Gryphon Audio Kalliope - Digital to Analogue Convertor
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 acknowledgement 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.
True dual-mono construction This allows for maximum channel separation and power supply isolation.
Pure Class A operation (Yes, it does run warm. Not hot, but definitely warm.) Power without compromise.
DC-coupled, with no negative feedback Maximum transparency and detail, here.
Separate power "custom-built 65 VA toroidal transformers" for left and right analog sections For a DAC, this is heavy-duty…large transformers, for sure.
Gryphon claims "analogue output stages with discrete, ultra-low noise +/- 25VDC regulated voltage supplies for best THD and noise suppression" The Kalliope is very definitely a very low-noise design.
Dedicated ES9018 chips for each channel Plenty of processing power for even the highest resolution formats, like 4x and 8x DSD.