micro iDSD Black Label
micro iDSD Black Label
iFi audio micro iDSD Black Label
The micro iDSD Black Label is our top-rated desktop DAC and headphone amplifier. The sound of your music just got even better.

Whether listening at home with your speakers or at work with your headphones, connect the micro iDSD Black Label to your computer and instantly hear the quality of your music be taken to the next level.

Warmer. Smoother.

Is the music from your headphones or speakers uninteresting or flat? Then the micro iDSD Black Label is for you.

It adds warmth, depth and smoothness to your favourites tunes. Put simply, your music will sound better than it ever has.

World superpower

The micro iDSD Black Label is the world’s most powerful, battery-powered DAC and headphone amplifier, capable of unrivalled native playback in DSD, PCM and DXD file formats. Now with added MQA!

And we added our optional ‘sonic enhancements’ to add that little bit extra to your listening…

XBass+® cleans and restores the bass to give you a richer, deeper sound and 3D+® opens up your music to create a live-concert atmosphere.

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Sense and sensitivity

The headphone amplifier is a force to be reckoned with.

With 4,000mW, the micro iDSD Black Label can drive from the most sensitive IEMs up to the most power hungry headphones out there.

It comes with 3 power output settings so that it can be adjusted to work with any ear buds or headphones.

She’s once, twice…

The micro iDSD Black Label has a battery life of up to 12 hours, and should your phone need a boost, the micro BL can charge it from 0% to 100% through the USB charging port on the side — not once, but twice!

And finally, we should mention the sleek black and orange design. She’s funky, fun and a flattering addition to any music lover’s system.

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TI low-noise ICs offer great unity gain bandwidth, very low noise and distortion, high output drive capability, Common-mode and Power Supply Rejection Ratios of over 100 dB, wide maximum-output-swing bandwidths and high slew rates.

Learn more here.

Doubling the DAC chips results in 3dB lower noise floor and better channel separation. Together with power supply advancements and advanced channel interleaving, the noise floor has been halved.

All of this equals stellar sonic performance.

3D+ Holographic® delivers an immersive, deep soundstage. Check it out here.

XBass+® delivers a deep, tighter bass sound. Discover the details.

With output power up to 4,100mW, this headphone amplifier drives all headphones with ease. It has 3 power modes – Eco, Normal and Turbo. Power and gain can be dialled-in perfectly to suit ALL headphones.

iFi always uses the best components possible. These OS-CON™ capacitors provide excellent noise reduction and have a long life span. They are not often found in products costing <US$1000.

Read more about how they benefit sound improvement here.

Hi-Res True Native® playback for all music formats from MP3 to DSD512, PCM768 and 2xDXD.

This OV series operational amplifier is another example of a top-notch component used to get extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth.

Learn more here.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged. Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

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

Our video tutorials on You Tube show you how.

Enjoy high quality sound for up to 12 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.

Support

Item Description Remarks

Inputs/Outputs

Inputs (rear) USB 2.0 type A “OTG” Socket
(with iPurifier® technology built-in)
Compatible with computers (Apple/Win/Linux), iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android Devices, camera kit or USB-OTG cable required. (Full USB3.0 port compatible)
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial 3 Way combo SPDIF port (Coaxial In/Out; Optical In); Up to 192kHz PCM
SPDIF Optical
Outputs (rear) Audio RCA L+R
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial Up to 192kHz PCM
Output (right side) SmartPower® Socket Fast charge all portable devices. Compliant with USB Battery Charging Standard 1.2 – 5V @ 1.5A

Controls

Controls (front)
– HP Output Audio 6.3mm Headphone Jack
– Volume with Power On/Off switch Precision analogue volume control <2dB Tracking error
– 3.5mm Input Auto disable the digital section when this is in use
– X-Bass® On/Off
– 3D Holographic Sound® On/Off Auto-switching for Speakers® and Headphones® (two separate and distinct circuits)
Controls (left side)
– Power Mode Turbo, Normal, Eco Computer controlled power and gain scaling
– Polarity Normal/Inverted
– Filter 3 positions, 6 filters (see filter section below)
Controls (bottom)
– Line Direct/Preamplifier Preamplifier function Enable/Disable, 0/9dB gain selectable Fixed 2V or variable with up to 5V available
– iEMatch® Perfect-matching circuit for IEMs (eliminate hiss) Off / High Sensitivity Headphone / Ultra Sensitivity Headphone

DAC section

DAC Dual-core DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown 2-DAC Chip; 4-Channel; 8-Signals, custom interleaving for maximum SNR
Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect PCM processing
Clock Ultra low jitter GMT computer controlled Femto Clock RMS jitter 12kHz – 1MHz < 280 Femtoseconds
Audio Formats DSD 512/256/128/64
24.6/22.6/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion
DXD 2x/1x
768/705.6/384/352.8kHz
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion
PCM 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/
48/44.1kHz
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion

Filters

– PCM Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard Digital filters selectable
– DSD Extreme/Extended/Standard Range Analogue filters selectable
– DXD Bit-Perfect Processing Fixed analogue filter

Specifications (DAC Section)

Dynamic Range (Line) >117db(A)
THD & N (0dBFS Line) <0.003%
Output Voltage (Line) >2V
Output Impedance (Zout) < 240Ω
Jitter (correlated) Below AP2 test set limit

Headphone Power Output

HP Amp Output Power (max) Power (continuous.)
– Turbo mode 10.0V/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm >1560 mW @ 64 Ohm
> 166 mW @ 600 Ohm
– Normal mode 5.5V/1,900 mW @ 16 Ohm > 950 mW @ 32 Ohm
> 100 mW @ 300 Ohm
– Eco mode 2.0V/500 mW @ 8 Ohm > 250 mW @ 16 Ohm

Specifications (Headamp Section)

Dynamic Range (HP) >115dB(A) (Eco Mode, 2V Out)
THD &N (HP 500mW/16R) < 0.008%
Output Voltage (HP) >8V (Turbo Mode)
Output Impedance (Zout) <1Ω (iEMatch not engaged)
Maximum Output Power 4,000mW @ 16 Ohm Load when using sinewave testing the micro iDSD BL may engage protection circuits
Continuous Output Power 1,000mW @ 64 Ohm Load

Micro iDSD BL main accessories

  • 3.5mm rubber feet
  • USB A Female > B Female Cable
  • Caps for RCA sockets
  • iFi bag
  • USB3.0 A MALE > A FEMALE
  • Silicone bracelet
  • Label of battery charging
  • RCA cable
  • 6.35 > 3.5 adapter
  • 3.5 male > male cable
  • Optical Adapter
  • USB A Female > B Female Adapter
  • User manual
  • Warranty Card
  • STS card

Reviews

This is it

I had to return a different iFi product since it stopped working in a week, but I tried giving iFi another go. You will not regret this product; the design is great, and the sound is top notch. Drives my headphones and IEMs perfectly.

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Compare

micro iDSD BLxDSDnano iDSD BL
Primary useTransportablePortablePortable
Headphone Output6.3mm3.5mm3.5mm
iEmatchYesYes / AutoYes
3D MatrixOn / OffOn / Off-
XBassOn / OffOn / Off-
Max. power4,000mW @ 16 Ohm500mW @ 16 Ohm285mW @ 30 Ohm
Output Impedance<1 Ohm (Direct)<1 Ohm (Direct)<1 Ohm (Direct)
<4 Ohm (iEmatch) <4 Ohm (iEmatch) <4 Ohm (iEmatch)
Battery playback6-10 hours6-8 hours6-8 hours
Inputs
Bluetooth (aptX / AAC)-Yes-
USBYesYesYes
SPDIFIn / OutIn-
Line OutRCA-3.5mm
DACBurr-Brown (Dual)Burr-BrownBurr-Brown
FormatsPCM768 / DSD512 / 2xDXDPCM768 / DSD512 / 2xDXDPCM384 / DSD256 / DXD
Filter switchBit-Perfect / Min Phase / StandardListen / MeasureListen / Measure
MQAYesYesYes
ClockLow-jitter crystal clockLow-jitter crystal clockLow-jitter crystal clock
DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter)

DACs convert digital information, stored or streamed by computers, into music we can hear through speakers or headphones.

Every device that’s a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC (TVs, games consoles, CD players, phones, portable music players etc). Dedicated external DACs sound much better than standard DACs used in digital devices such as phones.

Native playback

Native playback simply means that the file format has not been changed.

You wanted to listen in PCM, you’ll still be listening in PCM. The DAC does not change the format of the original file.

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.

IEMs

IEMs stands for In-Ear Monitors.

These fit inside your ear. You’ve been using them for years. You just called them something else.

You will also see these referred to as earphones, ear buds and CIEMs. CIEMs are Custom In-Ear Monitors – IEMs made specifically to fit your ear shape.

Gain

Gain is the amount of increase in audio signal strength. Gain is often expressed in decibels (dB).

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