iFi Audio - xDSD Gryphon

Portable DAC & Amp

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Designed in the
UK

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAC & Amps are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, a set of DAC & Amps like these would be ideal.


You can expect these DAC & Amps to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAC & Amps is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.


These DAC & Amps deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!


Best Suited for Portable Use

For those who value them, being able to carry their favourite DAC & Amp equipment when they are on the move is invaluable.


These DAC & Amps offer the ultimate portability experience without sacrificing sound quality. If you’re someone who appreciates cutting-edge engineering, quality sound and portability, then look no further.


Designed to be trusty companions, these DAC & Amps are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability & Hi-Fidelity!


Bluetooth with
aptX HD, aptX LL & LDAC

Battery Life

DAC & Amps with built-in batteries offer easy operation without the annoyance of wires.


Battery life is a measurement of battery performance. It is the amount of time your DAC & Amps will still have enough juice to power your headphones or IEMs. It can be summed up; as how long a battery will last before your DAC & Amps need to be recharged.


Nothing interferes with your music, thanks to the high-performance and long-lasting battery. No interruptions, just pure sonic bliss!


4.4mm
Balanced Output

DAC Chip
You may not even realise it, but most of us use a digital-to-analogue converter (commonly known as a DAC) daily. Built into your computers, tablets and smartphones, a DAC is fundamental to unlocking the convenience of digital music. Any device that acts as a digital sound source will need a DAC to convert digital audio to analog. A DAC converts the digital information stored in “0s and 1s” into an analog signal that's passed to speakers or headphones and ultimately our ear. In short, DACs play a large part in making digital music hearable. 

While this technical process is undoubtedly impressive, the DAC embedded into your smartphones or laptops is nowhere good enough to listen to your favourite music recordings in high quality. So, if you want to listen to music in high quality, an external DAC is essential to allow headphones or speakers to perform at their potential. An external DAC, first and foremost, will improve audio quality dramatically.
Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.


Connect With
S/PDIF Coaxial

Upto 1000 mW @ 32Ω
Power Output

Volume Controls

If your DAC & Amps include volume controls or volume rockers, you can easily change the volume with a button press or volume knob turn.


DAC & Amps that have volume controls make its operation incredibly simple; turn up the volume on your smartphone or your source devices and then change the volume on DAC & Amps to the desired level.


This design feature allows you to have complete control over the desired volume according to your listening preferences.


The iFi xDSD Gryphon is a versatile and durable device that fits perfectly in your pocket. The inclusion of a screen and enhanced build quality are standout features. It offers a high degree of flexibility and performs flawlessly. Despite its compact size, it delivers impressive power and, most importantly, exceptional sound quality. If you're seeking the ultimate portability without compromising on high-grade audio, the xDSD Gryphon is the ideal choice for you.
RAGHAV SOMANI

About RAGHAV SOMANI

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

ADVANCED AUDIO ARCHITECTURE WITH BURR-BROWN CHIPSET AND PUREWAVE POWER

Portable DAC/Amps tend to be compromised because they focus on either the digitalor analogue section. But not both. The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon is engineered differently. Just like itsmythical namesake, it is two beasts in one. From the Ultra-Res digital stage using the Burr-Brown MultiBitchipset at the core, to the PureWave analogue power section pumping out 1,000mW, it offers serious outputpower. The Burr-Brown True Native chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect. This meansyou are listening to music as the artist intended. PureWave is a new, balanced, symmetrical dual-monotopology with short, direct signal paths. The name refers to the sonic purity it achieves thanks toexceptional linearity and infinitesimally low levels of noise and distortion.

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FEATURING A BALANCED AUDIO CIRCUIT WITH A NEGATIVE FEEDBACK SYSTEM

The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon utilises a superior method to the traditionalsingle-ended circuit approach to deliver pristine audio. xDSD Gryphon features a Balanced, differentialanalogue circuit to reduce noise and crosstalk within the signal path by separating the left and rightchannels, leading to less interference and clean sound. This Balanced circuit design is usually implementedin higher-end products, but iFi Audio is now using this across its product range to produce the best qualityaudio for all its users. The team at iFi Audio recognised that different parts of a circuit benefit fromspecifically optimised feedback loops and have developed a Negative Feedback System that is much moreaccurate than the usual approach. This system incorporates multiple feedback paths instead of a global loopallowing every path to be optimised for a particular function that works synergistically with the others todeliver optimal performance.

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DELIVERING RAW POWER WITH DUAL OUTPUTS AND S-BALANCED TECHNOLOGY

The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon uses PureWave amplification circuitry to drive yourconnected headphones or IEM’s. It has 1,000mW at 32 Ohms. With a whopping max 6.7v output, bring on the highimpedance headphones because the xDSD Gryphon will not break a sweat driving them. The device also featuresa 4.4mm Pentaconn connector for balanced playback along with a 3.5mm single-ended connector with S-Balancedtechnology for use with single-ended headphones. S-Balanced technology delivers maximum performance fromboth single-ended and balanced headphones. You can also use premium high-sensitivity IEMs with the 3.5mmconnector.

UTILISING THE LATEST QUALCOMM 5100 SERIES BLUETOOTH CHIP FOR HD AUDIO

The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon uses the latest QCC 5100 series chip that offersBluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Utilising Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth processing IC in combination withproprietary circuits createS an audibly superior ‘Bluetooth engine’. All the current high-definitionBluetooth 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. Of the 24-bit-capable codecs, aptXAdaptive and aptX HD support up to 48kHz, while LDAC and LHDC reach 96kHz. iFi’s ‘Bluetooth engine’ can alsobe updated over the air, allowing for future codecs to be added.

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FULL MQA ENCODING & DECODING FUSED WITH BUILT-IN USB AND S/PDIF CONNECTIVITY

The iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon comes with Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) support,enabling you to hear music exactly as recorded. MQA authentication is a badge of approval and guarantees thedevice master-quality audio output. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to streamor download. To further enhance the signal path, iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon is equipped with a USB and S/PDIFconnector that allows the xDSD Gryphon to handle all pro audio formats. All the following latest formats arecatered 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), 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) and DoP.

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ENHANCED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES THAT ALLOW YOU TO PERSONALISE AUDIO

iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon features a digital platform where each section of thecircuitry is distinct. It features a QC5100 chip for Bluetooth reception, a Global Master Clock for jitter,Burr-Brown chipset for DAC conversion. The xDSD Gryphon is also equipped with XSpace, XBass II, iEMatch andCyberSync technologies to elevate your audio. With XSpace enabled, it adds back the actual sound stage ofrecordings. Bass II reinstates the missing bass from open-backed headphones. Under XBass II you can select‘Bass’ or ‘Presence’ so that the upper midrange frequencies are added back into your favourite recording.iEMatch is iFi Audio's proprietary tech that reduces the annoying hiss from high-sensitivity headphoneswithout losing any dynamic range.

COMES EQUIPPED WITH CYBERSYNC TECHNOLOGY AND THREE BESPOKE DIGITAL FILTERS

CyberSync is a software-driven volume control that operates in the analogue domain.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 tobypass its software volume control. Whether the volume is adjusted using the xDSD Gryphon’s rotary controlor on the source device, CyberSync ensures the change is performed purely by the iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon’ssuperior analogue control chip, while also displaying the adjustment on the source device’s screen. Withdigital 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 the sound.

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EMBEDDED WITH A OLED SCREEN THAT FEATURES SILENTLINE TECHNOLOGY FOR LOW NOISE

iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon sports a high-quality OLED display that helps you view thechanges on your device. The OLED screen in the xDSD Gryphon features a SilentLine design. This ensures thatthere is no electrical noise to interfere with the audio signal. The way its switches between settings hasbeen engineered to ensure sonic transparency. FET-based switching is handled by a microcontroller, whichonly ‘wakes up’ when the user changes the setting, thus eradicating any sonic interference. The OLED displayand iFi’s CyberSync operating system combined, usher in a whole new world of user enjoyment – allinformation from format to battery life is there.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - xDSD Gryphon comes with a 1 Year warranty from iFi Audio that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about iFi Audio's warranty in India.


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DAC Chip

Burr-Brown

FPGA

FPGA

Headphone Output

3.5mm (Single-Ended), 4.4mm (Balanced)

3.5mm (Single-Ended)

3.5mm (Single-Ended), 6.35mm (Single-Ended)

Power Output

Upto 1000mW @ 32 Ohms

600mW @ 30 Ohms

740mW @ 32 Ohms

Input

USB, Bluetooth

Coaxial, Dual-Data Coax, Optical, Micro-USB & USB-C

Bluetooth, USB, Coaxial & Optical

Sampling Rate

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

768 KHz 32- Bit And DSD 256

44.1 KHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, And 768kHz. 16 – 32 Bit Native Playback Supported. DSD64 (Single) To DSD512 (Octa-DSD)



Customer Reviews

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Kamran (Warangal)
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Great portable DAC/Amp

I've tried a lot of portable DAC/Amps and Gryphon is definitely one of the best AIO product under 1 Lakh. I can think of 2 other products (iDSD Signature, Dethonray Honey H1) that sound better than the Gryphon but at the cost of being less portable, less feature rich, large and at extra cost.

Build: Solid, and feels great in hand. The LEDs and display add to the already great looks and all the switches and connectors feel solid and tactile. It's also shaped in a way that it's very nice to hold with no sharp edges or odd bumps.

Sound: Deviates from the iFi house sound a bit, more neutral & smooth rather than warm & smooth like the Zen DAC, micro iDSD Signature... this could be a good or bad thing depending on your headphone and subjective preferences but in my listening, what I found was that the Gryphon paired with a wide variety of Headphones & IEMs compared to older iFi devices. On the other hand Brighter great paired well with older iFi devices.

Overall there's not much to complain, the analogue DSP works great and Bluetooth works without any drops. I've tried Pre-Amp functionality with my Active Speakers and it works without any issues and being able to use xBass in Pre-Amp is a good bonus. I've also used Gryphon as an Amp connected to Cayin RU6 with interesting results.

If I'm nit picking, Gryphon can sound a bit too smooth at times, at least with my Headphones and I would have like a bit more battery life (I get ~6 Hours). Final thing would be the price, at 53k (my purchased price) it get's close to the iDSD Signature which sounds slightly better but if you want any of the other features then I'd highly recommend Gryphon.

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Pradeep Kumar (Hyderabad)
Design and Comfort:
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Great little beast. Best portable DAC. (Swiss army knife of DACs)

I upgraded to this from the iFi Zen DAC v2. It's definitely a step-up from Zen. It has all the connectivity options you would ever need. The sound is less warm than the regular iFi sound signature (zen dac, hip dac).
This might not be able to perform at the level of dedicated HiFi setups. But, for a mid-fi device, with similarly priced headphones, it's a great deal as a portable unit.
It has a better XBass boost. Build quality is solid. The OLED panel helps very much to flick through the options. I'm getting around 6-7 hours of battery life. have tried it with a separate tube amp and sound signature becomes much warmer, smoother and overall fun to hear. So, it can function as a standalone DAC fairly well. Bluetooth quality, although not at par with wired is entirely usable and makes this device a fun, portable go-anywhere and plug into anything sorta DAC.

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nafil ahamed (Tirunelveli)
Ifi gryphon

This good that I expected

Thank you for the review! we appreciate it.

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Abhay Phadke (Virar)
Design and Comfort:
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the iFi Audio - xDSD Gryphon

Nice connectivity
Smooth Bluetooth connection
Display of audio frequency & volume level is helpful
Sturdy body
Good battery life. I have used for 8 hours without recharging 👍👍

Hey Abhay, thanks a lot for your amazing review!

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Sunny Unni (Mumbai)
Design and Comfort:
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Sound Quality:
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Value for Money:
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Monster Portable Dac Amp. Sounds awesome.

Nothing comes close to this Swiss knife of Portable Dac Amps. Looks like a futuristic slab of tech. Love the leds which indicate volume and other things. The xbass adds a nice punch to the sound. Volume control is tactile and clicky. Sound is punchy, warm and has enough power to drive most demanding headphones and for normal iems it’s overkill. The Oled display is clear. All in all a good buy. Could have been priced a bit lesser.

Hey Sunny, thank you so much for the awesome review!