iFi Audio "Micro iDSD" DAC & Headphone Amp
What we think in the Inner Sanctum:
A huge step up from the thumb-drive sized DAC-amps, the Micro iDSD is a giant-killer.
An all-in-one digital-to-analog converter and headphone amplifier, the Micro iDSD is perhaps the most versatile component you can buy.
With settings that let you optimize the listening experience with everything from ultra-sensitive in-ear monitors all the way up to power-hungry orthodynamic full-size cans, the iDSD will amaze you.
Subtle Bass-Boost and 3-D settings let you contour the sound to suit your mood, headphones or music.
Give it a listen and find out for yourself.
From the manufacturer:
There is nothing like the micro iDSD. It is the only DAC in the world (at any price) to play True Native Octa-DSD512/PCM768/Double DXD.
Its Perfect-Match means it can be fine-tuned to any headgear from sensitive in-ear monitors all the way through to large headphones. Its 8v/4000mW output makes it one of the most powerful headamps to drive even the most hungry of headphones with ease.
iFi has forged an enviable reputation for being at the forefront of computer audio technology. The micro iDSD has just made another leap, an Octa-Leap to be precise. With its special Dual-Core Burr-Brown native DSD/PCM chipset at the heart, the micro iDSD is capable of True Native PCM768, Octa-Speed DSD512 and 2x DXD; it is simply out of this world.
The micro iDSD has 3 different power modes Eco, Normal and Turbo. Capable of 4000mW, 1000mW or 250mW, the micro iDSD is able to drive the full gamut of headphone and amplifiers alike. With iEMatch there to dial to suit any IEM, the micro iDSD has redefined the headphone amplifier class.
Used along with the analogue volume control, the diminutive size of the micro iDSD belies its uncanny ability to drive virtually anything and everything!
SmartPower® is the micro iDSD’s onboard recharging feature for Smartdevices. Its 4800mAH battery is able to fully recharge an iPhone two-times. Compatible with Apple and Android, phones and tablets, it is another example of iFi’s commitment to customer needs – enjoy high-end audio on the go without worrying about the phone going flat.
iFi’s iCAN and iTube have already achieved widespread acclaim, so much so that their core features including 3D Holographic and XBass have become renowned in their own right and imitated by others. In the micro iDSD, for the first time in an iFi product, it features XBass and 3D Holographic for Headphones and Speakers.
All these features are still executed in the analogue, not digital domain to preserve the original music format.
The micro iDSD is literally bursting with features – such as Direct/Pre-Amp, 3.5mm input, SPDIF Input/Output and much, much more. You will have to see it and hear it to believe it.
USB 2.0 type A “OTG” Socket (with iPurifier® technology built-in) - Compatible with computers (Apple/Win/Linux), iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android Devices - camera kit or USB-OTG cable required. (Full USB3.0 port compatible).
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial: 3 Way combo SPDIF port (Coaxial In/Out; Optical In); Up to 192kHz PCM
Outputs: Audio RCA L+R; Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial (Up to 192kHz PCM); and SmartPower® Socket (Fast charge all portable devices. Compliant with USB Battery Charging Standard 1.2 – 5V @ 1.5A)
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