uno — the tiny desktop DAC from iFi audio

The new sonic supercharger from iFi

Bigger. Bolder. Better Sound.

The One you need

Not sure what a DAC is but know you want better sound quality for your music, movies, games, podcasts and YouTube guilty pleasures?

Then, the new iFi Uno is for you.

All devices that act as digital sound sources use a built-in DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) to convert the digital signal in your source device – your computer, Mac, even your car –  to music you can hear through speakers or headphones. External DACs sound much better than the standard DACs used inside these devices.

Imagine the difference in quality from a standard TV to an 8K Ultra HD TV — but in sound! This is the difference an external DAC makes to your music.

The iFi Uno will supercharge your sound. Everything will sound more powerful, more detailed, and more real.

uno — the tiny desktop DAC from iFi audio

The One you want

Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the iFi Uno’s cute, curvy case is made from tough, mineral-filled polymer. Inside, the sophisticated  DAC and headphone amp circuitry will upgrade the basic audio tech in all sorts of digital devices.

Connect the iFi Uno via the USB-C input to your Windows PC or Apple Mac. It needs no power source as it receives both power and audio data from the source it is connected to.

Add headphones, powered speakers or an amp and separate speakers and you have what you’ve always wanted – bigger, bolder, more detailed sound.

Work.  Chill.  Play.

One simple device. Three unique modes that generate subtle differences to your listening experience.

  • Music mode unlocks detailed and engaging sound from all your favourite artists. Listen while you work.
  • Movie mode enhances dialogue clarity when you’re streaming films and must-watch TV shows. Never miss a moment.
  • Game mode makes low-level sound effects crystal-clear. Always hear your enemies coming and storms brewing.

Simply use the button on the front panel to cycle through the three settings. Illuminated logos on the top of the iFi Uno indicate your chosen mode.

All our filters (the above modes) are executed in the analogue domain, rather than digital. This means no degradation in sound quality.

uno — the tiny desktop DAC from iFi audio

Uno, dos, hi-res

The iFi Uno supports different file formats – PCM 32bit/384kHz, fully native DSD256 and MQA.

PCM – Pulse Code Modulation is the file format used in CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other digital audio applications. It’s the next step up from MP3.

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. Fully native means that it hasn’t been altered in any way from the original recording.

MQA – Master Quality Authenticated is an award-winning audio technology that enables music fans to stream the original master recording into their home or car. With the iFi Uno you can listen to MQA straight out of the box. Simply connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA. Find out more about MQA here.

DAC’s the ticket

The iFi Uno draws on our ten years of experience and the advanced spec of the DAC chip within it to unlock rarely implemented high-end features.

Adjustable analogue gain with DRE (Dynamic Range Enhancement) plus technologies to minimise THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and crosstalk and a choice of digital filters is accessible via the front-panel buttons enabling you to fine-tune the sound of the iFi Uno to your taste.

In short, whether you simply use the Mode features or decide to tinker further, the iFi Uno will make audio sound clearer, minimise any interference and just give you a better entertainment experience across the board.

uno — the tiny desktop DAC from iFi audio

Awesome analogue

The Uno’s analogue circuitry is just as vital to the supercharged sound quality it provides as its digital tech.

The headphone amp feeds a 3.5mm socket at the front, incorporating iFi’s S-Balanced configuration to reduce noise and crosstalk. The stereo RCA output at the rear also benefits from our knack for delivering high-grade audio circuitry in remarkably affordable devices.

All the analogue outputs are gold-plated to resist corrosion and maintain conductivity over time.

Most DACs still use digital volume control – ours is analogue. Why is this special? When you reduce the volume on other DACs you remove data from the song or soundtrack. With analogue volume control, you reduce the volume whilst maintaining the quality.

And finally, there’s PowerMatch – this ensures you always have the right amount of power to drive the headphones you are using.

You can count on the iFi Uno to deliver great sound for everyone.

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.

Gain

Gain is the amount of increase in audio signal strength. Gain is often expressed in decibels (dB).

DSD

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.

DSD

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.

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.

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

Discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with time domain jitter eliminator, discrete oscillator and 112dB dynamic range for discerning listeners.

In music production, dynamic range means the difference between the loudest and quietest sounds. It’s measured in decibels, or dB for short.  In a single audio track, dynamic range means the dB difference between the loudest and quietest moment in the audio file.

You can think of the dynamic range in a system as the space between the noise floor and the clipping point.  When a sound goes below the noise floor you won’t be able to tell the difference between the signal and the system noise of the medium.  When a sound goes above the clipping point, the tops of its waveform will get abruptly cut off, causing harshness and distortion.

iFi’s proprietary technology extends the Dynamic Range by 6 dB or more, for an improved listening experience.

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

See our Tech Note to dig deeper.

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.

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.

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Digital InputUSB-C
FormatsDSD 256 /11.3MHz
DXD 384kHz
PCM 384kHz
MQA
DACBit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by ESS
Line Section
Output2V max.
Output Impedance<100Ω
SNR≥119dBA
DNR≥115dB @ 0dBFS
THD+N≤0.03% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Section
Output (RMS)≥2.6V / 3.5V max. at 32Ω/300Ω
Output Power (RMS)≥211mW @ 32Ω; 39mW @ 300Ω
Output Impedance<1Ω
SNR≥113dBA
DNR≥110dB @ 0dBFS
THD+N≤0.02% (1.27V @ 16Ω)
Channel separation≥80dB (1kHz/600Ω)
Frequency Response10-80kHz(-0.5dB)
Power supply requirementUSB-C 5V/0.5A
Power consumptionNo Signal ~0.8W
Max Signal ~1.5W
Dimensions88 x 81 x 26 mm (3.5" x 2.8" x 1.0")
Net Weight92 g (0.2 Ibs)
Limited Warranty12 months*

*12 months typical or as permitted/required by local reseller laws.
**Specifications are subject to change without notice.

“It is an excellent device for driving entry-level headphones!” (Review in Spanish)

“It is an excellent device for driving entry-level headphones, I like the price, the RCA outputs and the equalizations!”

Trolltechx

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“It is very small, light and versatile!”

“It is very small, light and versatile! I have been able to use it with headphones up to 150 Ohms.
I like its sound, it is very pleasant, it is a little warm and tends to be musical like other DACs from the same brand!”

Ed Marin

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“It’s a real best buy in the category!”

“I’m using the UNO model for music every day and I have to say that it’s really an excellent product, I think it’s a real best buy in the category!”

Miky Ancona

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“It fits in the palm of your hand!” (Review in Spanish)

“The iFi Uno offers a combination of really interesting features in a tremendously compact device. It fits in the palm of your hand, so we can take it with us everywhere.
“It is the ideal candidate to become your first DAC.”

Antonio Mira Piles

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“A plug and play device, simple to use!” (Review in Italian)

‘It is a plug and play device, simple to use even for those who are about to use DAC devices for the first time’

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Matteo Esposito, Help for Shopping

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“Premium audio quality!”

’Outstanding audio performance with precise & clear sound’ & ‘Competitive pricing for premium audio quality’

Noel Palacios, Gadget Explained

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“It’s so easy to use!” (Review in Lithuanian)

I present to you the Ifi audio uno dac , which is so easy to use that even a chicken can learn how to use it!

Titas Cimnickas, Enoxas

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“A great investment!” (Review in Spanish)

“The UNO has very high-quality construction.
The sound is clear! It is very easy to transport, very comfortable to use and offers great audio quality at a very loud volume, I consider it to be a great investment!”

Cristian Guerrero

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“A small dac for those who want better sound without complicating life!”

“A small dac for those who want better sound without complicating life. Aesthetically, the truth is that it is quite cool.

It enhances the bass and offers us fairly balanced mids and highs!”

Fransisco Ignacio González, Gingertech

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“Without a doubt, for its price, design and size, it is a gem that all audiophiles should have!”

“We really think it is a product with a very beautiful and elegant design, which will fit both on our desk next to the PC or monitor, and in the living room next to the Home Cinema.

The UNO delivers a perfectly processed and optimally amplified analog audio signal.

Without a doubt, for its price, design and size, it is a gem that all audiophiles should have!

From Tecno Locura we have to give it our gold medal and, of course, our seal of recommended product, highly recommended and almost unrivaled in this price range!”

Israel Moya Cañadas

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uno review on codegeek.es (in Spanish)

“The iFi uno will boost your sound. Everything will sound more powerful, detailed and real. The iFi uno will make your audio sound clearer, minimize any interference and give you a better overall entertainment experience, standing out as a versatile, high-performance DAC.”

Juan Blanco

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“… an excellent product”

“Even though the product is in a more affordable price range, the quality was not neglected by iFi. iFi is presenting to us an excellent product here in terms of cost-benefit. The iFi UNO was great, the equipment delivers performance in transparency, definition, clarity and detail!”

Marcel Marques

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“The audio improvement is 100%!”

“It will allow you to listen to music with the best quality. The uno takes music to another level! It’s like going from viewing a HD image to 4K. The audio improvement is 100%!”

Ivan Medina

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“This is incredibly good for the price!”

“It does a very respectable job!, Very easily drives the Ananda headphones. The music setting is actually very nice!This is incredibly good for the price!”

William Murdock

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“It is an excellent toy!”

“Truly a device that I will always recommend! It is the best DAC to start with. It is an excellent toy! Many thanks to iFi for creating such cool toys!”

Valtier Mejía

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“I ended up very satisfied…” (review in Spanish)

“The UNO far outperforms laptop standard output by far, far, far.I ended up very satisfied thinking that I have in my hands one of the best products that can be offered at this price.I didn’t think it was possible that this small device could make me have great moments within its possibilities.”

Josep Busquets

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“It is a “Do It All” device!”

“A very small but very powerful device with a very good design and very good audio quality! It is a “Do It All” device!”

Luis Enrique Neri

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“Simple, practical, and easy to use!” (review in Spanish)

“iFi presents a DAC and Amplifier at an irresistible price with the features of a quality DAC! You can use it with your headphones or as a standalone DAC! Simple, practical, and easy to use!”

Fernando Meza

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“Made my music come alive”

“It has been a pleasure listening to my music through the uno.”

“Add headphones, powered speakers or an amp and separate speakers and you have what you’ve always wanted – bigger, bolder, more detailed sound.”

Dave Cryer

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“Sounds very very good!”

“It’s pretty affordable for a DAC, especially one with the features it has! Sounds very very good! This little guy sounds great! For this entry price of $79 USD, you won’t find anything better!”

David Becker

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“I really loved it, it sounds incredible!”

“I loved that apart from having a headphone output, it has an RCA output. The change is in the definition! I really loved it, it sounds incredible! This iFi is wonderful, it is very well done.”

Christian Guerrero García

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“You should definitely have an UNO in your home”

“You should definitely have an UNO in your home, since it is the ideal complement to listen to music, watch movies and play games!It has a great price for what it offers you! The sound experience with monitors is very good! I really liked this DAC!”

Jhon Gomez

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uno review on Headfonics

“It seems iFi Audio in this particular case shared the GO Link components, inserted them into a very small desktop-like chassis, and added some features which turned out to be a good idea if you asked me.

Why? Because of the additional three-curve EQ selector, the PowerMatch feature along with an extra set of RCA outputs. Plus, the addition of a volume knob and the pre-out capability easily puts the iFi Audio UNO into the high-value category.”

Louis Gonzalez

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David Hodson about uno

“A great starting point for anyone getting into decent audio DACS”

David Hodson

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Juan Manuel Ceballos about uno (review in Spanish)

“The UNO improves the sound in your audio systems or even PlayStation systems! The UNO desktop DAC/Amp is the cheapest iFi audio but keeping the quality and characteristics of its other models. With the PS5 I liked using it with the Gaming EQ and Powermatch, the sound quality is more enveloping and sounds much better!”

Juan Manuel Ceballos

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“This is a highly recommended product!”

“It’s Awesome, it’s a must buy! Best in the low-priced audiophile realm.This is a highly recommended product!This is an all-rounder DAC to fix all your lackluster audio!”

Carlos Menares

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“The UNO has a warm sound, the signature of iFi”

“The UNO has a warm sound, the signature of iFi. It makes a very good match with the Sennheiser HD 599! This little device can drive the Sennheiser 650! It does it very well, great soundstage, it sounds amazing!”

Jose Antonio De La Rosa

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“Big sound for small money in a cute package”

Andy Czipa

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Maurizio Cortese about uno (review in Italian)

“Very small but MULTIFUNCTION! USB DAC for your STEREO SYSTEM and your HEADPHONES!”

Maurizio Cortese

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“I definitely recommend the iFi UNO!”

“I think the iFi UNO is going to be one of the most popular devices out on the market!It’s really really good price for this device! The small form factor might be appealing to a lot of people.I definitely recommend the iFi UNO! I think the combination of the EQ settings makes this device really special at its price point!”

Ryan Ho

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“Very amazing, for its price and size!”

“iFi hasn’t skimped on putting in top-of-the-line components. This is a very capable DAC, very amazing, for its price and size! It offers quite a great value over its price!”

Daniel Ribes

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“The audio provided by this DAC is incredible!”

“It can be connected to your Windows and Apple computer to your cell phone and a tablet. Looks great, very well built! The audio provided by this DAC is incredible! A very realistic sound. I like the music EQ! It improves the sound a lot compared to my iPhone!”

Oscar Esteban Del Villar

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Carlos Correia about uno (review in Portuguese)

Carlos Correia

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“The perfect beginner audiophile setup!”

Mark Ellis

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“A very good sound quality!”

“It offers a very good sound quality! It is designed for people who do not want to complicate. A device with very clear sound.Pretty cool, tiny, portable device!”

 

Marco Antonio Gonzalez Valdes

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“I can’t recommend this enough”

“If you want to dabble into the audio space, I Cant recommend this enough.”

 

the techne

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“I can definitely recommend the iFi uno!”

“I found it to be a very convenient little device to use. It is quite versatile in what formats it can play. It was a noticeable improvement over the M1 MacBook Air built-in headphone amplifier. I can definitely recommend the iFi uno!”

Drew Ayrit

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“iFi Uno – Something Unique”

“The iFi Uno offers a unique combination of features that are unavailable elsewhere. No other mainstream product I have encountered offers a volume pot, built-in EQ presets, and RCA outputs in a package under USD$100.”

Kazi Mahbub

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uno review by Jason Lucas

Jason Lucas

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“This little device sounds amazing!”

“I feel like it’s a really good device! It’s for those who don’t even know what they’re missing until they try it.This little device sounds amazing! It offers a simple construction but is very well thought out.”

James Clatworthy

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“It’s an excellent choice!”

“It’s a compact and very affordable option! It’s compatible with all your devices! It gives you a cleaner audio experience, it really sounds great! Great for watching movies or just watching content. If you want a DAC that does everything for you, it’s an excellent choice!”

Jorge Vázquez

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IFI Uno DAC: The Perfect First Step into High-Resolution Audio

“A brilliant piece of kit you should consider… Simple to use & produces great sound”

Bruce Naylor

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“This little gadget is going to break the market from start to finish!”

“This little gadget is going to break the market from start to finish! It becomes a perfect option for any non-audiophile who wants to improve their experience.If today I had to recommend a device to start with, it is clear to me, the UNO is the option”

Moisés Daniel Díaz

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Uno is a must have!

”A must have”

Jean-Marie Carree

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“An amazing piece of kit!”

“A beautiful sound!”

Gavin's Gadgets

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Stuff

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What HiFi – Top 5 Products to Look Out for this Month

What HiFi? describes the uno as, “the perfect place to start for budding audiophiles who might want to start small (literally)…”

What Hi-Fi?

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