hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

The legacy continues.

Meet the hip-dac 3 — a portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp, now in Titanium Shadow with more versatility.

Titanium shadow. Trendsetting innovations.

Now, our battery-powered portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp is adorned in the Titanium Shadow hue, exuding timeless elegance with a touch of modern sophistication. The transformation extends beyond aesthetics. The hip-dac 3’s sleek Aluminium case houses new features, tailored to elevate your audio experience.

Two USB-C ports simplify your cable management: one for audio and the other for charging. A switch on the underside activates iFi’s iEMatch technology, which is optimized for high-sensitivity headphones and earphones, making it especially beneficial for your in-ear monitors (IEMs).

Inside, the device boasts circuit enhancements, including new metal film capacitors for a better frequency response. Additionally, an updated version of iFi’s GMT circuitry, coupled with a new crystal oscillator, further reduces phase noise, delivering a purer sound to you.

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Hip flask size. Magnum performance.

With its sleek, robust aluminium enclosure, the portable hip-dac 3 discreetly fits in a pocket or bag. It replaces the subpar DAC and amplifier in smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. Just connect via USB-C, plug in your favourite headphones, and enjoy rich, dynamic sound.

iFi’s expertise with the Burr-Brown chipset ensures optimal performance. However, a superior DAC stage involves more than just the DAC chip. A crucial element is the XMOS chip for processing digital audio inputs. The hip-dac 3 features a 16-core XMOS microcontroller, programmed by iFi’s in-house team to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect hi-res partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

hip-dac 3 your power-hungry headphone.

The hip-dac 3 features a true balanced circuit design, rare for its price range. This design minimizes signal distortion, resulting in a purer, more captivating sound for your headphones.

The circuitry incorporates high-quality components, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, a low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments, and a premium analogue volume pot.

The amp stage can deliver up to 400mW into a 32-ohm headphone load, making it compatible with a wide range of headphones. Additionally, it efficiently drives high-impedance headphones with an output voltage of 6.3V into 600 ohms from the balanced output.

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Tailored for your headphones and earphones

The amp stage has switchable gain, called PowerMatch, to ensure optimal power for the headphones you are using.

An underside switch engages iFi’s iEMatch technology, optimising output for high-sensitivity headphones, especially in-ear monitors (IEMs). It reduces hiss, enhances detail and dynamic range, and improves volume control range.

XBass is a user-selectable feature that boosts bass without muddying the midrange, ideal for your earphones and open-back headphones. It works in the analogue domain, avoiding alterations via DSP.

Play all your files, including MQA

Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sample rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256).

Full decoding of MQA – the hi-res streaming technology, as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier – is also supported, performing the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process (as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’).

Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sample rate of the incoming audio.

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Get connected

The hip-dac 3’s USB-C input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio, compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0. Its asynchronous design ensures jitter-free data transfer. A separate USB-C charging port allows use while charging, preserving a pure audio signal path.

The hip-dac 3 provides two outputs: a 3.5mm socket for single-ended headphones and a 4.4mm balanced output for those with balanced connectivity, leveraging the device’s differential amp design. The 3.5mm output utilizes iFi’s S-Balanced circuitry, minimizing crosstalk and distortion for single-ended connections.

The hip-dac 3’s 2,200mAh battery offers up to 12 hours of playtime, varying by volume and headphone power needs. It includes a USB-C OTG cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

Hip-case protects your hip-dac 3

The hip-dac series features a durable 102x70x14mm aluminum enclosure. For added protection and a suede-like touch.

Our hip-case in Dove Grey faux suede is perfect. It fits all hip-dac models snugly without compromising function.

Protect your hip-dac 3 with the hip-case.

Contents

CONTENTS:

1 x ZEN Stream

1 x Ethernet cable

1 x Plastic screwdriver

1 x Power adapter

1 x Antenna

1 x User manual

1 x Instruction card

Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

At iFi we use Burr Brown extensively in our products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Our experience with this IC means we know how to make the most of it.

The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB digital input.

This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard.

iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The hip-dac2 adopts MQA technology to receive and decode MQA audio and provide master-level sound.

Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.

You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN Signature but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

Sonically superior – richer, deeper.

The XBass® analogue bass correction system corrects for the missing headphone/speaker bass response.

iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.

See our Tech Note to dig deeper.

Retailer

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InputUSB-C
Formats SupportedDSD256 / PCM384kHz / Full MQA Decoder
DACBurr Brown
Headphone Outputs4.4mm, 3.5mm
Output Power (RMS)BAL400mW @ 32Ω; 6.3V @ 600Ω
UnBAL280mW @ 32Ω; 3.2V @ 600Ω
SNRBAL<109dB(A) @ 0dBFS
UnBAL<103dB(A) @ 0dBFS
DNRBAL<109dB(A)
UnBAL<103dB(A)
THD + NBAL<0.006X% (360mW/2.0V @ 600Ω)
UnBAL<0.01% (100mW/1.27V @ 16Ω)
Frequency Response20Hz - 45kHz (-3dB)
Power Consumption<2W idle, 4W max
BatteryLithium-polymer 2,200mAh
up to 12 hours
Power SystemCharging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current
Dimensions102 x 70 x 14 mm (4.0" x 2.8" x 0.6")
Net weight135 g

“Smooth Operator, iFi hip-dac 3!”

“It’s a powerhouse!, Sounds amazing! It leans on the linear neutral side, very revealing, it’s smooth! The ability to layer through all the information, to have pinpoint imaging and micro details that blew me away! It’s a high level or performance for the price!”

Paul Helvin

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The hip-dac 3 is a great option if you are looking for a portable DAC/amplifier, both for IEMs and over-ear headphones!”

“The hip-dac 3 offers hifi audio, it has power for many headphones and is very portable!
I can even drive my 300 Ohm Sennheiser headphones!
The design is excellent! The hip dac 3 is a great option if you are looking for a portable DAC/amplifier, both for IEMs and over-ear headphones!”

Ed Marin

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“The hip-dac 3 can practically do everything!” (Review in Spanish)

“You are going to improve the sound immensely compared to what a PC gives you! The hip-dac 3can practically do everything!
It is a fairly powerful device, capable of driving any headphones.
You will notice a better sound definition, it is a highly recommended product!”

CiberShop Colombia

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“The sound improvement is more than remarkable for such a compact device!”

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Stefan Haubner, Kaufkompass

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“.. a high-quality piece of audio art that must be in every audiophile collection!”

“It is not just a portable DAC-Amp but a high-quality piece of audio art that must be in every audiophile collection. With iEMatch on board, it’s a must-have product if you have sensitive IEMs.”
“we can confidently say that Hip DAC 3 follows an organic and analogue tonality which sounds natural and balanced across the frequencies.”

pradiptacr7

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“Portable Powerhouse!”

“The hip dac 3 delivers surprisingly powerful performance across the audio spectrum, this DAC/Amp consistently impresses!
The soundstage is wide and nicely layered, offering a sense of depth and insight into the acoustic space!”

Yuri Brus

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“Premium quality becomes pocket-friendly!” (Review in Italian)

“This DAC will be able to satisfy all those who are looking for a portable device with sought-after premium features at an affordable and competitive price!”

Mario Ricerni, STW Games Italy

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Three, iFi’s Lucky Number?

“I was surprised to find a wide and voluminous soundstage, superior to many dongles or similar devices I own, with more flesh, weight, body and size!”

Jose Vasquez, HiEnd Portable

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“I notice an improvement in the soundstage and instrumental separation!”

“It drives all my IEMs and Headphones without problems!, Improves audio quality, cleans the frequencies, gives more body to the bass!, I notice an improvement in the soundstage and instrumental separation!”

Luis Enrique NZ, Droid X

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” It has driven all my headphones with ease!”

“iFi hip dac 3 is a fantastic device! It has driven all my headphones with ease, to me the hip dac 3 sounds musical and warm at the same time, it’s quite resolving and has a solid black background which I appreciated!”

Alexander Turiashvili, Kinemoss Tech

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“I love that they have incorporated the iEMatch!” (Review in Spanish)

“It has an elegant color, it is very pretty!
I love that they have incorporated the iEMatch!
For the price it is a DAC/Amp with battery that is well worth it!
“It offers clean, crystalline mids, with great instrumental separation.”

Moisés Daniel Díaz, Audio Total

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“It is a device that will allow you to move around without power or audio quality problems!” (Review in Spanish)

“It offers a fairly clean, powerful and a little warm sound! The construction is very good.
It is a device that will allow you to move around without power or audio quality problems!”

Marco Antonio Gonzalez, Dibus y Deabus

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“The sonic signature is very neutral and does not make the listening session tiring!”

“The construction is very solid, it is very beautiful!
It is very sophisticated, you will hear with the best quality!
The XBass is very well balanced! The sonic signature is very neutral and does not make the listening session tiring!”

Fernando Meza - Asociación de Audiófilos

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Third time’s a charm!

“The hip dac 3 sets a new high standard in the portable DAC/amp category and is another fantastic product in Ifi’s stable!”

Darren Voight

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The no-brainer🫰 portable DAC-AMP!

“Simply put, if you are fixing to buy a powerful portable compact DAC unit…definitely put the Hip DAC 3 on your list. It sounds cleaner than every before, is more adaptable to more of your gear, has enough potency to run almost any audio file and/or headphone out there without taking away too much from their original sound profile, which is really awesome.”

GearUP with Aaron

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“HiFi Oasis highly recommends the iFi hip-dac 3!”

“In terms of performance, the hip-dac 3 truly shines – it delivers exceptional sound quality”.

HiFi Oasis

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“I have really enjoyed using the hip dac 3!”

“In my opinion it looks very elegant! The sound is neutral, pleasant and relaxed. I am very happy that they have incorporated IEMatch! I have really enjoyed using the hip dac 3!”

Acho Reviews

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“With this new generation they have improved a lot!”

“With this new generation they have improved a lot! In the processing and functionality of this device.
I loved it! For two things, its portability and its sound enhancing effect! I like the volume knob. It sounds great!”

Juanmanuelijo

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“Third Time’s the Charm!”

“The hip-dac 3 is a well-made and reliable choice.. third time’s the charm!”

Headphonesty

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The Best Portable DAC /Headphone Amplifier!

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Miky Ancona

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“The difference is enormous!” (Review in Spanish)

“It greatly improves the audio experience! The audio is very clean, balanced, it is premium audio! It works extraordinary with the Play Station 5! The difference is enormous!”

Mr Mx. Tech

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“It’s got this beautiful neutral natural mid-range vocals, excellent texture!”

“This is a really really great sounding DAC!, It sounds so nice! It has excellent end to end extension, resolution is fantastic on this device!
It’s got this beautiful neutral natural mid-range vocals, excellent texture!”

Chiraporn Becker - Prime Audio Reviews

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“It is amazing as I expected!

” Now talking about the reason as to why I always wanted to review an ifi product, the xbass button. Now what can I say, it is amazing as I expected. It gives you that +10db of bass and it is just so enjoyable.”

Ho-Kago Tea Time Review

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The Best Portable Headphone Amp With Built-In DAC

iFi Audio hip dac 3..if you need more power.

Brent Butterworth, Wirecutter

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“..successfully builds upon its predecessor’s strengths!”

The iFi Audio hip-dac 3 successfully builds upon its predecessor’s strengths, offering an improved sound experience in a portable form factor!

Berkhan Ackay, Headfonia

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“The sound it gives you is exquisite!”

“I love its construction! The sound it gives you is exquisite! Very balanced! Warm, I love it! It has an excellent sound!”

Machina 4K

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“Deliver great sound quality when you are on the move!”

“A convenient, portable DAC that helps deliver great sound quality when you are on the move.”

The Review Smiths

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“Hip, energetic sound signature!”

The hip-dac 3 has a hip, energetic sound signature that’s bright but simultaneously warm.

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Louis Gonalez, Headfonics

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“Dynamic and Powerful!”

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Mad Audio

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“5.0 out of 5 stars!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Ifi hip dac 3 superb updated Dac!

Laurence Robinson

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It puts out a lot of power!

“I really think it’s one of the best devices that iFi makes! It puts out a lot of power! I have the HifiMan H6 this is one of the hardest to drive headphones and it could drive that headphone really well. It’s really nice that it has an IEM match this time!”

Ryan Ho

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“The circuitry in here is certainly a kind of magic!”

‘This product is allowing you to get the most out of your audio pleasure – iFi products are really well made’.

Dave Cryer, Geekanoids

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“I can recommend it to anyone who needs an easy-to-use dac!” (Review in Lithuanian)

Bought new, beautiful headphones, but they sound quiet?
Don’t throw them away, they’re fine, you just need a dac.
Therefore, today I present to you the Ifi audio hip dac 3!

Titas Cimnickas, Enoxas YT

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“Greatly improve the quality of headphones and IEMs performance!”

” Features like the power match and the new ie match greatly improve the quality of headphones and IEMs performance”

Headphones and Coffee

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“Burr-Brown with Glitter on Top!”

A review from Paul Wasabii, USA about our hip-dac 3.

Paul Wasabii

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