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iFi - hip-dac DAC **OPEN BOX**

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The On-the-Go Go-To: Pocket-Sized iFi hip-dac DAC Processes DSD256 and 384kHz, Drives Headphones, Decodes MQA, and Enhances Sound from Phones, Tablets, and Computers

Bypass the inferior, cheaply made DAC and amplifier circuitry in your smartphone, tablet, and computer with the ready-to-travel iFi hip-dac DAC. Simple to use and easy to transport, the portable dynamo fits right in your pocket and connects to your music sources via USB. Inputs that accept both balanced and single-ended headphones add to the flexibility. Most importantly, you'll experience high-resolution sound and significantly enhanced dynamics, details refinement, and fullness. It's that easy.

Able to deliver bit-perfect DSD256 and up to 384kHz DXD, hip-dac even decodes MQA, which means all TIDAL Masters files are successfully processed. Hip-dac's balanced analog output stage, analog volume pot, Texas Instruments low-noise power supply, and TDK C0G Class 1 capacitors speak to its audiophile-minded build quality. Two USB inputs, a lithium-polymer battery that last for upwards of eight hours on a single charge, and a super-compact 4 x 2.75 x 0.55-inch (HWD) footprint help round out a device that will be your on-the-go go-to. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

Jitter-Free Performance

Extensive clock-locking eradicates jitter (digital distortion) using a GMT femto-precision clocking system to maintain the integrity of the digital signal until conversion to analog. Hip-dac's USB input handles
audio data up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports the super-speed USB 3.0 standard as well as USB 2.0. It is asynchronous, meaning that the data rate is regulated solely by hip-dac's specialized audio clock circuitry for accurate, jitter-free data transfer from the source device.

Exclusive Firmware, Including Optional Downloads

The XMOS chip, which processes audio data received at the USB input, is programmed in-house. Off-the-shelf firmware is not typically optimized for audiophile-grade sound, so iFi programs its own firmware to enhance audio processing. Hip-dac can also to be tailored to your playback priorities
by downloading and installing different versions of iFi exclusive firmware.

Balanced Circuitry

Hip-dac's amp circuitry is a balanced (differential) design. Balanced audio circuits have long been championed by renowned high-end audio electronics engineer John Curl, now a technical consultant for iFi, given their ability to reduce noise within the signal path. Curl worked closely with Thorsten Loesch, iFi's chief engineer, and the company's in-house technical team to produce an analog stage of exceptional quality for a device of its kind. The circuitry incorporates a range of high-quality components, carefully selected for their performance in an audio context, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, TDK C0G class 1 ceramic capacitors, a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments, and a high-quality analog volume pot.

Balanced Performance

The amp stage features switchable gain, called PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. With high-sensitivity headphone types such as in-ear monitors, leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for ultra-low-noise performance. But if your headphones require more drive – most on/over-ear types, for example – press the PowerMatch button on the front panel to increase gain. Two outputs are onboard, comprising a 3.5mm socket for headphones with a single-ended cable/connector and a Pentaconn 4.4mm output enabling headphones equipped with balanced connectivity to take full advantage of hip-dac's differential amp design. In addition, the 3.5mm output benefits from proprietary S-Balanced circuitry, cutting crosstalk and related
distortion in half when used with regular, single-ended headphone connections.

Optional Bass Boost

iFi's optional Bass Boost enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, and is particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. It operates entirely in the analog domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP.

USB Ports

Two USB ports – Type A for audio data and USB-C for charging – come standard. The Type A input features a male connector rather than a typical female port. This provides greater mechanical integrity than USB/Micro USB ports. It is also an advantage for iPhone and iPad users, because it accepts Apple's Lightning-to-USB Camera Adaptor without requiring an additional female-to-male USB adaptor.

Formats supported: DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD, DXD(384/352.8kHz), PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz), MQA
Digital Inputs:
   USB 3.0 type 'A'
   High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32bit/384kHz)
Headphone Outputs:
   Balanced 4.4mm
   Single-Ended S-Balanced 3.5mm
Power Output: 2.0V/400 mW @ 16 Ohm
Battery: Lithium-polymer 2200mAh
Power System: Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current
Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max
Dimensions (DWH): 4.1" x 2.8" x 0.6"
Weight: 0.28 lbs.

User Manual (PDF, 461 KB)

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