nano iDSD LE
nano iDSD LE
iFi audio nano iDSD
Our nano iDSD LE is our beginner portable DAC and headphone amplifier.

Perfect for use with IEMs while you’re out exploring or when you’re chilling at home. The nano iDSD LE partners with headphones or active speakers to give your audio a superior sound.

One small step…

Known as the ‘pocket rocket’, our nano iDSD LE is perfect if you’re new to digital audio and ready to take the first step to improve the sound of your music.

It’s a cut above above entry-level DACs with its power/performance and even better, its price is kind on your pocket too.

iFi audio nano iDSD LE

Perfect. Powerful

The nano iDSD LE plays high quality audio files up to DSD256 and keeps them in the ‘Bit Perfect’ format you know and love.

With a headphone amplifier that outputs 130mW, the nano LE packs a punch for most ear buds.

When the going gets good…

The good gets even better as the nano LE is simple to use.

At home, the nano connects to your existing system via RCA or 3.5mm line out, or use the USB3.0 cable to connect to your computer.

On the go, just connect a CCK cable for iPhone or OTG cable for Android via the additional shorty cable in the box.

iFi audio nano iDSD LE

Smooth operator

The iDSD LE is affordable yet atypically has a precise, analogue volume control.

It delivers a smooth sound with superior no-loss music quality.

It’s no joke

We’ve stamped out jitter with our Zero Jitter® technology to ensure you don’t miss a beat.

No beats or ‘Bits’ missed in our tech. (Sorry, we told you it was no joke!)

And finally, the nano LE has up to 8 hours of battery life for you to enjoy on the go.

Up to 8 hours of musical enjoyment on the go!

Connect to a smartphone or tablet and let our compact box of tricks do the rest.

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.

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.

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’.

Dig deeper 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.

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

Support

Formats supported: PCM 44.1 to 384kHz/16-32bit
DSD 2.8, 3.1, 5.6 and 6.2MHz/1bit
DXD 352.8, 384kHz/24bit
High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0
(32bit/384kHz)
Battery: Lithium-polymer 1000mAh
Power(max): 1.5W
Dimensions: 106 (l) x67 (W) x28 (h) mm
Weight: 167g (0.37 lbs)

Reviews

Hifi on the go

Great price for such a fantastic product. I now have 2 iFi headphone amps and this is the best for mobility. It’s compact and will improve any phone or dac.

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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.

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.

Active 'v' Passive Speakers

So, what’s the difference?

Active speakers have an in-built power amplifier and just need a power cable (or battery) to operate. Passive speakers require an external power amplifier to operate.

In short, you need an amplifier for passive speakers, you don’t with active speakers.

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.

Bit-Perfect

If a file is “Bit Perfect’ it means it has stayed the same. For example, if a PCM file is played through a DAC to improve the sound quality and the DAC does not change the file format. The file is ‘Bit Perfect’.

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.

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.

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.

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