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.

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 versionDateDescriptionFile 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.

Version 5.2
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*

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

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