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 ‘HiFi’ 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.
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.
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)|
Well put together and compact MQA dac
Brilliant little headphone dac – very nicely made and MQA compatible with balanced 4.4mm output
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.
Built and performs beautifully!
Preforms amazing for the price. Built well too. Highly recommend. But it is usb only input.
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.
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.
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.