Ifi nano idsd black label portable usb dac and


A versatile và portable DAC with agreeable sound & a full suite of features.Tested at £200

ByWhat Hi-Fi?08 December 2017


The nano’s Burr-Brown True Native DAC can handle PCM files all the way up khổng lồ 32bit/384kHz (arguably more than you need), as well as DXD và DSD256 formats. It also supports MQA, thus extending playbachồng lớn physical MQA files và Tidal Masters.

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iFi claims the iDSD has ten times the power output of an iPhone 6 và can comfortably drive sầu a wide range of headphones, from smartphone-bundled buds to serious, more demanding over-ear cans (up to 600ohm). Alongside a ‘Direct’ 3.5milimet headphone output, the ‘iEMatch’ output attempts to compensate for the extra sensitivity of in-ears.

The 3.5milimet line-cấp độ output at the unit’s rear is for connecting to lớn an amplifier or pair of active speakers. The USB type-A port makes it easy lớn connect lớn Android và iOS smartphones, và doubles up as a charger when the 10-hour battery life runs dry.

A switch offers a choice of two DAC filter options: "Listen" (a minimum-phase Bezier filter that iFi suggests sounds better) và "Measure" (a linear-phase Transient Aligned filter, said to lớn perform better in measurement tests).

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We hook up our MacBook Air và find the iFi’s pleasant, neutral tonality & wholesome presentation easy khổng lồ enjoy. Its firm holding of the tonal middle ground ensures our listening sessions are never ended by edginess or lethargy lớn the sound. A clean openness, filled with clarity & detail, has us soaking up our favourite playlists for hours on end.

Perfume Genius’ Valley inspires head movement from the get-go with its giddy strumming, & the iFi’s rendition gets across the full weight of the track’s strokes of strings and flicks of keys. And they all have sầu room to lớn stretch out either side of the plaintive vocal.

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We try 24bit and DSD files, Tidal Masters (MQA) và Spotify streams, and the iFi proves more than transparent enough to flag the differences in unique. The LED flashes different colours depending on the tệp tin type and resolution being played: with DSD256, for example, it glows blue; play DSD 64/128 and it goes cyan. MQA turns the LED magenta.

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Compared khổng lồ the presentation of the Audioquest DragonFly Red, our long-time favourite DAC around the £200 mark, it’s lượt thích upgrading from Economy to lớn First Class – with the iFi, you get more elbow- and leg-room. That lends a hvà to lớn dense compositions lượt thích Jane’s Addiction’s Been Caught Stealing, as the iFi keeps the cacophony of electrics coherent & communicative.

The DragonFly is the more skilled and precise showman, though, showing greater dynamic subtlety, punch & rhythmic flair. The drum streak that runs through Joy Division’s Atmosphere is more rousing, và its conversation with the cymbal taps & accompanying instrumentals is closer-knit.

We try both the iPhone 7 Plus và LG G6 & Christine And The Queens’ Tilted takes on greater shape than it does through the smartphones’ outputs, thanks to lớn a lift in bass presence, weight và clarity. Suddenly, the attention stolen by the vocal is also drawn to lớn the song’s wavering electronics. If only it brought more timing precision và dynamic subtlety with it, the iFi would be getting on for ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá.


While iFi’s lathử nghiệm effort may not tread the line between features and performance as confidently as some, there’s no arguing it’s a competitively priced, versatile and portable device that could be of great service khổng lồ you và your digital devices.

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