iFi Audio Nano iDSD Black Label

iFi Audio Nano iDSD Black Label

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iFi audio nano iDSD Black Label

iFi Audio nano iDSD Black Label

  • The nano iDSD Black Label is a portable DAC and headphone amplifier. It will enhance your personal audio.
  • On your daily commute or even once you get to in the office, the nano BL will boost the sound quality of your music and supercharge to your day.

Stream, stream, stream…

  • The nano iDSD Black Label is for those who enjoy great music on-the-go.
  • From your phone, amplify your Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal using an Apple CCK cable or OTG cable for Android.
  • At home or in the office, use the USB3.0 cable provided to connect to your PC.

Apple CCK and Android OTG - So, why don't we provide these two cables with our products?

  • The Apple CCK cable can only be purchased from Apple. We can't make one ourselves as it has a special chip in the cable that we'd need to use for them to actually work with Apple hardware. Sadly, Apple has not released this chip to anyone.
  • We can and do make two versions of an Android OTG cable - Type C and micro.




Res’ing it up!

  • The nano iDSD Black Label plays Hi-Res audio up to DSD256
so you can enjoy your tunes in the original format just as the artists intended.
  • Getting into MQA? The nano BL is MQA ready. Use it with Tidal Masters on your computer or mobile.

iFi audio Nano iDSD Black Label


DSD (Direct Stream Digital)

  • DSD is a very high-quality digital audio format that's even better than CD quality. The higher the 'DSD rate' – DSD64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024 - the greater the amount of music information available, which means better sound quality.
  • Files can be remastered to higher file rates to improve sound quality. The pinnacle of this is DSD1024. Not many machines out there are capable of this feat.

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

  • MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download.

Tidal Masters

  • Tidal is a subscription-based audio streaming platform, similar to Apple Music and Spotify, but with lossless-quality audio. Tidal Masters is the section with the highest-fidelity music streamed including some files in partnership with MQA.
  • Lossless-quality means that no music quality is lost in this format.

The mighty nano

  • The nano iDSD Black Label is small but mighty with 10x more amplification power than an iPhone.
  • It can drive most headphones and has our iEMatch technology built-in, so it can work with In-Ear-Monitors (IEMs).
  • The in-built iFi iPurifier means it delivers clean, quality music with no buzz, no hiss and no fuss!




Brilliant balancing act

  • The iFi exclusive S-Balanced circuit provides all the benefits of balanced outputs such as low-noise and less distortion when used with headphones and IEMs fitted with balanced wiring.
  • For single-ended headphones, S-Balanced cuts crosstalk in half. The benefits are ‘clearly’ audible.

Listen. Measure.

  • Fancy getting technical? The nano BL has a Listen option (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and a Measure option (Linear Phase Transient-Aligned Filter) for those who like to try a variation to the playback.
  • We say just switch it on, plug in your device, and listen away.
  • There is no going wrong with 10 hours of battery life.






  • The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged. Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.




  • Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384, and DXD384.




  • Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box. Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA.
  • Our video tutorials on YouTube show you how.





  • iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.
  • See our Tech Note to dig deeper.




  • This precise, analogue volume control is normally found on items at a much higher price point. Its transparent sonic nature delivers a smooth sound with no loss in music retrieval. It delivers the sonic goods.




  • Zero Jitter® equals good audio. Is it essential to have a very precisely buffered digital signal before it goes to a DAC.
  • We pushed the envelope even further by doing this not only with the nano iDSD BL‘s USB input, but the rest of the digital interfaces as well.




  • This unit has up to 10 hours of non-stop playing time. Always make sure you switch it on first and then plug in your device.

General Specifications

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

Headphone Amplifier

Amplifier: Dual Mono 2 x 285mW Direct Drive, coupling capacitor free circuit for highest fidelity
Volume Control: 3.5mm TRRS with Balanced compatible wiring
Dynamic Range(including DAC): > 109dB(A) @ 3v (Direct)
> 107dB(A) @ 0.5V (iEMatch®)
THD &N (@ 125mW/30R): < 0.005%
Max. Output (<10% THD): > 3.5V @ 600Ω Load (Direct) (20mW/600Ω)
> 2.9V @ 30Ω Load (Direct) (285mW/30Ω)
> 1.7V @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (200mW/15Ω)
Output Impedance : < = 1Ω (Direct)
< = 4Ω (iEMatchsup>®)
Channel Separation: > 79dB @ 600Ω Load (Direct)
> 79dB @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (1kHz, TRRS plug Balanced wiring)

Line Output

Dynamic Range(Line): > 109dB(A)
THD & N(0dBFS Line): < 0.004%
Output Voltage(Line): : 2.15V (+/-0.05V)
Output Impedance: < 240Ω
Channel Separation: > 99dB (@ 1kHz)
Jitter(correlated): Below test set limit
Dimensions: 96(l) x 64(w) x 25.5(h)mm
Weight: 139g (0.31 Ibs)
Warranty period: 12 months

General Specifications

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

Headphone Amplifier

Amplifier: Dual Mono 2 x 285mW Direct Drive, coupling capacitor free circuit for highest fidelity
Volume Control: 3.5mm TRRS with Balanced compatible wiring
Dynamic Range(including DAC): > 109dB(A) @ 3v (Direct)
> 107dB(A) @ 0.5V (iEMatch®)
THD &N (@ 125mW/30R): < 0.005%
Max. Output (<10% THD): > 3.5V @ 600Ω Load (Direct) (20mW/600Ω)
> 2.9V @ 30Ω Load (Direct) (285mW/30Ω)
> 1.7V @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (200mW/15Ω)
Output Impedance : < = 1Ω (Direct)
< = 4Ω (iEMatchsup>®)
Channel Separation: > 79dB @ 600Ω Load (Direct)
> 79dB @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (1kHz, TRRS plug Balanced wiring)

Line Output

Dynamic Range(Line): > 109dB(A)
THD & N(0dBFS Line): < 0.004%
Output Voltage(Line): : 2.15V (+/-0.05V)
Output Impedance: < 240Ω
Channel Separation: > 99dB (@ 1kHz)
Jitter(correlated): Below test set limit
Dimensions: 96(l) x 64(w) x 25.5(h)mm
Weight: 139g (0.31 Ibs)
Warranty period: 12 months
Customer Reviews
  1. Impressive, a great starting DAC.
    Quality
    100%
    Paird it with various in-ears and headphones (all closed).

    Excellent build quality. Easy setup. Easy integration into your music listening experience.

    When combined with a Tidal account, oh my, you'll have access to mastered music that will push the best gear to its limits.

    And connected it to a mac book pro 2016 and it really showed what a difference an external DAC offers over the on-board DAC. Very tangible difference. You get better separation, broader sound stage, better clarity.

    What was good (and bad for my wallet) was that the notice in quality was more and more pronounced as you went up the value chain in terms of cost of headphones/in ear monitors.

    Tried out a pair of S$2600 noble katana on this DAC and it was so clear that you could almost hear the flautist breathing; while from the MacBook Pro port it was just normal. It really upped sound quality from a lossless source.

    Finally settled for this DAC and a pair of Meze 99 Classics.

    The combination above was the best compromise of audio quality, portability and value for money.

    In combination, sounded like a much more costlier setup.

    Am coming from a Audioengine D1 and Audio Technica ATH-M50.

    Give the Ifi a chance and you won't be dissapointed. :)

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  2. Very versatile and great sounding at its price point.
    Quality
    100%
    Very versatile and great sounding at its price point. If you're in the market for a good value portable DAC/amp, these are very much worth considering.

    Review by

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