With the Black Label you can drive pretty much everything… I had no headphone that I couldn’t drive with it.
nano iDSD Black Label
Take centre stage.
Ever dreamed of being a Rock ‘n’ Roll star?
To feel the rush as you step out on stage before thousands of adoring fans?
The nano iDSD Black Label, with its Hi-Res DNA and crystal-clear sound, brings that experience to your ears.
The nano iDSD Black Label is a powerful piece of kit.
It’s six times more powerful than an iPhone, drives almost any set of headphones and with up to ten hours of battery life, makes listening on the go stress-free.
And with its advanced engineering and balanced wiring, it’s ideal for single or balanced earphones alike.
A step closer to stardom.
Even if you’re listening through low-spec earphones in the gym or on large cans at home, the nano iDSD Black Label delivers rich, clean sound no matter what.
Tonight, you’re a Rock ‘n’ Roll star.
The tech spec.
The nano iDSD Black Label has two other iFi products built in:
- The iPurifier – To isolate sound and deliver clean, quality music,
- The iEMatch – To attenuate high-powered earphones and sensitive in-ear monitors
They take away hiss, buzz and distortion and provide studio-quality audio.
You’ll feel like you’re playing right alongside the biggest artists.
True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.
Listen to MQA straight out of the box.
For MQA tracks, simply connect to Tidal (on your computer) and check the options to stream MQA.
Hear music as the artist intended. The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged for the truest sound.
The iFi exclusive S-Balanced topology makes its debut in the flagship Pro iCAN. It delivers the maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.
Reap the benefits of balanced, enjoy lower distortion and reduced crosstalk on headphones.
Visible analogue volume control. Its smooth action and smooth sound deliver the sonic goods with precision.
Choose between the ‘Listen’ (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and ‘Measure’ (Linear Phase Transient Aligned Filter) options.
It’s the only portable DAC to give you so much control.
With up to ten hours of battery life, you can max out your on-the-go listening. Just switch it on and then plug in your device. Plus it boasts a USB Type A connector for a stable wired connection.
Just use an Apple CCK cable or Android OTG cable and away you go.
|Input(rear):||USB2.0 type A ‘OTG’ Socket (with iPurifier® technology built-in)|
|Output(rear)；||1 x audio fixed line out L+R 3.5mm|
|Digital Filter:||2 positions. 2 filters|
|Outputs(front):||2 x 3.5mm headphone audio outputs. ‘Direct’ and ‘iEMatch®’|
|DAC:||DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect DXD processing|
|Clock:||Low-jitter crystal clock|
|Audio Formats:||DSD 256/128/64/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8|
|MQA 88.2/96/176.4/192kHz filters|
|Filter–PCM:||Listen (transient optimised minimum phase)|
|Measure (frequency response optmised)|
|–DSD:||Listen (extended bandwidth transient optimised)|
|Measure (narrow bandwidth, low output band noise optimised)|
|–DXD:||Fixed Bit-Perfect Processing|
|–MQA:||Fixed MQA Filter|
|Amplifier:||Dual Mono 2 x 285mW Direct Drive, coupling capacitor free circuit for highest fidelity|
|Volume Control:||3.5mm TRRS with Balanced compatible wiring|
|Dynamic Range(including DAC):||> 109dB(A) @ 3v (Direct)|
|> 107dB(A) @ 0.5V (iEMatch®)|
|THD &N (@ 125mW/30R):||< 0.005%|
|Max. Output (<10% THD):||> 3.5V @ 600Ω Load (Direct) (20mW/600Ω)|
|> 2.9V @ 30Ω Load (Direct) (285mW/30Ω)|
|> 1.7V @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (200mW/15Ω)|
|Output Impedance :||< = 1Ω (Direct)|
|< = 4Ω (iEMatchsup>®)|
|Channel Separation:||> 79dB @ 600Ω Load (Direct)|
|> 79dB @ 15Ω Load (Direct) (1kHz, TRRS plug Balanced wiring)|
|Dynamic Range(Line):||> 109dB(A)|
|THD & N(0dBFS Line):||< 0.004%|
|Output Voltage(Line): :||2.15V (+/-0.05V)|
|Output Impedance:||< 240Ω|
|Channel Separation:||> 99dB (@ 1kHz)|
|Jitter(correlated):||Below test set limit|
|Dimensions:||96(l) x 64(w) x 25.5(h)mm|
|Weight:||139g (0.31 Ibs)|
|Warranty period:||12 months|
iFi Nano iDSD Black Label portable MQA-capable headphone amp/DAC
iFi’s Nano iDSD Black Label is a brilliant headphone amp/DAC that offers serious sound quality in a very compact and affordable package- similarly priced rivals have far less functionality making it excellent value too. It is a wothy little brother to iFi’s also excellent Micro iDSD Black Label, but one whose distinctive S-Balanced amplifier and iEMatch circuitry give it a sonic appeal all its own. Go hear one. Soon.
Great little unit
Super happy with the BL Nano. I’ve come from a Dragonfly Red and this trumps it both in usage/flexibility, and sound (particularly the clear midrange and also the slightly fuller bass). I particularly love: the volume knob, which is smooth and easy to set (though probably too light if looking to use this in your pocket); the two outputs for different impedance headphones; the line out; MQA’s from Tidal sound great; the small form factor and build quality. This isn’t really a portable (as in walkaround) device, but I use it primarily at my home office desk and when working remotely e.g. from hotels, for which usage it’s absolutely perfect. I can also see the line out getting some heavy use. Really excellent and flexible little unit and I can’t imagine getting anything better for the money.
iFi Audio nano iDSD Black Label
Fortunately, the nano iDSD BL quickly proves that it has brains to match its brawn. It displays a light, balanced touch with the likes of the rich gospel chorus of ‘Somebody To Love’
by Queen [A Day At The Races – 2011 Remaster; Universal 276441 6]. The opening burst of harmonies rang out with good clarity, pulling out all the details in the densely-layered vocals to
impressive effect. The nano iDSD BL also does a good job of capturing the warmth of vocals, especially on deeper harmonies, which, in this instance, emphasised Brian May’s folk-singer tones in contrast with the stratospherically high voices of Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor.
A DAC/Amp that’s as easy to enjoy as it is to buy
The nano iDSD BL is a knock-out product that deserves a space in your stable of iFi gear and accessories. If you care about sound quality enough to purchase good headphones and run dedicated media player software (like Aiudirvana Plus, Roon, Amarra, or TIDAL desktop), you owe it to yourself to buy a dedicated DAC/Amp, and the nano iDSD BL is a great place to start.
Tried a ton of different AMPS – just buy this one if you’re listening to Tidal HiFi.
Absolutely the best portable DAC – w/ MQA! Listened to this vs Dragonfly Black 1.5, Red, Ifi micro iDSD Black label, ifi iDSD nano Black, Meridian – hands down winner the Ifi nano iDSD back Label.
So how big of a difference is MQA on a great DAC? Here’s my story; I had been critical listening for about 2 days with the micro swapping between the Hifiman X, 800, & Clear with several HIRES Flacs. Then I swapped with the Dragonfly Red / Black and listened on Tidal master – Great music the MQA unfolding was good. Critical listening for a few hours. The next day I dropped in the Ifi iDSD Nano BL …. OMG – Seriously. OMG.. that has got to be the most incredible audio experience I’ve had in a while.. Chills .. goose bumps. Yeah the unfolding was fantastic better – sounded like the artists were sitting in your living room playing. That was awesome.