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IFI
SPDIF IPURIFIER2

$ 1,499
The SPDIF IPURIFIER2 is bigger and bet ter t han i t s predecessor wi th improved SPDI F iPuri er2component s and per for mance.
SPDI F i s t he mai n di gi t al a udi o out put for devi ces s uch as Appl e Tvs,Google
Chromecast, P S4, X box and 4K Smar t T Vs. As wi t h al l mai nst ream product s, t he
qual i t y of t he SPDI F si gnal i s poor.
The f ul l y restores the si gnal and reduces j i tter. Thi s i mproves sound SPDIF iPuri er2
qual i t y, creati ng increased warmth, depth and dynami c contrast.
The i s ' Bi t Per fect' - i t does not over or upsampl e the si gnal. I t i s SPDIF iPuri er2
compati bl e wi th DTS, Dol by Di gi tal and DoP si gnal s and offers ful l HD suppor t up to
192kHz.
Technologi es:
• Gal vani c Isol ati on of t he SPDI F si gnal
• REcl ock® and REgenerate®
• 10MHz Gl obal Master Ti mi ng cl ock
• Gol d-pl ated copper EMI /RFI s hi el di ng
• Tantal um capaci tors
• USB Type - C power socket
• ' Qui eter than batter y' ul tra cl ean iPower 5V incl uded
Speci cati ons
Suppor ted Si gnal s: 192/176. 4/96/88. 2/48/44. 1kHz, DSD/DoP,
16 to 24 Bi t, Dol by Di gi tal, DTS


Before After
I nput: Combo opti cal mi ni -j ack & gol d-pl ated coaxi al
connector ( i mpedance 75 Ohms)
Outputs: Gol d-pl ated coaxi al connector( i mpedance 75 Ohms)
& opti cal mi ni -j ack
Power Suppl y : Type - C USB, 5V/500mA ( iPower 5V incl uded )
Di mensi ons: 76( l ) x 19( w) x 20( h) mm
Wei ght: 56g (1. 98oz)
Warrant y peri od: 12 months
Speci cati ons are subj ect to change wi thout notice accessory

IFI IDEFENDER PLUS
USB C TO A

$ 399
Is your audio still plagued by hum and buzz?

Using multiple plugs within your audio chain means separate earth/ground points. These multiple earth or ground points cause a ground loop problem. This creates an unwanted chain of noise, buzz and distortion.

Struggle no more. iFi’s iDefender+ provides the simple, effective solution you need.

Break the loop
When plugged into the source device’s USB socket, the iDefender+ detects whether there is a ground loop problem.

It breaks the ground loop by ‘intelligently’ disconnecting the computer’s earth and, as well as eradicating audible ground-loop hum, it lowers the system noise floor, improving resolution and dynamic contrast.

Using a USB DAC?
Are you using the iDefender+ with a DAC that relies on USB power from a computer rather than power from the mains or a built-in battery?

Good news. The iDefender+ offers an additional benefit. If an external power supply is plugged into the USB-C socket on its side, it blocks power from the computer and instead feeds the DAC with ‘clean’ power from the external supply.

If a high-quality, low-noise power adapter such as iFi’s iPower X is used, the performance of the USB DAC will be significantly improved.

New and improved.
We’ve upgraded the circuitry; low-ESR tantalum capacitors have been added for improved input and output filtering. Filtering capacitance has been increased 10-fold.

The iDefender+ now comes in 3 versions and includes the newer USB-C connector.

USB-A to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A
USB-C to USB-C
Beat the buzz with the iDefender+.
USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 6.6g (0.23oz)

IFI IDEFENDER PLUS
USB C TO C

$ 399
Is your audio still plagued by hum and buzz?

Using multiple plugs within your audio chain means separate earth/ground points. These multiple earth or ground points cause a ground loop problem. This creates an unwanted chain of noise, buzz and distortion.

Struggle no more. iFi’s iDefender+ provides the simple, effective solution you need.

Break the loop
When plugged into the source device’s USB socket, the iDefender+ detects whether there is a ground loop problem.

It breaks the ground loop by ‘intelligently’ disconnecting the computer’s earth and, as well as eradicating audible ground-loop hum, it lowers the system noise floor, improving resolution and dynamic contrast.

Using a USB DAC?
Are you using the iDefender+ with a DAC that relies on USB power from a computer rather than power from the mains or a built-in battery?

Good news. The iDefender+ offers an additional benefit. If an external power supply is plugged into the USB-C socket on its side, it blocks power from the computer and instead feeds the DAC with ‘clean’ power from the external supply.

If a high-quality, low-noise power adapter such as iFi’s iPower X is used, the performance of the USB DAC will be significantly improved.

New and improved.
We’ve upgraded the circuitry; low-ESR tantalum capacitors have been added for improved input and output filtering. Filtering capacitance has been increased 10-fold.

The iDefender+ now comes in 3 versions and includes the newer USB-C connector.

USB-A to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A
USB-C to USB-C
Beat the buzz with the iDefender+.
USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 6.6g (0.23oz)

IFI IDEFENDER PLUS
USBA TO A

$ 399
Beat the buzz
Is your audio still plagued by hum and buzz?

Using multiple plugs within your audio chain means separate earth/ground points. These multiple earth or ground points cause a ground loop problem. This creates an unwanted chain of noise, buzz and distortion.

Struggle no more. iFi’s iDefender+ provides the simple, effective solution you need.

Break the loop
When plugged into the source device’s USB socket, the iDefender+ detects whether there is a ground loop problem.

It breaks the ground loop by ‘intelligently’ disconnecting the computer’s earth and, as well as eradicating audible ground-loop hum, it lowers the system noise floor, improving resolution and dynamic contrast.

Using a USB DAC?
Are you using the iDefender+ with a DAC that relies on USB power from a computer rather than power from the mains or a built-in battery?

Good news. The iDefender+ offers an additional benefit. If an external power supply is plugged into the USB-C socket on its side, it blocks power from the computer and instead feeds the DAC with ‘clean’ power from the external supply.

If a high-quality, low-noise power adapter such as iFi’s iPower X is used, the performance of the USB DAC will be significantly improved.

New and improved.
We’ve upgraded the circuitry; low-ESR tantalum capacitors have been added for improved input and output filtering. Filtering capacitance has been increased 10-fold.

The iDefender+ now comes in 3 versions and includes the newer USB-C connector.

USB-A to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A
USB-C to USB-C
Beat the buzz with the iDefender+.
USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 6.6g (0.23oz)

IFI ISILENCER PLUS
USB C TO A

$ 399
Enjoy the ‘new’ silence.
Connecting audio gear via USB can have pros and cons. While capable of passing hi-res data at max resolution and allowing bit-perfect transfer, USB was not created specifically for audio.

It carries both power and data. It is susceptible to electrical noise, for example, from the computer’s power supply. This has a negative effect on sound quality.

Fear not! At iFi, we first banished these gremlins with the iSilencer3.0 and now, we’re making silence sound even better with the iSilencer+.

Plug. Play. Pop free.
Electrical noise on USB causes errors, data loss and poor signal integrity. You will hear these as distortion – pops, clicks and delays.

The iSilencer+ solves all of this quickly and easily. It plugs directly into the USB port of your computer as a link between your computer and your DAC.

It will remove electrical noise, both EMI and RFI, at source. Your music will seem clearer, warmer, and more transparent with improved bass.

USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 7g (0.25oz)

IFI ISILENCER PLUS
USB C TO C

$ 399
Enjoy the ‘new’ silence.
Connecting audio gear via USB can have pros and cons. While capable of passing hi-res data at max resolution and allowing bit-perfect transfer, USB was not created specifically for audio.

It carries both power and data. It is susceptible to electrical noise, for example, from the computer’s power supply. This has a negative effect on sound quality.

Fear not! At iFi, we first banished these gremlins with the iSilencer3.0 and now, we’re making silence sound even better with the iSilencer+.

Plug. Play. Pop free.
Electrical noise on USB causes errors, data loss and poor signal integrity. You will hear these as distortion – pops, clicks and delays.

The iSilencer+ solves all of this quickly and easily. It plugs directly into the USB port of your computer as a link between your computer and your DAC.

It will remove electrical noise, both EMI and RFI, at source. Your music will seem clearer, warmer, and more transparent with improved bass.

USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 7g (0.25oz)

IFI ISILENCER PLUS
USB A TO A

$ 399
Enjoy the ‘new’ silence.
Connecting audio gear via USB can have pros and cons. While capable of passing hi-res data at max resolution and allowing bit-perfect transfer, USB was not created specifically for audio.

It carries both power and data. It is susceptible to electrical noise, for example, from the computer’s power supply. This has a negative effect on sound quality.

Fear not! At iFi, we first banished these gremlins with the iSilencer3.0 and now, we’re making silence sound even better with the iSilencer+.

Plug. Play. Pop free.
Electrical noise on USB causes errors, data loss and poor signal integrity. You will hear these as distortion – pops, clicks and delays.

The iSilencer+ solves all of this quickly and easily. It plugs directly into the USB port of your computer as a link between your computer and your DAC.

It will remove electrical noise, both EMI and RFI, at source. Your music will seem clearer, warmer, and more transparent with improved bass.

USB Super-Speed USB3.0 (and USB2.0 backwards compatible)
Connectors USB3.0 gold-plated connectors
Dimensions 50mm (I) x 20mm (w) x 9mm (h)
Weight 7g (0.25oz)

IFI
Groundhog +

$ 500
When you touched your device, did the hum/buzz noise increase? Well, in most cases, this is likely to be caused by a missing Ground/Earth connection that normally shields your system from such interference and drains away the noise.

Electrical safety and EMC Legislation require certain ways of designing AC power systems. This legislation does not consider audio systems and is mandatory. It can lead to the irritating issue of hum, buzz, hiss and general interference in certain systems where:

• The system includes at least one AC mains powered device or has an AC mains charger attached and it has no Ground/Earth at all
• The audio system has at least two AC mains powered devices which leads to more than one, multiple Ground/Earth connections.

Go to our Tech Specs section to check out the simple guide to diagnosing if you have a Ground/Earth issue and to discover how the Groundhog will help.

At iFi, we know how annoying unwanted noise can be. No-one enjoys a tedious listening experience. Not even Stan our Smiley Man!

If you have identified that you have a Missing/No Earth, then the Groundhog is for you. Its sole objective is to put the Ground/Earth back into your system and banish those unwanted, audio pests. No predicting the weather with this hog!
All you need to do use a standard IEC power cable to connect the Groundhog to your audio system. The Groundhog then adds back the missing Ground/Earth connection to dissipate noise.

Our Groundhog is multi-talented as it includes a variety of connections to suit just about any audio system.
• RCA base cable – for any audio system with an unused RCA socket.
IEC (Earth pin only) to RCA (male)

• USB converter – for a computer audio system. Just connect to a spare USB port.
USB to RCA (female)

• Spade converter – for power supplies with a DC barrel connector.
DC Spade to RCA (female)

• 3.5mm Y-converter – for portable devices with an unused 3.5mm connection.
3.5mm to RCA (female)

IFI
iPurifier3 Type B

$ 1,160
iPurifier3 Type B

Introduction
Right from the outset, one of iFi audio’s key objectives has been to reduce the noise and degradation that can build up as music, copied to a digital format, passes through a USB audio chain. The iPurifier3 encapsulates everything the company has achieved to this end and throws in a host of new features.


Overview
Grooving to your favourite beats but feel something is wrong?
That’ll be your audio system producing noise, distorting the sound and removing the finer details of your music.

The iPurifier3 cancels out incoming noise from your USB system and power supply. It cleanses and regenerates your music, allowing you to hear those finer details as the artists intended.
Mighty. Powerful.
The iPurifier3 is now bigger in size and sports improved parts to enhance sonic performance even further. It packs a punch with built-in:
• REclock/REgenerate/REbalance Technology – To improve music flow, and
• Active Noise Cancellation Military Technology – To cancel all incoming noise

Together they enhance your audio by several levels.

And the iPurifier3 is set up for all future PCM, DSD and DXD formats, which means you won’t need to upgrade for years.

Pure Obsession
We’re obsessed with giving you the best music experience and the iPurifier3 is the next step towards complete audio clarity.

And for ultimate enjoyment, we recommend coupling it with our nano/micro USB power supply and Gemini cable.

Rediscover your groove with the iPurifier3.

Active Noise Cancellation
It has a further optimised version of its much-acclaimed and award-winning ANC® (Active Noise Cancellation) system adapted from military radar defence technology.
Emulating the way in which air defence radar technology works, iPurifier 3 identifies noise frequencies then generates identical but opposite frequencies, which actively cancel all the incoming noise. ANC is the cornerstone of our ever-improving iFi USB audio technology.

Three-in-one re-clocking
Made for all downstream DACs, REclock® is a ‘3-in-1’ feature that re-clocks, re-generates and repeats the USB audio data stream. It eliminates jitter so that music flows better.
A core element of the iPurifier from the start, REbalance® removes the DC offset in a USB audio signal to ‘re-balance’ it. This noticeably decreases the threshold of background noise and helps to achieve an overall noise reduction of 40dB on the input signal and a levelling from 100mV to 5mV on the audio band through the USB signal.

OS-CON capacitors
These have a low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), excellent noise reduction capability, ideal frequency characteristics and a long life span.
Tantalum capacitors
These polarised electrolytic capacitors have superior frequency and stability characteristics, giving them a super high volumetric efficiency.
High-precision MELF resistors
Metal electrode leadless face resistors have excellent accuracy, stability, reliability, and pulse load capability.
New copper-alloy shielding
This excellent EMI shielding isolates devices and cables to block radio frequency electromagnetic radiation.


Future-proof products
At iFi we have benefited greatly from the breakthroughs in ‘ultra-fidelity’ audio made by our sister company Abbingdon Music Research, launched in 2001. Both companies are at the leading edge of this technology and ahead of the pack when it comes to new high-resolution formats such as PCM, DSD and DXD. Like all our USB products, iPurifier3. will improve your audio playback experience for many years to come.
Power Trio
For the ultimate in audio quality, we recommend that you couple iPurifier with our micro USB power supply and Gemini cable (for separate audio and power transmission).

IFI
DC iPurifier2

$ 880
Overview
Listening to music on your home system should sound perfect but chances are it doesn’t, and that’s due to hiss and distortion created by the power supply connected to your electronic device.
The DC iPurifier2 connects between the two, strips away noise and restores clear sound.
Plug Into Purity
The DCPurifier2 handles 5 volts right through to 24, and comes in the following adapter sizes:
• 5.5×2.1mm
• 5.5×2.5mm,
• 3.5×1.35mm

Making it compatible with all power supplies.

And the DC iPurifier2 has taken a step into the future with:

• Active Noise Cancellation 2 – To enhance noise reduction and bring recordings to the fore, and
• Panasonic SP-Cap Polymer Capacitors – To minimise further noise and keep the temperature of your device stable.
• Copper-alloy shielding – To block EMI and RFI noise.

A Quest For Quiet
The DC iPurifier2 leaves no stone unturned in its quest to reduce noise, buzz and jitter from your music.

Listen to what you love in complete tranquillity.

Just insert the DC iPurifier2 between the existing noisy power supply and the device you want to use – it could be anything from a DAC to a DAW (digital audio workstation) – and the noise will be reduced by a factor of 316x to 100,000x.
Whether you’re using it at home or in a pro-audio environment, this is the simplest and most effective way of improving audio performance from one of the ‘dirtiest’ sources in a computer audio system.


Active Noise Cancellation2
A cornerstone of our ever-improving iFi USB audio technology, our much-acclaimed and award-winning ANC® (Active Noise Cancellation) system is based on military radar defence technology. Specifically, it draws from the ingenious Thales Spectra system used in the French Dassault Rafale jet fighter.
ANC2® identifies noise frequencies coming from the SMPS then generates identical but opposite frequencies, which actively cancel all the incoming noise. It works brilliantly and, with the latest Active Noise Cancellation® technology, the DC iPurifier2 sharply reduces noise from five Volts all the way up to 24 Volts (3.5 amps).

Sonically, the background and inner resolution to recordings is brought to the fore and no longer hidden. The sound is warmer and smoother with individual elements more clearly defined – just as it would be on a good analogue system. Nothing else comes close.

Panasonic SP-Cap Polymer Aluminium Capacitors
with an ultra-low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) and excellent noise reduction as well as stable temperature and frequency characteristics.
High-precision MELF resistors
Metal electrode leadless face resistors have excellent accuracy, stability, reliability, and pulse load capability.
Custom Operational amps
with ultra-low noise and fast speed.
New copper-alloy shielding
This excellent EMI (electromagnetic interference) shielding that isolates devices and cables to block radio frequency electromagnetic radiation.
1hz to 5ghz_logo Ultra wide-band design, effective from 1Hz to above 5GHz
The DC iPurifier2 is a ground-up, ultra-wide band design that leaves no stone unturned. Though it’s effective from 1Hz all the way up to 5GHz, the strongest performance is in the audible range of 20Hz to 20kHz.
Built-in polarity protection
A red protection LED will be lit if the input polarity is reversed (If reversed polarity, please correct).
Compatible with all power supply designs 5V-24V/3.5A/84W
The DC iPurifier2 handles 5 volts through to 24V and takes up to 3.5 Amps or 84 Watts. For different types of DC barrel connectors, the DC iPurifier2 works with 5.5 x 2.1mm but also ships with adapters for 5.5×2.5mm and 3.5×1.35mm. These three fittings cover the gamut of DC barrel connectors.
Professional audio applications typically require a ‘centre negative’ power supply. To lower noise with the DC iPurifier2, use a ‘centre positive’ power supply at the input and use a special white ‘inverter’ at the output.

IFI
Earbuddy

$ 180
Earbuddy

Your audio will now be richer and fuller without the irritation buzz and/or hiss you experienced before. Enjoy!


Tip:

Please note that with the Ear Buddy in-line, you are able to turn up the volume on the music source far more. In extreme cases, this may cause the internal amplifier of the music source to enter into 'clipping'. If this occurs, please reduce he source volume accordingly.

IFI
Groundhog

$ 380
When you touched your device, did the hum/buzz noise increase? Well, in most cases, this is likely to be caused by a missing Ground/Earth connection that normally shields your system from such interference and drains away the noise.

Electrical safety and EMC Legislation require certain ways of designing AC power systems. This legislation does not consider audio systems and is mandatory. It can lead to the irritating issue of hum, buzz, hiss and general interference in certain systems where:

• The system includes at least one AC mains powered device or has an AC mains charger attached and it has no Ground/Earth at all
• The audio system has at least two AC mains powered devices which leads to more than one, multiple Ground/Earth connections.

Go to our Tech Specs section to check out the simple guide to diagnosing if you have a Ground/Earth issue and to discover how the Groundhog will help.

At iFi, we know how annoying unwanted noise can be. No-one enjoys a tedious listening experience. Not even Stan our Smiley Man!

If you have identified that you have a Missing/No Earth, then the Groundhog is for you. Its sole objective is to put the Ground/Earth back into your system and banish those unwanted, audio pests. No predicting the weather with this hog!
All you need to do use a standard IEC power cable to connect the Groundhog to your audio system. The Groundhog then adds back the missing Ground/Earth connection to dissipate noise.

Our Groundhog is multi-talented as it includes a variety of connections to suit just about any audio system.
• RCA base cable – for any audio system with an unused RCA socket.
IEC (Earth pin only) to RCA (male)

• USB converter – for a computer audio system. Just connect to a spare USB port.
USB to RCA (female)

• Spade converter – for power supplies with a DC barrel connector.
DC Spade to RCA (female)

• 3.5mm Y-converter – for portable devices with an unused 3.5mm connection.
3.5mm to RCA (female)

IFI
iDefender USB 3.0

The iDefender3.0® protects against the common problems of ground loop noise and noisy USB power:
1. Breaks noisy ground-loops. Significantly reduces system noise floor and makes for better dynamic contrast, warmth and resolution
2. Disconnects the USB Power from the PC and replaces it with a clean external power (optional iPower* 5V for ultra low noise)
3. USB3.0 port technology – most advanced and highest USB specification

To be used directly at the Source such as the PC usb port, it breaks ground loops and cuts the noisy USB power line. From computer audiophiles, musicians, home studio artists to pro audio customers, it improves audio playback quality at home and on-the-go.

For DACs that require USB power, to obtain the best sonic performance, the iPower 5V is recommended to supply the iDefender3.0®.

IFI
iSilencer USB 3.0

The iSilencer3.0® is an instant upgrade for all USB ports; it adds the following features to the USB ports:

1. Active Noise Cancellation® technology
2. Reduce jitter + packet errors
3. REbalance® the USB signal
4. USB3.0 technology for optimal transfer

The iSilencer3.0® is the most direct and simple upgrade for any USB port, it lowers noise/RFI/EMI by up to 40dB or 100x.

It is ideal for the home and on-the-go improvement of all devices connected to the USB port, e.g. Computer Servers, Mixers, Hard drives etc. Regardless of the system; from US$10,000 to US$100, the iSilencer3.0® terminates noise, in its tracks.

IFI
iPurifier 2
USB-A

$ 1,080
The USB audio platform is well-established, yet as with any audio transmission protocol, unwanted factors hinder the audio quality. iFi’s obsession with ‘cleaning up’ the USB audio chain drawn from the knowledge base of AMR. As early as 2012, iFi invented the first USB power regenerator – the iUSB Power. This was swiftly followed by professional USB audio cables – the Mercury and Gemini. Later came the USB audio filter – the original iPurifier. Fast-forward to 2015 and we now have the iPurifier 2.

Most effective at the end (rather than the beginning) of the ‘digital USB audio chain’ the iPurifier 2 cleans up the USB transmission. There is an iPurifier 2 perfectly suited to every DAC.

IFI
iPurifier 2
USB-B

$ 1,080
The USB audio platform is well-established, yet as with any audio transmission protocol, unwanted factors hinder the audio quality. iFi’s obsession with ‘cleaning up’ the USB audio chain drawn from the knowledge base of AMR. As early as 2012, iFi invented the first USB power regenerator – the iUSB Power. This was swiftly followed by professional USB audio cables – the Mercury and Gemini. Later came the USB audio filter – the original iPurifier. Fast-forward to 2015 and we now have the iPurifier 2.

Most effective at the end (rather than the beginning) of the ‘digital USB audio chain’ the iPurifier 2 cleans up the USB transmission. There is an iPurifier 2 perfectly suited to every DAC.

IFI
SPDIF iPurifier

$ 1,280
From Apple TV to Google Chromecast to PS4/ Xbox to 4K Smart TVs, SPDIF is the main digital audio output .

As with all mainstream products, the critical SPDIF signal transmitted is of fairly low quality. The SPDIF iPurifier runs the SPDIF signal through 4 comprehensive stages; the result is sound quality that has greater warmth, resolution and dynamic contrast.

The SPDIF iPurifier is 'Bit-Perfect,' the signal remains original (no over/upsampling), so it is compatible with DTS, Dolby Digital and DoP signals, as well as offering full HD support up to 192KHz.

IFI
iEMatch 3.5

$ 450
The iEMatch® solves the bane of headphone listening by removing hiss and improving dynamics. As most IEMs and headphones are too loud at even half the volume level, listening enjoyment is always curtailed. No more with the iEMatch® in the signal path.

Use the iEMatch® when the headphones/in-ear monitor (IEM) is either too loud and/or there is excessive hiss from the music source. From Smartphones to airplane in-flight entertainment systems, powerful headphone amplifiers, the iEMatch® improves musical enjoyment by:

1. Background noise – significantly reduced
2. Dynamic range – more open, transparent
3. Volume control – increased usable range

The solution? Add the iEMatch® in-between the headphone and the amplifier. Set to high or ultra-sensitivity, sit back and enjoy the music.

IFI
iEMatch 2.5

$ 580
Why iEMatch2.5®?
Following the success of our original iEMatch®, which improves sound quality and dynamics for headphone users listening to music sourced from their smartphones, tablets or laptops, iFi is proud to announce the arrival of iEMatch2.5 for those with dedicated hi-res digital audio players (DAPs).

Like the iEMatch®, the iEMatch2.5 significantly reduces background noise and widens dynamic range to enable headphone listeners to enjoy the full openness of a recording without having to turn the volume of their music players down to an comfortable level. Lowering the volume reduces audio quality (resolution). With the iEMatch2.5 users can up the volume on their DAP to gain back the ‘bits’ lost with digital volume control but still maintain a comfortable listening level.

So, what’s new with the iEMatch2.5®?
Well, it the same principal, with one key difference. Whereas smartphones and computers tend to have unbalanced 3.5mm outputs for headphones as standard, many DAPS and headphones/IEMs at the higher end of the digital hi-fi market offer a 2.5mm balanced output as well as the choice of single-ended and/or balanced 3.5mm output ports. The iEMatch2.5® has a gold-plated 2.5mm connector for music lovers who have invested in those high-quality DAPs and expensively sensitive IEMs and/or headphones.

So, what’s new with the iEMatch2.5®?
Well, it the same principal, with one key difference. Whereas smartphones and computers tend to have unbalanced 3.5mm outputs for headphones as standard, many DAPS and headphones/IEMs at the higher end of the digital hi-fi market offer a 2.5mm balanced output as well as the choice of single-ended and/or balanced 3.5mm output ports. The iEMatch2.5® has a gold-plated 2.5mm connector for music lovers who have invested in those high-quality DAPs and expensively sensitive IEMs and/or headphones.

To build a system around an expensive high-resolution headphone amplifier and then use it at a comfortable (not to mention safe) listening level means you have to turn the volume down to about 60% of its capacity and this will decrease both its dynamic range and audio quality. Basically, it’s like watching HD TV with some of the pixels from the screen missing. You will also have lost around two bits of resolution.

To build a system around an expensive high-resolution headphone amplifier and then use it at a comfortable (not to mention safe) listening level means you have to turn the volume down to about 60% of its capacity and this will decrease both its dynamic range and audio quality. Basically, it’s like watching HD TV with some of the pixels from the screen missing. You will also have lost around two bits of resolution.