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Gryphon Ethos

Introducing the Gryphon Ethos CD, a masterpiece of audio engineering and design that redefines the concept of a CD player. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Ethos CD is more than just a piece of audio equipment—it is a work of art that enhances any luxury living space.

The design of the Ethos CD is striking, featuring a delta-shaped chassis made from precision-milled aluminum and acrylic, with an arched aluminum CD lid that has been acclaimed as "The Most Beautiful Audio Component Ever Made." But its beauty is more than skin-deep; inside, the Ethos CD boasts state-of-the-art components and technology.

The Ethos CD is actually two components in one, serving as both a world-class CD player and a top-of-the-line DAC. It features the finest CD transport mechanism available, along with advanced Digital-to-Analog Converters and Digital Filters. The unit is designed with dual monaural power supplies in individual chassis, ensuring total isolation of the left and right channels to protect the audio signal from interference.

In terms of connectivity, the Ethos CD offers unparalleled flexibility. It features AES/EBU, USB, and BNC inputs, allowing direct connection of external digital sources such as streamers, computers, and music servers. The DAC section supports formats up to 32-bit/384 kHz PCM and DSD512, and an AES/EBU output allows connection to external DACs. The USB socket features a "Super Capacitor" power supply and is fully compatible with all digital audio formats.

The audio performance of the Ethos CD is truly exceptional. It employs ESS SABRE ES9038PRO 32-bit DAC chips in a dual-differential, dual-mono topology, ensuring precise and accurate sound reproduction. The unit also features ten user-selectable digital roll-off filters and user-selectable asynchronous PCM sample rate conversion, allowing listeners to customize the sound to their liking.

In addition to its technical prowess, the Ethos CD is designed to stand the test of time. It features upgradeable firmware, software, and modular construction, ensuring that it remains at the cutting edge of audio technology for years to come. With its exquisite craftsmanship, intuitive operation, and supreme functionality, the Gryphon Ethos CD truly represents "The Best" in every way.

Features


Exterior design by Flemming E. Rasmussen
Electronics design by Tom Møller
Exclusive, CD-only CD-Pro8 transport with all-metal chassis
Extensive mechanical decoupling of the CD transport
Dedicated ESS SABRE ES9038PRO 32-bit D/A converter for each channel
Each ES9038Pro incorporates eight individual D/A converters in Dual Differential coupling for optimal performance
User-selectable, 7 different PCM and 3 DSD digital roll-off filters
User-selectable, asynchronous PCM sample rate conversion to 384kHz and PCM to DSD conversion to DSD128.
Temperature-compensated, ultra-low jitter crystal oscillators with better than 5 parts per million accuracy
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: DSD64 (up to 3.072 MHz), DSD128 (up to 6.144 MHz), DSD256 (up to 12.288 MHz) and DSD512 (up to 24.576 MHz)
No USB driver required for LINUX or MAC OSX
USB driver available for Windows
Super-Capacitor (12.5 Farad!) power supply for USB module – for true battery source
Digital 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
Balanced 110 Ohm XLR AES/EBU digital input
Single-ended 75 Ohm BNC S/PDIF digital input
Balanced 110 Ohm XLR AES/EBU digital output from CD transport
Galvanic isolation of all digital BNC and XLR inputs and outputs for minimal jitter
Comprehensive noise regulation of all digital circuits
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 user selectable second-order DSD analogue filter with silvered Mica capacitors
Analogue output stages with low noise +/- 23 VDC regulated voltage supplies for low THD and noise suppression
Custom-built 32 VA toroidal transformer for each analogue channel
20,000 microFarad power capacitor banks for each analogue channel
True Dual Mono analogue and DAC configuration
Balanced XLR analogue outputs and single-ended phono outputs
Ultra-short signal path with minimal internal wiring
Four-layer 70 mm thick copper trace PCB’s
Vacuum Fluorescent Display with variable illumination
Personalised naming of each input
Solid aluminium top plate
Gold-plated CD clamp
Polished acrylic base
Brushed, aluminium arm
Side-mounted heatsinks
Gryphon designed Atlas adjustable feet
Constrained layer damping vibration control
CD well with LED lighting
Automatic standby mode with user-selectable interval
Standby power consumption less than 0.5W in accordance with EU regulations
12V link in
Infrared remote control
EU CE approval
Designed and built in Denmark