The newest flagship product in iFi's micro series, the iFi AUDIO Micro 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.
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.
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.
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- 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
- 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
- Volume with power on/off
X-Bass on/off control
3D holographic sound on/off control
- Power Mode
- Line Direct/Preamplifier
0/9 dB gain selectable
circuit-matching with hiss elimination selector
off / high-sensitivity headphone / ultra-sensitivity headphone
- 4-Channel; 8-Signals
custom interleaving for maximum SNR
- DAC Type
- Dual-core DSD
PCM DAC by Burr Brown; 2-DAC chip
- Audio Formats
512 / 256 / 128 / 64
2x / 1x
- Sample Rates
24.6 / 22.6 / 12.4 / 11.2 / 6.2 / 5.6 / 3.1 / 2.8 MHz
768 / 705.6 / 384 / 352.8 kHz
768 / 705.6 / 384 / 352.8 / 192 / 176.4 / 96 / 88.2 / 48 / 44.1 kHz
bit-perfect processing / minimum phase / standard
selectable digital filters
extreme / extended / standard range
selectable analog filters
fixed analog filter
- Dynamic Range Line
- > 117 dBA
- THD & Noise Line
- < 0.003%
- Output Voltage
> 2 V
- Output Impedance
- < 240 Ohms
- Below AP2 test set limit
- Max Power Consumption
10.0 V / 4000 mW @ 16 Ohms
5.5 V / 1900 mW @ 16 Ohms
2.0V / 500 mW @ 8 Ohms
- Continuous Power Output
> 1560 mW at 64 Ohms, > 166 mW at 600 Ohms
> 950 mW at 32 Ohms, > 100 mW at 300 Ohms
> 250 mW at 16 Ohms
- Dynamic Range
- >115 dBA
- THD & Noise
- < 0.008% @ 500 mW/16 R
- Output Voltage
- > 8 V (Turbo Mode)
- Output Impedance
- < 1 Ohm
iEMatch not engaged
- Output Power
4,000 mW, 16-Ohm load
1000 mW, 64-Ohm load
- Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo)
- Power System
- USB BCP V 1.2 compliant
Ip to 1500 mA charging current
- (L x W x H) 7.0 x 2.6 x 1.1" / 177.0 x 67.0 x 28.0 mm
- 10.9 oz / 310.0 g