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iFi Audio nano iDSD Black Label (TOUR details - PAGE 12 / TOUR participants - page 26 post #386)

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  1. iFi Audio nano iDSD Black Label
    Supercharge your mobile music!

    In a nutshell, the nano iDSD Black label is...
    • an MQA compatible DAC/headphone amp that can be both portable or home-based.
    • an MQA compatible DAC/headphone amp which drives headphones up to 600Ohm and will work with an amp or active speakers via the 3.5mm line out.


    As soon as the original, award winning nano iDSD appeared on the market in 2014, it changed the game for portable DACs.
    • One of the world’s first battery-powered DAC to be compatible with iPhone and Android phones
    • It offered full high-resolution audio playback and supported DXD and DSD formats
    • And it offered a high-power headphone output
    The nano iDSD Black Label will change the game again.


    Building on previous nano models, it has the same stunning matt black and burnt orange detailing as its big brother, the micro iDSD. With much of the same internals, it is portable yet mighty.

    Powerful. Convenient. Flexible.

    With 10 times more power than an iPhone, it can drive any set of headphones with aplomb, and, with a battery life of over 10 hours, you can take it with you wherever you go. Sonics are unsurpassed and listening is pure joy.

    Supercharge your mobile music.

    The new BL is one of the most high resolution DACs on the market plus we’ve added MQA authentication to give you even more file choice. Just connect your smartphone and experience a level of Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music like never before.

    There is no doubt that the new BL punches above its class.

    A real power house
    Powerful dual-mono HPA/analogue stage with 285mW headphone amplifier (max output power 32R) with exemplary signal/ground circuitry and cherry-picked components.


    S-Balanced Technology
    This provides full benefit of balanced outputs when used with headphones and IEMs fitted with balanced wiring with low noise and distortion. Cuts crosstalk in half even for unbalanced headphones.


    Burr-Brown True Native chipset
    Burr-Brown True Native DAC up to DSD 256/DXD384/PCM384kHz.


    ZeroJitter Lite®
    Low jitter crystal clock – separate crystal oscillators for 44.1 and 48khz based audio. This is sourced from AMR and has the iFiiPurifier built-in.
    Ten hours of pure portable bliss
    On-the-go, the Lithium Polymer battery gives the nano iDSD Black Label 10 hours of non-stop music enjoyment.


    The MQA revolution
    The nano iDSD Black Label is the first iFi product to be MQA compatible and joins the revolution



    Dynamic Range (Line) > 109db(A)
    THD & N (0dBFS Line) < 0.004%
    Output Voltage (Line) > 2.15V
    Output Impedance (Zout) < 240Ω
    Channel Separation > 99dB (@ 1kHz)
    Jitter (correlated) Below AP2 test set limit

    (Headamp Section)

    Dynamic Range (HPA & DAC)
    > 109dB(A) @ 3V (Normal out)
    > 107dB(A) @ 0.5V (High Sensitivity Out) With iEMatch®

    THD &N (@ 125mW/30R)
    < 0.005%

    Max. Output (<10% THD)
    > 3.5V @ 600Ω Load (Normal out) 20mW
    > 2.9V @ 30Ω Load (Normal out) 285mW
    > 1.7V @ 15Ω Load (Normal out) 200mW

    Output Impedance (Zout)
    <=1Ω (Normal Sensitivity Output)
    <=4Ω (High Sensitivity iEMatch® Out)

    Channel Separation
    > 79dB @ 600Ω Load (Normal out) (1kHz)
    > 79dB @ 15Ω Load (Normal out) (1kHz


    The nano iDSD Black Label is US$199 (ex-tax) or €249/£199 (incl. VAT).

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    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
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    cpauya, Katie88, maheeinfy and 4 others like this.
  2. superuser1
    Looks very interesting! Looking forward to trying this out.
    JaeYoon and Mshenay like this.
  3. Mshenay Contributor
    Like wise!
    superuser1 likes this.
  4. dpwolfordMD
    Wow kinda want one even though I own a BL! Looks amazing and very portable yet powerful
  5. Mshenay Contributor
    Dual Mono Design AND burr brown Dac Chip Set is a nice touch! Curious about the S-Balanced as well, is it a dual function port? Safe to handle both balanced 3.5mm and SE 3.5mm inputs
  6. superuser1
    It seems it would benefit balanced 3.5 mm TRRS wiring if i am not mistaken.
  7. pelli
    When will these be available for purchase? Sign me up!!!!
  8. karloil
    This is what i've been waiting for! A smaller version of the micro BL.

    Time to head down to my fave shop to audition this item!
  9. Dobrescu George
  10. Demo3
    Dang... getting my DragonFly Red today. How I think I should send it back and wait for this.
    Dobrescu George likes this.
  11. MattTCG
    I'm interested. What is the release date for retailers?
    Mshenay likes this.
  12. coolcrew23
    Is the MQA compatibility a software decode or hardware decode
  13. bflat
    I'll ask first - "Mojo killer?"
    PlantsmanTX likes this.
  14. AlwaysForward
    Super interesting.
  15. HiFiChris Contributor
    Fully analogue volume control? :triportsad:
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