This is the world’s 1st audiophile-grade galvanic isolation on USB2.0 and USB3.0 on an audiophile grade device.
Electrical circuits are separated to eliminate stray elements – a signal can pass but nothing else.
If computer audio is your thing, then you know about digital signals and how annoying interference can be.
Listening on a Mac? These aren’t earthed so produce a natural buzz and hum (I can hear mine now!)
Using a laptop? Their earth adds distortion due to multiple cables.
Never fear, the iGalvanic3.0 is here. Galvanic isolation on USB3.0.
It is for any computer system. Plug into any USB port via your DAC. Put simply, it ‘creates’ a new, interference free signal.
No more noise, no more jitter. (And not an easy thing to do on USB3.0!)
The iGalvanic3.0 is the one-stop USB audio enhancement solution for every computer audio lover.
It uses audio-grade galvanic isolation, REclock/REgenerate/REBalance2 and a clean USB power supply.
Our iGalvanic3.0 breaks ground loops, avoids noise-coupling in applications that require hi-speed USB transfers and dramatically improves sonic performance.
Perfect for audiophiles seeking maximum sound quality from their USB digital audio system.
|Output Voltage:||5V ± 3% @ 500mA load|
|Output Current:||Up to 900mA (on USB3.0 port WITH USB3.0 cable). Up to 500mA (on USB2.0 port)|
|Output Noise floor:||0.5uV(0.0000005V) @ 500mA load|
|Ground Connection:||ISO, RF, DC-RF|
|USB Standards:||USB 3.0 Super-speed 5.0Gbps|
|USB 2.0 Hi-speed 480Mbps|
|USB 2.0 Full-speed 12Mbps|
|USB 2.0 Low-speed 1.5Mbps|
|Connector host-side:||USB 3.0 B-Type|
|Connector device-side:||USB 3.0 A-Type|
|Input Voltage:||DC 4.5V to 5.5V USB Bus Power|
|Power consumption:||< 6W (includes powered USB device)|
|Electrical Safety Standard:||BS 7671:2008 ELV|
|Isolation Device max Voltage:||3000 Vrms Isolation Voltage per UL 1577|
|Dimensions:||93 (l) x 67 (w) x 28 (h) mm|
I use an Apple Mac laptop and I avidly listen to music through my DAC into this. But when I visited a friend I noticed that their music seemed much clearer and smoother than mine. When I got home, I realised mine had a low grade hum to it – something I never really noticed before but now seemed glaringly obvious and really annoying!!! It also seemed less smooth I guess. So my friend suggested iFi to me, we had a good chat and he talked me through what he thought were my issues and options.
It came down to the iGalvanic3.0 being the one to best suit me, and suit me it did. Once I had set everything up and hit play, my mind was blown. The clarity and sleekness of the sound is astonishing. I don’t know how I went so long listening to my music the old way, I’m definitely never turning back! I am looking forward to my friends coming over just so I can show off my set-up. Will be purchasing the Groundhog+ to further help my issue with the missing earth.
Like many others, I was fairly skeptical. However, I read one review from a computer scientist or electrical engineer (I can’t remember which) of various digital audio components and he said galvanic isolation is the biggest difference maker for digital audio. So I thought: what the heck? And gave this a try.
The difference exceeded my expectations. I have several of these signal cleaning products (audioqust jitterbug, the Schiit Wyrd, and now this) and this one has clearly made the biggest difference of the bunch by far.
Sound just feels cleaner. It’s hard to describe. But you get better clarity, better spacing, a slightly larger/more open soundstage.
Not sure the difference this will make with a standard set of cans, but I imagine nobody is looking at this to pair with their free earpods.
Definitely, definitely recommend this product!
(Current system for reference: Tidal or DSD library –> Schiit Wyrd –> iFi iGalvanic –> Audioquest Jitterbug –> Pro-ject Prebox S2 –> Schiit Lyr2 –> Audeze MX4)
YES, YES, YES! Bought his to use with my iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/AMP. You’re not aware of the grit, grain, and electronic hash coming from your laptop via USB cable. I mean this iGalvanic3 took my DAC/AMP to another level. It mattered not the source. I mean even music off YouTube sounds amazing. Streaming Tidal Master Class is incredible too. I was thinking to myself, “So this is what the high-end sounds like….wow.”
It’s a 3 in one device: galvanic isolator with 3 selectable modes, and at least two more functions. Left on for 24 hours, it started to show what it can do on day 2. Later updated report will follow, but this is a real deal. Noise floor drops leading to more resolution: listening at lower level at night has improved a lot in clarity, better focus, increased depth, more extended highs and lows with more texture. I’m using this iGalvanic3.0 along with a Nano iUSB3.0, plus an iDefender powered by an iPower.
The iFi iGalvanic3.0 is a device that completely breaks the noise channel of your computer, it is like a water purifier filter that does not allow impurities to pass through. Not a single one!
Unlike the iUSB3.0, which regenerates the water flow and reduces some impurities, the iGalvanic3.0 completely cleans the current.
YES, YES, YES! Bought his to use with my iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/AMP. You’re not aware of the grit, grain, and electronic hash coming from your laptop via USB cable. I mean this iGalvanic3 took my DAC/AMP to another level. It mattered not the source. I mean even music off YouTube sounds amazing. Streaming Tidal Master Class is incredible too. I was thinking to myself, “So this is what the high-end sounds like….wow.” I thought this would replace the iFi iPurifier2 but come to find out, I was able to leave that in the chain with the iGalvanic3 and get even better sound than the iGalvanic3 by itself. However the iGalvanic3, by itself, does 75% of the difference. I’m just using el-Cheapo blue USB cables too–still incredible.
|micro iUSB3.0||nano iGalvanic3.0||iPurifier3|
|Who is it for?||US >$1,500 systems||-||US <$1,500 systems
|Separate audio & power ports||Yes||-||-|
|Two sets of Dual ports||Yes||-||-|
|REGenerate / REClock / REBalance||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Auto power on||-||-||-|
|USB standard||USB3.0 Super-speed 5Gbps (up to)||USB3.0 Super-speed 5Gbps (up to)||USB2.0|
|Output current||2.5A (total)||Up to 0.9A (on USB3.0)||-|
|Output noise floor||0.1uV (0.0000001V)|
@ 500mA load
@ 500mA load
|Power consumption||<15W (with incl iPOWER)||<6W|
BS 7671:2008 ELV
3000 Vrms Isolation Voltage per
|Weight||285g (0.63 lbs)||128g (0.28lbs)||33g (0.1 lbs)|
Galvanic isolation is a design technique that separates electrical circuits to eliminate stray currents that contain noise. Signals can pass between galvanically isolated circuits, but stray currents, such as differences in ground potential or currents induced by AC power, do not pass. This means little or no noise interference to the audio signal from stray currents.