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If you’re an audiophile who loves new gear and you haven’t heard of iFi portable amplifiers and DAC’s you’re really missing out. There’s a wide range of products available from this UK based company and one of their hottest items right now is the micro iDSD Black Label DAC and Amplifier. This cool looking portable DAC/amp is packed with features to keep even the most demanding audiophile happy. Let’s take a quick glance at the features and specs of this powerful little device.
iFi micro iDSD Black Label Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier
The micro iDSD Black Label uses a USB digital input. You can connect your smartphone or digital player directly to the input for instant digital audio conversion. Once your audio signal is converted you’ve got several options in customizing your output.
First there’s Power Mode (Eco, Normal and Turbo) which affects the level of boost for your output signal. You also have the option to switch the signal polarity and choose between 3 filter modes (Bit-Perfect, Minimum Phase, Ultra Sensitivity). There’s also an iEMatch Switch to adjust for sensitive in ear monitors.
Once your audio reaches the headphone jack, you have a smooth volume knob, and switches for XBass and 3D Sound. The XBass is of course a hot bass-boost function and the 3D Sound switch adds a little soundstage and high-end to your music.A few other noteworthy functions on the micro iDSD Black Label Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier are the SPDIF in/out, RCA outputs with optional direct or amplified audio and the USB charging function for mobile devices. There’s even a 3.5mm analog input.
The micro iDSD Black Label is compatible several forms of digital audio including DSD, DXD and PCM. This premium quality portable headphone amplifier is one of the hottest selling DAC amps in the world and for good reason. This quality DAC / Amp is packed with desirable user options and built to last. Stop by Audio46 to get a test run and pick-up the iFi micro iDSD Black Label before they’re all gone.
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Inputs (rear) 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 (rear) Audio RCA L+R
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial Up to 192kHz PCM
Output (right side) SmartPower® Socket Fast charge all portable devices. Compliant with USB Battery Charging Standard 1.2 – 5V @ 1.5A
– HP Output Audio 6.3mm Headphone Jack
– Volume with Power On/Off switch Precision analogue volume control
– 3.5mm Input Auto disable the digital section when this is in use
– X-Bass® On/Off
– 3D Holographic Sound® On/Off Auto-switching for Speakers® and Headphones® (two separate and distinct circuits)
Controls (left side)
– Power Mode Turbo, Normal, Eco Computer controlled power and gain scaling
– Polarity Normal/Inverted
– Filter 3 positions, 6 filters (see filter section below)
– Line Direct/Preamplifier Preamplifier function Enable/Disable, 0/9dB gain selectable Fixed 2V or variable with up to 5V available
– iEMatch® Perfect-matching circuit for IEMs (eliminate hiss) Off / High Sensitivity Headphone / Ultra Sensitivity Headphone
DAC Dual-core DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown 2-DAC Chip; 4-Channel; 8-Signals, custom interleaving for maximum SNR
Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect PCM processing
Clock Ultra low jitter GMT computer controlled Femto Clock RMS jitter 12kHz – 1MHz < 280 Femtoseconds Audio Formats DSD 512/256/128/64 24.6/22.6/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8 All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion DXD 2x/1x 768/705.6/384/352.8kHz All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion PCM 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/ 48/44.1kHz All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion Filters – PCM Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard Digital filters selectable – DSD Extreme/Extended/Standard Range Analogue filters selectable – DXD Bit-Perfect Processing Fixed analogue filter Specifications (DAC Section) Dynamic Range (Line) >117db(A)
THD & N (0dBFS Line) <0.003% Output Voltage (Line) >2V
Output Impedance (Zout) < 240Ω
Jitter (correlated) Below AP2 test set limit
Headphone Power Output
HP Amp Output Power (max) Power (continuous.)
– Turbo mode 10.0V/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm >1560 mW @ 64 Ohm
> 166 mW @ 600 Ohm
– Normal mode 5.5V/1,900 mW @ 16 Ohm > 950 mW @ 32 Ohm
> 100 mW @ 300 Ohm
– Eco mode 2.0V/500 mW @ 8 Ohm > 250 mW @ 16 Ohm
Specifications (Headamp Section)
Dynamic Range (HP) >115dB(A) (Eco Mode, 2V Out)
THD &N (HP 500mW/16R) < 0.008% Output Voltage (HP) >8V (Turbo Mode)
Output Impedance (Zout) <1Ω (iEMatch not engaged)
Maximum Output Power 4,000mW @ 16 Ohm Load when using sinewave testing the iDSD micro may engage protection circuits
Continuous Output Power 1,000mW @ 64 Ohm Load