YES!!! Gryphon Audio is back in the USA! And Gobel Lacorde Statement Cables are here too!


Up until now, audiophiles wanting to get a dose of Gryphon Audio, either had to travel abroad or go on the internet in hopes of getting a taste of its sound, recorded on someone’s cell phone and uploaded to YouTube.

Not only can you come and listen at Delve Audio, in North Jersey, you can also hear Gryphon mated with Gobel High End Lacorde Statement Cables. This is an extremely rare opportunity. And well worth the visit.

The reviews and short videos on YouTube do nothing to prepare you for the in person demonstration.

Our goal is to share with you the super brands that make this passion for audio so rewarding.

Give a call and setup time for a demonstration which we hope will thrill you…. We are open 7 days a week…. By appointment, for your convenience.

You’ll receive a quiet, personal demonstration where you can take time to listen and learn about the range of Gryphon’s products. You’ll see and hear for yourself, what all the fuss is about!

Product features

• True Dual Mono configuration
- Zero negative feedback
• Microprocessor-controlled 46-step relay volume attenuator for best sonic performance featuring only up to 6 resistors in series with signal at all levels
- Optional phonostage MM/MC module
• Optional DAC PCM/DSD module with one USB, 1 BNC S/PDIF, 1 AES/EBU and 1 optical input
- Digital formats. USB: PCM: 44.1kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 9 6kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz and 384 kHz up to 32-bit.
• USB: DSD (DoP); DSD64 (2.822 MHz, 3.072 MHz), DSD128 (5.644 MHz, 6.144 MHz).
- USB Native DSD: DSD256* (11.2896 MHz) and DSD512* (22.5792 MHz) (currently, DSD256 and DSD512 only on Windows OS)
• BNC S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital inputs: up to 192 kHz/32-bit
- TOSLink: up to 96 kHz/24-bit
• One optional module can be installed at time of purchase or later, either phonostage or DAC
- Ultra-short signal path
• Minimal internal wiring
- Two to four-layer printed circuit boards up to 70µm copper
• Dual Mono Holmgren toroidal transformer
- PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path
• Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR sockets for one balanced source
- Gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for four inputs and one Tape output
• Fixed-level AV throughput for uncompromising integration with surround preamplifier
- Graphical Vacuum Fluorescent Display with larger font for improved legibility
• Adjustable display intensity (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, Off)
- 12VDC link input and output
• Flash memory upgrades via Key-Fob
- Non-invasive protection system
• Infrared remote control
- EU CE approval
• Standby power consumption < 0.5="">
- Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Diablo 120 Integrated Amplifier

The concept of an integrated amplifier that embodies the same ethos, musical and sonic qualities as Gryphon Audio Designs’ most esoteric offerings, but at a fraction of the cost, is clearly an attractive proposition and through the single-minded dedication of the Gryphon team, the integrated amplifier has come of age as a serious, respected High End component, bringing legendary Gryphon performance and styling to a new level of affordable cost and ease of use.

As far back as April, 2009, Gryphon introduced the original Atilla, building on the brand’s impressive reputation as a pioneer in the design of unapologetic integrated amplifiers that can stand their ground against the competition’s finest separate components.
French Haute Fidelité magazine called it a “Best Buy.” Australian Hi-Fi magazine placed it “Easily up there with the very best” and UK magazine Hi-Fi Choice simply called the Gryphon Atilla “one of the very finest integrated amplifiers available.”

In continuous production until 2016, the Atilla had a long run that is exceptional in High End audio. (Sadly, longevity is generally an overlooked and seriously undervalued attribute.)
In the interim period, Gryphon has made great advances in the critical fields of circuit topology and parts design and selection with the evolution of the state of the art, cost no object Pandora preamplifier and Mephisto power amplifier.
Now, drawing heavily on our experience with these uncompromising, reference level components, Gryphon Audio Designs proudly presents the next generation Atilla, the Gryphon Diablo 120.

Gryphon Diablo 120 exudes timeless elegance and beauty, informed by the unique vision of Gryphon founder and CEO Flemming E. Rasmussen.

Gryphon Diablo 300 Integrated Amplifier

Nearly 10 years ago, the Gryphon Diablo brought newfound credibility and respectability to the humble integrated amplifier. Previously the object of widespread scorn from audiophiles, the full potential of the integrated amplifier was finally realised in the Gryphon Diablo, so far ahead of its time that it - with typical Gryphon longevity – remained the absolute reference in its class for a full decade.
Gryphon Diablo is quite possibly the most popular High End integrated amplifier of all time. Despite sales of thousands of units, its virtual absence from the second-hand market is a reliable indicator of the extreme loyalty of Diablo owners.

Now, the Gryphon Diablo makes way for the Gryphon Diablo 300, a revitalised iteration of the technologies and components that made it the world’s most award-winning High End integrated amplifier.

In updating the Diablo, the Gryphon engineering team faced a considerable challenge. In addition to Product of the Year awards including Lyd & Bilde (Norway), 6 Moons.com (USA) and Haute Fidelité (France), many of the most critical professional listeners have been inspired to effusive praise, as in this evocative turn of phrase from Hi Fi Choice (UK): ”Sounds like God’s own stereo.”

And there are many more:

“Ultimately, Gryphon’s Diablo is a contradiction in terms, because the sound it makes is truly Angelic.” Australian Hi Fi
“Spectacular design and equally spectacular sound quality. An ultra-cool potent amplifier for demanding loudspeakers and demanding listeners.” Lyd & Bilde (Norway)
6mooms.com noted “the phenomenal level of resolution, detail retrieval, ambience recreation and dynamics this amplifier is capable of.”
The original Diablo also found its way into the pages of the mainstream press, where the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) praised its “exceptional sound quality, even when driving speakers other amplifiers have found difficult to handle.”

Product features

• 2 x 300W (8 Ohm), 2 x 600W (4 Ohm), 2 x 950W (2 Ohm)
- True Dual Mono configuration
• Zero negative feedback
- Microprocessor-controlled 43-step fully balanced relay volume attenuator for best sonic performance based on a minimalist contingent of ultra-precision resistors
• Ultra-short signal path
- Minimal internal wiring
• Military spec. dual-layer and four-layer printed circuit boards with up to 105 micron copper traces
-Dual Mono Holmgren toroidal transformer with vacuum treated core and windings to virtually eliminate mechanical noise
• PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path
- New, high-speed, discrete single-ended Class A input buffer for best possible sonic performance
• Gold-plated Swiss Neutrik XLR sockets for two balanced sources
- Gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for 3 inputs and 2 outputs
• Fixed-level AV throughput for uncompromising integration with surround preamplifier
- Input level matching to prevent abrupt level changes
• Large Vacuum Fluorescent Display for easy legibility
- Adjustable display lighting (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, Off)
• Backlit touch-sensitive front panel controls
- Optional MM/MC phonostage module
• Optional PCM/DSD DAC module with one USB, 2 x SPDIF, 1 AES and 1 optical input
- 12V DC link input and output
• Flash memory upgrades via key fob
- Local shunt regulators for optimal noise suppression
• Non-invasive protection system
- Infrared remote control
• Input for external iInfrared receiver
- Standard power consumption: less than 0.5 W, conforming to latest EU standards
• EU CE approval
- Designed and built in Denmark

Antileon EVO Stereo

Although we as quality conscious consumers would prefer to live in a world where product development is always guided by incremental, evolutionary improvement, most often it is driven by sheer economics. This year’s model is typically only a marginal variation on last year’s, in yet another thinly veiled attempt to separate the consumer from more hard-earned cash on a regular, seasonal basis.

Among the few exceptions to this rule, Gryphon Audio Designs have never subscribed to the ritual of annual product roll-outs. On the contrary, you only hear from us when we have something truly new and original to say.
This is the simple explanation of why the Gryphon Antileon Signature (Stereo and Monoblock) Pure Class A reference power amplifiers introduced in 2000 remained available for nearly a decade and a half. Because cynical planned obsolescence is never part of the Gryphon design concept, the Antileon Signature, like every Gryphon model, was engineered and built to remain at the forefront of audio performance for many years until we were able to offer a significant step forward.

The Antileon Signature, like its predecessor, the original Antileon, was born a classic, establishing itself immediately in High End circles as one of the most acclaimed amplifiers of all time. Loyal devotees around the world praise its singular ability to maintain a firm grip on even the most demanding loudspeakers and reveal the innermost soul of any musical performance.
Now, the Gryphon Antileon EVO, available in stereo and single-channel configurations, takes the next evolutionary step.
A long time coming and well worth the wait.

Product features

• 2 x 150 Watts Pure Class A
- Fully balanced input and Voltage Amplifier Stage (VAS)
• 40 High current bipolar output transistors
- 670,000 µF power capacitor bank
• Newly developed ultrafast J-FET input stage
- Custom-developed ultra-low noise regulated power supply for voltage amplifier stage (VAS).
• DC servo circuitry with Mundorf RXF Polypropylene capacitors for power supply decoupling
- Takman REY precision resistors
• Flat frequency response to beyond 350 kHz
- Gryphon Guideline Reference gold-embedded silver internal wiring
• Custom-built separate toroidal transformers
- Shielded, epoxy-damped transformer casings suspended for effective vibration isolation
• Separate power supply for display and control circuits
- No output relays
• Frequency-independent damping factor
- Proprietary Gryphon double binding posts
• Automatic Green Class A bias setting or manual Low/High bias selection
- AC power status and polarity display
• Rigid mechanical structure
- Microprocessor-controlled non-invasive “smart” protection system
• Double sealed, mil spec PCB with 105 µm copper traces
- Upgradeable microprocessor software.

Gryphon Colosseum Stereo


Tower of Power

 

The eagerly anticipated Gryphon Colosseum is the first new Gryphon component since the Mirage preamplifier, the radical design experiment that laid the cornerstone for an esoteric third tier of Gryphon components. Representing the most comprehensive development project in Gryphon's history, the Colosseum Stereo Power Amplifer will enhance any home audio system.
For ultimate convenience, the Colosseum can be configured to turn on automatically when the preamplifier turns on and to power down following a period with no signal. A software-based user interface permits easy, intuitive access to practical user-controlled features.
Gryphon Audio Designs remains committed to discrete circuitry and 100% Class A bias in the Gryphon Colosseum power amplifier, weighing in at 80 kg.

While the Colosseum takes Gryphon's distinctive styling one step further, our ongoing commitment to uncompromising sound quality is reaffirmed by a wealth of details such as 2 x 160 Watts Pure Class A output power, 48 High-current bipolar output transistors, a 340,000 microFarad power capacitor bank and flat frequency response extending beyond 350 kHz.
The strict dual mono amplifier is suspended between the curved, de-coupled side panels in a unique configuration that provides optimal layout and operating conditions for all components. The dual transformers are isolated and effectively shielded to prevent unwanted interaction with other components.
Unique mechanical design ensures optimal thermal tracking between drivers and output devices. The separate driver section has its own power supply from individual windings on the custom-built toroidal transformers and features its own generous bank of proprietary Gryphon capacitors.

The output section employs Sanken bipolar output devices for extreme reliability in addition to outstanding sonic performance. These transistors deliver momentary peak power of 4,000 Watts per channel without overload. Each of the 48 transistors is bypassed with individual film capacitors.

In the best Gryphon tradition, the Colosseum utilizes a completely independent transformer and power supply for display and control circuits, creating an effective firewall that prevents digital noise generated by these circuits from reaching the amplifier circuits.

Negative feedback is not used and DC coupling is achieved with DC servo circuitry. Internal wiring in the signal path is kept to an absolute minimum. The finest Gryphon Guideline Reference silver cable is used throughout.
The Gryphon Colosseum is fitted with balanced inputs exclusively. Eliminating phono sockets in the signal path ensures the integrity of the sensitive audio signal.

The custom-built Gryphon speaker terminals accept bare wire, spade lugs, banana connectors for a tight, reliable connection.

Product features

• Pure Dual Mono configuration
- Zero global negative feedback
• 48 high current bipolar output transistors
- 340,000 µF capacitor bank
• Balanced circuit
- DC servo-coupling
• Gryphon Guideline silver internal wiring
- Decoupled Printed Circuit Boards and transformer castings
• Military spec. double-sided printed circuit boards
- Two separate Holmgren toroidal transformers with internal magnetic shielding
• Separate power supplies for digital and analogue circuits
- Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR input sockets
• Gold-plated custom-built binding posts
- Vacuum Fluorescent Display
• Adjustable display brightness
- Selectable automatic Green Bias setting or manual Low/Mid/High bias
• Firmware upgrades via PC
- Non-invasive protection system

Gryphon Mephisto


Dynamic Integrity

 

As befits a product of its unique pedigree, the Gryphon Mephisto power amplifier stands in a class all its own when it comes to the crucial area of maintaining dynamic integrity, regardless of load conditions.
Mephisto is built to meet the challenge of the most advanced contemporary loudspeakers which typically present vicious reactive loads while drawing huge amounts of current. The dual mono Mephisto is capable of massive peak current swings and, equally vital, can do so into very low impedances without losing its cool.

Because Mephisto’s perfectly linear output impedance preserves the integrity of the audio signal unconditionally, regardless of frequency or signal level, the amplifier’s exceptional load tolerance makes it an ideal partner for the very finest loudspeakers.

In keeping with long-standing Gryphon tradition, the quality of sound reproduced by Gryphon Mephisto is completely level-independent. It is a huge amplifier capable of delivering its best at any volume setting, from background levels to full throttle.

To generate and control such pure power, each Mephisto channel is fitted with separate AC power inputs and individual custom designed Holmgren transformers with generous filtering capacity well-suited to the delivery of high pulse current. The fully regulated gain stage power supply ensures long-term reliability and safety.

 

Pure Power In, Pure Power Out

 

Since it is the function of a power amplifier to modulate the mains current from the wall socket, the presence of even miniscule amounts of noise in the mains voltage can prevent a system from living up to its ultimate potential.

The carefully regulated and filtered power supply of the Gryphon Mephisto removes harmful high-frequency noise and voltage spikes without compromising current capacity. The complete removal of mains noise enhances focus, immediacy, transient crispness and soundstage depth for a more beguiling and engaging listening experience.

 

Zero Global Negative Feedback

 

While negative feedback is a widespread means of suppressing measurable static forms of amplifier distortion, copious amounts of feedback have the unfortunate side effect of introducing an over-damped, sterile sound, because the feedback itself leads to a rise in audible, dynamic distortion.

Gryphon Mephisto is designed with zero global negative feedback in order to meet the dynamic demands of the very best analogue and digital source components. The exceptional bandwidth of the Gryphon Mephisto – beyond 350 MHz - is achieved despite the total elimination of feedback.

 


Extreme Attention to Detail

 

Each printed circuit board in the Gryphon Mephisto is designed to facilitate accurate assembly and precision mounting to set a new standard for mechanical and electrical stability.

Ideal constant safe operating conditions for all transistors in all amplifier stages maintain consistent performance, regardless of variations in temperature or signal level.

Only the finest components are employed throughout for optimal electrical and audio characteristics, including Takman resistors from Japan, Class A dual J-FET transistors in the input buffer for speed and clarity, a balanced differential input circuit based on a single carefully selected dual bipolar junction transistor. The voltage amplification stage incorporates high-speed Zetex surface mount transistors with minimal capacitance and high DC current gain (Hfe) and the output stage employs high-speed Toshiba pre-driver transistors.

A fully symmetrical, regulated low noise voltage supply has been used for all voltage amplification sections. Eight 56,000 microFarad capacitors with low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) for a total capacity of 448,000 microFarad/100V smoothes the voltage to the output supply.

Static shielding isolates primary and secondary windings in the massive dual Holmgren transformers designed and built especially for the Gryphon Mephisto.

By eliminating output relays, Gryphon Mephisto achieves an extraordinary low output impedance. But most importantly, because output relays that can handle huge constant currents tend to have poor low to moderate signal transfer characteristics, the best relay is quite simply no relay at all.

As always with Gryphon, what is left out is just as critical as what goes in.

 


Non-Invasive Protection

 

Mephisto is equipped with effective protection against overheating, DC input offset, short circuit, RF and incorrect voltage supply. Slow-start turn-on circuitry analyzes and confirms the status of the transformer, bridge rectifier, power supply, reservoir capacitors and amplification circuit prior to full power-up and before accepting any input signal.

Because the advanced Mephisto protection circuitry is kept outside the signal path, full protection is achieved at no sacrifice in sound quality.

The Mephisto binding terminals are custom designed, massive, gold-plated connectors which provide secure power transfer with speaker cables of any diameter.

Weighing in at a healthy 108 kg and worthy of its origins as a one-of-a-kind design concept to demonstrate exactly what can be done with no constraints or restrictions of a monetary , practical or technical nature, Gryphon Mephisto offers stunning analytical capabilities that cut straight through to the emotional core of recorded music.

Paired with the equally uncompromising Gryphon Pandora preamplifier and connected with advanced Gryphon interconnects and speaker cable, the Gryphon Mephisto will continue to define the state of the audio art for years to come.

 

Product features

• Pure Class A 2 x 175 Watts (8 Ohm), 2 x 350 W (4 Ohm), 2 x 700W (2 Ohm), continuous RMS
• Zero global negative feedback
• 500,000 microFarad capacitor bank
• Gryphon internal wiring
• No output relays
• Military spec. double-sided printed circuit boards
• Two separate Holmgren toroidal transformers with internal magnetic shielding
• Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR input sockets
• Backlit, touch-sensitive front panel controls
• Automatic Green Bias setting or manual Low/Mid/High bias
• Power consumption at idle below latest EU requirements
• Pure Dual Mono configuration with separate AC power inputs
• 40 high current bipolar output transistors
• DC servo-coupling
• Output coupled via massive copper bussbars
• Decoupled transformer castings
• Optimal circuit layout for shortest possible signal path
• Separate power supplies for amp and digital circuits
• Gold-plated custom-built Gryphon binding posts
• 12V remote power trigger for automatic turn-on
• Non-invasive protection system
• Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Pandora Preamp

By Popular Demand

Gryphon has always marched to the beat of a different drum. Way back in 1985, when Flemming E. Rasmussen and tech guru Kim Rishøj created the groundbreaking Gryphon Phonostage, it was on a strictly one-off, do-it-yourself hobby basis. Flemming just wanted to build the best possible phono preamp for his home system, not to get into manufacturing consumer products.

But word spread rapidly in the audiophile community until Flemming could no longer ignore a steady stream of requests and, suddenly, Gryphon Audio Designs was born.

In the intervening years, Gryphon has constantly had one or more projects in the works as experimental platforms, exploratory testbeds intended to bring us ever closer to a credible illusion of actually being in the presence of the performers. Although never meant for public consumption, these components invariably impress the fortunate few who have the opportunity to audition them at Gryphon headquarters and their enthusiastic response and encouragement have been the impetus behind the decision to occasionally make them commercially available.

It was this unique process that ultimately led to the release of the Gryphon Reference One power amplifier and, later, the four-piece Poseidon reference monitor loudspeaker system.

Most recently, Gryphon engineers have been granted the rare luxury of developing a preamplifier/power amplifier combination unrestrained by considerations of cost, size, weight, appearance or production deadlines. Their design brief was simple: make it the best that it can possibly be.

Once again, persistent rumours of these uncompromising laboratory instruments have resulted in the production of a strictly limited edition of components now officially dubbed the Gryphon Mephisto power amplifier and Gryphon Pandora preamplifier.

Product features

 

• True Dual Mono configuration
- Fully discrete pure Class A with ultra-short signal path
• 2 x 90,000 microFarad capacity banks
- Ultra-wideband 3 MHz frequency response
• Zero negative feedback
- DC-coupling with servo-control
• Isolated power supply for non-audio circuits
- Extensive mechanical decoupling
• Extensive local voltage regulation
- Big-wheel, ball-bearing, microprocessor-controlled 85-step relay volume attenuator featuring Charcroft Z-Foil Audio ultra precision resistors and ultra low capacitance relays for best sonic performance
• New, high-speed, discrete single-ended Class A input buffer developed for best possible sonic performance
- Select premium-grade components, including Takman Audio resistors
• Minimal internal wiring
- Military spec. double-sided up to 70µm copper printed circuit boards
• Two separate custom-made C-core transformers, one for each channel
- Gold-plated input-isolating relays
• PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path
- Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR sockets for three balanced sources and two outputs
• Gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for two inputs and one Tape output
- Optional integrated, Gryphon Phono Stage or Legato Heritage RIAA module
• Fixed-level AV throughput for uncompromising integration with surround systems
- Microprocessor-controlled menu functions
• Adjustable channel balance, source level matching, start-up and maximum level
- Green Bias control for Gryphon power amplifiers
• Graphical Vacuum Fluorescent Display
- Backlit touch-sensitive front panel controls
• Adjustable display illumination (High, Medium, Low, Off)
- Non-magnetic, non-resonant aluminium cabinets
• 12 V DC link input and output
- Flash memory upgrades via PC or key-fob
• Infrared remote control
- Standby power consumption <>
• EU CE approval
- Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Scorpio CD Player

CD the Way You Always Knew It Could Be

Gryphon Audio Designs has an unrivalled track record for innovation in High End audio. In the field of CD player design, the story begins with our very first digital source component at the close of the previous millennium. The Gryphon CDP-1 CD player introduced the world to the sonic improvements offered by upsampling, a technology now ubiquitous in digital audio. Refusing to rest on our laurels, the successor to the CDP-1, Gryphon Adagio, took digital musicality to the next level with asynchronous 24-bit/96 kHz sample rate conversion. After further refinement of this technology in the Gryphon Mikado, the implementation of 32-bit/192 kHz upsampling in the acclaimed Gryphon Mikado Signature represented another giant leap forward, once again breaking new ground and blazing a trail for others to follow. Sharing much in common with the flagship Gryphon Mikado Signature, the all-new Gryphon Scorpio front-loading CD player offers striking exterior design and build quality to match its advanced technologies and extraordinary level of musical richness, clarity and soul.

Dedication and Devotion

Gryphon Scorpio plays compact disc. Period. Full stop. It does not play video discs of any kind whatsoever, nor does it play any of the so-called “high resolution” audio formats long since given the cold shoulder by music lover, audiophile and mainstream consumer alike. Gryphon Scorpio is designed unapologetically with single-minded dedication to the compact disc, because this focused approach enables Gryphon Audio Designs to devote all our resources and expertise to releasing the full, unfettered musical potential of CD playback. Gryphon Scorpio will reveal more of the hidden treasures in your CD collection than any other player, “universal” or otherwise, up to and well beyond its price point. That is its sole mission.

Product features

 

• Four Dual-Differential 32-bit/192 kHz AKM asynchronous digital-to-analogue converters with separate regulated power supplies
- Upsampling to 32-bit/192 kHz for enhanced sonic performance
• Gentle digital filter roll-off for ultra-pure high frequencies
- Two custom-built, temperature-compensated crystal oscillators with better than 5 parts per million accuracy
• European transport with front loading metal tray
- True class A, fully discrete analogue circuits with no negative feedback
• First-order analogue filter with silvered Mica capacitor
- +/- 20 VDC regulated voltage supplies for best THD and noise suppression in analogue sections
• Separate custom-built Noratel toroidal transformers for digital and analogue sections
- 15,000 microFarad power capacitor banks per channel
• Ultra-short signal path with minimal Internal wiring
- Balanced analogue outputs with PCB-mounted gold-plated Swiss Neutrik XLR sockets
• 75 Ohm BNC S/PDIF digital output
- 4-line, 20 character display with user-selectable illumination (High/Medium/Low/Off)
• Remote control (also for basic Atilla integrated amplifier functions)
- Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Kalliope DAC

 

KALLIOPE (a.k.a. Calliope, meaning “beautiful voice”) is the eldest of the Muses, goddesses of music, song and dance in Greek mythology. Kalliope is the goddess of epic poetry and eloquence.

In any audio system, there are certain points along the signal path that are more crucial than others. These are the intersections where the signal is converted from one form of energy into another. Such transformations occur when the needle of a phono cartridge traverses the micro-grooves of a vinyl record, converting kinetic energy into an electrical signal. At the opposite end of the signal path, loudspeakers must transform electrical input into acoustic output.
But perhaps the most critical transformation of all is the conversion of the output of digital sources into an analogue signal, ideally without loss or distortion of any kind. Despite the lofty claims of many manufacturers, what is lost or changed at this point can never be recovered or restored.

In acknowledgment of the on-going refinement of digital audio sources and the rapid evolution of high-resolution digital audio formats, Gryphon Audio Designs now presents the Gryphon Kalliope digital to analogue converter to stand as the gateway that conveys the musical signal from one domain to the next in utterly pristine condition.

Product features

 

• Dedicated ESS SABRE ES9018 32-bit D/A converter for each channel
- Each ES9018 incorporates eight individual D/A converters in Dual Differential coupling for optimal performance
• USB input compatible with following audio formats via PC/MAC. PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384 kHz, up to 32 bits. DSD via USB (DoP): 2.822, 3.072, 5.644 and 6.144 MHz
- BNC and XLR inputs compatible with PCM: 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, up to 24 bits
• User-selectable PCM and DSD digital roll-off filters
- User-selectable asynchronous PCM sample rate conversion
• Temperature-compensated, ultra-low jitter crystal oscillators with better than 5 parts per million accuracy
- 12.5 Farad SuperCap powersupply for the Kalliope USB module which acts like a true battery supply
• Balanced 110 Ohm XLR AES/EBU input
- Three single-ended 75 Ohm BNC S/PDIF inputs.
• Balanced 110 Ohm XLR AES/EBU output for de-jittered signal from selected input
- Galvanic isolation of BNC and XLR inputs for minimal jitter
• 75 Ohm BNC connector for optional external word clock
- Modular digital audio sections for possible future upgrades
• True Class A, fully discrete analogue circuitry with zero negative feedback
- First-order PCM analogue filters and second-order DSD analogue filters with silvered Mica capacitors
• Analogue output stages with discrete, ultra-low noise +/- 25VDC regulated voltage supplies for best THD and noise suppression
- Discrete, ultra-low noise power supply for analogue section of ES9018 DAC
• Comprehensive noise regulation of all digital circuits
- Custom-built 65 VA toroidal transformer for each analogue channel
• 34,000 microFarad power capacitor banks for each analogue channel
- True Dual Mono configuration
• Balanced XLR analogue outputs and single-ended phono outputs
- Ultra-short signal path with minimal internal wiring
• Four-layer 70μ thick copper trace PCB’s
- Personalised naming of each input
• Vacuum Fluorescent Display with variable illumination
- No drivers required for LINUX or MAC OSX
• Driver available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8
- Automatic standby mode with user-selectable interval
• Standby power consumption less than 0.5W in accordance with EU regulations
- 12V link in/out
• Infrared remote control
- EU CE approval
• Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Diablo 300 DAC

 

Product features

 

• True Dual Mono Class A Analogue configuration
- Zero negative feedback
• Sabre ES9018 High-End D/A converter
- User-selectable PCM and DSD digital roll-off filters
• USB input compatible with following audio formats via PC/MAC/Linux: PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384 kHz, up to 32 bits, DSD via USB: DSD64 (2.822MHz), DSD128 (3.072MHz), DSD256* (5.644MHz) and DSD512* (6.144MHz) 256/512 Windows
- XLR and BNC inputs compatible with PCM: 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, up to 32 bits
• TOSLINK input compatible with PCM: 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz, up to 32 bits
- Temperature-compensated, ultra-low jitter crystal oscillator with better than 5 parts per million accuracy
• Super-Capacitor (12.5 Farad!) power supply for USB module - acts like a true battery supply
- First-order PCM analogue filters and second-order DSD analogue filters with silvered Mica and Polypropylene capacitors
• Analogue output stages with discrete, ultra-low noise +/- 22VDC regulated voltage supplies for best analogue THD and noise suppression
- Multiple Local Voltage regulators for best digital noise suppression
• Discrete, separate left/right channel ultra-low noise power supply for analogue section of ES9018 DAC
- Ultra-short signal path
• Minimal internal wiring
- Two four-layer printed circuit boards up to 70my copper
• PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path
- Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR socket for one balanced 110 ohm AES source
• Gold-plated 75 ohm BNC sockets with Teflon insulation for 2 S/PDIF sources
- One TOSLINK optical fibre input
• Designed and built in Denmark
*(at the moment, DSD256 and DSD512 only on Windows systems)
• Specifications can be changed by Gryphon Audio Designs without further notice.

DIABLO 120 DAC

 

Product features

• True Dual Mono Class A Analogue topology
- Zero negative feedback
• Sabre ES9018 High-End D/A converter
- USB input compatible with following audio formats via PC/MAC/Linux: PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384 kHz, up to 32 bits DSD via USB: DSD64 (2.822MHz, 3.072MHz), DSD128 (5.644MHz, 6.144MHz), DSD256* (11.2896MHz) and DSD512* (22.5792MHz)
• XLR, BNC inputs compatible with PCM: 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, up to 32 bits
- TOSLink input compatible with PCM: 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 and 96kHz
• User-selectable PCM and DSD digital roll-off filters
- Temperature-compensated, ultra-low jitter crystal oscillator with better than 5 parts per million accuracy
• Super-Capacitor (12.5 Farad!) power supply for USB module - acts like a true battery supply
- First-order PCM analogue filters and second-order DSD analogue filters with Polypropylene capacitors
• Analogue output stages with discrete, ultra-low noise +/- 15VDC regulated voltage supplies for excellent analogue THD and noise suppression
- Multiple Local Voltage regulators for best digital noise suppression
• Discrete, separate left/right channel ultra-low noise power supply for analogue section of ES9018 DAC
- Ultra-short signal path
• Minimal internal wiring
- One four-layer printed circuit boards with 70µm copper
• PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path
- Gold-plated Swiss Neutric XLR socket for one balanced 110 Ohm AES/EBU source
• Gold-plated 75 Ohm BNC sockets with Teflon insulation for one S/PDIF source
- One TOSLink optical input
• Designed and built in Denmark
*(at the moment, DSD256 and DSD512 only on Windows systems).
Gryphon Audio Designs reserves the right to change specifications without further notice.



Pantheon

 

While it would be arrogant to refer to The Gryphon Pantheon as a “compact” loudspeaker, it is, despite its imposing, stylish presence, the slimmest floor-standing model in the exclusive, luxurious Gryphon Audio Designs loudspeaker range.

Drawing heavily on proprietary, innovative technologies and customised parts developed for and introduced in the Gryphon Pendragon and Trident II loudspeakers, the Pantheon lives up to the same exceptional standards of musicality, build quality and stylish design for an enhanced musical experience with soul and vitality.

Gryphon Pantheon is housed in a sleek, tall, massively braced enclosure with precisely contoured modular baffle and driver surrounds and baffle covering carefully selected and applied to effectively address baffle reflections and eliminate diffraction phenomena.

 

Constant Phase, Constant Musical Joy

In keeping with every Gryphon loudspeaker before it, the Gryphon Pantheon incorporates specially developed constant phase technologies to ensure that all drivers are in phase at all frequencies at all times, eliminating deleterious slurring in the temporal domain, allowing the Gryphon Pantheon to re-create the original acoustic event with holographic realism and ultimate resolution. Constant Phase, Constant Musical Joy.

 

High Frequency Energy and Clarity

Like all Gryphon loudspeakers, the high-frequency range in the Gryphon Pantheon is handled by an extraordinary Air Motion Transformer (AMT) drive unit that moves air by driving an extremely low-mass folded metal sheet in a semi-perpendicular motion via a powerful magnetic field for instantaneous response to the audio signal. Because of its large surface area, the pleated structure moves a large air volume with minimal diaphragm motion, for a highly desirable point source sonic presentation. Eliminating fundamental issues of mass, inertia and internal resonance, the AMT high frequency driver offers lightning fast transients, combining flat frequency response well beyond 38 kHz with extremely low distortion and a total absence of compression.

 


Exclusive Danish Triple-Magnet Drive

The cone drivers are custom designed for low Q and minimal dynamic compression to our exacting specifications by an internationally respected Danish driver manufacturer. The dual 8” bass drivers have been specially developed and mounted in a precision-tuned reflex chamber to achieve levels of bass extension and power rare in any loudspeaker, regardless of size and cost. The triple-magnet motor system ensures maximum force and focus. The tightly focused, ultra-linear triple-magnet system is also implemented in the dual 5” midrange drivers in order to ensure total control of the motion of the layer-damped fiberglass cones. Specially developed surrounds match the geometry of the driver diaphragm and the dust caps are non-deformable, low-mass and highly rigid.

 

Seamless Networking

To achieve the ambitious objective of perfect phase at all frequencies and realize a truly seamless integration of the selected drive units, a fourth order filter network is utilised based exclusively on the finest components (Duelund, Jensen, Holm, Mundorf) in a layout carefully calculated to eliminate electromagnetic interaction and fitted to a decoupling platform to prevent vibration. Incorporating the very best high current, low-loss foil capacitors and low distortion, low saturation inductors with negligible DC resistance carefully selected for their sonic and electrical characteristics, the hand-adjusted Pantheon crossover network performs with impeccable precision and transparency. The purpose-built components are hard-wired with special Teflon hard-insulated silver solder. Minimal internal wiring with Gryphon Teflon insulated, silver-plated oxygen-free copper is employed. The crossover connects to a power amplifier via custom designed Gryphon screw terminals that ensure a tight and durable electrical contact.

 

Active Bias

The crossover network is pre-biased by a 28 V battery for constant charge to the electrolytic capacitors in the impedance correction in order to eliminate crossover distortion at zero electric potential, resulting in audibly enhanced stability and substantial gains in body, timbral colour and image coherence. Operating the battery-biased crossover in “Class A” mode ensures a smoother, more richly detailed three-dimensional presentation.

 

Boxing Clever

Tall loudspeakers with multiple drivers mounted in a long front baffle inevitably encounter issues of diffraction, resonances and flexing in the long, wide panel due to cone motion and the considerable pressure build-up inside the cabinet. Typically, manufacturers apply elaborate, complex measures in an attempt to tame these phenomena. At Gryphon, we adhere to the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In short, our “solution” is simply to elegantly sidestep these problems altogether. To do so, Gryphon Pantheon incorporates independent baffle elements for each driver, breaking up the pathway through which vibrations would otherwise be transmitted in a single, shared baffle. With an overall thickness of more than 7 cm, the organic design of the Pantheon baffle becomes the next best thing to an immovable object. The five separate Pantheon baffles also allow precision time alignment of the individual drivers based on the now classic, subtle Gryphon front baffle curvature. Meticulous attention has gone into the contouring of the baffle and driver surrounds to eliminate diffraction. Sound-absorbent material on reflective surfaces near the AMT high frequency driver prevents diffraction and smearing in the crucial time domain. Beneath its finely sculpted exterior, Gryphon Pantheon offers an inert, non-resonant platform for the drive units combining extensive internal bracing and damping material. The substantial feet provide a rock-solid foundation that lends the Pantheon system a firm grip on musical reality.

Free Style

The exterior design is distinctively Gryphon with a wide range of custom finish options and the opportunity to personalise your Gryphon Pantheon in the real-wood finish of your choice. In selecting a finish for your Gryphon Pantheon loudspeakers, the possibilities are limited solely by your imagination. Because the side panels are based on a modular construction that makes removing and replacing them child’s play, your choice is no longer a one-time only, lifetime proposition. As a Pantheon owner, you gain access to virtually unlimited custom finish options, not only at the time of original purchase, but also at any time after that, as often as you desire.

Product features

 

• Reference three-way loudspeaker system
- Constant Phase crossover for perfect phase at all frequencies at all times
• System response 25 – 40,000 Hz, -3 dB
- Hand-adjusted passive crossover network
• Battery-powered bias for selected crossover capacitors
- Ultra-fast Air Motion Transformer tweeter with low-mass pleated metal diaphragm
• Customised, extensively modified Danish 8” bass and 5” midrange drive units
- Mechanically independent baffles for each driver
• Special cone surround termination to eliminate edge reflections
- Symmetrical vertical driver array for ideal point source presentation
• Dual Gryphon 8" bass drivers for extreme speed and precision with massive, controlled air displacement
- Triple-magnet bass/midrange driver motor system for maximum force and precise focus
• Ported enclosures with extensive internal bracing
- Combination of pure wool and synthetic interior damping materials
• Stylish string grille for driver protection
- Gryphon internal wiring
• Virtually unlimited custom finish options
- Designed and built in Denmark

Gryphon Mojo S Reference Standard Loudspeaker System

Mojo (US slang, West African origin) 1. A charm or magic spell 2. The art of casting magic spells

As the third-generation heir to Gryphon’s very first loudspeaker, the stand-mounted Cantata (2002-2008) and the current compact champion, the original Gryphon Mojo (2009-2016), the Mojo S comes with a vaunted lineage that immediately raises exceptionally high expectations.

Fortunately, because it draws heavily on the heritage of the Gryphon Kodo, our latest, cost no object, ultimate experimental test platform, the Mojo S is more than up the challenge, inheriting components, technologies and assembly techniques developing specifically for the Kodo.

Unlike most speakers in its weight class, the Mojo S was not built to a predetermined price point. Therefore, it lives up to the Gryphon philosophy of designing and building drivers correctly from the start, rather than using intrinsically flawed off-the-shelf drivers and attempting to compensate for their shortcomings with an overly complicated crossover.
Designed for seamless integration in a specific interval of room dimensions, Mojo S proudly joins the Gryphon Kodo in the uncompromising use of the finest hand-made components rarely seen in speakers of this size - or any size, for that matter.

Because of Mojo S’ perfect phase linearity, extended frequency response and fine-tuning options, it is substantially more revealing and more musical than any other loudspeaker anywhere near its size. Be prepared for a radical revision of everything you thought you knew about compact loudspeakers and their capabilities.

The Mojo S drivers were not chosen because they are trendy, flavour-of-the-month favourites, but carefully selected through comprehensive measurement and listening specifically to form a perfect sonic symbiosis. As a consequence, they require no overly complex crossover network to beat the drivers into submission and compensate for intrinsic shortcomings.

Driver weaknesses have been prevented, leaving no need to “cure” them with unnecessary crossover components that in conventional designs can suck the life and energy out of your music.

With its distinctive wraparound wings and contemporary styling worthy of the finest domestic interiors, Gryphon Mojo S is available as standard in a broad range of distinctive colour options in multiple layer semi-gloss or high gloss two-pack automotive paint with a very hard surface.

Mojo Drivers

The high-frequency range is handled by an extraordinary Mundorf Air Motion Transformer drive unit that moves air by driving an extremely low-mass folded sheet in a semi-perpendicular motion via a powerful magnetic field. With minimal mass, the AMT tweeter, invented by Dr. Oskar Heil, responds instantaneously to the audio signal and because of its large surface area, the pleated diaphragm structure energises a large air volume with minimal diaphragm motion, for a highly desirable point source sonic presentation. Eliminating fundamental issues of mass, inertia and internal resonance, the Gryphon Mojo S high frequency driver offers lightning fast transients, combining flat frequency response well beyond 38 kHz with extremely low distortion and a total absence of compression. While such technologically advanced drivers rarely appear in comparably sized loudspeakers, Gryphon selected only the best to deliver Mojo magic. To live up to the Air Motion Transformer tweeter, Mojo S employs a vertical symmetrical driver array with identical SEAS 6” bass/midrange units with a free-air resonance of 44 Hz and a mere 7.7 grams of moving mass. Pulp paper cones, chosen for excellent linearity and controlled behaviour well beyond the driver’s designated operating range, eliminate any need for invasive corrective measures to reduce the negative effects of cone break-up. The Mojo S dual port reflex system is tuned to 52Hz with a flow resistor in the mouth of each port. Carefully calculated resistive porting eliminates the resonant ringing which is an undesirable side effect in so many bass reflex designs with forced vented alignments. Instead, Gryphon Mojo S offers ideally balanced low frequency response that seamlessly integrates the port contribution with the direct output of the bass/mid drivers. Dual 6” drivers provide larger surface area and high speed with minimal lag and overhang and allow a narrower front to reduce baffle diffraction. Built on die-cast baskets, the rigid, yet open, structure prevents built-up compression behind the cone.

Crossover

The Mojo S crossover network borrows heavily from a wide array of exclusive components newly developed for the top of the line Gryphon Kodo system. All parts are hard-wired point-to-point with special Teflon hard-insulated silver wire, eliminating high-resistance printed circuit boards. Extreme hand-trimmed Duelund graphite resistors, legendary Jensen air-core paper/oil inductors and reference class, low-memory, precision Mundorf capacitors are components rarely seen in commercial loudspeaker designs because of their prohibitive cost. It is even rarer to find this level of parts quality specified for a stand-mounted monitor of Mojo S’ compact dimensions. Exploiting the inherent roll-off of the AMT tweeter, a fourth order 2 kHz crossover network ensures linear phase at all frequencies a remarkable accomplishment achieved only by Gryphon Audio Designs. The filter incorporates external hot-swappable Duelund graphite resistors for three-stage, user-accessible ±1 dB tweeter adjustment. Empowering the user to adjust high frequency response for a seamless presentation without deleterious switches or rheostats, Duelund graphite resistors snap into place with convenient rear-panel clips, then connect with their original leads to screw terminals. The Mojo S system can deliver ideal high frequencies with mild roll-off (-1 dB), neutral response (0 dB) or mild boost (+1 dB) to integrate perfectly with the acoustics of the listening room.

Enclosures

Typically, speakers claiming ideal time alignment employ a simple sloped front, because it is inexpensive to build and assemble. In order to achieve Gryphon’s uncompromising design goal of perfect phase at all times at all frequencies, the Mojo S enclosure incorporates a front baffle consisting of three separate angled sections up to 34 mm thick which attach to a 22 mm sub baffle. The independent driver frames and the main baffle are separated by a rubber gasket which simultaneously acts as a seal around the drive units to eliminate air leaks. The baffles are connected only via bolts and rubber rings to minimize vibration transmission. Meticulous attention has gone into the contouring of the baffle and driver surrounds to eliminate diffraction. Sound-absorbent material on reflective surfaces near the AMT high frequency driver prevents diffraction and smearing in the crucial time domain. The Mojo S baffle ensures true time alignment, for exceptional levels of transparency and musical realism. The treated baffle also reduces reflections from floor and ceiling, for enhanced clarity. Beneath its finely sculpted exterior, Gryphon Mojo S offers an inert, non-resonant platform for the drive units, combining extensive internal bracing and damping material. The elegant, open string grille discourages attempts by inquisitive fingers to touch the drivers. The rear of the cabinet is a dual-layer construction of aluminium and MDF. The crossover network is strategically placed inside to help break up internal standing waves. The inside side panels are damped with bitumen and the tweeter's own chamber is critically damped with a mixture of felt and wool. The speaker terminals are Gryphon’s proprietary five-way terminals also found on Gryphon’s finest loudspeakers and amplifiers.

Unlimited Options

Gryphon Mojo S offers virtually unlimited custom finish options. Assembled using proprietary techniques, Gryphon products offer a service unique in the audio field: SideSpin, the ability to personalise your choice of finish not only at the time of original purchase, but also to replace side panels at any later date to keep pace with your evolving personal style and interior décor. SideSpin is a consequence of our philosophy that the Gryphon owner deserves not only sound quality to the highest audiophile standards, but also a unique and highly personal design statement equally pleasing to the eye.

Upstanding Style

Gryphon Mojo S incorporates a specially designed integrated base with two polyoxometalate feet and a single metal spike for optimal decoupling from the floor for effective prevention of transfer of vibration. For totally inert support, the column is filled with sand to add mass for even more effective damping. The substantial supports provide a rock-solid foundation that lends the Gryphon Mojo S a firm grip on musical reality.

Gryphon Mojo S Speaker System Performance

Frequency Response: 37 Hz – 40,000 Hz, Room dependent Crossover Frequency: 2000 Hz, 4th order Sensitivity: 89 dB/2.8V Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohm Power Handling: 200 Watts Dimensions (WxDxH): 39 x 47 x 122 cm Shipping Weight: 65 kg. (one speaker) Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Product features

 • Two-way, three-driver loudspeaker system
- Duelund Constant Phase crossover for perfect phase at all frequencies at all times
• System response 37 Hz – 40 kHz, -3 dB (depending on room size)
- Time-aligned concave front baffle for identical arrival time from all drivers at the listening position
• Mechanically independent baffles for each driver
- Special cone surround termination to eliminate edge reflections
• Hand-adjusted, hard-wired crossover network based on the finest components
- Ultra-fast Air Motion Transformer tweeter with low-mass pleated metal diaphragm
• User-selectable resistors for fine-tuning of in-room high-frequency response
- Reinforced enclosures with extensive internal bracing
• Pure, natural wool interior damping material
- Stylish string grille for driver protection
• Specially designed integrated base with two polyoxometalate feet and a single metal spike for optimal decoupling
- Wide range of finish options
• Designed and hand-built in Denmark