iFi audio's worst kept secret: the hip-dac!
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After posting in the Audio46 pre-order thread I realise I should have asked here instead. Sorry for double posting.

What is the power output for SE and balanced at 300 Ohm?
 
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Any suggestions for good adapters?

My balanced cables are good but cheap maybe is better to buy a new cable for my sennheisers. To my experience they are flying with the ifi audio products.
I just bought a 2.5 to 4.4 from DD HiFi on Amazon and so far it's great. Around $18 or so, too.

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I'd assume so. Anything fancier at this price point would be luxury. If it's pot, I'd take any day against digital volume.
 
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I'd assume so. Anything fancier at this price point would be luxury. If it's pot, I'd take any day against digital volume.
xDSD does not use a pot and does not use digital volume control. Hence the question to iFi
 
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xDSD does not use a pot and does not use digital volume control. Hence the question to iFi
Yes I know, but what they did in xDSD is beyond hip-dac's price range most likely. An analogue ladder volume control inside of a chip and managed by some sort of an encoder isn't regular and in xDSD tier quite crazy. To my knowledge many times more expensive desktop products don't do it and that's why I'm not surprised it's not in hip-dac.
 
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@iFi audio How the Hip-Dac compares to Micro iDSD Black???
 
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Hey @iFi audio. I didn’t get any response from you regarding my post about my faulty Hip-DAC. I’ve since had a replacement that doesn’t have a crooked volume knob (which is great).

I have noticed that with both units I’ve tried the ‘USB power mode’ does not work at all. I’ve followed the instructions (see attached image) but whenever I connect the Hip-DAC to a device first then power on it always uses the battery. I have tried on iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook, Android and PC.

Has this feature been removed or is it being enabled on a future firmware? The fact that both units I’ve had cannot go into USB power mode suggests it’s not a fault.

Thanks

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@iFi audio How the Hip-Dac compares to Micro iDSD Black???
While I haven't heard Hip-Dac yet, I guess this maybe a bit similar situation to Zen line which is different since different team has been working on it in turn making a reflection in final sound.

Secondly this is a different price range than iDSD BL. I am the last one to tell you that price is the only and real SQ factor but since both devices came from the same company I would assume both should sound differently.

On the other hand I think comparing those two is a bit pointless since they were designed for different purposes and iDSD micro is called transportable white Hip-Dac is definitively more on portable side. iDSD has also a lot more settings than Hip-Dac that can influence sound reception, including turbo mode for headphones. Still I am both very curious what @iFi audio has to say and to hear Hip-Dac in real life to judged myself. Looking forward to it.
 
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Still I am both very curious what @iFi audio has to say
In genreal, our products' performance scales with price. Plus, iDSD BL is totally different than hip-dac and each has a lot to offer given their price!
 
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How does sound scale compared to the Nano BL?

After adding the iPurifier3 to my Nano it assuaged my GAS till iFi’s next gadget but I’m still pining after the xDSD.
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In genreal, our products' performance scales with price. Plus, iDSD BL is totally different than hip-dac and each has a lot to offer given their price!
@iFi audio Is there any chance of a reply to my post?

I cannot create a support ticked on your website as the Hip-Dac is not listed there yet.

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Just spent the past hour playing around with our office unit. Very impressive considering the price. Sexy little thing and feels good in the hand, too.

But remember to turn Power Match OFF when using IEMs!
 
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I bought a great and amazing in characteristics device – iFi HIP DAC ! Bat , sadly , it is impossible to install the driver for this device ASIO for Windows 10 -64. Please help the suffering person to get the necessary download (!). Thank you in advance. @iFi audio Is there any chance of a reply to my post?
 
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I pulled the trigger since I travel regularly. I'm looking forward to Tidal Masters thru USBpro on my phone into the hip DAC. Hurry up and start shipping already.
 
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