NEO iDSD – Performance Edition
iFi audio NEO iDSD DACamp

NEW! The NEO iDSD Performance Edition

The NEO now comes with the iPurifier3 and S/PDIF iPurifier2 for even greater clarity

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NEO iDSD Performance Edition

The NEO iDSD is our new 3-in-one DAC/amp. Since release we’ve made some upgrades to the original version to create the NEO iDSD Performance Edition.

With balanced ‘PureWave’ circuitry, unbeatable hi-res Bluetooth5.1 and MQA, the NEO is the ultimate in hi-res playback. Team it with Qobuz to get access to an eclectic catalogue of more than 70 million hi-res quality tracks.

Place it horizontally or vertically to suit its surroundings. The OLED display flips to match orientation and the latest firmware provides a highly requested ‘Display Dim’ function.

One rotary knob controls functionality. Sleek, sophisticated and versatile.

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All. Bases. Covered.

Enjoy the NEO iDSD as a pure DAC. Connect it to a separate integrated amp or preamp using the fixed-level analogue output.

Or treat it as a DAC/preamp with a variable output. The ideal companion to a power amp or active speakers.

And headphone users will love using the excellent amp stage to create a fabulous ‘head-fi’ system.

Movies and gaming ‘upsampled’

Love your music but also love movies and gaming?

The NEO iDSD Performance Edition will enhance your movie and gameplay experience  even further.

Add the included S/PDIF iPurifier2 to make movie or game audio match the amazing picture quality of your 4K TV. Feel more immersed than ever before as sound finally matches picture in spectacular fashion.

Pair the NEO with the PS4 or Xbox One X for the ultimate gaming experience.

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Enhanced engine

The Burr-Brown DAC chipset still fuels the NEO‘s ‘digital engine’.

But we’ve upgraded it up with a new 16-core, XMOS microcontroller that processes the data via USB and S/PDIF digital inputs. Double the clock-speed. Four times the memory.

Since it’s original release we’ve added more digital filters for your listening pleasure. The NEO iDSD now comes with the GTO, Minimum Phase, Bit-Perfect and Standard filters. 

Add in jitter eradication including our GMT femto-precision clock, intelligent memory buffer and the newly included iPurifier3 and super smooth listening is yours.

Hi-res heaven

The NEO iDSD supports PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz, DSD up to 512 and DXDx2. All remain ‘bit-perfect’.

The NEO provides full MQA decoding to ensure the best possible sound quality. Check out our MQA set-up tutorial for Tidal, Roon and Audirvana here.

Plus with MQA over S/PDIF, take advantage of any MQA CDs in your collection.

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Bleeding-edge Bluetooth

iFi uses Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth processing IC.

All current high-definition Bluetooth audio formats are supported – aptx, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, HWA/LHDC, AAC and SBC.

The NEO iDSD ‘remembers’ up to 7 devices and has impressive range on Bluetooth5.0.

Ride the ‘PureWave’

Not only is the NEO iDSD a purist design – no DSP, no digital filter selection and no change in analogue playback – it is also all designed around a balanced circuit design named ‘PureWave‘. Read more below.

It uses audiophile-grade components and delivers sonic ‘purity’ thanks to the extraordinarily low levels of noise and distortion.

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Power and poise

The headphone amp stage maintains an engaging balance between sonic power and poise – no matter what it is tasked to drive. From high-sensitivity in-ear monitors to current-hungry planar headphones, it drives them with aplomb.

It has a continuous power output of over 1000mW into 32ohms available through the balanced headphone socket. Plenty of oomph for the headphone user.

Just more music

The NEO iDSD and the new Performance Edition contain top-notch audio components to back-up the outstanding balanced circuit design.

Quality components and the Performance Edition extras – the iPurifier3 and S/PDIF iPurifier2 – mean audio with even more clarity and texture.

Plus as a NEOphile, new or old, you can benefit from a 90-day free trial to Qobuz – the world’s premier service for streaming and downloading music is Hi-Res sound quality. Discover more here.

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Majestic measurements

NEO iDSD: 0.0015% THD
Typical DACamp: 0.05% THD

32x

quieter

DACs

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.

File Formats

MP3 – this is the most popular file format, every device in the world can use it.

PCM – Pulse Code Modulation is the most common format for CDs and DVDs.

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.

DXD – Digital eXtreme Definition is a very high-quality PCM format. It was developed to edit hi-res (high quality) recordings recorded in DSD.

MQA

MQA is a very high-quality streaming technology. It’s a compressed digital-audio format that doesn’t lose the audio quality of the original performance recording. More here.

'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’.

Bluetooth5.0

This is the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard.

Its main benefits are improved speed and greater range – it’s faster and can operate over greater distances than older versions of Bluetooth.

You can find out more here.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Digital signal processing (DSP) is the use of digital processing, such as by computers or more specialized digital signal processors, to perform a wide variety of signal processing operations. When it comes to audio the overuse of DSP can result in an over-compressed, unnatural sound.

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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.

Hi-res audio support is state-of-the-art with True Native® playback. It handles PCM data to 32-bit/768kHz, DSD up to DSD512 and single and double speed DXD.

Thanks to the Burr-Brown DAC chip’s four-channel True Native design, PCM and DSD take separate pathways – this enables DSD, as well as PCM, to remain ‘bit-perfect’ in its native form right through to analogue conversion. This is not the case with all DAC devices from other brands – even if DSD compatibility is stated, many such DACs convert DSD signals to PCM.

The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB* digital input.

This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard.

iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

(* Also on S/PDIF on the NEO iDSD/Diablo)

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is supported through the USB with full decoding of MQA files up to 384kHz thanks to the processing power of the new 16-core XMOS chip.

Check out how to set up your MQA decoder via Tidal, Roon and Audirvana here.

This means that the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to only the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’.

Globally, MQA has become an important consideration for any comprehensively equipped DAC. It is available through for Tidal Masters, Audirvana and Roon.

We use Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth processing IC in combination with proprietary circuits to create an audibly superior ‘Bluetooth engine’.

All the current high-definition Bluetooth audio formats are supported – Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive and aptX HD, Sony’s LDAC and HWA’s LHDC, regular aptX and aptX Low Latency, AAC (Apple iOS devices) and SBC (the ‘plain vanilla’ Bluetooth codec).

Of the 24-bit-capable codecs, aptX Adaptive and aptX HD support up to 48kHz, while LDAC and LHDC reach 96kHz.

iFi’s ‘Bluetooth engine’ can also be updated over-the-air, so future codecs may be added.

Extensive jitter-eradication technologies are applied to the digital stage, including our GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock and intelligent memory buffer. This represents a total ‘out-of-the-box’ systematic digital solution that solves jitter once and for all.

Balanced, differential analogue circuit design has long been championed for its ability to reduce noise and cross-talk within the signal path by fully separating the left and right channels.

PureWave is a new, balanced, symmetrical dual-mono topology with short, direct signal paths. The name refers to the sonic purity it achieves thanks to exceptional linearity and infinitesimally low levels of noise and distortion.

As with many other iFi audio products, we’ve incorporated a custom OV Series operational-amplifier. This top-notch component contributes to the extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth.

Switching between settings has been engineered to ensure sonic transparency with advanced trench technology MOSFET is used as a muting switch.

This FET-based switching is handled by a micro-controller, which only ‘wakes up’ when the user changes a setting, thus eradicating any sonically deleterious interference.

TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications.

Getting ever closer to the theoretical ideal of pure, frequency-constant capacitance, these capacitors reduce capacitor-induced distortion to vanishingly low levels.

They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.

Extensive jitter-eradication technologies are applied to the digital stage, including our GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock and the intelligent memory buffer.

The low-jitter crystal clock has been updated to provide >20dB better performance

muRata control-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors. The ‘ESR control’ aspect of the Murata is something special. Their noise suppression abilities are impressive.

Texas Instruments 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.

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Inputs

DigitalUSB3.0 B (USB2.0 compatible)/S-PDIF (coaxial/optical)
Bluetooth 5.1™ ( AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA Codec)
FormatsDSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz), Double/Single-Speed DXD
PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
MQA
Bluetooth 96kHz

Outputs

Balanced XLR6.3V / 7.7V max. (variable)4.4V fixed
UnBAL RCA3.2V / 3.9V max. (variable)2.2V fixed

Zout

Balanced<= 100Ω
UnBAL<= 50Ω
SNR-112dB(A) @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
DNR>116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
THD + N<0.0015% @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)

Headphone Section

OutputBalanced>6.4V/68.6 mW (@ 600Ω)
>5.77V/1040 mW (@ 32Ω)
UnBAL>3.25V/17.6 mW (@ 600Ω)
>3V/295 mW (@ 32Ω)
Output Impedance<1Ω (UnBAL/BAL)
SNR-112dBA (3.3V UnBAL/6.2V BAL)
THD + N<0.0015% (125mW @ 32Ω)
Power consumptionNo Signal ~0.5W
Max Signal ~2.5W
Dynamic range-120dB(A)
Input voltageDC 5V/2.5A, AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz (with iPower)
Dimensions214 x146 x 41 mm
8.4" x 5.7" x 1.6"
Weight970 g (2.14 Ibs)
Warranty period12 months

From the first moment everything works seemlessly

NEO iDSD wins ‘Recommended# award from Stereo & Video in the Czech Republic

“After connecting the corresponding cables, just select the correct input and from the first moment everything works seamlessly, …”

“Bass is tight with no dynamic limitations, bandwidth of fundamental frequencies is clear, undistorted and ensures exact localization and stable spatiality.”

Stereo & Video

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Neo Classical and Highly Recommended – review by Ed Selley

“The Neo iDSD delivers what we’re coming to see as the norm for iFi Audio these days. It offers a killer spec, real world connectivity and solid build. When you go on to consider the range of options, iFi offers to support it, it’s a winner.”

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Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award 2021

The NEO iDSD has scooped a Writers’ Choice Award from the team at Positive Feedback.  Thanks to everyone there who loves our NEO.

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The big picture. Affordable iFi NEO iDSD discussion

Not the normal review of our NEO iDSD BUT definitely worth the watch if you love music. We love Thomas’s take on DACs in this video.

Thanks, Thomas.

 

Thomas & Stereo - You Tube

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Taking Computer Audio to the Next Level

“The iFi Audio iDSD Neo makes an excellent option for any one looking to expand their Computer Audio system into the next level. It’s lush detailed presentation and combination of input and output options alongs make it easy to integrate within existing systems as an all-in-one while also providing a solid foundation for future upgrades.”

 

HeadAmps

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NEO iDSD I There seems to be little it cannot handle…

“The NEO iDSD’s connectivity is impressive, to say the least, as there seems to be little it cannot handle. This was a family pleaser in my household, as we are a mixture of Android and Apple users, it was so easy for everyone to connect and listen regardless of brand. Even Spotify via iPhone sounded pretty decent.”

 

Stereonet

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NEO iDSD – Best DAC under $1K?

“…provides a little bit more focus around instruments, around vocals. while still preserving an ultra wide sound stage…”

Thanks to Mark for his review. Great tracks being used too!

Mark on Hifi

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iFi NEO iDSD – How to get the very best out of your NEO!

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HighStrungAudio

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The iFI Neo i DSD Review. Will it replace my Chord Qutest?

“While some expensive high end audio pieces are truly worth their weight in gold, some less expensive pieces perform very close to some of these VERY high end pieces. The iFI Neo iDSD is one of these rarities and gets a huge HIGHLY recommended from me. In fact, it will be replacing my Qutest that I have had here for two years and that is something I did not think would happen. Mind Blown.”

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Steve Huff Reviews

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iFi NEO iDSD Review

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Compared to my Chord Qutest for DAC Duties.

I just wrote a full review at my website for this product. It’s a DAC. It’s a preamp, It’s has bluetooth capabilities and also is a Headphone amplifier, all for under $700. Looks great on paper, right? After pacing this in my system which consists of high end components such as a Pass Labs INT-250 and Dynaudio Heritage Special speakers it brought a much different presentation over my Chord Qutest DAC and one I ultimately preferred. More spacious, sweeter, and more musical.. This shocked and surprised me but this is a fine product and easy hangs with DAC’s double the cost. For me it’s worth it just for a DAC but when you add the other features it makes this a great bang for the buck. Again, the DAC here brings true high end musical sweet sound.

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iFi Audio NEO iDSD DAC/Headphone Amp

“Whether you need a high-quality desktop audio/head-fi solution, or a slimline DAC to slot into your main system – or both – the NEO iDSD has much to commend it, from its powerful, weighty and controlled sound to its broad file format compatibility.”

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Hi-Fi News

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Exceptional DAC, justito amplifier

It is a category DAC, the Burr-Brown chip that it carries is all sweet, very crystalline, it does not color the sound, it is analytical and represents the sound with great quality. The amplification section seems fair to me, but I give it five stars anyway because it seems to me just an addition that is appreciated, I recommend connecting it to an independent amplifier for the balanced outputs, and that is when the sound is shown in all its breadth and quality. I use it in long listening sessions and it stays cold as an iceberg, it is a perfect DAC and also very aesthetic, it is not that expensive for the quality of the product, if you are willing to make this investment it seems to me a totally recommendable option.

To say that I am not interested in the MQA (full decoder for this device), which seems like a commercial roll, I do not even use its function as a bluetooth receiver although I have tried it and it works perfectly, I am interested as a DAC that decodes any format perfectly with enormous quality, and I love it.

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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.
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iFi Audio NEO iDSD

“I found myself coming to the inescapable conclusion that this little device is pretty close to all the DAC most listeners would ever need: it’s space-efficient, fine-sounding, flexible, simple to use, beautifully engineered and finished – and remarkably affordable for all it offers.”

HIFICRITIC

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Great DAC for headphones and your computer speakers.

Great and gorgeous DAC. Sounds amazing.

Couple notes for considering:
You can’t put it upside down, the screen auto rotates to left or right only.
Bluetooth works for receiving only. You can’t use it for retransmission.

Amazon

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IFI AUDIO NEO IDSD REVIEW

“The iFi Audio NEO iDSD is a hell of a unit. It is an excellent performer with a premium build, design, and internal components. It’s also very versatile with outputs and features. It covers every possible usage scenario, and in terms of sound performance, it’s also excellent with a neutral approach that allows you to add the signature of your speakers/headphones.”

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Headfonia

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Super DAC that supports hi resolution music formats.

I was after a DAC that supported MQA for hi resolution audio. The Neo seemed to be ideal for the task. It’s a small, neat and stylish unit that sounds amazing in my high end set up. It’s like a veil being lifted revealing the detail underneath but without sounding harsh.

Amazon

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iFi NEO iDSD DAC/Amp Review: Modern Solutions for the Digital Age

“I didn’t need to continue. I know what sound I was looking for with these tracks and the NEO iDSD nailed it every time.

In short, the NEO IDSD is a product adapted to its time and its generation. It is small, well-built, simple to use, and with features that place it just below where the heavyweights of the category. When used as a DAC, it delivers an engaging and passionate performance with music that I care about deeply. It is also quite affordable. It is a DAC that understands me and for that I am grateful.”

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ecoustics

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iFi NEO iDSD

The sounds are full, the timbres rich and sparkling. Something alive and powerful emerges when listening to it, whether in preamp or headphones. The soundstage places the listener at the heart of the work being performed”

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Diapason

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iFI iDSD Neo – purist philosophy

“…the sound quality is excellent, the best I’ve heard with the HE1000…”

HIFICLUBE

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iFi Audio NEO iDSD

“Whether you need a high-quality desktop audio/head-fi solution, or a slimline DAC to slot into your main system – or both – the NEO iDSD has much to commend it, from its powerful, weighty and controlled sound to its broad file format compatibility.”

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Hi-Fi News

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iFi audio NEO iDSD

“The NEO iDSD performed without one hiccup and was deadly silent to now score very high on overall behavior. Individuals into wireless playback and dense formats will appreciate modern useful I/O, MQA decoding, LDAC and everything else this versatile do-it-all specimen provides, whereas power feed via USB and clever vertical positioning twist make it this much more easy to use. If the NEO iDSD misses any specific feature its target audience might desire, I failed to see it and also think it’s one of iFi’s most accomplished products to date.”

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Hi-Fi Knights

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Superb Headphone Amp

I was a little wary about this purchase as I’ve seen many complain the output isn’t high enough, and I suspect that’s true for higher impedance headphones, but for my 55 ohm Focal Clear phones it’s absolutely superb, I’ve had decent dacs and amps previously (such as Audiolab M-DAC+) but nevertheless am still noticing small details in songs I’ve never noticed before. I’m using the balanced output with a custom headphone lead. The unbalanced output, which is much lower powered, drives my 37ohm Yamahas fine. If I was using the Focals on the unbalanced output then power would become an issue…
My only complaints are the supplied usb cable is very short, and the remote didn’t come with a battery, which given the price I thought was somewhat stingy, wouldn’t have been so bad if it was a common size as opposed to the CR2025 button batteries that aren’t commonly kicking around in your drawer, luckily I did have some….

Amazon

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iFi NEO iDSD DAC

“End result of all this was that having the NEO iDSD in my system was beneficial in all key areas. Sound quality was definitely a step up from my previous DACs”
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Positive Feedback

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Magnificent sound for the price and even higher practical and simple to use.

This device does everything in a simple and practical husslefree manner.It plays effortlessly throught all the inputs and produces a gtrat sound eventhrough bluetooh which functions like a dream and adds tons of practicality to the user experience.

It drives my Senheiser HD650’s in efortlessly in very high but not deafening volumes while producing a clear crisp sound with a well defined stereo image and lots of information harmonic and details, a lot more than one would expect, while being very dynamic well timed and discretely warm at the same time. The same character goes through the line out either as a preamp either as a fixed output.

Generally this device with Its great overall sound, seamless and simple user experience (everything works as expected and with no problems) and solid and lush looks (pictures don’t do It Justice) is hard not to like.

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Amazon

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ifi NEO iDSD: la MUSICA LIQUIDA ad ALTA RISOLUZIONE in VERTICALE!

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Sound is really good.

Really good streaming Tidal from pc using USB into a pair of Hifiman Sundara. Remember to change the settings in Tidal so that any MQA music is decoded on the Neo rather than in Tidal itself.

Amazon

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IFI AUDIO NEO IDSD REVIEW

“As a 3 in one DAC preamplifier, it works great, the quality shows and the iFi Audio NEO iDSD will make an excellent audio centerpiece to feed your desktop audio system and then some.

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Headfonics

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iFi iDSD Neo

Okay, I have to say that, I fell in love with iDSD Neo. It has a very light and delicate sound signature, but I’m not missing the body here. It provides a lot of fun, but in the meantime, it’s not underwhelming thanks to its lightness. Dynamics are also fantastic, provides a tempo to the music.

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Ear Fidelity

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I love iFi

Sounds beautiful. I like being able to see file formats and sample rates on the screen. The only problem is in vertical mode, the input button has a bit of play. However, It could just be my unit.

edit: There’s a problem sometimes when switching between digital inputs. I have to restart the unit to fix. Works good. Tested with Tidal MQA, DSD and DXD formats in JRiver

Amazon

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EXCLUSIVO! IFI NEO IDSD, El futuro está aquí!!!.

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IFI NEO IDSD REVIEW

“The NEO iDSD has a slightly warm tone and smooth treble response. The soundstage is very solid, and I found it enhanced the feeling of space in virtually everything I plugged into it. It provides excellent detail and scales up nicely with high resolution audio… If I had to pick two characteristics to highlight on the NEO, it would be the soundstage and musicality. The technical capabilities of the DAC, including the detail retrieval and resolution are excellent for its price range”
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Bloom Audio

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