xDSD Gryphon

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A hi-fi system in your pocket

Premium HD DAC + Powerful Balanced headamp.

xDSD Gryphon case now available.

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 xDSD Gryphon.

xDSD Gryphon case now available.

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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

xDSD Gryphon case now available.

DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter)

DACs convert digital information, stored or streamed by computers, into music we can hear through speakers or headphones.

Every device that’s a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC (TVs, games consoles, CD players, phones, portable music players etc). Dedicated external DACs sound much better than standard DACs used in digital devices such as phones.

MQA Decoder

Thanks to the XMOS 16 core tech, the xDSD Gryphon is an MQA Decoder.

This enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. The LED glows green or blue to indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

MQA rendering technology (used in the original versions of some other iFi products) connects to an MQA Core signal and completes the final unfold of an MQA file. Core decoding is included in streaming services such as TIDAL, as well as select media players.

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The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

At iFi we use Burr Brown extensively in our products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Our experience with this IC means we know how to make the most of it.

We use Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth processing IC in combination with proprietary circuits to create an audibly superior ‘Bluetooth engine’.

All the current high-definition Bluetooth audio formats are supported – Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive and aptX HD, Sony’s LDAC and HWA’s LHDC, regular aptX and aptX Low Latency, AAC (Apple iOS devices) and SBC (the ‘plain vanilla’ Bluetooth codec).

Of the 24-bit-capable codecs, aptX Adaptive and aptX HD support up to 48kHz, while LDAC and LHDC reach 96kHz.

iFi’s ‘Bluetooth engine’ can also be updated over-the-air, so future codecs may be added.

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The xDSD Gryphon adopts MQA technology to receive and decode MQA audio and provide master-level sound.

Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.

‘Negative feedback’ is used in amplifier circuits to compare the output signal with the input signal and correct errors, in order to control gain and reduce distortion.

For sound quality, this is positive; BUT commonly applied, one-size-fits-all ‘global negative feedback’ can also highlight different problems at the same time as solving others – corruption of the error signal, phase shifts, group delay and so on can all have a negative impact on sound quality.

We recognised that different parts of a circuit benefit from specifically optimised feedback loops and have developed a negative feedback system that is much more accurate than the usual approach. This incorporates multiple feedback paths instead of a global loop, each path optimised for a particular function and working synergistically with the others to deliver optimal overall performance.

Balanced, differential analogue circuit design has long been championed for its ability to reduce noise and cross-talk within the signal path by fully separating the left and right channels.

PureWave is a new, balanced, symmetrical dual-mono topology with short, direct signal paths. The name refers to the sonic purity it achieves thanks to exceptional linearity and infinitesimally low levels of noise and distortion.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.

You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN Signature but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

The iFi exclusive S-Balanced technology made its debut in the original Pro iCAN. Since then, it has become a significant feature in across the iFi range and features as an integral part of the xDSD Gryphon.

It delivers the maximum performance from both single-ended and balanced headphones. The S-Balanced (single-ended compatible balanced) 3.5mm headphone output delivers the benefits of the balanced connection to single-ended headphones.

CyberSync is a software-driven volume control that operates in the analogue domain and the way it synchronises with any digital source to which the xDSD Gryphon is connected is very different.

It provides perfect volume synchronisation between the source and the DAC. It detects which operating system (OS) the DAC is connected to – iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS or Linux – and instructs the source’s OS to bypass its software volume control. Whether volume is adjusted using the xDSD Gryphon’s rotary control or on the source device, CyberSync ensures the change is performed purely by the Gryphon’s superior analogue control chip, while also displaying the adjustment on the source device’s screen. Volume curves differ between operating systems and apps, but CyberSync ensures perfect synchronisation between the source device and the DAC every time.

The OLED in the xDSD Gryphon sports a SilentLine design. This ensures that there is no electrical noise to interfere with the audio signal.

The way its switches between settings has been engineered to ensure sonic transparency – FET-based switching is handled by a microcontroller, which only ‘wakes up’ when the user changes a setting, thus eradicating any sonically deleterious interference.

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InputsWireless

Wired (digital)


Wired (analogue)
Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, HWA, AAC and SBC Codec)

USB-C
S/PDIF co-axial

Balanced 4.4mm
Single-Ended 3.5mm
FormatsDSD
PCM
DXD
MQA (Decoder)

Bluetooth
DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed
768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/ 96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
768/705.6/384/352.8kHz, Double/Single-Speed DXD
384/352.8kHz

Up to 96kHz
DACBurr-Brown
BatteryUSB-C charging. BC1.2 compliant up to 1900mA charging current
Dimensions123x75x19 mm
4.8"x3.0"x0.7"
Weight215 grams
0.5 Ibs
Line Section
OutputsBalanced
S-Bal (SE)
6.7V max. (variable)
3.5V max. (variable)
Output ImpedanceBalanced
S-Bal (SE)
≤200Ω
≤100Ω
Balanced
S-Bal (SE)
<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
Balanced
S-Bal (SE)
<0.007% @ 0dBFS
<0.015% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Section
OutputsBalanced
S-Bal (SE)
4.4mm Pentaconn
3.5mm SE
Output PowerBalanced


S-Bal (SE)
>1000mW @ 32Ω
>74mW @ 600Ω
>6.7V max. @ 600Ω

>320mW @ 32Ω
>40mW @ 300Ω
>3.5V max. @ 600Ω
Output ImpedanceBalanced
S-Bal (SE)
<1Ω
<1Ω
SNRBalanced
S-Bal (SE)
<116dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<115dB(A) @ 0dBFS
THD+N<0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)

Editor’s Choice Award from POC Network

“Many hours were spent listening with this DAC and none of it was undesirable. I guarantee many more hours will be had with it as we continue to pair it to various tracks/artists as well as headphone models. From Beyerdynamic to Sennheiser to HiFiMan, to Audeze. We have already paired it with so many great options, all of which sound terrific. The end result is a DAC that many audiophiles would appreciate having on their desk.”

JeffreyB, POC Network

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The xDSD Gryphon is as future proof as you can get right now.

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“The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon is a hugely impressive portable DAC/headphone amp, with more functionality than most users will need. The amplifier is powerful enough to support most styles of headphones and its stereo imaging and fine detail performance is outstanding.”

Steve May, Trusted Reviews

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Recommended! Thanks to AOD in Norway

AOD, Norway

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Smashing review from Moon Audio!

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“I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: the Gryphon has everything that audiophiles wanted in the Mojo 2. Boom.

You can watch the full review here..

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xDSD Gryphon awarded Best Mobile DAC 2022-23 by EISA

EISA Best Mobile DAC Citation

“The portable DAC market is highly competitive, but the xDSD Gryphon stands out from the crowd thanks to its insightful sound, comprehensive feature set and extensive connectivity.

A successor to the EISA Award-winning xDSD DAC, it features iFi Audio’s new OLED screen to keep you informed about input choice, bitrates and more, plus revised, user-friendly controls. Inside, the latest Qualcomm QCC5100 Bluetooth chip supports just about every audiophile codec out there, while hi-res enthusiasts can play their collections via USB or S/PDIF connection.

Add in impressively long battery life, an attractive well-built housing, and support for single-ended and balanced headphones, and the xDSD Gryphon is a leader in its class.”

We’re honoured to be receiving our 4th EISA award in 10 years! Thank you EISA.

Expert Imaging & Sound Association (EISA)

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Thank you Francisco del Pozo for your review!

“The xDSD Gryphon was able to move my Sennheiser HD800 without any problem and they make a perfect combo! It has a lot of detail, it has precision! The volume control is very precise, it is an impressive device!” (translated)

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Francisco del Pozo

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Gryphon is highly commended by Hi-Fi News!

“The xDSD Gryphon possesses an admirable combination of useful features and superb sound, all at an affordable price. Comprehensive Bluetooth support, proprietary eq modes, plus a balanced output, make it as well suited for those seeking an on-the-go upgrade as for audiophiles feeding demanding headphones at home via their hi-res library. iFi Audio’s impressive track record continues…”

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Jamie Biesemans

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Handsome unit

The xDSD Gryphon, it’s a pretty handy versatile device!, It’s quite a handsome unit, very functional, has a lot of stuff going on.
The Gryphon is Fantastic!, It sounds great, pretty wide, I really like the way it sounds!

Mr Ayrit

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4.5/5 stars from Audio Reviews!

Thank you to Kazi for their splendid review!

“The iFi xDSD Gryphon offers a lot of bells and whistles, and in a sense is more versatile than their desktop DAC-Amp, the NEO iDSD. iFi managed to miniaturize the circuitry in a pocket form, while offering the same output power. That’s remarkable indeed.”

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir

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Flawless

“Now a device full of features means nothing if it doesn’t sound good. While I could shower you with flowery adjectives, I’ll just leave it at this, the Gryphon sounds flawless. It has elite resolution, minimal distortion and no ill side effects to speak of. You can look to the the Gryphon to drive your hyper sensitive IEM’s on the commute to the office or power a 300 ohm dynamic driver with authority on your desktop. It’s all here and it sounds fantastic.”

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Gamingaudioguide

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“The xDSD series put on display, evolved and dressed better.”

Thanks to Petros Laskis and Hxos+ Sound and Vision for their review of the xDSD Gryphon.

“…the sound of Gryphon is without a trace of exaggeration excellent, it lacks absolutely nothing and it really was impossible to find something negative that we could accuse him of, always taking into account the type of device and the requested price.”

Petros Laskis, Hxos+ Sound and Vision

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The ‘tiny home’ version of an audio powerhouse

“The xDSD Gryphon is a piece of equipment that any committed audio enthusiast should be proud to own”.

Thanks for those kind words Handmade Audio!

Handmade Audio

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Thanks to Headfonia for this ‘recommended’ review!

“A feature-packed, sturdy and perfectly pocketable device, iFi xDSD Gryphon is once again a great device from iFi. I think with the iDSD Signature, this is the best product they’ve come up with lately. I especially loved the new screen feature and improved build quality. It’s also a very flexible device to use. It just works beautifully.”

Headfonia

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xDSD Gryphon: honest audiophile impressions…

Apparently, this is the Honest Audiophile’s favourite iFi device. Click the link to find out why.

The Honest Audiophile

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DAP no more

My original intention was to purchase a DAP but in my opinion the prices are a bit high of where I wanted to be. So comes along iFi xDSD Gryphon the specs met all my needs Bluetooth, DSD, balanced out. and for good measure LO so I took the plunge.

One of my favorite piano albums Chick Corea’s Trilogy 2 in conjunction with my Focal Elegia is a wonderful experience and you can just hear the overtones sing and this is connected to an IPad.

If I had one complaint instructions are a little vague on system updates especially using the GAIA app but once it’s connected it’s pretty straight forward.

So if you’re in the market for a DAP and have access to a smart phone or tablet or even just looking to connect to your laptop I would put the xDSD Gryphon at the top of the list and spend the extra bucks on a decent pair of headphones.

Amazon

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xDSD Gryphon scores 9/10 from Headfonics

Thanks to Louis at Headfonics for this fabulous review of the xDSD Gryphon.

“To be honest I care not what comes next on the market at this point because, besides the slight thump on operating the Xbass switch, the iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon is an almost, almost perfect portable solution that can go beyond its duty by also functioning as separate components. The excellent sound quality is just the cherry on top.”

Headfonics

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Worthy of Price? Honest Audiophile Impressions

My favourite iFi product!

The Honest Audiophile

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This May Be The Last Digital To Analog Converter You Need To Buy!

“If I had to sum up the xDSD Gryphon’s sound in one word, it would be silky smooth. Ok, that’s two words, but I couldn’t leave out the silky part. I love the tonal balance of this DAC.”

HiFi Trends

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This is the ONE to get!!!

I got this DAC over Christmas, last one on Amazon, feeling pretty lucky. I wanted to get a nice DAC for both portable and home use and this one delivered!

I have it on GTO filter all the time (found it on latest firmware with other nifty features), I love the sound, clean and crisp, no need to touch any buttons to adjust anything. Occasionally I may turn on Xbass or Xspace for some added feel. Besides USB connection to my laptop or my phone, I also use Bluetooth so I can walk around with the unit. Having a display is also very nice!

Another nice feature is its volume auto syncs with Windows. I did run into one issue with the volume turned up to the max on its own with Tidal, glad I was not on IEM. I played with different Tidal app settings on Windows, and it turned out to be an issue with the app, cause no issues with phones. After I turned off volume normalization and force volume in Tidal, all is working great, no more max volume issues, so I’m good. Hopefully Tidal will get this fixed soon.

Amazon

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Gryphon

I was hesitant on buying this based on early volume issues but went ahead anyway since I trust the brand. I am strictly using this with my iPhone and never had the volume issues. Updating the firmware and BT firmware was a breeze.

This is not a cheap gadget but I find it worth the investment. I own a few BT devices from Fiio, Shanling and A&K and this thing sounds much better using BT. When connect via interconnect, it sounds great listening to higher res files. I’ve been using the L&P W2 as my main dongle but got this for the added power and it doesn’t disappoint. Overall, the Gryphon does it all and sounds very good. Almost future proof type of gear and well worth the investment for the audio hobbyist.

Amazon

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Portable Power and Sound Quality

Incredible sound, power and convenience. iFi xDSD Gryphon has enough power to run Sennheiser HD650. The HD650 has a lack of bass initially. And this DAC has analog compensation to add bass – a nice benefit.

I just bought Audeze LCD XC, which would be my primary headphones to pair with iFi xDSD Gryphon to be my portable setup. I decided to go this route after trying Apple Airpod Max for portable sound, which I hated the plastic sound.

Amazon

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Balanced Bluetooth Portable DAC/Amp – iFi Gryphon Review

Thanks to Ryan Ho for his really clear review of the xDSD Gryphon.

Ryan Ho

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This is replacing my desktop set up.

“Whilst some reviews have previously mentioned software bugs, these seem to have all been totally fixed now with the latest software updates.

It’s got all of the functionality of the xdsd and the xCan rolled into one product. So many useful features and so versatile too.

It powers every headphone I own with aplomb which include the Sennheiser HD600’s, Hifiman Sundara, Focal Celestee and Focal Clear Mg. The IE match function also works brilliant to remove amplifier hiss with sensitive IEM’s too.

I am so over the moon with this product which I’ve been using for a month now. I genuinely don’t need a desktop set up anymore, the gryphon does it all!!!! 5 stars across the board from me!!!”

Amazon

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Golden Ears: xDSD Gryphon

“This is a device designed to deliver the full audiophile experience no matter where you happen to be and doesn’t demand multiple bricks and a mess of wires to achieve it. It is a wholesale success. At this price, you would be right to say it should be, but, the reality is that there are other devices out there trying to do similar things, but few are quite as good as the xDSD Gryphon at this price.”

MMORGP

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