iFi was born in 2012 with one goal in mind: to produce ‘ultra-fidelity’ audio products that push the sonic envelope whilst still priced within the mainstream.
iFi audio is under our parent company, AMR, Abbingdon Music Research, which designs and produces top-end luxurious audio products. AMR saw in 2010 that customer demand for wireless and portable headphones was expanding as the whole audio dynamic was changing. Thus, iFi was launched.
iFi offers small but prodigious personal audio products thanks to the superior knowledge of AMR’s technology. Today, we are proud of our British (and international) roots. We continue to design and produce over 35 different products. We are headquartered in Southport, UK with distribution including retailers such as B&H and etailz with production overseas.
We source parts from around the world from manufacturers including AMOS (UK), GE Valves (USA), WIMA (Germany) and TDK (Japan).
Why do you need a DAC and Amp?
If you have high end or hi fidelity headphones you are going to need a suitable amplifier to drive them to their true performance potential as well as an exceptional external HiFi Digital Analog Converter or 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 your various needs and preferences whether you are an everyday listener or an experienced audiophile.
iFi audio micro iDSD Black Label
The micro Black Label is our transportable DAC and Amp. It is awesome at home on a desktop or in a setup as a pre-amp, but it’s even cooler when you’re out and about. And with up to twelve hours of battery life, you can show off your musical chops – with enough power left over to charge your mobile phone. It is loaded with the latest technology, including: X-Bass+ – To clean up and restore a rich, deeper bass line, and 3D+ – To recreate live stage atmosphere.
Accessories included: Fabric Carrying Pouch, elastic tethering bands, USB 3.0 A Male to Female 3’ cable, USB 2.0 Female A to B 4in cable, USB 2.0 Female A to B Adaptor, RCA 17in cable, 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS 4in cable, Optical Adaptor, 6.3mm to 3.3mm (1/4 inch adapter), 4.5in x 2in Slip resistant mat, adhesive rubber grip feet, 2 extra buttons
The micro iDSD BL is a portable DAC and headphone amp intended for use at home, in the office, in a professional system, casual settings, or on the go. It features a specially selected Burr Brown chipset in a Dual Core configuration with PCM384, DSD256 and MQA, or playback up to DSD512 and double speed DXD 705.6/768kHz with a quick complimentary firmware update. With customizable features, turned on/off with the flick of a switch, 3D+, X Bass+, iEMatch, positive or negative polarity, power mode, filter, and direct/preamp, the micro BL handles ultra sensitive In Ear Monitors as well as demanding Over Ear headphones, or speakers with ease. Designed with a femto clock system and a digital engine using custom OV2028 and OV2627 op amps. The analogue section benefits from OS CONs and Panasonic ECPU capacitors. Inputs include digital high speed asynchronous USB 2.0 A male (32bit/768khz), SPDIF Coaxial + Optical, and 3.5mm line in while featuring a digital coax output, 6.3mm jack (1/4 inch adapter included) and RCA line out (2V fixed, 2V-5V variable).
3D+ & XBass+:
Our 3D+ Holographic dual-analogue matrix creates a louder, deeper soundstage that puts the artist with you in the room, not just in your headphones.
And the XBass+ analogue bass correction system corrects headphone AND speaker bass responses to deliver a deeper, tighter, and richer bass.
True Native playback of all high resolution music formats from MP3 to DSD512, PCM768 and 2xDXD. Also compatible with MQA.
Hear music as the artist intended. The Burr-Brown True Native chipset means file formats remain unchanged for the truest sound.
With output power at 4,000mW, the headphone amplifier in this iFi powerhouse drives headphones with style and aplomb.
Plus with three power output modes, Eco, Normal and Turbo, it is able to have the power and gain dialed-in perfectly to suit ALL headphones.
Enjoy your music for 6 -12 hours even with some of the industries top performing headphones.
Top-notch operational amplifier. This is iFi/AMR quality at its best. The ‘OV’ ICs are streets ahead of mainstream commercial chips and use HCOFC copper lead-frames and 4N Gold bond-wire.
Most commercial amplifiers use inexpensive aluminium bond-wire and low- grade/low-cost copper in lead frames.
x2 Dual Core
Doubling the DAC chips results in 3dB lower noise floor and better channel separation. Together with power supply advancements and advanced channel interleaving, the noise floor of the micro iDSD BL has been halved.
All of this equals stellar sonic performance.
iFi always uses the best components possible. These OS-CON capacitors provide excellent noise reduction and have a long life span.
Inputs (rear): USB 2.0 type A- Compatible with computers, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android Devices, camera kit or USB-OTG cable required. (Full USB3.0 port compatible), Intelligent SPDIF Coaxial- 3 Way combo SPDIF port (Coaxial In/Out; Optical In); Up to 192kHz PCM, SPDIF Optical
Outputs (rear): Audio RCA L+R, Intelligent SPDIF Coaxial- Up to 192kHz PCM,
Output (right side): SmartPower Socket-Fast charge all portable devices. Compliant with USB Battery Charging Standard 1.2 – 5V @ 1.5A
Controls (front): HP Output– Audio 6.3mm Headphone Jack, Volume with Power– Precision analogue volume control, 3.5mm Input, X-Bass, 3D Holographic Sound
Controls (left side): Power Mode- Turbo, Normal, Eco, Polarity- Normal/Inverted, Filter- 3 positions, 6 filters
Controls (bottom): Line Direct/Preamplifier- Preamplifier function (Fixed 2V or variable with up to 5V available), Enable/Disable, 0/9dB gain selectable, iEMatch- Off/High Sensitivity Headphone/Ultra Sensitivity Headphone
DAC- Dual-core DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown, 2-DAC Chip; 4-Channel; 8-Signals, custom interleaving for maximum SNR, Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect PCM processing
Clock– Ultra low jitter GMT computer controlled Femto Clock, RMS jitter 12kHz – 1MHz < 280 Femtoseconds
Audio Formats- All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion, DSD 512/256/128/64, 24.6/22.6/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8, DXD 2x/1x 768/705.6/384/352.8kHz, PCM 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kH
Filters: PCM- Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard, Digital filters selectable, DSD- Extreme/Extended/Standard Range, Analogue filters selectable ,DXD- Bit-Perfect Processing, Fixed analogue filter
Specifications (DAC Section)- Dynamic Range (Line)- >117db(A),THD & N (0dBFS Line)- <0.003%, Output Voltage (Line)– >2V, Output Impedance (Zout)- < 240Ω, Jitter (correlated)- Below AP2 test set limit
Headphone Power Output– Turbo mode- 10.0V/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm (max), >1560 mW @ 64 Ohm (continuous), > 166 mW @ 600 Ohm, Normal mode- 5.5V/1,900 mW @ 16 Ohm (max), > 950 mW @ 32 Ohm (continuous), > 100 mW @ 300 Ohm, Eco mode– 2.0V/500 mW @ 8 Ohm (max), > 250 mW @ 16 Ohm (continuous)
Specifications (Headamp Section)- Dynamic Range (HP)- >115dB(A) (Eco Mode, 2V Out), THD &N (HP 500mW/16R)- < 0.008%, Output Voltage (HP)- >8V (Turbo Mode), Output Impedance (Zout)- <1Ω (iEMatch not engaged), Maximum Output Power- 4,000mW @ 16 Ohm Load, Continuous Output Power- 1,000mW @ 64 Ohm Load