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

  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Drive your headphones to their maximum performance with the powerful dual-mono 285 milliwatt headphone amp that's 6 times more powerful than an iPhone. While advanced engineering allows for balanced wiring making this perfect for single-ended and balanced headphones alike
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - Plays all high-res audio formats including DSD 256, DXD 384, PCM 384 kHz and MQA with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any file the way the original recording was intended
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY - Connect directly to your smartphone, Digital Audio Player or tablet using the USB A male digital input (Apple Lightning Camera Connection Kit or Android On The Go or OTG cable required and sold separately) then connect to your headphones using the 3.5mm jack. For home just connect the included USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 cables to your PC or Mac then use the 3.5mm line out to connect with active speakers or amplifier
  • PORTABLE DESIGN - It’s a small gadget with a stylish black matte finish. The durable but lightweight aircraft grade aluminium case is unbeatable in Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) handing. A rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of non stop music enjoyment while streaming from Spotify Tidal or Amazon Music
  • TECH PACKED - For enhanced sound the built in iPurifier technology rebalances the USB signal to reduce jitter and packet errors while the built in iEMatch means it can drive high sensitivity headphones. S-Balanced technology means headphone channel separation is unchanged and the Direct Drive Amp will drive high impedance headphones up to around 600 ohms
  • 1 Year Warranty

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Why do you need a DAC and Amp?

If you have high quality or hi-fidelity headphones you are going to need some power in the form of an amplifier to drive them to their true performance potential. You are also going to need an exceptional external HiFi Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) to process your music files in high resolution to enhance your experience even further. The DACs in a smartphone, computer, tablet or audio player on the market are not designed for processing high quality sound. iFi audio has developed top of the line products to meet the various needs and preferences whether you are an everyday listener or an experienced audiophile.

iFi audio nano iDSD Black Label

The nano Black Label is an award winning, portable, and lightweight DAC and Amplifier. It is designed to be used with headphones and digital audio sources such as smartphones, Digital Audio Players (DAPs), as well as stationary audio systems like computers. Simply connect via USB, plug your headphones in, and stream your favorite music from popular services, such as: iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. It is small enough to fit right in your pocket while packing big sound. Fit for any lifestyle, you will fall in love with it. Far from a basic gadget, listen at home or work, on a relaxing day out, on the commute, and anywhere you want to take your music to the next level. It is compatible with any iPhone or Android that supports audio over USB. Get the best performance from your headphones and enjoy listening to your music in amazing detail. Expect nothing less than extraordinary from the iFi audio brand.

Accessories included: Fabric Carrying Pouch, 2 elastic tethering bands, USB 3.0 A Male to Female 3ft cable, USB 2.0 Female A to B 4in cable, USB 2.0 Female A to B adapter

 

 

The Tech

The nano BL is a MQA compatible DAC and headphone amp that can be both portable or home based. At 285 mW max output power at 32R, it can drive almost any set of headphones without a problem. With it’s Burr Brown True Native Chipset, and added MQA rendering, you have even more file or format choices from MP3, DXD384, PCM384kHz, to DSD256. With it’s S-Balanced technology headphone channel separation is unchanged with load (requires balanced wired In Ear Monitors, also known as IEM, or over the ear headphones to benefit). Running a high-voltage Direct Drive Amp, the BL gets 3.5V into high impedance headphones making it suited even for 600 Ohm headphones. The built in iEMatch eliminates hiss on high-powered earphones and sensitive in-ear monitors, and can drive high sensitivity headphones at 0.5V with a dynamic range that is virtually identical to that at "normal" output at 2V. The iPurifier isolates USB noise and deliver clean, quality music. It is compatible with an Apple iPhone or Android smartphone and tablet, Pc, Mac, desktop or laptop, and DAP.

IFI - IDSD NANO BLACK LABEL PORTABLE HEADPHONE AMP/DAC

It’s Powerful
Outputting 10 times more power than a laptop or phone and with a built-in iEMatch, the nano iDSD Black Label can drive any set of headphones or in-ear monitors (IEMs).

It’s Convenient
Small, lightweight and battery powered, the nano iDSD Black Label can go everywhere you go and it won’t drain your phone’s battery.

It’s Master Quality Authenticated
MQA technology makes hi-res audio streaming a reality and delivers studio master quality audio to your headphones.

It’s High-Resolution Certified
The nano iDSD Black Label is one of the most high-resolution DACs on the market. It supports PCM up to 32/384 kHz and DSD up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD. It is also certified as ‘High-Res Audio’ by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) and Japan Audio Society (JAS).

It’s Flexible
It’s the only portable DAC that lets you choose between the “Listen” (minimum phase Bezier Filter) and “Measure” (linear phase Transient Aligned Filter) options.

It’s Compatible
The nano iDSD Black Label includes iEMatch to let you choose how much power to apply to your headphones, so it matches sensitive IEMs as well as larger headphones.

What's new with iDSD nano Black Label?
1. The integrated iPurifier adds noise isolation for USB Input.
2. The new OTG ‘A-Type’ USB input links seamlessly with iPhone/smartphones and tablets.
3. The analogue stage features dual-mono design and a dedicated fixed level line out.
4. S-Balanced wiring system for the headphone outputs. This gives the full benefit of balanced outputs when used with headphones/IEMs fitted with balanced wiring with low noise and distortion. Even cuts crosstalk in half for unbalanced headphones.


The nano iDSD Black Label, while very affordable, is packed to the rafters with boutique components.

 

GENERAL

Input(rear): USB2.0 type A ‘OTG’ Socket (with iPurifier® technology built-in)
Output(rear); 1 x audio fixed line out L+R 3.5mm
Digital Filter: 2 positions. 2 filters
Outputs(front): 2 x 3.5mm headphone audio outputs. ‘Direct’ and ‘iEMatch®’

DAC

DAC: DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect DXD processing
Clock: Low-jitter crystal clock
Audio Formats: DSD 256/128/64/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8
DXD 384/352.8kHz
PCM 384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
MQA 88.2/96/176.4/192kHz filters
Filter–PCM: Listen (transient optimised minimum phase)
Measure (frequency response optmised)
       –DSD: Listen (extended bandwidth transient optimised)
Measure (narrow bandwidth, low output band noise optimised)
       –DXD: Fixed Bit-Perfect Processing
       –MQA: Fixed MQA Filter