Gryphon Essence Preamplifier (Email or Call For Availability)

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Gryphon Essence Preamplifier

Introducing the Gryphon Essence Preamplifier, a pinnacle of audio engineering that embodies the essence of musical purity and precision. Born from the experience gained through the development of Gryphon's top-of-the-line products, the Essence exudes authority and control, revealing the subtlest nuances in any style of music with rare finesse.

The Essence is designed with a strictly dual mono configuration to achieve the shortest possible signal path, minimizing internal wiring and reducing interchannel crosstalk. Superfluous circuitry has been eliminated from the signal path, ensuring minimal signal coloration and maximum fidelity.

The preamplifier features two balanced XLR inputs and three single-ended phono inputs, with no internal wiring except for essential components. Every component has been carefully selected and auditioned, with many proprietary parts custom-designed and built exclusively for Gryphon.

The Essence offers a range of microprocessor-controlled, fully adjustable menu items, including input naming, maximum level, input level matching, display brightness, default restoration, and Gryphon Green Bias. The optional MM/MC phonostage or digital-to-analog converter (DAC) further enhances its versatility.

In terms of style and performance, the Gryphon Essence is unmatched. Its peerless finish, build quality, and ergonomics reflect Gryphon's commitment to excellence in both form and function. The brushed, anodized aluminum finish with subtle black acrylic details exudes luxury and sophistication.

From its superb bass performance to its ability to render a wide and deep soundstage with three-dimensional realism, the Gryphon Essence Preamplifier is a testament to Gryphon's dedication to delivering stunning audio performance, sumptuous styling, and superb user-friendliness, all without compromise. Experience the Gryphon Essence and rediscover the true essence of music.


Exterior design by Flemming E. Rasmussen
Electronics design by Tom Møller
Zero negative feedback
True Dual Mono configuration
Fully discrete, DC-coupled Class A circuit topology
Microprocessor-controlled 43-step fully balanced relay volume attenuator for best sonic performance based on a minimalist contingent of ultra-precision resistors
High-speed, discrete, single-ended Class A input buffer for best possible sonic performance
Optional PCM/DSD DAC module with one USB, 2 x SPDIF, 1 AES and 1 optical input. PCM up to Fs = 384 kHZ, DSD up to DSD512
Optional MM/MC Gryphon PS2 phonostage module based on legendary Gryphon Legato phonostage
Local shunt regulators for optimal noise suppression
Input level matching to prevent abrupt volume changes
Ultra-short signal path
Minimal internal wiring
Gold-plated Neutrik XLR sockets for two balanced sources and 1 output
Gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for 3 inputs and 2 outputs
Fixed-level AV throughput, balanced or single-ended, for uncompromising integration with separate surround preamplifier
Large Vacuum Fluorescent Display for easy legibility
Adjustable display lighting (100/75/50/25%, Off)
Backlit touch-sensitive front panel controls
12 V DC link input and output
Green Bias link output for automatic Green Bias control with any Gryphon power amplifier
Stylish infrared remote control
Flash memory upgrades possible via PC or Key-fob
EU CE approval
Standby current consumption < 0.5 W
Designed and built in Denmark

Weight & Dimensions

+18 dB gain, max.
Output impedance: 15 Ohm XLR, 22.5 Ohm RCA
Frequency bandwidth (-3 dB): 0.1 Hz – 1 MHz
Power supply capacity: 2 x 26,000 μF
Input impedance, balanced (20 Hz – 20 kHz): 50 kOhm
Input Impedance, single-ended (20 Hz – 20 kHz): 25 kOhm
47 x 16.5 x 38.5 cm (WxHxD), 13.4 kg net.