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iFi Audio Hip-DAC Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

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The pocket-sized iFi AUDIO Hip-DAC is a portable, USB DAC and headphone amplifier designed to provide high-resolution audio at home on your PC/Mac, or on the go, when playing or streaming music on your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet.The Hip-DAC is... Read More

The pocket-sized iFi AUDIO Hip-DAC is a portable, USB DAC and headphone amplifier designed to provide high-resolution audio at home on your PC/Mac, or on the go, when playing or streaming music on your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet.

The Hip-DAC is equipped with a Burr-Brown DAC chip that can handle PCM files up to 384 kHz. It offers support for Tidal's MQA high-resolution streaming format as well as DXD and DSD file formats. Add the GTO digital filter for better compatibility and technical performance than non-oversampling, while delivering a transient-optimized performance that differs as little from non-oversampling as possible.

The amplifier provides a balanced output of 400mW at 32 ohms or an S-balanced output of 280mW, giving it the ability to drive high-impedance headphones, while the PowerMatch switchable gain adjusts the input sensitivity to match the level of drive to the load of your headphone. The built-in IEMatch circuit delivers a hiss-free response from sensitive headphones and in-ear monitors. S-Balanced wiring technology supports headphones and in-ear monitors fitted with balanced wiring, while providing unbalanced headphones with the benefits of a balanced circuitry, including low noise, low distortion, and half the crosstalk.

The Hip-DAC is equipped with a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, which provides up to 12 hours of continuous operation. It ships with a USB data cable, an OTG (Android) cable, a USB charging cable, and four silicone pads.

Burr-Brown Chipset:

  • Burr-Brown True Native chipset means file formats remain unchanged
  • Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded

Hi-Res Audio:

  • Hi-Res True Native playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384, and DXD384
  • MP3: popular format that's compatible with every device in the world
  • DSD (Direct Stream Digital): high-quality audio format, better than CD quality. The higher the number (sample rate), the better the recording—DSD64, 128, 256, 512, and 1024
  • PCM (Pulse Code Modulation): most common format for CDs and DVDs
  • DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition): very-high-quality PCM format, developed to edit hi-res (high quality) recordings recorded in DSD

Master Quality Authenticated:

  • Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box
  • Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA

XBass:

  • XBass analog bass correction system corrects for the missing headphone/speaker bass response

Balanced:

  • Superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach
  • Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk
  • Less Interference - clearer sound

S-Balanced Performance:

  • S-Balanced circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike

Lithium-Polymer Battery:

  • Enjoy high-quality sound for up to 12 hours, even if you are using headphones requiring a lot of power such as the HifiMan HE-6 or as little as Sennheiser IE-800

Key Features:

  • Pocket-sized, portable DAC and amplifier for use on the go with PC/Mac and mobile audio devices
  • Play or stream Spotify, iTunes, and Youtube content from your smartphone or tablet - compatible with iOS and Android
  • Burr-Brown DAC can handle PCM files up to 384 kHz as well as DXD and DSD format - DSD offers up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD
  • Supports MQA high-resolution streaming format
  • Lithium-polymer battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous operation
  • Includes USB cable, USB charging cable, and OTG cable for Android phones
  • Includes four silicone pads

Specifications:

  • Audio Formats
    • DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
    • DXD (384/352.8 kHz)
    • PCM (384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
    • MQA
  • Filters:
    • PCM:  Listen: Transient-Optimized Minimum Phase,  Measure: Optimized Frequency Response
    • DSD:  Listen: Extended Bandwidth, Transient Optimized,  Measure: Narrow Bandwidth, Low-Output Band, Noise Optimized
    • DXD:  Fixed BitPerfect Processing
    • MQA:  Fixed MQA Filter
  • Digital Inputs:  USB 3.0 Type A,  High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32-Bit/384 kHz)
  • Headphone Outputs:  Balanced 4.4 mm,  S-Bal (SE) 3.5 mm
  • Power Output: 
    • BAL: 400 mW at 32 Ohms
    • S-BAL(SE): 280 mW at 32 Ohms
    • BAL: 6.3V at 600 Ohms
    • S-BAL (SE): 3.2 V at 600 Ohms
  • Battery Lithium-Polymer 2200 mAh
  • Power System Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 Compliant up to 1000 mA Charging Current
  • Power Power (Max): < 2 W Idle, 4 W Max
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 4 x 2.8 x 0.6" / 102 x 70 x 14 mm
  • Weight 4.4 oz / 125 g
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