IFI-Audio Micro iDSD Black Label DAC and Headphones AMP

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Fully Re-Engineered iFi micro iDSD Black Label DAC/Headphone Amplifier Plays True Native Octa-DSD512, PCM768, and 2x DXD Black is where it's at with the iFi micro iDSD Black Label DAC/headphone amplifier . Enhanced from its predecessor with even higher-performing chips and parts, and fully redesigned inside and out, it is capable of playing True Native Octa-DSD512, PCM768, and 2x DXD. Buttressed by an analog volume control and dual-core Burr-Brown native DSD/PCM chipset, micro iDSD Black Label transforms listening into extraordinary events. Equally comfortable in a dedicated system or computer-audio setup, micro iDSD Black Label also makes for an astounding portable headphone amp/DAC combo. iEMatch and three power settings allow it to drive any ‘phones while the 4000mW output translates into extraordinary drive. Splendid connectivity plus iFi's XBass and 3D Holographic features are here, too. Micro iDSD Black Label 's convenient, portable size and outstandingly elegant appearance add to the appeal. 

Native DSD/PCM Chipset, Three Power Modes, iEMatch, SmartPower, and More With its special Dual-Core Burr-Brown native DSD/PCM chipset, micro iDSD Black Label is capable of True Native PCM768, Octa-Speed DSD512 and 2x DXD for performance that is out of this world. It has 3 different power modes: Eco, Normal and Turbo. Capable of 4000mW, 1000mW or 250mW output, micro iDSD Black Label can drive a full gamut of headphone and amplifiers. With iEMatch to suit any IEM, this device redefines the headphone amplifier field. Used along with the analog volume control, Micro iDSD belies its diminutive size and possesses the uncanny ability to drive virtually anything and everything! Finally, onboard

  • Performance-tuned 3D® Plus and XBass® Plus 
  • ZeroJitter/Femto clock system upgraded for lower phase-noise/jitter
  • Digital engine upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2028
  • Analogue section upgraded with iFi custom ultra-low noise Op-Amp OV2627
  • Ultra-low impedance OS-CON polymer capacitors and Panasonic audio-grade ECPU film capacitors
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Technical Specification

  • Digital Inputs: High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0 (32bit/768kHz), SPDIF Coaxial/Optical 
  • Digital Output: SPDIF Coaxial
  • Audio Input: 3.5mm
  • Audio Output: 6.3mm RCA Line out
  • Power Output
  • Turbo (8.0V max/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm)
  • Normal (4.0V/1,000 mW @ 16 Ohm)
  • Eco (2.0V/250mW@16 Ohm)
  • Battery: Lithium-polymer 4800mAh
  • Power System: USB BCP V1.2 compliant
  • Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max
  • Dimensions: 177(l) x 67(w) x 28(h) mm
  • Weight: 310g (0.68 lbs)
  • Warranty: 1 Year

What Is In The Box

  • Micro iDSD Black Label
  • RCA interconnect cables 
  • Tosslink to optical adapter
  • USB cable 
  • USB A to USB B adapter
  • Silicon Pad 
  • 2 Rubber bands
  • Soft pouch


Manufacture Description





Heart of Dual-Core
Burr-Brown remains at the core

Both Analogue Signal Processing
circuits new and improved

Only AMR/iFi goes
to these lengths

MELF, C0G and Sanyo
OS-CONs wherever possible

The iFi micro iDSD Black Label is the newest iFi micro flagship product.

At the heart, beats the Burr-Brown DSD512/PCM768/2xDXD True Native® DAC with headphone amplifier.

The Black Label looks very good on the outside yet the inside is even better where relentless attention has been paid to advancing the sonics with the very latest components:

  • DAC digital signal and digital power sections upgraded
• AMR Global Master Timing® femto-precision clock system upgraded for ‘super low’ phase-noise/jitter
• Analogue signal and power sections revised
• 3D+® performance-tuned / XBass+® performance-tuned
• Latest Output stabilisation network offers less distortion
The micro iDSD Black Label. The best, evolved.

  The High-Res heart remains – DSD512/PCM768/DXD2x
The micro iDSD BL retains the unrivalled technical capabilities of its predecessor. This means it is capable of true native playback of all music formats from MP3 all the way up to 512DSD/768PCM/2xDXD.
  Burr-Brown Chipset x 2
bb The Burr-Brown DAC chip used was one of the last chipsets from BB Japan (though it was introduced post-merger). This chipset was Burr-Brown’s ‘swansong’ and embodied all their converter technology. It is unrivalled in terms of subjective musicality and is a mainstay of the iFi line including the micro iDSD Black Label and is used in the upcoming showstopper, the Pro iDSD.
  3D+® and XBass+®
3dxbass The latest iterations of 3D+ and XBass+ are appreciated technologies that further enhance the enjoyment of music. With a larger soundstage and deeper, tighter bass respectively, both are even more engaging and satisfying than ever.
microidsdbl_opam iFi/AMR ‘OV’ series stands for ‘Operationsverstärker’ (German for Operational Amplifier). The ‘OV’ range IC’s use HCOFC copper lead-frames and 4N Gold bond-wire which are streets ahead of mainstream commercial chips that use inexpensive aluminum bond-wire, low-grade/low-cost copper in the lead-frames.

It is seldom found because it requires the custom packaging of chips from wafers and has a very high MOQ (30,000 pcs per part and purchase) to do – a small insight into the parts used in the micro iDSD BL which are ‘above and beyond.’ 
  Sanyo OSCONs are go
sanyo-oscon Os-Cons, originally from Sanyo (now taken over by Panasonic), have been around for a good while. Among the larger value capacitors useful in power supplies, they hold a special place. They have been used in AMR components up to the revered CD-77 Reference Class CD Processor.

So, despite their steep cost (around 10x that of common electrolytic capacitors), the micro iDSD Black Label is one of the first <US$1,000 products to feature them.
  Turbo-charge headphones
iDSD_micro_Turbo There are three power output modes, Eco, Normal and Turbo. If used in conjunction with the built-in iEMatch, the micro iDSD BL is able to have the power and gain dialed-in to perfectly suit all headphones from the super-sensitive Sennheiser IE-800 up to the hyper-hungry HiFiMan HE-6.
  Intelligent In/Out SPDIF Digital Optical/Coax 
spdif Digital Audio Players (DAP) and home SPDIF sources are abound. Flexibility remains key and the micro iDSD BL retains the intelligent SPDIF in/out socket for optical/coax signals. So for those who wish to upgrade their DAP, simple use it as a transport and feed the micro iDSD Black Label.
  Battery for music on-the-go 
battery From the very hungry HiFi Man HE-6 down to the Sennheiser IE-800, the micro iDSD Black Label is able to play hi-res out and about for 6 to 12 hours respectively. Even when not in use, it is able to charge an iPhone from 0% to 100% two times through its side USB charging port.

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