Gryphon Audio Kalliope DAC

Feature and future packed

I was invited to the first short presentaton of the new Gryphon Audio Kalliope DAC. They really waited quite some time to release this feature packed DAC. DSD really seams to be catching up. Stay tuned for short report on the Gryphon mini presentation of Trident 2 speakers and Kalliope DAC.

• 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

• Total galvanic isolation of PC/ MAC sources for optimal noise rejection

• 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 fi lters and second-order DSD analogue fi lters 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 confi guration

• Balanced XLR analogue outputs and single-ended phono outputs

• Ultra-short signal path with minimal internal wiring

• Four-layer 70 μm 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

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