Nano iDSD BL
So, what’s new with the nano iDSD Black Label?
Power your headphones. Big style.
With maximum output power (32R) around 10 times that of iPhone 6 (285mW vs. 27mW), the nano iDSD Black Label can drive most headphones on the market.
It’s small, lightweight and battery powered. You can take the nano iDSD Black Label everywhere you go and it won’t drain your phone’s battery.Just switch on the BL first and then plug in your device. The Lithium Polymer battery gives the nano iDSD Black Label 10 hours of non-stop musical enjoyment.It also has a special USB male ‘A’ connector for a direct connection. Use a USB-to-Lightning (Apple) or OTG connector (Android). Or if at home, just use the enclosed USB3.0 cable to connect to a PC.Stream Apple Music/Google Play/Spotify/Tidal/Youtube content from your phone to a whole other level of quality. Add kick-a** sound to your gaming by connecting your console or computer.
Master Quality Authenticated
iFi always strives to bring you choice. We’ve added yet another file format to our portfolio in the form of MQA in the new BL. Take TIDAL or your MQA file to a whole new level.MQA is an audio technology developed by Bob Stuart. This technology makes hi-res audio streaming a reality and delivers studio master quality audio to your headphones.
High-Res Audio Certified
The nano iDSD Black Label is one of the best native highest-resolution DACs you can find, supporting PCM up to 32/384 kHz and DSD up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD, even on Mac OSX* and mobile phones*. It is also certified ‘High-Res Audio’ according to the stringent criteria set down by JEITA and JAS (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association and Japan Audio Society). Don’t accept low-resolution music!(*firmware upgrade needs to be applied to enable DSD256 on all devices)
Perfect your listening pleasure
The nano iDSD Black Label lets you choose between the ‘Listen’ (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and ‘Measure’ (Linear Phase Transient Aligned Filter) options. It’s the only portable DAC to give you so much control.
Compatible. Like no other.
The new headphone amplifier delivers more than double the power of the original nano iDSD into 16 Ohm and over four times the power into high-impedance headphones. Meanwhile, the built-in IEMatch circuit ensures that even extremely sensitive headphones and IEMs are ‘hiss free’ throughout the volume range.The nano iDSD Black Label also includes the S-Balanced wiring system for the headphone outputs, giving the full benefit of balanced outputs when used with headphones and IEMs (fitted with balanced wiring) with low-noise and lower distortion. Even unbalanced headphones benefit, as S-Balanced cuts crosstalk in half (without the need to re-wire headphones to benefit).
And as always, we use the ultimate components…
As is the AMR/iFi DNA, we love to audition and vet new parts as they come onto the market and where possible, use the ultimate components. Whereas some shun internals pictures, we always strive to show ‘what’s under the hood’ as customers like to make informed purchasing decisions based upon sonics and outright ‘sound for the pound’.The nano iDSD Black Label, while very affordable, is packed to the rafters with boutique components. Here are just a few:
1. Thin Film Resistors for audio section lower noise & distortion than standard metal film or carbon film types.
2. Tantalum Polymer Capacitors for Power Supplies.
3. TDK C0G capacitors for the analogue filter.
4. Panasonic ECPU Film Capacitor for critical DAC reference voltage.
5. Analogue volume control potentiometer for best sound quality.
6. Dual-Mono Headphone amplifier with 3.5mm TRRS balanced wiring all the way to the amplifier, despite the amplifier being single-ended this delivers all the benefits of balanced wiring.
7. Built-in iEMatch using MELF resistors for transparent matching of very sensitive headphones and/or IEMs.
The parts, the circuitry, the implementation is something else and makes the nano iDSD Black Label a worthy successor to the original nano iDSD. It just goes up against the best out there and kicks sand in their face.
The nano iDSD one of the few portable, truly audiophile DACamps out there and the fact that it is priced appealing to the real-world means many are going to enjoy their music a whole lot more without being excluded by the price.
So, get your toes a tapping to the file format of your choice and give the new BL a whirl.
Part 1: The Holy Grail of Computer Audio
In the cavern full of cups scene (“The Last Crusade”),
Indiana Jones had to choose the Holy Chalice used in
the last supper.
In USB audio, similar propositions abound when
selecting the best device to improve USB computer
audio. The array of choices is mind boggling.
It is widely regarded that one of the most effective USB
solutions is galvanic isolation. However, its scarcity
reflects the technological hurdles that are not without
issues of their own.
Having spent the best part of two years researching, (hence why we did not bring it out
earlier!), we wholeheartedly agree. The iGalvanic3.0 has been one of our more
‘technologically challenging’ projects.
But the team at iFi audio are now over the moon to announce its arrival (albeit a tad later
The iGalvanic3.0 is one of a kind - able to deliver galvanic isolation on USB3.0 Super Speed.
In a sea of USB audio improvement devices, the iGalvanic3.0 really is the ‘holy grail’.
We could have stopped work there and just brought the product to market. Yet, this is not in
the AMR/iFi DNA. From this starting point, we spent more time developing additional
features that truly make this product the ultimate solution for USB computer audio.
We believe the iGalvanic3.0 will elevate the quality of audio playback by an extreme
What is the iGalvanic3.0?
The iGalavnic3.0 is the one-stop USB audio enhancement solution for every computer
audiophile. It offers the USB Trinity of:
II. Audiophile-grade USB3.0/2.0 Galvanic Isolation
III. Super-low noise USB power*
*Measured noise is 0.5uV (0.0000005V) @ 500mA load. Outperforms non-iFi USB devices. Bettered only by the
It is a ground-up, dedicated, stand-alone solution that elevates computer audio
Who benefits from the iGalvanic3.0?
Everyone who uses USB for computer audio but more specifically, the iGalvanic3.0 is the
ideal solution to:
1) Break ground loops
2) Avoid noise-coupling in applications that require hi-speed USB transfers.
Thus, the iGalvanic3.0 is the perfect solution for computer audiophiles through to recording
studios seeking maximum sound quality from their USB digital audio system.
At iFi we believe that high quality sound is a way of life. The nano iOne was created for both audiophiles and those who yearn for better sound quality from their existing home systems.
Whether you use Nvidia Shield, Google Chromecast or a 4K television, hook your system up to a gaming console such as the XBox One, Playstation 4 or simple enjoy music through your smartphone, tablet or computer, the iOne is the one for you. Add it to your audiophile rig to push the boundaries of high-quality sound to a whole new level.
It is ideal for:
1. Home systems – add Bluetooth to stream Spotify via computer, phone or tablet.
2. 4K televisions – improve sound quality to match picture quality
3. Gaming consoles – elevate movie soundtracks and gaming effects to the max by connecting the optical output to the iONE then the analogue outputs to active desktop speakers or headphone amplifier.
4. S/PDIF only DACs – use USB/Bluetooth input to convert to S/PDIF output.
The iOne is neither a one-trick pony nor is it a jack-of-all-trades. It is simply incredibly versatile and offers cutting-edge technology, with each separate function designed and implemented with as much care and dedication as they would receive in a single function device from iFi Audio.
Your sound. Your way.
At the output, you can connect the RCAs to an a/V amplifier or headphone amplifier.
However you prefer to connect your system, the iOne has it covered, whether its via Bluetooth, USB or S/PDIF (optical/coaxial). Plus the audiophile quality Bluetooth implementation in the iOne allows both aptX and AAC decoding so you can listen via Apple or Android, PC or Mac.
CD-like quality Bluetooth with aptX® and AAC® encoding.
CD-like quality on Bluetooth across all platforms – using aptX or AAC® encoding. aptX® is for Windows, Mac and Android devices. AAC is for iOS devices. Everyone is able to enjoy the highest quality wireless playback.
Quality sound. No question.
However you prefer to connect your system, the iOne has it covered, whether its via Bluetooth, USB or S/PDIF (optical/coaxial). Plus the audiophile quality Bluetooth implementation in the iOne allows both aptX and AAC decoding so you can listen via Apple or Android, PC or Mac. At the output, you can connect the RCAs to an a/V amplifier or headphone
Galvanically-isolated S/PDIF output with REclock®/REgenerate®.
We have even added galvanic isolation for the S/PDIF so you know that the fastidious iFi attention to sound quality remains.
Burr-Brown True Native chipset.
The Burr-Brown True Native chipset is a MultiBit DAC which represents the ‘best of the best’ chipset design. This chipset handles PCM and DSD natively, so the music signal stays in its original format all the way through.
Global Master Timing®. Femto precision clock system.
The Global Master Timing system as found in the AMR DP-777 will completely block jitter from the source by creating a new stable clock de-linked from the source clock. So with the slightest clock crystal frequency change (such as from temperature variations) from 48.01kHz to 48.04kHz, the GMT ensures the iONE will stay in lock step.
Active Noise Cancellation®. Exceptionally quiet power.
ANC® noise suppression system for the power supply (conveniently drawn from USB) means a measured noise floor that 100x to quieter than the Common Noise Filter.