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.
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.
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.
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 ‘Master’ tier.
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.
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.
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.
hip-dac. Amazing sound. Stunning looks.
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 but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.
|Formats supported||DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
|Digital Inputs||USB 3.0 type ’A’
High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32bit/384kHz)
|Headphone Outputs||Balanced 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
|Power System||Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current|
|Power (max)||<2W idle, 4W max|
|Dimensions||102(l) x 70(w) x 14(h) mm|
|Weight||125g (0.28 lbs)|
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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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!
I am very picky about my music. The ifi Hip Dac is outstanding for the money. I would recommend it to anyone.
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 😀
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.
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.