iFi iDAC 2 DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Unparalleled Performance for the Price: Incredible-Sounding iFi Micro iDAC2 DSD DAC/Headphone Amp Offers True Native Quad DSD and PCM Playback, Class A Operation, S/PDIF Output for Streamers, and Much More
A significant upgrade of the acclaimed original Micro iDAC, the astounding iFi Micro iDAC2 DSD DAC/headphone amplifier operates as a pure Class A design and offers True Native playback of files up to Quad DSD256 and PCM 384kHz. But the USB bus-powered iDAC2 not only handles the very latest audio formats in their pure form. Anchored by a completely new Burr-Brown chipset, this compact bellwether design includes a built-in 350mW headphone amplifier that effortlessly drives virtually any medium-sensitivity ‘phones. You get both RCA and 3.5mm headphone inputs. Want more flexibility? An S/PDIF output allows iDAC2 to receive a USB signal, convert it, and output it to music streamers and A/V amplifiers. All it takes is a simple connection. Such versatility is welcome, but the most impressive aspect of iDAC2 remains its sonic performance. Fed through iDAC2, music sounds involving, inviting, dynamic, and alive. Factor in three filter settings, a digital output, and high-grade parts – including a power supply outfitted with iFi's signature Super Regular noise filter and Vishay resistors – and it's a miracle this .43-pound wonder costs less than most monthly car payments. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"The iDAC2 continues in this tradition of excellence by presenting a highly engaging presentation across a variety of headphone styles. It has the power to drive most headphones without issue, and the Burr-Brown chip implementation allows for the delivery of the audio file natively without conversion degradation. For its price point, it offers an exceptionally involving musical experience."
Burr-Brown True Native Playback: File Format Always Remains Pure and Unchanged
Anchored by a new Burr-Brown chipset, iDAC2 provides True Native playback on DSD and PCM. What does this mean? iDAC2 (and all other iFi DACs) keeps the integrity of the file format unchanged throughout the playback process. DSD stays DSD. PCM stays PCM. So, from 16-bit/44kHz to Quad-Speed DSD256, iDAC2 handles all formats with consummate finesse. From beginning to end, you hear the music as the artist intended.
Highest-Quality Parts and Components Result In Unparalleled Performance for the Price
From Elna Silmic II capacitors and TDK C0G capacitors to Vishay MELF resistors, the Class A iDAC2 is filled with the highest-quality components and parts. It features an analog stage with two special audio-grade Elna Japan Silmic II electrolytic capacitors, the very best money can buy. They are the same as those used in top-end AMR machines. The analog stage also uses a discrete Class A buffer that combines an N-Channel J-Fet and a PNP bi-polar transistor that allows the buffer to handle loads of even 600 Ohms. iDAC2's power supply includes the new Super Regulator, a unique shunt noise filter that cleans the USB power for the DAC. iDAC2 also benefits from trickle-down technology from the Pro range via its high-grade Japanese-made Panasonic Film Capacitor for surface mounting. This, combined with a smaller value C0G capacitor, provides hyper-clean reference pin voltage.
Have a Streamer or A/V Amplifier? Hook Up iDAC2 and You're Off
Drawing on the popularity of the nano iDSD and the micro iDSD, iDAC2 features an SPDIF output. This means it is able to receive a USB signal, convert it, and output a digital SPDIF signal to another device such as Sonos streamer or an A/V amplifier (with an onboard DAC). As your system changes, iDAC2 simply follows suit.