iFi xDSD Gryphon Portable DAC/Amp


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Fantastic beasts. Here’s where you find them. 

Portable DAC/amps tend focus on a great digital OR a great analogue section. But not both. The xDSD Gryphon is different. Just like its mythical namesake, it’s 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, it takes serious headphones to tame the Gryphon.

Brilliant Bluetooth. Hi-Res Wireless.

Using the latest QCC 5100 series Bluetooth v5.1 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, and SBC (plain vanilla Bluetooth).

USB & S/PDIF. Wired to the nines.

In terms of wired connectivity, the xDSD Gryphon handles all formats using a hybrid Burr-Brown DAC chipset--the same used in our £3,000 flagship, the Pro iDSD Signature. Via USB it decodes PCM 768, DSD512, DXD768, and MQA. Via S/PDIF it decodes PCM192 and 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, the Gryphon won’t break a sweat driving them high impedance headphones.

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 are missing bass slam.

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

Product highlights

  • State of the art, ultra-res digital technology
  • Three dedicated stages: Bluetooth, DAC, and amplifier
  • PureWave analogue technology
  • PCM 32-bit/768kHz
  • Native DSD512
  • Full MQA decoding
  • Advanced Bluetooth 5.1
  • Multi-function knob


  • Inputs
    • Wireless: Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, HWA, AAC, and SBC codecs)
    • Wired digital: USB-C, S/PDIF coaxial
    • Wired analog: Balanced 4.4mm, Single-ended 3.5mm
  • Formats
    • DSD: DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/SIngle-Speed
    • PCM: 768/705.6/384/352/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
    • DXD: 768/705.6/384/352.8kHz, Double/Single-speed DXD
    • MQA: 384/352.8kHz
    • Bluetooth: Up to 96kHz
  • DAC: Burr-Brown
  • Battery: USB-C charging. BC1.2 compliant up to 1900mA charging current
  • Dimensions: 4.8” x 3.0” x 0.7” (123 x 75 x 19mm)
  • Weight: 215g (0.5lbs)
  • Line section
    • Outputs
      • Balanced: 6.7V max (variable)
      • Single-ended: 3.5 max (variable)
    • Output impedance 
      • Balanced: <200Ω
      • Single-ended: 100Ω
      • Balanced: <100dB @0dBFS
      • Single-ended: <110dB @0dBFS
  • Headphone section
    • Outputs
      • Balanced: 4.4mm pentaconn
      • Single-ended: 3.5mm 
    • Output power
      • Balanced
        • >1000mW @32Ω
        • >74mW @600Ω
        • >6.7V max @600Ω 
      • Single-ended
        • >320mW @32Ω
        • 40mW @300Ω
        • >3.5V max @600Ω
    • Output impedance
      • Balanced: <1Ω
      • Single-ended: <1Ω
    • SNR
      • Balanced: <116dB(A) @0dBFS
      • Single-ended: <115dB(A) @0dBFS
    • THD+N: <0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)

What’s included 

  • xDSD Gryphon
  • Carrying pouch
  • Lightning to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Mini USB to USB-B cable 

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