This precise, analogue volume control is normally found on items at a much higher price point. Its transparent sonic nature delivers a smooth sound with no loss in music retrieval. It delivers the sonic goods.
Our iDAC2 fits perfectly into any home system. Whether you are a computer audio buff or prefer a big rig, the iDAC2 is the DAC for you.
Is your heavy metal feeling a little lightweight? Your Jagger jaded? Or does your ambient lack atmosphere? Then we have the very thing.
The micro iDAC2 is a precise, one box solution for people who like quality music – whatever the genre.
The micro iDAC2 plays high quality music files up to DSD256. File formats remain unchanged to deliver Bit Perfect playback.
Plus it is MQA compatible out of the box via Tidal Masters on your computer.
No need to upgrade for a long time to come.
Whether you choose to use it as a DAC amp or purely as a solid-state DAC, it will not let you down. Connect via USB.
You music will feel more natural, more textured, more alive.
The soundstage the micro iDAC2 produces is vast, making your music sound as if it is coming from outside the width of your speakers or the confines of your headphones.
Connect via RCA or 3.5mm respectively, close your eyes and enjoy the orchestra in your living room.
Couple the above with an ultra powerful dual-mono headphone amplifier – 2.4V/350mW, military grade Active Noise Cancellation, high-grade components and solid casing, well, there’s not much left to say.
The micro iDAC2 puts the super into supersonic.
An important aspect of the circuit design is its direct-coupled nature (no coupling capacitor is present), achieved without a conventionally applied DC servo.
DirectDrive® equals a direct signal path which means less signal degradation. This direct signal path is unequalled in audio and is the reason why the sound is so ‘true’.
We use the USB Type-A connector as it provides a more stable audio connection for better playback and because of the OTG cable for Android and CCK Lightning to USB cable for Apple. The 3.5mm coaxial/TOSLINK combo SPDIF input allows connection to older DAPs and CD players.
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.
|Input:||USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible)|
|Output:||SPDIF RCA (only PCM up to 192KHz)|
|DAC:||Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown (1-DAC Chip; 2-Channel; 4-Signals)|
|-PCM:||Bit-Perfect/Minimum Phase/Standard, Digital filters selectable|
|-DSD:||Extreme/Extended/Standard, Analogue filters selectable|
|-DXD:||Bit-Perfect Processing, Fixed Analogue filter|
|Output:||2.1V (+/-0.05V) fixed|
|Zout:||< 39 Ohm|
|SNR:||> 114dB(A) @ 0dBFS|
|THD+N:||< 0.0025% @ 0dBFS (100k Load)|
|< 0.025% @ 0dBFS (600R Load)|
|Output:||> 350mW (2.40V) into 16R (<10% THD+N)|
|> 34mW (3.20V) into 300R (< 0.1% THD+N)|
|Output Impedance (Zout):||< 2 Ω|
|THD+N:||< 0.0025% (1V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)|
|SNR:||> 114dBA (3.2V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)|
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We recommend the iDAC2 as being worthy of purchase. It pairs particularly well with other iFi products – we love using it with the iCAN SE…
* Delivers on audio quality
* Versatile and adaptable
* Comes with accessories that let you get going in minutes
Pros: Transparent neutral/cold signature, good sound, good value, plenty of outputs, nice soundstage, USB bus powered so no power cable or brick to carry around.
iFi will be back to reclaim its throne as a DAC and iFi really has a product that goes beyond the DACs…I like the iDAC2, which gives a lot of bass to find the amplifier…The highlight of this DAC is the dynamic, dimensional and soundstage…I personally give iFi iDAC2 the best price in this category.
This iDAC2 is such a versatile device…First, a word on the iFi product line: I am impressed with a firm that makes intelligent engineering/design trade-offs and puts out an entire line fits together from a marketing planning (many complementary building blocks)…As a headphone amplifier, the iDAC2 is very good….iDAC2 up sampling differences: this is an area where the iDAC2’s versatility shines..iDAC2 is versatile as hell…and the synergies with iFi power add-on products are extreme…iDAC2 – and for that matter, all iFi products – performance/price ratio is off-the-charts.
This review focuses on the iDAC2 used in a 2 channel speaker system and not as a headphone solution…The iDAC2 has a nice aluminium case with three LED lights that indicate power, resolution and I believe connection to the computer or USB lock…I like the simplicity of the iDAC2 and the fact that it is basically plug and play…have a very natural sound that is non-fatiguing….do a nice job of finding the sweet spot….the additional detail that the iDAC2 is able to retrieve from records. What stuck out most was the ability of the iDAC2 to retrieve more information on the leading edges of instruments and voices…the clarity, imaging and dynamics are better…
If you did not know already, iFi Audio is a co-brand of AMR Audio that is known for its famous audio gears such as DP-777. They produce many different audio components – digital audio converters, amplifications, speakers, cables and active noise cancellation units.
On the iDAC2, there are coax/USB digital inputs and RCA/3.5mm outputs…Overall build quality is quite satisfactory and the volume potentiometer works well; there is no unbalanced problem. In addition, as a DAC/Amp combo, iDAC2 supports all popular formats including DSD 256, PCM 384 and DXD.