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iFi audio hip-dac

Working with your MacBook in Starbucks? Running in the fresh morning air? Snoozing with your smart device on a flight?

Take the hip-dac, our mini DAC/headphone amplifier, with you wherever you go. Improved music on the move. Great looks and fabulous sound.

File formats

MP3 – this is the most popular format, every device in the world can use it.

DSD – Direct Stream Digital is a very 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 is the most common format for CDs and DVDs.

DXD – Digital eXtreme Definition is a very high-quality PCM format. It was developed to edit hi-res (high quality) recordings recorded in DSD.

Hip, hot and happening

Our hip-dac is the perfect companion for music lovers on the go.

Not only will its hi-res specs make your tunes sound fabulous, but its hot, on-trend styling will make them look pretty amazing too.

Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac was designed to slip discreetly into your pocket BUT its cool look might mean you want to keep it on display.

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For music lovers everywhere

Our miniature DAC/headphone amplifier replaces the inferior DAC and amp in your smart device, PC or Mac. Simply connect the hip-dac via USB, insert headphones and away you go.

Relax with your favourite music streamer, Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal as the hip-dac delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement.

Small but mighty

Whether you are curling up in Costa or on your commute, our hip-dac delivers hi-res music with flair.

Thanks to the Burr Brown chip, audio remains ‘bit-perfect’. Music, just as it should be.

The hip-dac supports hi-res PCM up to 384kHz as well as DSD256 and MQA as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi’ tier.

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Balanced. Because you’re worth it.

Balanced audio circuits mean less unwanted noise.

The hip-dac boasts a balanced, analogue stage to bring you the best musicality for miles around.

It sports a 4.4mm balanced output for balanced headphone cables/connectors.

For those ‘hissy’ IEMs, use the 3.5mm S-Balanced. Enjoy all the benefits of balanced from your single-ended connection.

Feel the Force…

Let it guide your actions…

Our small but mighty hip-dac sports PowerMatch – switchable gain.

Even on the go, adjust input sensitivity to match the level of drive to the load of your headphones.

Leave it off for those those ‘out and about’ IEMs and pop it on for on/over-ear types with relatively low impedance that require more oomph.

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It’s still all about the bass…

xBass – our iFi optional sonic adjustment is still very much in vogue and addresses the lack of bass that’s often apparent with in-ears or open back headphones.

Boost that bass, and “bring the booty back” to your iEMs with the hip-dac.

Hip and always on trend

Our in-house team has maxed out the circuitry with bespoke, easy to install firmware to bring you the joyous musicality of hi-res, native audio that suits your priorities and stays cutting-edge.

You will never be behind the times.

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Long may it last…

And with extensive battery life, you can take it out with you all day.

The hip-dac can join you at the gym first thing, take you out for lunch and keep your feet a tapping on your journey home.

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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.

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

MQA is an award-winning audio technology that enables music fans to stream the original master recording into their home, car or on their mobile. In the words of Gilbert O’Sullivan, iconic Irish-born singer-songwriter, “The great thing about MQA is that it delivers the finesse that was there in the desk sound. It’s tremendous, it sounds really good.”

Our video tutorials on You Tube show you how.

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

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.

Using Mac or Linux? Then check out our exclusive iFi firmware. Download ‘Limoncello’ 5.2A to unlock DoP256 for Mac/Linux.

Fancy adding the special GTO filter first introduced in our flagship DAC, the Pro iDSD? Use ‘Cookies and Cream’ 5.3C. More on the GTO filter here.

Enjoy high quality sound for up to 8 hours, even if you are using headphones requiring a lot of power such as the HifiMan HE-6 or as little as the Sennhesier IE-800.

Formats supportedDSD256/128/64, 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 InputsUSB 3.0 type ’A’
High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32bit/384kHz)
Headphone OutputsBalanced 4.4mm
S-Bal (SE) 3.5mm
Power Output (@1% THD)BAL: [email protected] Ohm ; S-BAL(SE): [email protected] Ohm
BAL: [email protected] Ohm ; S-BAL (SE): [email protected] Ohm
BatteryLithium-polymer 2200mAh
Power SystemCharging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current
Power (max)<2W idle, 4W max
Dimensions102(l) x 70(w) x 14(h) mm
Weight125g (0.28 lbs)

Simply great

What’s not to like: looks beautiful and sounds marvellous. Everyone should have one: use mine with my Sennheiser over ear momentum 2 headphones.

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a hip dac/amp

A great product. Superb sound quality, lots of power, great for driving iems and headphones. Both outputs are good but the 4.4 balanced output produces excellent clear and rich sound – dac and amp working well together!! As usual, great ifi bass boost if needed and effective power match function that does its job well.

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Great value, great sound, even drives HD660S with plenty of oomph!

I was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality for such a small dac

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Ifi Hip Dac – portable dac amp to fully utilize high resolution lossless apple music

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Great product

Sound quality

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Great sound

Works beautifully

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Fantastic, just as advertised

Sounds great. I’m playing through my Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, already has me considering upgrading them after a few weeks. Smooth clean sound. Pairs great with Apple Music’s new higher-quality music formats.

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Calidad en Sonido

I loved the quality of the product when listening to HIs-Res music and especially in MQA. the battery lasts a long time, it brings its appropriate cables although I asked for an additional one of the brand. I recommend placing it on surfaces where it does not generate heat and does not overheat.

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Awesome sound in a compact package

Impressive! Sound quality rivals that of high end dac’s built into home audio systems, but in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Uses the common OTG cables for phones and other devices, and has pretty decent battery life for a portable device. When used with high quality streaming providers (Tidal for example), I hear things that I never heard before in my favorite music.

Amazing! I even noticed a significant difference when I set Pandora and YouTube music to a higher quality. What I don’t like about it is that it is somewhat unwieldy to carry as a portable device.

It’s about the same size as your phone, but imagine having to have two phones in your pocket anytime you want to listen to music. Still, probably the best thing going for portable use by far. The difference was quite obvious even with my $15 Sony earbuds, and with my higher end Sennheiser or Beyer Dynamics headphones it was stunning. Has a port for balanced headphones, but I don’t have any so I can’t offer any opinion about that. I’m not sure if the batteries are replaceable, which is an obvious drawback if they start to fail. Still, no regrets I’d buy it again.

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Powerful pocket dac/amp

found the sound to be warm/detailed on my aeons. I however decided to return it because of the lackluster battery life. It would have been a keeper with a bigger battery.

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Hicimos la revisión del iFi Hip DAC, ¡Una verdadera maravilla! ? ?

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Excellent product!

This DAC is just Amazing! The sound is very clear and the soundstage pretty awesome. I have a Audiotechnica M50x-BT and sounds gorgeous within the DAC. If you are electronic music lover just turn on the x-bass and voila! My order was requested from Mexico, it takes around one week to be delivered.

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My first external DAC

Im using this with a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones 700. Wow this thing is impressive. the Xtra bass setting is really nice because it makes kick drums and low end bass a bit more punchy for genres like metal, but I can still hear the vocals beautifully. WAY better than the EQ settings for these headphones.
My literal only complaint is the lack of a hold switch of some sort so I could have this thing in my pocket and not worry about the sensitive (in a good way) volume knob twisting to the right and making me go deaf. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 6XX on the way and I am so excited to hear them through this thing!!!!

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Super nice

Built like a tank, easy to use controls, and great sound quality.

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Great product

Improved the Sound quality from my phone, brilliant purchase. Worth the outlay.

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Overall is an awesome DAC for the price and quality it delivers

Overall is an awesome DAC for the price and quality it delivers

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Great quality

Sound quality is awesome

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iFi Hip DAC Revew: Pocket Rocket!

“This is a powerful DAC/amp combo with great bass… it has sweet mids and the treble is engaging… This is an outstanding DAC/amp combo for it’s price and I highly recommend it”

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Amazing portable MQA dac

This little dac sounds great for this price point. Works well with HIFIman Sundaras and my LG V60 ThinQ. Had TIZART on Etsy make me a case and I couldnt be happier!

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Great (little) bit of kit

Just what I needed to give my music a boost. I turned my old Samsung s9plus into an music player. Way better than trading it in for peanuts. Very nice little amp to compliment it for that extra volume boost.

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Amazing

This thing is awesome if you have seen my other reviews you know I use my tin p1 which don’t work to well with a lot of mobile dac amp set ups. I use them with my dragonfly colbolt a lot until I got this thing….
Omg the bass boost on this makes the p1 in my opinion perfect it lacked the lows but now the are outstanding
Just not as portable but very good

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Excelente Sonido

Me encanta la amplificación y su limpieza.
Puede que se tarde por los envios por usps, se están tardando.

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Superb Music Quality!

This is a great portable device. Audio quality was a significant improvement compared to a direct smartphone/laptop connection. It has really made my IME’s shine, especially the TRI I3’s. An excellent piece of audio gear, especially for the price. I would highly recommend!

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Audiophile Approved?

I pair the IFi dac with Senneheiser headphones and the sound is full, bright and meets the warm notes perfectly! I enjoy listening to Tidal, especially the MQA recordings as you hear all the vocals, instruments as well as the low and high notes without compromising any of the sound! As an audiophile, this is a great DAC and a purchase you’ll be happy with each time you put your on your headphones!

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Great product!

An absolute worthy addition to my HD660S! Love it!

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Not the smallest, but might be the best

The Hip-dac is a very nice portable DAC-amp for headphones. It’s not as small as some of the other portable DAC-amps, such as the Qudelix 5K or TempoTec Sonata HD Pro, but it includes features those models lack.

For starters, build quality. The Hip-dac has a metal case, metal buttons and a brass volume knob. It’s not cheap plastic like other units. I also like how an Apple Camera Connector cable fits perfectly into the female USB port on the Hip-dac when using this unit with an iPhone. Very clean, smart design.

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Big sound in a small box

This is a little gem. I use it with a pair of sundara headphones and am still amazed at the quality. This is big bang for small dollars.

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Worth the money ?

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Don’t delay, impossible value for the money

Unbelievable value, it’s hard to believe they cost this little. You are getting 300$ value here. I actually bought 2, always need a backup for work .

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Awesome

Works well and the 4.4 mm balanced port is AMAZING

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iFi Headphone Amp/DAC Review

In this video, we review iFi’s lineup of headphone amps and DACs. iFi’s headphone amp/DAC lineup offers plenty of options and has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a small, portable DAC for when you’re on the go or a high-performance desktop DAC for working from home or even gaming, iFi has a great option for you.
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A really good value for a portable DAC AMP

Very well made, wish it was louder but usbc charging and a balanced output makes this a great value. XBass is completely unusable for me as it leads to distortion.

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Definitely a great choice

Great sound!!

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Well put together and compact MQA dac

Brilliant little headphone dac – very nicely made and MQA compatible with balanced 4.4mm output

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Wow, what a difference !!!

I bought this to use with Tidal Hifi. It unfolds MQA audio great and the difference between using my Sony WH1000XM4’s Bluetooth vs wired with the hip dac is night and day. It made good sounding headphones great sounding headphones. I highly recommend these especially if you have a MQA music source.

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Built and performs beautifully!

Preforms amazing for the price. Built well too. Highly recommend. But it is usb only input.

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Excellent performance

A portable, battery-powered equivalent to the same manufacturer’s Zen DAC one of which was recently purchased for use with a desktop PC, not to replace its internal audio facilities but to better provide for headphone use. This “iFi hip-dac – Portable Balanced DAC Headphone Amplifier for Android, iPhone with USB Input Only/Outputs: 3.5mm Unbalanced / 4.4mm Balanced (Unit only)” provides very similar facilities and connectability to the Zen DAC with minor reconfiguration. Its shape suggests a hip flask, supposedly the reasoning behind the product’s name. As the description indicates, there is only USB input, space constraints being the probable reason.

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XBass alone is worth the price

Bought these for my Hifiman Sundaras. Just about enough power at 1 o’clock on high gain. Sound quality wise they are decent but the main reason to get these is the xbass feature. They bring my sundaras and any flat audiophile headphones to life without affecting any of the other frequencies negatively and that alone is worth the price.

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Great sounding portable headphone amp

Really impressed with the hip-dac. The sound quality is impressive for a compact headphone amp, nearly on a par with a much more expensive desktop headphone amp that I have. I’ve used it mainly with Beyerdynamic T5p headphones the combo works well. It’s not the cheapest portable headphone amp out there but the build quality (like most Ifi products) is great and overall I think worth the money.

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iFi HipDac – REVIEW

“First of all HipDac’s power hits right through your face. Even if you turn down all of the buttons, you will be still amazed to the sound… Everything sounds more organic, more clear, layering and lyrics are easily distinguishable. Everything sounds more realistic.”

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An immediate improvement of sound

Definite sound quality improvement. Definite sound volume increase. Well worth the money. When listening to my music through this…I feel as if I am inside the music…its great.

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Used everyday love it

The sound and power of this device is incredible. It definitely takes the iphone11 pro up a notch. I’ve used it with some HiFi Ananda headphones as well as cheap in ear buds it definitely improves the power of the former and the sound quality of the later.

Battery doesn’t last very long.

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It’s just great!

I use them to drive a pair of $400 headphones and the sound quality is great. Imaging is good and clarity excellent especially for the money. Very portable!

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This is a winner

IFi provided another winner. This unit with the Bur Brown DAC chip out performs my $299 AQ Red Dev and $5000 McIntosh DAC / Headphone amplifier in power and musical sound quality. AQ Red with the ESS chip rounds edgy and a bit rough in comparison. The McIntosh does not come with a balanced headphone jack, and easily out powered by IFi Hip. What a steal at $149 ! Plus it decodes Tidal HiFi MQA up to 24/352 resolution.

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Fantastic sound in a portable package at an unbelievable price

Sound quality is amazing. Great clarity and detail with great soundstage. It even improves soundstage on IEMs that are usually lacking this feature; I experienced this with FiiO FH7 IEMs which are great headphones but really come to life with the iFi Hip-DAC. I mainly use iFi Hip-DAC though to drive my Sennheiser HD800S open headphones and it does an amazing job.

The xBassII does an amazing job of making the HD800S sound fuller with a great low end. Kick drums sound tighter and louder and you get a great accurate/detailed low frequency rumble. The only complaint is the battery life could be better but that is part of the trade off with a very portable device (small battery). At this price, you can’t go wrong – highly recommend!!!

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A most amazing product

This iFI Hip DAC and Amp combo is one of the most incredible electronic accessories I ever purchased! When I heard the review by the Audiopheliac Steve Guttenberg on YouTube and scores of other great reviews on YouTube and elsewhere, I ordered this product late Thursday night with free delivery scheduled for the following Monday. The product arrived two days early, on Saturday! Right out of the box I hooked it up with the Sennheiser HD450BT headphones I just got 2 days before and connected them to my iPhone. The Hip DAC made my headphones an equivalent to a pair costing 4 times as much!

There are so many features and capabilities packed into it and the sound is just terrific. I listen to my music through an iPhone app called “Equalizer” so I can fine tine it even more precisely. This is an incredible way to listen to your music. I gave it to my wife to listen to, and she kept it for hours. She may get her own set of headphones and Hip DAC…

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Great product. Astonishing value.

A brilliant product. I have it valcroed to an iPod and have the perfect dap. Good UI and brilliant sound. And for the money it’s a no brainer. The sound shocked me, in a good way, and worked perfectly with both my oppo 2’s and Sennheiser HD 660s’s.

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Simply EXCELLENT!

The breadth, power and high fidelity of the sound that this DAC provides are appreciated through listening to the open, highly piloted, magneto-planar HiFiMans Sundara.
While listening even for several hours the IFI does not tire, because it gives a dynamic sound thanks to the two XBass and PowerMatch features, giving the device a great added value.
* XBass provides the ability to adjust the density of the bass, depending on your taste and the song you go to listen to.
* PoweMatch instead provides a different listening power, thus being able to better appreciate the result depending on the taste and headphones you use. In fact using my Sundara the XBass function often has to be turned on; conversely by mounting the Sennheiser HD471 closed, depending on the listening song, it should be disabled.
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¿Qué es un DAC? ¡MEJORA tu audio!

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És doido por som perfeito? Isto é para ti! | iFi Hip-dac | Geek’alm

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I LOVE my iFi Hipdac!

Ease of use (I use my iphone with a dongle), design (it just looks and feels great and importantly, sturdy), and excellent sound control. It improves the output to my audiophile headphones (Senn 58xm Hifiman 400i, et. al) and the overall sound. Well worth the very reasonable price. You’ll have no regrets if you decide to purchase the hipdac.

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ifi HipDac: This Thing Is Good!

“Press that xBass button and you’re going to get what I believe to be a true to life, bass enhanced experience… It doesn’t interfere with any of the highs or mids… it’s just processed perfectly.”

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⚡Escucha música NIVEL DIOS !!? // DAC Amplificador de Audífonos Portatil Ifi Hip Dac

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iFi hip-dac – A Smooth, Musical Operator!

The iFi hip-dac ($149.99) is, indeed, a smooth, musical operator and though not the last word in transparency, it will not embarrass itself in any genre or over any piece of music and that is, indeed saying a lot! And at its price point the iFi hip-dac represents a rather amazing opportunity for those exploring better sound from smartphone and computer alike.

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REVIEW! iFi hip-dac – Simple Power

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Probably the most bang for the buck at this price range

This thing is amazing. For reference, my usual gear list includes Senn 6xx, Sony ier z1r, Monolith liquid spark amp, SMSL m300 mkii dac, and dark voice 336se amp.

Overall, this is about 90% as good as my SMSL dac and in terms of amplification, fairly weak compared to desktop amps but powerful enough for most iems.

Sound quality wise, I would probably have preferred to put this money toward a mojo chord, but still glad to have this in my inventory as an awesome super portable dac + amp.

I usually listen to pop, dance songs, top 100, jazz, classical string, kpop, sometimes classic hip hop. Overall amazing quality and for me a full battery charge lasted me 2 hours plus 25% charge left so I’m assuming max 2.5 hours.

Only thing I didn’t like about this was adding slight distortion much like a tube amp (very slight) but was adding a LOT of brightness and crispness to the sound which was a little weird for me but that is if I’m being really picky about it. If you’re a picky person then maybe skip this product but if you’re an amateur audiophile then this is a worthwhile investment.

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The ifI Hip DAC is a must buy!!!

The sound Quality is spot on, especially when using MQA from Tidal

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Ifi Hip Dac | el Dac-Amp portatil con prestaciones de escritorio

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IFI Hip DAC – DAC Amplificador de Audífonos que lo puede ¿TODO?

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Like an iFi Zen DAC, that you can carry with you!

I actually own both the iFi Zen DAC as well as the HipDAC. Their sound signature is so similar it is truly hard to tell the difference. The only difference I notice is that you need another 10-15 % more volume for the HipDAC. The power is there to drive most reasonable headphones (i.e. not too power hungry). The X-Bass feature is one of the best bass boosts I have ever had the chance to use. Not bloated or muddy, just that little extra oomph in the lows when you want them.
I have a Schiit Magni 3, as well as a Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark, and while the HipDac is not as powerful, I am hard-pressed to tell except when looking directly at the volume knobs of each. I highly recommend the HipDAC! Works great with iOS as well.

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Let the music live!

I listen to on line HD/master music tracks using this DAC along with a quality pair of headphones. The positioning and musical definition of instruments provided by this DAC is excellent, so satisfying. I have 2 other portable Dacs but this one leaves the others wanting.

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Review: Budget Audiophile System, iFi Audio Hip DAC Headphone Amplifier

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“I was shocked by the possibilities of separation, I thought it would be much more difficult to distinguish a large number of sound sources, but wow. iFi Hip Dac is doing this very great”

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Hip Dac de Ifi, como funciona y vale la pena? Reseña completa en Español!??????

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Eargasmic!

I’m no audiophile so I can’t really comment on specifics when it comes to how the sound is compared to other devices. But, I can tell you that turning on the bass boost turns my HD280 pros into a bass heads dream come true. I would buy this just for that feature alone.

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Bass and pounding sound in your ears

This little DAC amplifier for headphones was is the best purchase I made for long time
very pounding sound the bass is awesome I don’t even use the equalizer that comes with iPhone I just checkbon none and iFi machine does all the job very good

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Great little amp

Well built amp pretty heavy for its size..what I like most is that I can turn my volume almost to zero and still hear all the musical detail plus deep bass without being boomy..without the amp I have to turn volume almost to max to get the same effect..the power match and bass boost buttons are clean sounding.. on most amps I would get a shrill sound from the highs and overtones bass but this amp gets it right.. will buy another one…

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Neat well-priced HiFi DAC with balanced output – decodes Amazon HD music correctly on iPad Pro

I was hunting for a compact DAC for my iPad Pro with balanced output, hoping to use with my Audio-Technica over-ear headphones that have a really great sound profile with their optional balanced cable (2.5 mm connector). I also have other balanced headphones with 2.5mm balanced cable fro Etymotics.

I kept coming back to this iFi DAC, but was not sure about the 4.4 mm output and what adapter to use. This stuff is not exactly common in the retail audio world. And all I could find at first was a lot of junky looking adapters.

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Great device.

I use this product with my iPod touch. Great sound from this pocket rocket using sennheiser 660s headphones. Would recommend.charging cable could be longer.

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THE NEW IFI HIP-DAC: SMALL PLAYER, BUT HUGE VALUE!

“…the hip-dac really ticks off pretty much every box that I’d look for in a portable DAC and headphone amplifier.”

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IFI AUDIO HIP-DAC IN THE TEST – MOBILE DAC HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER IN MINI FORMAT

“As a mini DAC with a lot of power, the Hip DAC is certainly the first choice.”

“…it is an absolutely useful addition for anyone who wants to occasionally enjoy music in decent quality with their notebook or smartphone, regardless of location.”

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Awesome

Awesome product

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hip-dac and nano BL comparison!

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iFi hip-dac Review – Joy For Yor Ears & Pockets

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iFi hip-dac review

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“The iFi hip-dac, is simply put, the best-looking portable DAC we’ve ever seen – and it performs pretty well too. ”

“We were impressed by just how much of a difference the hip-dac made to the sound of our headphones; even when using some of the best headphones we’ve ever tested”

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Perfect Portable DAC!!

Tidal Hifi (UAPP) + Hip DAC Perfect sound!!

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IFI AUDIO HIP-DAC – KIFINOMULT FUN MACHINE

“The Hip-Dac has become a very demanding, vibrant, fun-sounding portable DAC”

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Easy to use

It’s working good and I’m glad I ordered it

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If your serious about listening to music on the go or at home just buy one of these!

I spent a long time looking at headphones, DAP’s and other options and eventually decided to get the if Hip Dac to use with my iPhone XS MAX, TIDAL music streaming and either Shure se425’s or Sennheiser momentum 3 (which are surprisingly good wired headphones too). I also got a KBear Balanced 4.4mm connection.

The Hip Dac sounds great either in single ended (S balanced mode with 3.5mm connection with my Sennheisers) and especially using the fully balanced 4.4mm output with the Shure se425 earphones which seem to suit the Hip Dac really well (some reports say the Shure se425’s a re bit Bass light but with the hipDac to my ears they are justa bout perfect and that without X BAss engaged).

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excellent product

excellent product

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Mobile phone is also a source of fever-iFi Audio hip-dac portable DAC ear amplifier

Using mobile phones as a source of portable audio and having audiophile listening enjoyment is the most convenient! What’s even better is that the price of hip-dac is very friendly, most people can afford it, and can have it without gritting their teeth or suffering, just like its sound.

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iFi Hip DAC : Crowd Pleasing

Based in the UK iFi is one of the most renowned portable DAC/Amp makers in the world. They have some of the best portable devices along with desktop DAC/Amps in a lot of price ranges.

Few years ago they were not really bothered about balanced outputs like 2.5mm and 4.4mm but now they have a handful of DACs and AMPs which support balanced output catering to a wider range of users.

Along with their in house optimizations they have recently launched a plethora of portable DACs and amps like Hip DAC, xCAN, xDSD and ZEN CAN.

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250ohm? No problem.

It is useless for me to go into boring and repetitive impressions, opinions, trials and tests. The other reviews before mine are already sufficiently comprehensive. The only thing I can say is that we happily piloted the 250 Ohm Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro.

Already halfway through, the volume is very high. My magnetoplanar Sundara, on the other hand, are a bit more complicated: on paper they have 32 Ohms but, in reality, they need a lot of current and if you want a really important sound pressure, with the Hip Dac you have to reach the end of the stroke. I hope I was helpful.

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Excellent sound quality

With suitable headphones and sources it reveals its full potential. Easily pilot the Hifiman 400i and Sennheiser HD 650

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Great sound, even better seller

This little device has the sound of a mix of an American muscle car married to an Italian super sports car.

MQA decoding, DSD … everything … If you have headphones with an open back, the Xbass will compensate for the amount of bass you are missing, without any confusion of a frequency. If you are new to this world, you might need some research on how to get the best out of this DAC, but trust me, in the end you will have great music for a good price.

I bought it from IFI UK and the seller was extremely helpful in getting the DAC on time to my required address including a very kind handwritten note to wish me the best these days.

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Very small in size but not in sound

I state that I am the owner of several devices for converting the digital signal to analog even with dedicated headphone amp, large and desktop and small and portable.
Among all these in my possession the most direct comparison is with the Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt which costs more than double.

The Cobalt is smaller and powered only directly from the usb but this ifi is better sounding: apart from the more powerful the ifi and offering balanced output, it has gain adjustment (important) and a bass boost a who likes it, but I assure you that it is not needed. Regarding the sound I find it reasonably balanced, not too bright (to be English) or radiographic in high ganna with bass present.

If you are looking for a device smaller than a smartphone, light, to use on the move but also not, with iphone or android, with mac or windows, well this is probably the best choice right now.

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HiEnd in your pocket.

Extraordinary DAC amp with Tidal HiRes streaming files (but with any source even Spotify or YouTube you can feel the difference) sound never tiring very balanced tending to warm but rich in information and detail. Very high volume obtainable, with my in ear monitors.

Explosive dynamics. I state that my smartphone is already compatible by default for streaming Tidal MQA files but there is no comparison with the IFI. I have the feeling that it tends to improve the sound over time (perhaps a break-in period).

Battery can be improved but can also be heard while it is charging (even with a Power bank). Robust construction. No defect found object higher than expected. Amazon delivery ahead of time. Super satisfied for the moment. And I have a very picky ear.

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An exceptional DAC for listening to high resolution music!

I have long been looking for a good driver for my 1MORE triple driver Over-Ear headphones.
The 1MORE have a low impedance (32 Ohm) and a high sensitivity (104 dB).
The ifi hip doc DAC drives them smoothly.

I connected the ifi to my S10 +, crossed my fingers and turned everything on and started listening to a series of songs with good audio resolution (24 bit / 96kHz).
Well this petroleum flask works wonders.

The 1MORE sounds best with the Gain and X-bass ON (these are the two buttons to the left of the volume knob).

I have listened to different musical genres, I am speechless: the bass is very present and well restrained, the acoustic guitar and the harp have an impressive naturalness, the voices are crazy.

Money well spent on this exceptional DAC!

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Good product

Good product

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Worth Every Penny

I just want to say this DAC does improve the audio quality. My first portable phone DAC was an EarStudio; looking back, the EarStudio only made a little improvement to the quality. Because the moment I used the Hip Dac, I could actually tell the difference. Currently streaming from Deezer (HiFi) using Meze Rai Solo, it gave more clarity and could hear the little details, and a bumped in bass. Speaking of bass, I like the xBass feature. One YouTuber who reviewed this DAC mentioned how it didn’t sound like it was just a gimmick, like an afterthought, generic sounding. Xbass actually sounds proper.

Also, glad I found this company, I always support/buy products owned by Americans, Europeans, and Japanese. Pioneers when it comes to audio hardware. In all honestly, I would pay more if it was actually made in Britain. Anyways, I would recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable product that actually works.

Just a little disclaimer, I am not an audiophile, tried my best describing my audio experience, and this only a quick review.

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Quality product-best used in a desk top set up.

Very good device. Has more than enough to run any iem I have. Clean clear and the xbass is addictive. Doesn’t bloat out the bass, just seems to enhance the overall range. Turn on the power match and x bass, and this makes my 4xx planar headphones sound awesome.

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IFI AUDIO HIP-DAC REVIEW

“The iFi hip-dac has only one goal; improving your sound quality compared to the direct outputs of laptops and smartphones. After the time I’ve had with this device, I can smoothly say that it reaches that goal perfectly.”

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You won’t find a better DAC Amp for this price

It’s a unique little thing that brings a full size DAC experience on the go. It really gave the bump up that I needed to play loss less audio through my AKG N30 earphone. Highly recommend even for any casual user that wants to improve their mobile device audio source.

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iFi Hip DAC Review

Before trying hip DAC my main concern was, what are the compromises Ifi has made to make Hip DAC so affordable? But it turns out Hip DAC still being the most affordable offering from Ifi packed with lots of premium features with excellent close to the neutral sound. Ifi Hip DAC is like a complete meal for a new audiophile. Once you have it, you don’t need another premium DAC/AMP unless you want to drive deep further.

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iFi Audio Hip-DAC Review

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Superb

Fantastic bit of kit, really brings out the best of an iPhone, even use it with my workshop amp and speakers and the sound is so much better.

For the price it’s worth every bit, would recommend.

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ifi Audio hip-dac Review – Mein Funky Ballantine’s

Pros — Super haptic; appealing design; thin/portable; very powerful, even drives the least sensitive headphones well; value.

Cons — warm signature not optimal for warm earphones/headphones; slight hiss with very sensitive earphones; sharp metal edges.

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Amazing product!

I am not a big reviewer, but have to do it here!
Quod erat demonstrandum: Great sound does not have to cost hundreds or even thousands!
I have them both, the IFI Hip DAC and the IFI Zen DAC.
Superb design, great build, premium sound! Any more questions?
The guys at IFI do not let any room for complaints!
Highly recommended!

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Sound Quality.

I am very picky about my music. The ifi Hip Dac is outstanding for the money. I would recommend it to anyone.

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This thing sounds incredible!

Man, this is awesome! This is my first DAC, but I tested a few others at a local store and this fit my portable needs perfectly! This also can be used as a desktop DAC if needed/wanted. I highly recommend Bass-X for most headphones. I’m trying them with my Shure 215 IEM right now with a compressed mp4 version of Lord of the Rings and, with the Bass-X on, I’m hearing stuff I haven’t heard since watching it in the theater! Really makes that low end from the orchestra drums stand out 😀

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The short blue Female USB cable is utter rubbish

The cable is too stiff and needs to be more flexible. I replaced with a short Amazon basics cable, removed the Amazon brand buddle sticker and it’s much better now.

As for sound quality from Tidal, its excellent value for money for their Master’s tracks.

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IFI HIP DAC REVIEW – A $149 Balanced & Portable Headphone Amp

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iFi hip-dac Portable DAC & Headphone Amp Review

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iFi Audio Hip-dac DAC-Headphone Amplifier

“Wow! My phone, with no reinforcement, couldn’t satisfy me the way the Hip-dac did.”

“iFi Audio’s Hip-dac is perfect for those looking to improve on the typical smartphone / tablet / laptop listening experience, especially if they have harder-to-drive, high-impedance headphones… the Hip-dac will decode just about every digital format, including MQA…their xBass can breathe new life into bass-shy headphones. If these sorts of features interest you, the iFi Hip-dac, at $149, is a no-brainer buy.”

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Class.

The discovery of the mobile phone as an audiophile experience, at a really very good price, with a high quality finish. Class. Rather not for jogging or walking, but for enjoying while traveling.

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Great build quality

Wow who knew such a small device could improve the sound quality when using your smart device to listen to music.
It’s one of the best purchases I’ve made & I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If your tempted to dip in you toe in the water you wont be disappointed.

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Hip flask for HiRes

If you also want to listen to music at a high sound level or even in Highres audio with your smartphone, you can’t avoid a mobile headphone amplifier like the iFi Audio Hip-Dac.

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IFI HIPDAC: Unboxing, Impressions and REVIEW

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iFi hip-dac review

“If you’re looking for a high-quality portable DAC the iFi hip-dac has to go on your shortlist…The hip-dac’s combination of battery power, fine build and easy-going sound quality makes it one of the front-runners at this level.”

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FIRST LOOK SUNDAY: IFI HIP-DAC

The new iFi Hip-Dac is a stunning device. It is a fresh renovation in their line-up in terms of portable DAC/Amps. It’s very flashy, eye-catching and cool…The color scheme is beautiful with a petrol blue and black combination. The design is finished nicely with a copper volume pot and it gives the device a certain character.

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iFi HIP DAC – Better than your cell phone sound

“It has a warm, transparent sound, the highs are not loud anywhere… Quality materials have been incorporated. The quality of production and assembly is impeccable. Using it couldn’t be easier… For those who like warm sound its an easy decision, choose this from similar instruments. Worth the price!”

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Review: Pack your concert hall in your pocket: ifi hip-dac

The music is great. Today you can enjoy it anywhere and in high quality. The basis of the penetration of music into general consumption in high quality is the availability of smartphones, headphones and streaming music sources. But you can take it to the next level, say, to professional quality. 

You need to replace your regular music amplifier with something from the high-octane fuel area. For something from a manufacturer who really knows what he’s doing. We are talking about the British brand ifi and its hip-dac product.

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Hip and strong

Very good DAC for mobile use. The hip-dac looks very cool and modern, a real eye-catcher. The performance and sound quality is great. Use it on IEMs (Fiio FH5) and over-ear headphones (Dan Clark Aeon 2 Closed and Audioquest Nighthawk) and it sounds good on all combinations. In particular, the hip-dac has enough power to drive the Aeon 2. Other mobile DACs without additional power supply cannot do this.

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Ingenious addition to high-resolution digital music

Absolutely brilliant performance and bass amplification. All existing headphones, including Teufel, Bose and Bang & Olufsen, sound much better. Endless bass pressure.
Too much fiddling for on the way. Enjoy music at home, operate the wonderful rotary control and experience music; the noble part is perfect for that.

The use of all headphones has significantly improved the sound even without IFI DAC. The membranes were literally blown free.

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Incredible sound quality from such a good value little package.

After wasting a lot of time over the years, and even more £’s on dedicated android based Hi-Res DAP’s, to only experience the “buggy” and frustrating world of the Android OS used, I got fed up and bought an Apple iPod Touch 7th Gen 256gb and this amazing little iFi hip-dac. The iPod is still poo-pooed in the Audiophile world with no justification, it sounds great, plays FLAC and other hi-Res files, and is so reliable.

But add the iFi hip-dac to the Apple reliability and useability and you have an amazing little duo that drives all my headphones and iem’s with no problem at all, even high impedance Beyerdynamic Pro’s. It opens up the sound stage to let me hear things in my favourite songs I’ve never heard before. British engineering at its best, and amazing value for money compared to Dragonfly and Chord alternatives. I can’t recommend the hip-dac enough.

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REVIEW: IFI AUDIO HIP-DAC – HIP FLASK FULL OF MUSIC FUN

“At least it offers a lot for a very reasonable price. The iFi Audio hip-dac plays almost all hi-resaudio and that in an excellent quality.”

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iFi Audio hip-dac Review | Friendly friend

“You’ve never heard of your cell phone like this, this device raises the sound quality of any portable source.”

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iFi Audio Hip DAC – Review – Portable version of the Zen DAC?

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IFI HIP-DAC: A SLIM AND TRIM XDSD? COULD BE…

Discreet, intelligent, cunning, kicks, beautiful, understated, timely, trim.

Intro: I am an iFi fan. I own the xDSD, Pro iDSD and the iTubes2/iDAC2/micro iDSD Black Label stack. I use them all (mostly Pro iDSD). I like them all. The stack was my first “foray” into an upper-end DAC/Amp set-up. The BL was my very first review. I liked it then. I still like it. I’ve also reviewed the Pro iCAN and xCAN, but do not own them. Do you see where this is going?

I could be considered a fanboy. Or maybe, I just like the way iFi products sound and perform. Regardless of how you want to look at that, I do believe this gives me the position to be more critical (when warranted) than others because I have so much experience with the brand.

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iFi hip-dac: Hip To The Boogie

“When it comes to driving power, the hip-dac should be good enough for most anything thrown at it.”

“the hip-dac left a mark on my memory and is something I’ll be looking to pick up in the future”

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Great portable DAC

Very happy with this purchase but to be clear you’re not purchasing a top quality DAC – it’s portable for a start and $150 – so those with unreasonable expectations are going to be disappointed. Yes it has a warm sound – so those with already warm / bass heavy headphones stay clear, someone mentioned the Polaris like every audio setup it’s about matching the right equipment and the sound, this is not neutral enough for those – would recommend going with AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt but again that’s double the price so not exactly a fair fight (not saying money always gets you better) but in that case it’s a better matchup as well as higher end DAC.
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IFI HIP-DAC REVIEW

Since 2012 iFi has been making excellent award-winning audio gear. The hip-dac is one of iFi’s latest offerings. It is a small, portable battery-powered USB Dac and headphone Amp combo that works with OTG compatible Android phones, Apple products, laptops, and even on a home PC.

The hip-dac has lots of technology that is borrowed from iFi’s more expensive units but at a lower price and in a smaller form factor.

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ifi Hip Dac Digital Analog Converter & Headphone Amp — REVIEW

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IFI HIP-DAC PORTABLE DAC/AMP REVIEW

“the hip-dac is an affordable and exceptional sounding choice…”

“If you care about portable sound, the IFI HIP-DAC is one of the easiest, affordable and most surefire ways to improve your listening experience.”

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Pocket Rocket!

After reading enthusiastic reviews from respected audiophiles I chose the ifi Hip Dac over of the Dragonfly Cobalt.

I wasn’t sure if the reported warmth of the Burr Brown DAC would be revealing enough compared to the open and neutral ESS DAC in the Cobalt but the price difference and endless reports of rattling innards in the Cobalt flipped me over to the Hip.

From having only modest expectations I’m delighted to be really enjoying the sound; it took a few hours to loosen up but there is a smooth, enticing weight which has surprised me. I hadn’t banked on how much benefit my headphones would get from the Hip Dac’s power and extra grip which has transformed the enjoyment from my B&W P7’s and Hifiman Sundara’s.

Along with a richer, more involving sound I haven’t found the results at all fatiguing which has resulted in hours of enraptured listening. I now realise that for the first time, I’m listening to the music rather than the headphones; how much is that worth!

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iFi hip dac | Review

With this very original name iFi Audio continues in its climb to offer products that adapt to the most contemporary needs, with a lot of functions and all under an attractive design.

The hip dac is, as its name suggests, a portable dac with a headphone amplifier, including the increasingly common 4.4mm balanced output.

Best of all, the price is most attractive, standing at just € 165 for the Spanish market.

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Inital setup

So, somewhat frustratingly, the unit does not come with a micro USB-B to female USB A cable. Not to worry these are available from amazon. word of caution, it’s tempting to buy a nice gold plated quality one (which I did) but the male socket on the Hip DAC is sized such that not all will fit.

If you need a micro USB OTG cable. seek out a version with a small female end else you will need to connect it to the blue cable that came with the unit. I’m not a fan of connecting multiple cables together to make stuff work.

Once this was fixed I had some trouble getting this unit to work with my phone. We all have Samsung phones, A6 J6, A10 and the unit worked as expected with the J6 and A10 but not the A6. Samsung were about as helpful as a chocolate tea pot, essentially using the Samsung music app only worked when on full volume, I guess 0.0db. else the sound was garbled and distorted with no ability to control the volume thru the phone.

Oddly audio from chosen ring tone could be adjusted with the phone volume control. This appears to be a issue specific to the Samsung Music app. All was fixed however with installing the eXtream Software USB Audio player Pro. The Hip DAC sounds great thru my Grado and Bose headphones .

Can’t comment on the battery life, it’s not needed recharging yet.

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hip-dac Review

“Looking more like a dapper hip flask, this colourful offering delivers superb sound per pound.”

“The result is a highly resolved performance that’s bristling with detail, yet it has great power and speed too. It’s naturally bubbly nature seems to make everything you play come alive.”

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This Portable Headphone Amp Blew My Mind! [IFI Hip Dac Review]

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iFi Audio hip-dac Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier Review

“Impossible to fault at the price, iFi’s new hip-dac does a lot of what the pricier designs do while costing a lot less… fast, punchy and dynamic… it really is good enough to stand in the company of far pricier products”

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iFi hip-dac portable DAC/headphone amp review: Sublime sound from a tiny, well-built package

“Sublime sound from a tiny, well-built package… the iFi hip-dac is a no-brainer”

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Perfect at this price. Warm sound, Cool looks!

I love the sound signature of the hip-dac. A touch on the warm-analogue type, not the typical over analytic shrill sound. It goes perfectly with my Grado GS1000e. I was considering purchasing a much more expensive tube dac-amp but now I am wondering if I really need one.
This is the kind of sound signature that I like. Smooth, analogue like sound that I can listen for hours and not get fatigued.
I dont know how iFi did this at this price point, but this tells you how much the other products are over priced. Pretty much covers all types of files including hi-rez from 24/192, dsd, mqa etc.

What can be improved. Well I would still prefer a slightly more fuller sound. It is still a good bit full midrange sound but my personal preference is to have a bit more midrange full sound. The x-bass kind of helps in that area but then its a little too much bass to my liking. So I leave it off most of the time.

My future suggestion to iFi would be use the same button to apply different effects/functions. e.g. press it once for x-bass, press it again for x-midrange, press it again for off etc

Another suggestion for future is to add a bluetooth option. I see the future of these portable dac/headphone amps as a wireless device that connects to the phone wirelessly. This way I can leave the dac-amp in my pocket connected to my headphone and then use my phone to control and send music files from my phone to this dac wirelessly. Less cables to carry around.

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Superb sound and build

Great little dac, beautifully made with a great sound. Certainly a step up from my previous dac, would happily recommend.

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iFi Hip Dac Review – Improve Your Smartphone & Laptop Audio!

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Excellent and relatively inexpensive DAC/Headphone amp

Bought this to use primarily with my iPhone which has a lot of HiRes music and mostly in conjunction with mt Shure 846 IEM’s. Initial results are really good. Much clearer than simply taking the analogue sound directly out of the lightning connector to my Shure’s and the Burr Brown DAC in the iFi Hip Dac is clearly much, much better than the onboard iPhone one. I’ll play around at home taking the digital out from my iMac and see how that goes but as a well priced portable DAC/amp it’s great!

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Impressive

Waited to see customer feedback before purchasing and I’m impressed with it straight out of the box.

Fairly weighty so can’t see it leaving the house, as dread to think of the damage dropping it would cause.

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Need to improve the battery life

Quality build and the sound amazing thanks

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Sony WMC-NWH 10 . Adaptor cable.

A Sony WMC -NWH 10 adaptor cable is required to output digital audio from the Sony Walkman NW-45 to the hip dac.
The connection method will bypass the Sony Walkman’s internal DAC and headphone amplification circuit.
The adaptor cable is not available in Europe ,and i had to order from Japan.

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Great sound quality

Works well with my android phone whilst out and about

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Brilliant all round product for the price range

Has a balanced output which is perfect as I use this with my sennheiser HD660S that has a balnced cable, sound from the portable dac amp really is great for the price range and the build is also very good for portable use!

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Excellent portable DAC

Excellent DAC, opens up the soundstage and the detail retrieval is amazing. I have owned a hrt micro streamer and a meridian. This is the beat so far

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Exelent dac

Good sounding dac for price , good soud quality ( HiFi p4 and audio Technica solid bass

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Highly recommend DAC/amp

Definite upgrade from my Fiio Q1 mark II. Better detail and instrument separation than the Fiio. More power than the Fiio also, drives all my my headsphones and in ears without any problems. Power out of the balanced output is substantial, definitely use the balanced output whenever possible. The bass boost on the unit is easily the best I have ever used, just enough boost in the bass without being overbearing and bleeding into the mids.

Battery life is average, Fiio was slightly better here. For the money I don’t think there is a better unit at the moment. I highly recommended this DAC/amp to anyone looking for an upgrade or just to get better sound to your headphones.

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Amazing sound for an amazing price!

I purchased this dac to use while at the gym. I was previously using the Topping NX4 DSD, which I enjoyed, however, I was started to get bored with the sound.

Both dac/amps are amazing, but I like the Hipdac more. The sound is less clinical than the NX4, which makes songs sound more lively. Both dacs feature a bass boost, but I feel the Hipdac’s bass boost (called Xbass) is better. It sounds so good, I leave it on permanently.

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Cannot believe this doesn’t have a straight 5 rating

I was trying out 1000+ over ear closed headphones in a NYC audio shop and the proprietor plopped this down to use when trying the different headphones with my phone. The “bass” switch on it’s own is worth 150.

I assumed this little package was 300-500 while listening and I was thinking wow that would be very tempting to use for my mobile setup with any headphones and they made the Audeze LCD 2 closed sound amazing and yes mostly just louder coming from my phone.

When I found out they were only 150 it was no brainer – I would have bought this even if I had not also bought the Audezes. Love this little thing and use it all the time.

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Very good at its price!

Build is good. Sound is great (though on the warmer side, not neutral), not fatiguing, gets really loud. A good steal!

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Perfect!

Excellent product! Great price and value, would totally recommend!

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Like an egg in trying times

Just a heads up, I’ve only had this for a week but since there isn’t that many reviews I figured this one might provide a little more info.

Headphones used were Mr. Speakers Open Alphas and Audeze LCD-XC.

Size, portability and looks: it’s about the size of a cigarette pack but substantially thinner. Of the top of my head it’s about the thickness of the tip of my pointer finger or a little thicker than an iPhone XR and I’m guessing most modern phones. It’s extremely lightweight and if you plan on using it with any modern smart phone, it’s definitely small enough to stack it with your phone and slide em both in your pocket ( I forget what they’re called but I found these rubber type webbings that attaches to the corners of your phone and any amp/dacs are held in place by the webbing in the back of your phon so no rubber bands across your screen.

Definitely recommend. I think I searched “silicone rubber bands for phones” or something similar on Amazon). It got a cool blueish/greenish ocean teal type color with a pretty cool gold/brass knob that is used to turn on the amp/dac as well as control the volume.

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Small, powerful, and clean.

This is very small.. Smaller than the pictures make it seem. Fair amount of power.. Easy to adapt headphones from xlr to 4.4 bal or get a cable for your headphones, two different gain stages is great to see for more sensitive headphones and IEMs.. More than 12 hour battery life depending on the headphone. Very clean.. great build and excellent volume knob. Metal construction

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Ifi Hip DAC – IFI’s assault on the low end – Review

Ifi is now increasingly becoming a consolidated brand within the headphone market thanks to its positioning in every price range. After the attack on the middle range with the xDSD and the xCAN, IFI decided to attack the last segment of the range left uncovered thanks to the Hip DAC, a small portable dac amplifier with an aggressive price.

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So good I feel Guilty

So good I feel Guilty

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Review & Shootout – iFi’s hip-dac (with DragonFly Red, NX4, and Q1 Comparison)

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iFi hip dac review: sound flask

“It’s almost an audio miracle”

Soundphile Review

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Hifi Audio On The Go: ifi Hip Dac Review

“The Hip DAC is a fantastic portable amp/DAC. One of the best on the market (in my opinion) at one of the best prices in the market.”

TLR Technology

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Review: iFi Audio’s Hip-Dac Is The First-Class Portable Dac-Amp You’ve Been Waiting For!

“I‌ was first amazed at how smooth and crisp the hip-dac sounded. There was no harshness on the top end like you get with a lot of inexpensive DAC/Amps.”

“The hip-dac is iFi smallest DAC/Amp to date, and it’s also their cheapest to date with the array of features the hip-dac has. I love its ability to drive full-size headphones with enthusiasm, and I‌ also love the crisp, wide-open, transparent sound. If you’re looking for a lightweight DAC/Amp to improve the audio from your laptop or smartphone, this is a no-brainer. Especially if you already love the iFi sound signature.”

“Perfect for the desk at work, or your local coffee shop. Highly Recommended!”

Hi-Fi Trends

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iFi hip-dac

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Almost perfect

4,5 stars.
When it comes to sound quality, it’s almost as good as fantastic desktop ifi Zen DAC.
What’s holding it from 5 stars is limited input socket only accepting USB plug (which is very slim and wouldn’t physically accept Sony WMA adapter. I had to shave off some plastic to fit it in Hip dac slot).

There is no analogue 3.5mm line in socket which is a shame.
Another thing is analogue volume knob which is way too loose for portable use.
It’s meant to be carried around in your pocket (hip?). Come on ifi how could you miss that detail? Accidentally changing volume could be an issue.
Otherwise it’s an excellent product.

Amazon

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great sound

relatively simple to set up and use

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iFi hip-dac Review: Warm and Smooth

“iFi has employed the Burr-Brown chipset, which is used in my favorite and much higher priced iFi DAC, the Black Label Micro.” “…for 150 bucks, the iFi hip-dac is a pretty solid deal.”

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Like having an iFi Zen in your pocket!

After purchasing the amazing iFi Zen for my work AMP/DAC I found myself wanting to carry it around to use when I was hotdesking or working in a cafe etc. I was so delighted to learn they were about to launch the Hip-Dac which is tiny!!!

This thing makes for the perfect portable solution for me. It has balanced output and the same sonic qualities of the Zen!

Being able to use the Hip-Dac on my iPhone then switch it over to my iPad Pro with just the change of a small cable is amazing!

This thing makes by old Chord Mojo even more redundant!

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Review: The $149 iFi Hip Dac scores big on features and sound quality

“Wherever you’re listening to music in its digital form, the hip-dac can take you there.”

“I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about how well that combination of the hip-dac and the (Audeze) LCD-1 was rocking my world.”

 

 

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On hand DAC iFi hip-dac

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IFi Hip DAC Portable DAC / Amplifier Review: Woodstock in Your Pocket

“From the first minutes of listening, the device captivates with its charming musicality, charm and correct, I would even say, “professional-oriented” sound supply, performed in a neutral-warm manner, which contributes to long-term listening to your favorite compositions.”

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iFi Audio hip dac review – a fantastic portable headphone amp dac with MQA support

The iFi Audio is a fantastic compact headphone amp dac and highly recommended and one of my favourite amp/dacs!

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