iFi AUDIO Micro IDSD Black Label - Portable DAC/Headphone Amp for High-Resolution Audio

iFi AUDIO Micro IDSD Black Label - Portable DAC/Headphone Amp for High-Resolution Audio

iFi AUDIO Micro IDSD Black Label - Portable DAC/Headphone Amp for High-Resolution Audio

B&H # IFMIDSDBL MFR # 303014
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Product Highlights

  • Portable High-Resolution Audio Playback
  • 2 x Burr-Brown DAC Chips
  • Support for MP3, PCM, DSD & DXD
  • S/PDIF, Optical & USB Connections
  • 1/4" Headphone Output
  • 2 x RCA Line Outputs
  • 3D+ & XBass+ Sonic Enhancements
  • AMR Femto-Precision Clock for Low Jitter
  • Built-In Battery with 6 to 12 Hour Life
  • Power Modes to Suit Most Headphones
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iFi AUDIO 303014 overview

  • 1Description

The newest flagship product in iFi's micro series, the iDSD Black Label is a portable DAC and headphone amplifier capable of playing MP3, PCM, DSD, DXD files. For digital I/O, the unit supplies a coaxial jack that supports coaxial and optical S/PDIF input, and coaxial S/PDIF output, with auto-switching between ins and outs. A USB input also adorns the device, which can charge the iDSD while supplying it with audio from a smartphone or tablet.

On the analog side, the iDSD Black Label provides a stereo 1/4" output for headphones, as well as stereo RCA line outputs for connection to consumer gear. A 3.5mm (1/8") stereo input is available for auxiliary sources as well.

Along with its Burr-Brown DAC, high-quality op-amps and Sanyo OSCON capacitors, the iDSD Black Label provides interesting sonic options, such as 3D+ to focus the stereo image of the sound, and XBass+ to both deepen and tighten your bass frequencies. Its built-in battery can last between six to 12 hours at a clip, while its side-USB port is capable of charging an iPhone completely two times over.

High-Resolution Capability
This device is capable of true native playback of all music formats from MP3 all the way up to DSD at 512 MHz, PCM at 768 kHz, and 2xDXD.
Burr-Brown DAC Chip
This unit features a Burr-Brown native DSD/PCM chipset, a piece of technology held in high esteem.
3D+ and XBass+ Sound
The latest iterations of iFi's 3D+ and XBass+ technology aim to improve the stereophonic soundstage and implement a deeper, tighter response in the low end.
High-Quality Op-Amps and Capacitors
The operational amplifiers in this unit use HCOFC copper lead-frames and 4N Gold bond-wire to ensure a high-quality sound. Likewise, the Sanyo OSCON capacitors found in the micro iDSD Black Label are the same used in revered gear such as the AMR CD-77 Reference Class CD Processor.
Headphone Power Modes
There are three power-output modes: Eco, Normal and Turbo. Using these modes in conjunction with the built-in iEMatch feature, you'll be able to finely match the micro iDSD Black Label with most headphones.
S/PDIF Digital and Optical Coaxial Connection
Digital Audio Players (DAPs) and home S/PDIF sources abound. The micro iDSD Black Label retains the S/PDIF in/out socket for optical/coaxial signals. So for those who wish to upgrade their DAP, simply use it as a transport and feed the micro iDSD BL.
Built-In Battery
From the HiFi Man HE-6 to the Sennheiser IE-800, the micro iDSD Black Label is able to play high-resolution audio for between 6 to 12 hours on a single charge. Even when not in use, the unit can charge an iPhone from 0% to 100% two times over through its side USB charging port.
Precise Clock
This unit features an AMR Global Master Timing femto-precision clock-system to avoid unwanted phase-noise and jitter problems.
In the Box
iFi AUDIO Micro IDSD Black Label - Portable DAC/Headphone Amp for High-Resolution Audio
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • TOSLINK Mini-Plug to TOSLINK Adapter
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    iFi AUDIO 303014 specs

    Inputs 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A OTG Socket
    1 x co-axial S/PIF jack (accepts optical via included adapter)
    1 x 3.5 mm auxiliary input
    Outputs 2 x RCA line outputs
    1 x co-axial S/PIF jack (shared with input, no optical out)
    1 x stereo 1/4" headphone output
    1 x SmartPower Socket for charging
    Front Volume, with power on/off
    X-Bass on/off control
    3D holographic sound on/off control
    Left Power Mode: turbo, normal, eco
    Polarity: normal/inverted
    Filter: 3 positions, 6 filters
    Bottom Line Direct/Preamplifier: preamplifier function, enable/disable, 0/9 dB gain selectable
    iEMatch: circuit-matching with hiss elimination selector, off / high-sensitivity headphone / ultra-sensitivity headphone
    DAC Output
    DAC 4-Channel; 8-Signals, custom interleaving for maximum SNR
    DAC Type Dual-core DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown; 2-DAC chip
    Audio Formats DSD 512 / 256 / 128 / 64
    DXD 2x / 1x
    Sample Rates DSD: 24.6 / 22.6 / 12.4 / 11.2 / 6.2 / 5.6 / 3.1 / 2.8 MHz
    DXD: 768 / 705.6 / 384 / 352.8 kHz
    PCM: 768 / 705.6 / 384 / 352.8 / 192 / 176.4 / 96 / 88.2 / 48 / 44.1 kHz
    Filters PCM: bit-perfect processing / minimum phase / standard, selectable digital filters
    DSD: extreme / extended / standard range, selectable analog filters
    DXD: bit-perfect processing, fixed analog filter
    Dynamic Range Line: > 117 dBA
    THD & Noise Line: < 0.003%, 0 dBFS
    Output Voltage Line: > 2 V
    Output Impedance < 240 Ohms
    Jitter Below AP2 test set limit, correlated
    Headphone Output
    Max Power Consumption Turbo: 10.0 V / 4000 mW @ 16 Ohms
    Normal: 5.5 V / 1900 mW @ 16 Ohms
    Eco: 2.0V / 500 mW @ 8 Ohms
    Continuous Power Output Turbo: > 1560 mW at 64 Ohms, > 166 mW at 600 Ohms
    Normal: > 950 mW at 32 Ohms, > 100 mW at 300 Ohms
    Eco: > 250 mW at 16 Ohms
    Dynamic Range >115 dBA, eco mode, 2V out
    THD & Noise < 0.008%, 500 mW/16 R
    Output Voltage > 8 V (Turbo Mode)
    Output Impedance < 1 Ohm, iEMatch not engaged
    Output Power Maximum: 4,000 mW, 16-Ohm load
    Continuous: 1000 mW, 64-Ohm load
    Battery Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo), 4800 mAh
    Power System USB BCP V 1.2 compliant, up to 1500 mA charging current
    Power <2 W idle, 4 W max
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 7.0 x 2.6 x 1.1" / 177.0 x 67.0 x 28.0 mm
    Weight 10.9 oz / 310.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.1 x 3.6 x 3.3"

    iFi AUDIO 303014 reviews

    Micro IDSD Black Label - Portable DAC/Headphone Amp for High-Resolution Audio is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Coupled with a Sennheiser HD 650 headphone, the amplifier is powerful, the sound excellent and the IFI handy since working on battery. When listening to classical works, I heard some notes for the first time ...
    Date published: 2017-03-04
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