iFi nano iDSD Black Label launched

iFi's most competitive DAC to date, aimed squarely at the Mojo

by hodg100 Nov 11, 2017 at 10:28 AM

  • The original nano iDSD portable DAC appeared on the market in 2014 and proved to be a bit of a game-changer and now manufacturer iFi are back with the updated nano iDSD Black Label.
    The original was one of the first battery-powered DACs compatible with iPhone and Android and it offered full high-resolution audio playback with support for DXD and DSD formats. It also offered a high-power headphone output and was priced very competitively relative to the competition.

    It’s a hard act to follow, says the manufacturer, but iFi’s new nano iDSD Black Label, which introduces the next generation of Black Label products, sounds promising.

    Outputting 10 times more power than a laptop or phone and with a built-in iEMatch, the nano iDSD Black Label promises to drive any set of headphones or in-ear monitors (IEMs). There’s also MQA technology, on board, which makes hi-res audio streaming a reality and delivers 'studio master' quality audio to your headphones.

    The nano iDSD Black Label is one of the most high-resolution DACs on the market. It supports PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz 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 the only portable DAC that lets you choose between the “Listen” (minimum phase Bezier Filter) and “Measure” (linear phase Transient Aligned Filter) options claims iFi.

    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

    New features include an integrated iPurifier which adds noise isolation for USB Input. The new OTG ‘A-Type’ USB input links seamlessly with iPhone/smartphones and tablets. The analogue stage features dual-mono design and a dedicated fixed level line out. 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 and it promises to cut crosstalk in half for unbalanced headphones.

    The retail price of the iFi nano iDSD Black Label is £199 and it’s available now.

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