighs just 215 grams, but with its dimensions of 173 x 75 x 19 mm, it is slightly larger than the above-mentioned predecessors. But there is also a lot on offer for this.
It is equipped with high quality Burr-Brown converters, one fully symmetrical executed output stage and a cutting-edge Bluetooth module from Qualcomm. This supports SBC, AAC, aptX Low Latency, LDAC as well as aptX Adaptive and aptX HD. This should enable signal transmission up to 24 bit and 96 kHz via Bluetooth.
The iFi xDSD Gryphon also has a lot to offer in terms of connectivity. Digital sources have access via USB 3.0 (USB-C) and S / PDIF input. If no signal is detected at the digital inputs, the analog outputs (3.5 mm jack and 4.4 mm Pentaconn) automatically to entrances.
The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon decodes PCM files up to 32 bit and 768 kHz, DXD384 and native DSD512 via USB. By the way: MQA is also processed correctly up to 384 kHz.
The symmetrical output stage provides 1000 mW at 32 ohms, the output voltage of up to 6.7 volts should also be able to drive power-hungry headphones. Highly sensitive in-ear headphones, on the other hand, benefit from a circuit called iEMatch, which ensures “noise-free” sound even with high efficiency, according to iFi Audio.
Price iFI Audio xDSD: 599 euros