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iFi audio Pro iDSD (Official) - NEW Firmware - MQA and more.

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  1. peterjgross
    Airplay and UPnP are already supported, aren't they? Based on the number of people requesting Roon here it might make sense to add that. I have no experience with Chromecast but i guess supporting that would give direct access from a large number of devices.
  2. peterjgross
    Hmm ... i selected the Pro iDSD as DAC BECAUSE it inlcudes both a first class DAC AND a streamer. I did not expect support for Roon, since this was not in the specifications. However, i do expect that i can play up to 192/24 files via UPnP or Muzo reliably over the network (or from SD card or directly connected USB drive). And even with the 2.01 firmware that does not work reliably. If that is just an afterthought then it should not have been included in the first place so that customers can plan a network bridge like SOTM or Sonore from the start.

    I am not at the point to add an external bridge since streaming of up to 96/24 works reliably and i cannot hear any improvement from 96/24 to 192/24. Still ... i think iFi should fix the buffering for App input (or whatever causes the intermittent stuttering).
  3. peterjgross
    it is my understanding that one of the advantages of MQA is that high res audio can be streamed with lower bandwidth requirements. Why is it then that DAC's with streaming capability lie Pro iDSD do not support MQA over network interface?
  4. flyte3333
    Yes of course we know Airplay and UPnP are supported, but I specifically mentioned all 4 would give people almost unlimited options for apps...

    If you see iFi's comment that I quoted, giving all these options would allow iFi to focus on the hardware design, and the leave apps/software/UI to the app experts...

    Anyway as I already mentioned, something to consider for future products...
  5. peterjgross
    I see what you mean. And i agree - it makes sense for iFi to support end points from 3rd parties to offer more choices. After playing a bit with Roon i can see why people would prefer it over Muzo. The UI is very appealing. I would probably pay the fee for Roon core (especially since it looks like i can run the Roon core simply on my QNAP NAS) but i do not want to purchase a network bridge to stream to the Pro iDSD.
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  6. flyte3333
    After you’ve used Roon (or even the official Tidal/Qobuz/Deezer/Spotify apps which are free if you’re paying for the service and have fantastic UI these days) using the Muzo app feels like going back to Windows 3.1.

    Chromecast built-in would (for example) allow you to cast direct from the official (and free) Tidal/Qobuz app (on iOS and Android) up to PCM96kHz , with fantastic UI that’s always improving with updates all the time. And Chromecast allows you to also use the official Spotify app, official Deezer app, etc etc. So you don’t have to even use any 3rd party app at all.

    And of course we know Roon would allow PCM192kHz and DSD64.

    And all these above mentioned apps get updates and improved continuously.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
  7. Chadwick852
    Just flashed the new firmware and everything went smoothly; such an awesome product.
  8. iFi audio
    Thanks! Enjoy!
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  9. Sebastien Chiu
    Hi folks,

    Question about the black label since I couldn't find a separate thread for it. I have a Nano Black Label and want to pair it on my laptop with Dolby Atmos.

    Windows won't let me apply Dolby Atmos to the Nano but it works automatically with a Dragonfly Red.

    Is there any way I can use Dolby Atmos on the IFI Nano? It's no biggy, but I was hoping to be able to do it.

    Thank you for your help. I'm on Windows 10.
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  10. iFi audio
    Hi Sebastien,

    Can you can shoot us a message via our support platform here: http://support.ifi-audio.com/

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  11. Zowie1
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  12. Rob N Contributor
  13. Rob N Contributor
    I have upgraded to the latest firmware and MQA plays with no problems from a Mac using Tidal

    The IOS version of Tidal has been upgraded to allow MQA playback to a DAC via USB but I tried both an iPhone and iPad connected to the idsd but playback stutters very badly and MQA only appears very briefly in the idsd display before switching back to the non MQA display

    Also tried it with the micro idsd BL with the same results
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
  14. tinnitize
    Hi again!

    Now maybe in the meanwhile, ifi got the chance to have two hands free in order to drill a bigger hole in the front panel and, at the very end, insert the long, very long awaited 4,4mm mini XLR socket - just to prevent "the same procedure as last year" (look at the promised date above which wasn't the first one at all!). I am waiting for it...

    And I wonder why you all stop mentioning this topic for a long time now, folks. No more interested in getting this, nobody wants to achieve it any more?

    I really enjoy my BL plus iUSB3.0 in combination with my iCANpro (just to mention i. e. the surprisingly impressive GTO filter improvement), and I expect another great improvement with the iDSDpro - as a lot of you tell all the time and tell some respectable and convincing reviews, but I am waitiing for the new hole in the front panel with...


  15. tinnitize
    To make it clear: This was announced 2018.

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