iPower Elite
iPower Elite from iFi audio

Quiet as a battery. None of the hassle.

<1uV noise floor. Active Noise Cancellation2.

Talk about tech

Beneath the extruded aircraft-grade aluminium chassis is serious hardcore technology:

  • 60W high performance adaptive multi-mode controller, optimized for high efficiency, low standby power, and audio noise free design
  • Frequency shuffling technique to achieve excellent EMI performance
  • 400% increase in power supply capacitance for the adaptive multi-mode controller
  • Oversized Power MOSFET
  • Low-leakage transformer
  • RF designed PCB
iPower Elite from iFi audio

Elite design & specs

The iPower Elite has:

  • <1uV noise floor
  • Special circuit design for whisper-quiet noise floor using cherry-picked components
  • Latest Active Noise Cancellation 2
  • Full unibody Aluminium chassis with heatsink built-in

Powering flagships.

Expensive equipment typically ship with generic power supplies. This is like putting supermarket fuel in a Ferrari. It deserves the best but isn’t getting it.

The generic SMPS power supply (PS) is very noisy.  Many upgraded audiophile linear PS are better, but still have huge noise at the rectification frequencies and at multiples 50Hz, 100Hz, 150Hz (or 60, 120, 180 for 60Hz countries) etc.

The iPower Elite was designed to deliver the smooth and silent power. It gives your streamer/DAC/amplifier all the silent, clean power of a battery with none of the hassle.

Majestic measurements

iPower Elite: 1μV
Audiophile Linear Power Supply: 100μV
Typical Power Supply: 1,000μV

1,000x

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Cookie-Cutter ‘Sub-Sonic Filter’

Tom Evans who makes very nice phono stages made the following astute comment:

A rumble filter simply adds to the bass cut making your already “cut” records sound bass light. Plus, it “time-steps” the bass in relation to the higher frequencies (where our hearing is most sensitive) so much so it can confuse the ear into believing the bass is playing out of tempo.

iFi solution:

Since the very first iPHONO launched in 2012, we have used our own in-house ‘Subsonic Filter’. It made it into the iPHONO2 and the iPHONO3 and now, the ZEN Phono which is the very first time this filter is seen in such an affordable price level.

As there is only minimal vertical modulation remaining at very low frequencies with an an actual cut LP that is playable, we know that “vertical modulation” at low frequencies must be warp.

So we designed a filter to take advantage of this.

This is not artificial but real knowledge. By understanding fully how LPs are cut and replayed,  it is possible to filter record warp strongly without at the same time attenuating low bass or adding group delay.

Based on military tech, our improved Active Noise Cancellation II®  actively cancels all incoming noise.

It does this in a similar way to active noise-cancelling headphones – it generates a signal identical to that of the incoming electrical noise but in the opposite phase, actively cancelling it out. This is highly effective at removing low- and mid-frequency noise, while passive insulating filters deal with higher frequency interference. This combination is measurably more effective at eradicating noise corrupting the USB signal than devices relying solely on passive filtering.

It works with virtually any DC powered device and comes in 5, 12, 15 and 24 volts.

Clean, better than audiophile-grade power.

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Input100-240VAC (50-60Hz/1.5A)
Output5V/5.0A; 12V/4.0A; 15V/3.5A; 24V/2.5A
Output plug5.5x2.1mm
5.5x2.5mm Reverse Polarity Plug (White)
Noise floor*<1uV
Dimensions148 x 55 x 50 mm
5.8" x 2.2" x 1.3"
Weight550 g (1.2 Ibs)
Warranty period12 months
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Superb power supply for Roku Ultra

I used the 12v model to replace the cheap wall wart for the Roku Ultra to get the last iota of sound and picture quality. The Power Elite is solidly built, uses a standard three prong cord and outputs 12V DC to a braided shielded wire to connect to the Roku. The result is dead quiet background, complete reduction in electronic grain, more focused treble, enhanced soundstage and an almost analog sound. It added a little more mid bass and the low bass was much more solid and extended. The picture quality was enhanced with a slightly better image and color saturation. Highly recommended if you want to get the best picture and sound out of your AV system. 4 stars because it is a bit spendy for a $99 Roku Ultra, but a quality power supply is everything for sound quality.

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WOW!!! Huge upgrade! Worth every penny (If paired properly)

“If I were to rate from 0 to 10, and 10 being a $5k+ DAC that and a Zero being your standard crappy built in DAC I would say the Brooklyn DAC + before the PSU is about 7.5 to 8. The Mytek Liberty would fall around a 6 and the Topping would be a 2 and the Chord Qutest a strong 8.25.

After the PSU upgrade, the Brooklyn became a strong 8.5 but the Liberty stepped up to an 8!”

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Improves sound quality

“I have a minidsp studio in my system that I use to manage room correction and crossover settings for music that I stream from a local server or Tidal. Reviews were mixed about whether power upgrades made any difference to the minidsp,, but I thought I would try with an Ifi power plug. I was so impressed I decided to try the power elite. This added even more improvement making the sound fuller and tighter. Base was deeper, the top end clearer. It doesn’t make sense that a power supply can affect a digital signal, but it does in my system. If I had other components with a switch mode power supply I wouldn’t hesitate to swap in a power elite.”

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Better than SBooster linear power supply!

I tested it against the 400 dollar mkii sBooster linear Power supply. It was cleaner faster and more transparent.

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I can’t believe it really improved sound quality!

I’m not the type to buy anything and everything labeled “audiophile” but I’m open to trying things. Personally I prefer to not hear any improvement to save myself money. I definitely have returned items in the past. Recently I tried the iFi iPower X both in 12v and 15v. I did notice subtle difference, but the difference is so small that it could very well be just some sort of bias so I decided to return them.

Just before I returned the X version, the Elite version happen to come out so I decided to try it. I guess why not. Wow! Going back and forth between the Elite and standard adapter, the improvement in sound is very noticeable across the board with the Elite! I am not very fluent with audiophile lingo, but I’d say there’s better bass, cleaner sound, and micro details are more noticeable overall. Really hate to spend $300 on an adapter, but returning it would mean I will miss out on audio quality!

I have RME ADI-2 DAC FS (v2 with updated DAC chip).

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Audio upgrade for Chord Qutest DAC

Bought as upgrade for Chord Qutest DAC. The Qutest sounds terrific straight out of the box with the supplied switch mode power supply but this device is a huge improvement over the supplied PSU. Yes, it is expensive and a lot of people probably would scoff at spending that amount, but it certainly improves the clarity and soundstage of my Qutest in my system. I used a Russ Andrews SuperKord to connect the iFi Power Elite to the mains. I didn’t try it with a cheaper mains cable.

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