iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label

iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label

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             True Native® Playback

Latest iteration of
3D+ and XBass+

Custom Op-Amps

Exceptional parts quality

dualcore

3dxbass

microidsdbl_opam

ecpumelf

Heart of Dual-Core
Burr-Brown remains at the core

Both Analogue Signal Processing
circuits new and improved

Only AMR/iFi goes
to these lengths

MELF, C0G and Sanyo
OS-CONs wherever possible

 

The iFi micro iDSD Black Label is the newest iFi micro flagship product.

At the heart, beats the Burr-Brown DSD512/PCM768/2xDXD True Native® DAC with headphone amplifier.

The Black Label looks very good on the outside yet the inside is even better where relentless attention has been paid to advancing the sonics with the very latest components:

  • DAC digital signal and digital power sections upgraded
• AMR Global Master Timing® femto-precision clock system upgraded for ‘super low’ phase-noise/jitter
• Analogue signal and power sections revised
• 3D+® performance-tuned / XBass+® performance-tuned
• Latest Output stabilisation network offers less distortion
 
The micro iDSD Black Label. The best, evolved.

 

  The High-Res heart remains – DSD512/PCM768/DXD2x
 
130417_logo-hiRes The micro iDSD BL retains the unrivalled technical capabilities of its predecessor. This means it is capable of true native playback of all music formats from MP3 all the way up to 512DSD/768PCM/2xDXD.
 
  Burr-Brown Chipset x 2
 
bb The Burr-Brown DAC chip used was one of the last chipsets from BB Japan (though it was introduced post-merger). This chipset was Burr-Brown’s ‘swansong’ and embodied all their converter technology. It is unrivalled in terms of subjective musicality and is a mainstay of the iFi line including the micro iDSD Black Label and is used in the upcoming showstopper, the Pro iDSD.
 
  3D+® and XBass+®
 
3dxbass The latest iterations of 3D+ and XBass+ are appreciated technologies that further enhance the enjoyment of music. With a larger soundstage and deeper, tighter bass respectively, both are even more engaging and satisfying than ever.
 
  Operationsverstärker
 
microidsdbl_opam iFi/AMR ‘OV’ series stands for ‘Operationsverstärker’ (German for Operational Amplifier). The ‘OV’ range IC’s use HCOFC copper lead-frames and 4N Gold bond-wire which are streets ahead of mainstream commercial chips that use inexpensive aluminum bond-wire, low-grade/low-cost copper in the lead-frames.
   
  It is seldom found because it requires the custom packaging of chips from wafers and has a very high MOQ (30,000 pcs per part and purchase) to do – a small insight into the parts used in the micro iDSD BL which are ‘above and beyond.’
 
  Sanyo OSCONs are go
 
sanyo-oscon Os-Cons, originally from Sanyo (now taken over by Panasonic), have been around for a good while. Among the larger value capacitors useful in power supplies, they hold a special place. They have been used in AMR components up to the revered CD-77 Reference Class CD Processor.

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  So, despite their steep cost (around 10x that of common electrolytic capacitors), the micro iDSD Black Label is one of the first
 
  Turbo-charge headphones
 
iDSD_micro_Turbo There are three power output modes, Eco, Normal and Turbo. If used in conjunction with the built-in iEMatch, the micro iDSD BL is able to have the power and gain dialed-in to perfectly suit all headphones from the super-sensitive Sennheiser IE-800 up to the hyper-hungry HiFiMan HE-6.
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  Intelligent In/Out SPDIF Digital Optical/Coax
 
spdif Digital Audio Players (DAP) and home SPDIF sources are abound. Flexibility remains key and the micro iDSD BL retains the intelligent SPDIF in/out socket for optical/coax signals. So for those who wish to upgrade their DAP, simple use it as a transport and feed the micro iDSD Black Label.
 
  Battery for music on-the-go
 
battery From the very hungry HiFi Man HE-6 down to the Sennheiser IE-800, the micro iDSD Black Label is able to play hi-res out and about for 6 to 12 hours respectively. Even when not in use, it is able to charge an iPhone from 0% to 100% two times through its side USB charging port.

Specifications

   
Formats supported: DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
DXD(768/705.6/384/352.8kHz), Double/Single-Speed DXD
PCM(768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
   
Filters: PCM – Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard
DSD – Extreme/Extended/Standard Bandwidth
DXD – Bit-Perfect Processing
   
Digital Inputs: High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0 (32bit/768kHz)
SPDIF Coaxial/Optical
   
Digital Output: SPDIF Coaxial
   
Audio Input: 3.5mm
   
Audio Output: 6.3mm RCA Line out (2V fixed/2V-5V variable)
   
Power Output: Turbo (8.0V max/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm)
Normal (4.0V/1,000 mW @ 16 Ohm)
Eco (2.0V/[email protected] Ohm)
   
Battery: Lithium-polymer 4800mAh
   
Power System: USB BCP V1.2 compliant up to 1500mA charging current
   
Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max
   
Dimensions: 177(l) x 67(w) x 28(h) mm
   
Weight: 310g (0.68 lbs)
Customer Reviews
  1. Highly recommended.
    Quality
    100%
    The iFi iDSD BL is extraordinary well build, with Hi-End grade components, and sounds delightful and warm. Highly recommended.

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  2. Little Monster
    Quality
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    This is a beast all pack in one. Easily drive 300ohms headphones with almost everything you need in a it. Wow!

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  3. IFI idsd black label
    Quality
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    Drive my Audeze LCD-2 like crazy... Perfect for me to bring along with my headphones when I travel. Small but no less in audiophile quality performance.

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  4. iDSD LE
    Quality
    100%
    Wow! Detailed separation from this electronic device. Really packs a punch when playing from my Sennheiser HD-800s.

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  5. My new amplifier
    Quality
    100%
    I had heard of IFI from my friend's recommendation who was into audiophile. It seems their company or related company makes real cool top notch hi-end electronics. The IFI Micro iDSD black label stands out from all the other brands I had auditioned, some double or even triple its price range. I think this a real bargain. I'm lucky to get hold of the last few unit.

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