iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

BH #IFNIDSDBL • MFR #304008
iFi AUDIO
iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier
Key Features
  • Portable High-Resolution Audio Playback
  • Burr-Brown DAC Chip
  • Supports PCM up to 32-Bit / 384 kHz
  • Supports DXD and DSD formats
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The pocket-sized iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD Black Label is a portable, USB DAC and headphone amplifier designed to provide high-resolution audio on the go, when playing or streaming music on your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet.
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iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD BL Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Features
  • 3S-Balanced Performance / IEM Match
  • 4Measure / Listen Filter
  • 5High-Quality Components

The pocket-sized iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD Black Label is a portable, USB DAC and headphone amplifier designed to provide high-resolution audio on the go, when playing or streaming music on your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet.

The Nano iDSD Black Label is equipped with high-quality components and a Burr-Brown DAC chip that can handle PCM files up to 32-bit / 384 kHz. It offers support for Tidal's MQA high-resolution streaming format as well as DXD and DSD file formats. You can choose between two listening options—the Listen filter (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and the Measure filter (Linear Phase Transient Aligned Filter) for a neutral frequency response.

The amplifier provides 285mW of power per channel, giving it the ability to drive high-impedance headphones. The built-in IEMatch circuit delivers a hiss-free response from sensitive headphones and in-ear monitors. S-Balanced wiring technology supports headphones and in-ear monitors fitted with balanced wiring, while providing unbalanced headphones with the benefits of a balanced circuitry, including low noise, low distortion, and half the crosstalk.

The Nano iDSD Black Label is equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, which provides up to 10 hours of continuous operation. It ships with a USB cable, two USB adapters, a silicone bracelet, and an iFi bag.

Key Features

  • Pocket-sized, portable DAC and amplifier for use on the go with mobile audio devices
  • Play or stream Spotify, iTunes, and Youtube content from your smartphone or tablet—compatible with iOS and Android
  • Connect to your gaming console or computer to improve the quality of your sound
  • 2 x 285mW, dual mono amplifier can drive most headphones including in-ear monitors (IEM)
  • Maximum output power of (32R)
  • Burr-Brown DAC can handle PCM files up to 32-bit / 384 kHz, as well as DXD and DSD format—DSD offers up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD
  • Supports MQA high-resolution streaming format
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous operation
  • Includes USB cable and two USB adapters
  • Includes silicone bracelet and iFi bag

S-Balanced Performance / IEM Match

  • Amplifier delivers more than double the power of the original Nano iDSD into 16 Ohms and over four times the power into high-impedance headphones
  • Built-in IEMatch circuit deliver a hiss-free response from sensitive headphones and IEMs
  • S-Balanced technology supports headphones and IEMs fitted with balanced wiring
  • S-Balanced provides unbalanced headphones with the same balanced benefits including low noise, low distortion, and half the crosstalk

Measure / Listen Filter

  • Choose between two DAC filter options—Listen filter (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and Measure filter (Linear Phase Transient Aligned Filter)

High-Quality Components

  • Thin film resistors offer lower noise and distortion than with standard metal film or carbon film types
  • Tantalum polymer capacitors for power supply
  • TDK C0G capacitors for the analog filter
  • Panasonic ECPU film capacitor for critical DAC reference voltage
  • Analog volume control potentiometer for pristine sound quality
  • Dual-mono headphone amplifier with 3.5mm TRRS balanced wiring all the way to the amplifier—although the amplifier is single-ended, this circuitry delivers all the benefits of balanced wiring
  • Built-in iEMatch with MELF resistors for matching sensitive headphones and in-ear monitors

iFi AUDIO Nano iDSD BL Specs

DAC
DACDSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown
BitPerfect DSD processing
BitPerfect DXD processing
ClockLow-jitter, crystal clock
Audio FormatsDSD: 256, 128, 64, 12.4, 11.2, 6.2, 5.6, 3.1, 2.8 MHz
DXD: 384, 352.8 kHz
PCM: 384, 352.8, 192, 176.4, 96, 88.2, 48, 44.1 kHz
MQA: 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
FiltersPCM
Listen: Transient-optimized minimum phase
Measure: Optimized frequency response

DSD
Listen: Extended bandwidth, transient-optimized
Measure: Narrow bandwidth, low-output band, noise-optimized

DXD
Fixed BitPerfect processing

MQA
Fixed MQA filter
Headphone Amplifier
AmplifierDual mono
2 x 285 mW
Direct Drive, circuit without coupling capacitor
Dynamic RangeDirect: >109 dBA at 3 V
iEMatch: >107 dBA at 0.5 V
THD & Noise<0.005%
Output Level>3.5 V at 600 Ohms load (direct, 20 mW / 600 Ohms)
>2.9 V at 30 Ohms load (direct, 285 mW / 30 Ohms)
>1.7 V at 15 Ohms load (direct, 200 mW / 15 Ohms)
Output Impedance<1 Ohms (direct)
<4 Ohms (iEMatch)
Channel Separation>79 dB at 600 Ohms load (Direct)
>79 dB at 15 Ohms load (Direct), 1 kHz, TRRS, balanced wiring
Line Output
Dynamic Range>109 dBA
THD & Noise<0.004%
Output Voltage2.15 V (±0.05 V)
Output Impedance<240 Ohms
Channel Separation>99 dB at 1 kHz
JitterBelow test set limit, correlated
General
Input ConnectorsRear: USB 2.0 Type-A OTG port (with built-in iPurifier technology)
Output ConnectorsRear
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm line out (L+R)

Front
2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm headphone outputs, compatible with balanced wiring (one direct and one with integrated iFi iEMatch)
Controls1 x volume knob
1 x digital filter switch with Measure/Listen positions
BatteryType: Lithium-ion polymer, built-in, rechargeable
Battery Life: 10 hours
Dimensions (L x W x H)3.8 x 2.5 x 1.0" / 96.0 x 64.0 x 25.5 mm
Weight4.9 oz / 139.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.05 x 3.7 x 1.8"
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Would this unit work with my iPod classic 160gb with the 30 pin connector?
Asked by: Mike
Unfortunately Apple does not support that connection to our DAC.
Answered by: iFi audio support
Date published: 2020-08-17

Hello Customer Support, Can I connect my audio ...

Hello Customer Support, Can I connect my audio line out from the back of my PC to this DAC directly and then use a separate cord to my desktop speakers and use the front jacks for my headphones? Matthew
Asked by: Matthew
Actually, the answer is no. The nano iDSD BL only has a digital USB input. It does support a line out itself to connect to active speakers, but it cannot receive the analog line out from your PC.
Answered by: iFi audio support
Date published: 2020-07-06
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