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iFi audio nano iDSD Black Label

The nano iDSD Black Label is a portable DAC and headphone amplifier. It will enhance your personal audio.

On your daily commute or even once you get to in the office, the nano BL will boost the sound quality of your music and supercharge to your day.

Stream, stream, stream…

The nano iDSD Black Label is for those who enjoy great music on-the go.

From your phone, amplify your Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal using an Apple CCK cable or OTG cable for Android.

At home or in the office, use the USB3.0 cable provided to connect to your PC.

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Res’ing it up!

The nano iDSD Black Label plays Hi-Res audio up to DSD256
so you can enjoy your tunes in the original format just as the artists intended.

Getting into MQA? The nano BL is MQA ready.  Use it with Tidal ‘HiFi’ on your computer or mobile.

Also, Roon tested for simple set-up should you wish to give Roon a whirl.

The mighty nano

The nano iDSD Black Label is small but mighty with 10x more amplification power than an iPhone.

It can drive most headphones and has our iEMatch technology built-in, so it can work with In-Ear-Monitors (IEMs).

The in-built iFi iPurifier means it delivers clean, quality music with no buzz, no hiss and no fuss!

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Brilliant balancing act

The iFi exclusive S-Balanced circuit provides all the benefits of balanced outputs such as low-noise and less distortion when used with headphones and IEMs fitted with balanced wiring.

For single-ended headphones, S-Balanced cuts crosstalk in half. The benefits are ‘clearly’ audible.

Listen. Measure.

Fancy getting technical? The nano BL has a Listen option (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and a Measure option (Linear Phase Transient-Aligned Filter) for those who like to try a variation to the playback.

We say just switch it on, plug in your device, and listen away.

There is no going wrong with 10 hours of battery life.

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.

Apple CCK and Android OTG

So, why don’t we provide these two cables with our products?

The Apple CCK cable can only be purchased from Apple. We can’t make one ourselves as it has a special chip in the cable that we’d need to use for them to actually work with Apple hardware. Sadly, Apple has not released this chip to anyone.

We can and do make two versions of an Android OTG cable – Type C and micro.

DSD (Direct Stream Digital)

DSD is a very high-quality digital audio format that’s even better than CD quality. The higher the ‘DSD rate’ – DSD64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024 – the greater the amount of music information available, which means better sound quality.

Files can be remastered to higher file rates to improve sound quality. The pinnacle of this is DSD1024. Not many machines out there are capable of this feat.

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. More here.

Tidal Masters

Tidal is a subscription-based audio streaming platform, similar to Apple Music and Spotify, but with lossless-quality audio. Tidal Masters is the section with the highest-fidelity music streamed including some files in partnership with MQA.

Lossless-quality means that no music quality is lost in this format.

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.

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.

Analogue 'v' Digital Volume Control

For cost and convenience, modern DAC chips have a built-in digital volume control. The drawback is that a digital volume control works by ‘truncating’ the signal. Or ‘chopping Bits’ of resolution. For a 16-Bit music file at 50% volume level means the listener is actually listening to 14.5-Bits!

All iFi products bypass the digital volume control and use a separate analogue volume control which does not ‘lose Bits’ so a 16-Bit file stays unchanged which delivers maximum resolution.

Losing Bits of resolution (quality) is like having missing pixels on a computer or TV screen.

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.

Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

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.

iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.

See our Tech Note to dig deeper.

This unit has up to 10 hours of non-stop playing time. Always make sure you switch it on first and then plug in your device.

Zero Jitter® equals good audio. Is it essential to have a very precisely buffered digital signal before it goes to a DAC.

We pushed the envelope even further by doing this not only with the nano iDSD BL‘s USB input, but the rest of the digital interfaces as well.

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.

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General
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 Filter2 positions. 2 filters
Outputs(front)2 x 3.5mm headphone audio outputs. ‘Direct’ and ‘iEMatch®’
DAC
DACDSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect DXD processing
ClockLow-jitter crystal clock
Audio FormatsDSD 256/128/64/12.4/11.2/6.2/5.6/3.1/2.8
DXD 384/352.8kHz
PCM 384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
MQA 88.2/96/176.4/192kHz filters
Filter–PCMListen (transient optimised minimum phase)
Measure (frequency response optmised)
DSDListen (extended bandwidth transient optimised)
Measure (narrow bandwidth, low output band noise optimised)
DXDFixed Bit-Perfect Processing
MQAFixed MQA Filter
Headphone Amplifier
AmplifierDual Mono 2 x 285mW Direct Drive, coupling capacitor free circuit for highest fidelity
Volume Control3.5mm 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)
Line Output
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
Dimensions96(l) x 64(w) x 25.5(h)mm
Weight139g (0.31 Ibs)
Warranty period12 months
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

Incredible

This thing sounds incredible! It might even be superior to my Schiit stack (Modi 3/Magni 3 Heresy). But I bought it mostly for mobile usage, so now I know I’ll hear everything my music has to offer without having to rely on my phone’s much poorer integrated DAC and amp.

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iFi Headphone Amp/DAC Review

In this video, we review iFi’s lineup of headphone amps and DACs. iFi’s headphone amp/DAC lineup offers plenty of options and has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a small, portable DAC for when you’re on the go or a high-performance desktop DAC for working from home or even gaming, iFi has a great option for you.
Watch the full video here…

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iFi audio nano iDSD Black Label under test

“The iFi Nano iDSD BL is a product that we recommend more than warmly by the editorial staff and even more if you are looking for a DAC / mobile headphone amplifier given its format, its autonomy, its weight and the excellent musical performances it offers. offers, especially in headphone output. It is also a pure happiness for its price in line output, even if one would have preferred an RCA output rather than jack, simple practical question.

MacFay Hardware

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Increases sound quality.

Makes audio quality from your cellular telephone sound better if you are using headphones. It requires recharging about once a day with a usb b cable.

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Needed a better audio setup for my PC. I made the right choice!

Had been running my audio via a cheap Fiio optical DAC into a modded (upgraded the internal op-amp to OPA2227) Creative Labs speaker system. I decided to smarten it all up a bit with something more advanced. After some research I settled on this unit.

The dual headphone outputs gave some improved options further down the line if I decided to go more exotic headphone wise. The pure DAC only output is great to pump into my amplified speaker setup. I doubt I’ll use it with my phone or mobile but the option is there. The range of digital media it can handle is pretty wide too.

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REVIEW: ifi Nano iDSD Black Label – A Portable Powerhouse

“With the Nano iDSD BL, ifi continues its run of quality devices aimed at both the novice and serious audio enthusiast who demands more quality than what most phone makers deem sufficient for today’s fast-paced, disposable-music lifestyle. Given a quality source, the Nano BL will render your music with finesse, and do justice to all but the most stubbornly insensitive headphones. “

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Great Sounds

Love the quality of sounds I got with just Pandora Premium and beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 250 Ohm and KZ ZS10.
Love all the extra adapters that came with the unit.
Love the compact size.
Don’t like the long USB cable came with it. Too stiff. I replaced it with my own cable.
Don’t like how you have to remember to plug it in first before turning it on if you don’t want to use the internal battery.
Over all still loves it.

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Perfect Portable Solution!

I bought the iFi Nano as a second source for my headphone collection. I was mainly attracted by the ability to be able to stream music from my phone and it certainly hasn’t disappointed. Build quality is top notch and the specs are very impressive . I would quite happily use the iFi as my main source as it sounds every bit as good as my two box desktop solution.

I am using it to power a pair of HiFiMan Sundara headphones. I find that I only need to use about 25% of the available volume. Trying to run them directly from my phone was futile, so this little box has done the trick. It is also nice to be able to support a UK Hi-Fi company. I honestly don’t think that there is a better solution around at the moment for the money.

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Excelente.

No hay razon alguna para comprar otro tipo de dac a menos que pases de los $500 dolares o utilises un Nos Dac.There is no reason to buy any other type of dac unless you spend over $ 500 or use a Nos Dac.

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iFi Nano iDSD Black Label – Unboxing All The Sound And None Of The Frills

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Excellent DAC

Excellent product, which I use with an iPhone, i pad and computer. With quality headphones, of course. (Beyerdynamics, for example)
I recommend.

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iFi -nano Black Label idsd a headphone dac/amp, OvervieW of another BUDGET-FI-BANDIT @199.00US ?

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Good

Good

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MQA decoding is a big asset

I’ve been using ifi products like iphono2, itube2 and some filters.
Always happy with the sound quality.
I thing best price/value headphone amp.

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iFi Portable DAC/Amp Reviews | Nano iDSD Black Label, xDSD, Micro iDSD Black Label

Today we are taking a look at 3 portable DAC/Amp combo units from iFi, the Nano, xDSD, and Micro. I give an overview of the units and what I think about the sound.

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Great little unit, annoying audio gaps

As many have said before me, this is a great little unit. I use it with Tidal on a Macbook Pro and it’s clean and clear — drives my Hifiman He560s just fine. My only gripe is a 1-second gap at the beginning of every MQA encoded track. Seems like the MQA decoder is disabled at the ned of one track and takes a second to engage again at the beginning of the next.

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Great Portable Amp/DAC

iFi makes great gear. This is a great little portable amp and it sounds terrific. I listen to a lot of classical music and there is a high bar for sound quality. I used this to power some HiFiMan HE4xx from Drop. It brought out a sound stage that I could not hear using just my phone to power the headphones.. When listening to Mahler Symphony No. 2 I could hear better imaging and you could hear that the 300 voice chorus was above the orchestra and behind the Tympani!!…

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Great Dac / Amp

Bought to add to my iMac to get a better audio to my AKG headphones – works really well and brings the sound to life with better detail and soundstage and an overall excellent sound. Really enjoying (I can’t say anything about the battery life as I have not used it on battery as yet).

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Great DAC and Amazing support!

Sound quality is great and the way it words (sic) with Tidal makes music fun again!

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Super quality

Just amazing!
Even with CD quality files, I rediscover all my albums.
I use this DAC with my Sennheiser headphones.
I can’t wait to find Hi-res or DSD files so I can listen to the differences …

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Great after firmware update

Had an issue with mqa tracks via Tidal, but new firmware update solved it. Now having a great time with this dac/amp.

This is a great small dac/headphone amp. Definitely drives my on ear cans effortlessly. Haven’t tried larger ones but there is plenty of power. No audible hiss.

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Amazing value!

I gave away my Schiit Fulla after 1 session with the iFi Nano. No comparison. Absolutely terrific product at this price point. The sound quality is excellent.

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Very good

Perfect, very good sound, associated with Meze 99 classic that happiness.

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Great amp !

Easy to use sounds great ??

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iFi Headphone Amp and DAC Lineup Review

The entry into the world of headphones can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re looking for an affordable headphone amp to bring life into your cans, iFi will have the solution. Whether you use IEM’s or the most stubborn open-back, iFi can push them and give you the lifelike music you’ve been wanting.

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SOUNDS AMAZING WITH MY HD 6XX AND FIIO FH5

it thought LG v30 quad dac is enough for most of the headphones.no it’s not! it still better to use some kind of portable dac/amp for some headphones like my HD 6xx..bass, soundstage, vocals, highs this ifi nano is just so fckn good..it is actually worth the price or even higher price tag
5/5

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This is an awesome dac

For my 1st real dac/headphone amp it sounds awesome. Hooking it up was fairly easy and then just awesome sound. I play off of YouTube and Pandora alot, and just hearing music off these apps is breathtaking. It is nice to be able to control the volume.

This is a great dac and I’m hoping to buy ifi products again and soon. Thank you!

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Great value, not much in this price range and this quality!

I did not seriously consider a DAC/Headphone amp until I read video reviews about this unit that offers quality and features of units costing 2-10 times this one.

The design and construction are of high quality and solid despite the reasonable cost. It is also quite compact and worked with MQA streaming and files with no problem. Highly recommend!

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BUY THIS NOW! You won’t regret it…

A high quality and hefty (in a good way) piece of electronic kit from iFi. The DSD Black Label DAC and headphone amplifier is top shelf and a steal at 200$.

If you’re thinking about this model or are considering a DAC amp combo, look no further.

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Yeehaw!

I love this thing!

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Balanced brings it alive but an upgrade to laptop sound with good headphones

I use this primarily with my laptop. Immediately could hear subtle differences and as time has gone on it seems as though the unit increased the soundstage on my HD660S as well as providing better bass and overall better sound even at low volumes.

I picked up an 3.5 mm adapter to go with the 4.4mm provided by the headphone co. At this stage the sound came alive. Well worth the purchase especially in balanced

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Perfect for me!! 38ohm headphones hooked up to these.

The form factor is nice and small. I would use these with lower impedance headphones for best results. I have a pair that are 38 ohms and I can’t go past the 2 o’clock volume setting or else they are pain inducing.

The iFi comes with lots of different connections, arrives in an iPhone quality box and even has smiley face stickers thanking you for the purchase! These also have an IEM match for low impedance, extra sensitive headphones….mine sound best on the Direct jack. f I wanted a pair of Sennheisers that really need the extra power, I would upgrade and get the larger iFi headphone amp, but for my needs, this little thing is ideal!!

10/10 would buy again in a heartbeat!

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iFi has delivered marvelous work with the the BL version of the Nano iDSD.

A superb little device, for those who are looking for a nice DAC/AMP that can give a good amount of power for not extremely hard to drive headphones, and with a competitive price. If you also like to listen to your in ear monitors with these types of devices, I just can’t recommend it enough. It’s flexible, built to last, useful and compact. Most importantly, it sounds flawless for the money. Just go for it.

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Great

Does what it is supposed to do as far as I can tell. Rugged unit.

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IFI NANO IDSD BLACK LABEL DAC REVIEW

If you can get the Ifi Nano iDSD Black Label to work with your phone, or you intend to use it with your computer, you’ll love the sound it can produce.

This device is built for audiophiles on the go, and it produces a beautifully detailed and present sound. There’s an ever-so-slight boost in the lows and highs, which translates to a small dip in mid-range — but not enough to make the DAC sound unnatural in any way.

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Excellent device

Great sound, small, compact device with MQA Support. Works perfect with Tidal.

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Ifi Nano iDSD Black Label Review ! – In comparison to audioquest dragonfly and oppo ha 2 se

The Next Best Thing Studio

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MQA sounds so sweet

This little Black Label portable kicks butt. It drives a Massdrop/Sennheiser HD6XX no problem. I’m listening to TIDAL as I type. Takes your PC output to several next levels. Would buy again if needed.

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Great purchase

Use it as a home device with PC and with powered speakers . For this price very satisfied !!

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This is a nice Amp…

One nice Amp….. Very pleased

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Top notch for it’s bread

People considering buying this device should know what they are doing. This amp powered HD650 significantly better than O2/ODAC and it’s highly portable. I also used it to drive HD800. It’s not as enjoyable as pairing with HD650. But that’s likely due to HD800’s unforgiving revealing power.

If you don’t mind dragging a device when enjoying music, this is the one to get. I personally found the listening experience is much better with simple setup, like HD598 for open back and Sony 7506 for close back.

Anyhow, you won’t regret buying it if you have the right headphones

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Excellent

You get a good deal of quality for your money from this DAC.

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Musical

The measurement of this small item is descent. Sound stage is clear, and very musical.

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Stunning Sound Quality

I purchased this mainly to listen to Tidal MQA streaming, it’s very well built and sounds very clean connected to my Little Dot headphone Amplifier. Go on and buy with confidence, Unit has an LED that changes colour dependant on Input signal
Has a built in battery and is nice and portable too.

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MQA sound quality in a small package

The Nano iDSD is a terrific value. It does not provide the SQ of a full out home system dac but what it does provide especially while streaming an MQA file is remarkable. It has plenty of power to drive most headphones with ease as 50% volume on mine is an ear bleed.

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Bang For Buck Portable Amp/DAC 2018

I honestly can’t find fault with a device at this price point that can do as much as the Nano iDSD Black Label can. At $199 it is a bit of a steal to get IEMatch, decent levels of gain and power as well as a smooth analog type delivery with BitPerfect capability. Throwing in MQA is kind of like a selectively high-end cherry on a generally rather tasty cake.

If you have IEMs or even a wide range of medium efficiency headphones the Nano iDSD BL is a really smart entry-level choice for the price. It can handle both but with IEMatch it excels with today’s hyper-efficient IEMs which I suspect is where the majority of buyers will likely be.

It may well be the last release of the old iFi design ethos and superseded by the new X Series but the BL easily grabs our Bang For Buck award for 2018.

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Astronomical bang for the buck

Oh golly, what an upgrade! It’s warm, smooth, detailed and punchy. Now, to be clear, I am using it with the tidal desktop app on a desktop computer in my office with an audioquest USB cable (iFi has the converter you need to get from USB-B to female USB-A right in the box), not in a portable mode. And so far I have just tried it with my office Grado SR325e’s and Tidal Hi-Fi (lossless) and Master- which the 5.30 firmware on my unit automatically recognizes and switches to MQA mode. (The current Tidal app automatically recognized IT as a MQA device too, and switched mode to outboard renderer by itself- how easy is that?) So I can’t say how it sounds with lesser sound sources. But as a desktop headphone front end it just sounds bloody marvelous for the price, much better than my old d/a. Which has already been tossed in a drawer where it will be living from now on. It’s small, unobtrusive, and well-built, with a very smooth volume control- which you NEED playing MQA since the Tidal app disables its own volume control when it detects an MQA sound device. If all you need to do is to drive headphones from a usb source this is an easy choice- the Nano has a number of iFi big brothers if you need more connections and choices. DO get the driver from iFi and install it first before connecting it to Windows 7 for the best installation experience.

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ifi iDSD nano BL

With the Black Label you can drive pretty much everything… I had no headphone that I couldn’t drive with it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

David C. Snyder

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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.

Max Bellum

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NANO IDSD BLACK LABEL HEAD AMP/DAC FROM IFI

A compact unit, ideal for mobile use, the nano iDSD proved to offer superb sound for its diminutive size. Covering a range of resolutions and connectivity options, the iFi Nano iDSD BL provides excellent value for money too.

Paul Rigby (The Audiophile Man)

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A THICC Portable

The iFi nano iDSD Black Label is the heir to the global best–seller; nano iDSD. It has the same MultiBit Burr-Brown DAC with True Native DSD256/PCM384/DXD as the rest of the iFi range.

Z Review

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I think its one of the best devices ifi Audio have produced and at its price is a bargain

I received the Nano iDSD Black from dukkanhifi, the official distributor of iFi Audio in Turkey. Special thanks to them for sending out the device. It goes for 200$ on the market. I’m not affiliated with the iFi brand and this review reflects my own, unbiased thoughts like always.

Berkhan

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A mobile rechargeable battery powered headset AMP/DAC is good

Rarely, if ever, have I classified a piece of gear, in this case a transportable rechargeable battery powered headphone amp/DAC as a no brainer. Sure, the unit has some flaws, nobody’s prefect, but at the price £199 you cannot fault it for what it is able to do in such a small package. I’m well aware of the gravity of that opening statement, but I stand by it.

David Blumenstein

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Good workmanship, general hand feeling, rich function and omnivorous food

nano BL in general is a more sincere product, the main advantage is that the function is rich, in the outside phone, in the home to pick up the computer is more convenient, there are no sorry portable decode the name of the decode, the sound quality is also the value of this price.

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Micro Black Label Contender

Have a lot of gear at work and at home? Worried if the iFi Nano iDSD Black can work with all your gear? Well here’s a post of the Nano Black and all the gear I connected it to.

Necron99

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Micro Black Label Contender

I don’t want to make it controversial but that’s what I heard. Whether it holds or not, it’s really up to you to decide. The question is, where do I stand by I’ll let you guys know at the end. Let see if this small black box lives up to the hype.

Ahmad Faiz AdnanIn

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Evolutie met een vleugje Revolutie

This time their latest Black Label product the iDSD Nano brings MQA support into the portable realm. Overall I found it’s sound to be spacious and black with a super light compact body and priced right at $199.

The product’s well built with minimal seams in the chassis and non-invasive screw placement. It features a unique USB Type A male connector housed seamlessly into the chassis. It’s well built and light, the power switch is built into the volume knob and otherwise the only other moving part is the digital filter switch on the back.

HiFi In The Low Light

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