MQA Firmware

MQA and iFi audio have iFi XMOS firmware version 5.30 ready for public download.

This firmware will work on all iFi products except the original nano iDAC and the iLink.

Magenta is the official MQA LED colour on iFi machines. However, on legacy machines without the Magenta LED option, when an MQA file is played, the LED colour will be White/Yellow corresponding to the 384kHz file being played. The actual LED colour is cosmetic – once firmware v5.30 is installed, the correct MQA filter is activated during MQA playback.

The nano iOne CAN be upgraded to full LED functionality, ie Magenta LED, BUT it will need to be returned to iFi audio. The MCU (Master Control Unit) needs to be updated and this is a special process. Please open a Support Ticket at http://support.ifi-audio.com/ for more information. Nano iOne upgrades will be available from 1st June 2018.

This firmware will enable those who have TIDAL (on their computer) and/or MQA compatible music files and playback software such as Audirvana to run MQA on iFi devices.

If you have recently purchased the new xDSD and wish to optimise your device for DSD512 rather than MQA then please install Version 5.2/5.2B ‘Limoncello’**.

How to upload the MQA firmware
Non-iFi customers should NOT download this firmware for other non-iFI XMOS devices. This firmware is proprietary XMOS firmware and is for iFi-specified products only. You risk damage to your machine if you attempt to flash your non-iFi XMOS devices with this firmware.

Firmware version Date Description File Formats

Version 5.30
Cookies & Cream

27 Mar 2018

Default factory firmware from 30 March 2018.

iFi recommended option.

MQA upgrade for ALL iFi/AMR devices except the original iDAC, iLink and AMR DP 777. See note on ‘legacy’ machines and iOne above.

MQA
DSD256*
PCM384

 
Version 5.2
Limoncello

13 May 2016

 
Optional download for those who prefer DSD up to 512**

DSD256 & 512
PCM384 & 768

 

iFi XMOS firmware version 5.30 ‘Cookies & Cream’ is ready for public download.

This latest firmware v5.30 ‘Cookies & Cream’ is unified (read: works on the following machines):

• RETRO Stereo 50

• micro iDSD BL & micro iDSD

• micro iDAC2

• xDSD

• nano iDSD BL/LE/original

• nano iONE*

 

Extra Ordinary MQA Easter Egg
PC Firmware Release Note
MAC Firmware Release Note

 

** Your device must be able to handle DSD512 in its original specification for version 5.2/5.2B to be compatible.