I see two quite different “types” of audiophile as the primary customers for the xDSD. First, younger, more mobile-oriented audiophiles with smartphones and portable computers could find the xDSD to be the perfect “step-up” audio device to improve sound from all sources. Long-time audiophiles (the ones with the 25-year-old DACs that they still love for Red Book) could add an xDSD to their system as an auxiliary digital device that would give them access to all the newest high-resolution files, streams, and digital codecs for a pittance of the price they paid for their “main-squeeze” DAC. Both types of audiophile will be pleased and impressed by the xDSD’s flexibility, utility, performance level, and overall value. I know I was.
Touring with your favourite band. Listening to them play live. Living an experience that stays with you forever.
Few are lucky enough to live their dream.
The xDSD, our latest portable DAC/amp, will make you believe it’s real.
The xDSD delivers CD-quality Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to stream your favourite music from:
- Apple Music
As well as your laptop and TV, straight to your earphones. And with the option to stream MQA audio tracks, the xDSD steps it up a notch.
Working with almost every set of headphones out there, from everyday models to high-end iEMs and over-ears, the xDSD produces high-octane audio that leaves you breathless.
The xDSD has two modes:
Which means you can listen at home, but with its cool slimline metallic design you’ll want to take it everywhere.
And with up to ten hours of battery life, you’ll enjoy admiring glances as you do.
The X factor.
The xDSD includes the new iFi Cyberdrive which enhances the sound quality of instruments and vocals to a level beyond its rivals.
The xDSD, live the live experience.
The tech specX.
The xDSD is loaded with the latest technology, including:
- XBass+ To clean up and restore a rich, deeper bass line
- 3D+ To recreate the recording’s original sound field
This is Hi-Res music as the artist intended.
Deliver CD-Quality music wirelessly to your headphones from your smartphone (Apple iPhone or Android), DAP (Apple iPod and similar), laptop or smart TV.
Wired, the USB type A OTG/CCK connector offers the ultimate High-Res audio performance for smartphones, laptops and USB enabled DAPs. The 3.5mm coaxial/TOSLINK combo S/PDIF input gives older DAPs and CD players a new lease of life as a transport to serve High-Resolution audio.
Hear music as the artist intended. The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged for the truest sound.
Listen to MQA straight out of the box.
For MQA tracks, simply connect to Tidal (on your computer) and check the options to stream MQA.
True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD512, PCM768 and 2xDXD.
The iFi exclusive S-Balanced topology makes its debut in the flagship Pro iCAN. It delivers the maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.
Reap the benefits of balanced, enjoy lower distortion and reduced crosstalk on headphones.
Our 3D+ Holographic® dual-analogue matrices create a more immersive, deeper soundstage that puts the artist with you in the room, not just in your headphones.
XBass+® analogue bass correction system corrects headphone/speaker bass response to deliver a deep, tight and prodigious bass.
With a separate power input (micro USB) to charge its own internal battery, it does not draw from your smartphone. Playback time is up to ten hours.
Plus it boasts a USB Type A connector for a stable wired connection. Just use an Apple CCK cable or Android OTG cable and away you go.
The Cyberdrive headphone amplifier stage is one of the pivotal new circuit designs in the x-series. This new design places all parameters of the fully analogue system under digital control for a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario.
The Cyberdrive design incorporates the iFi exclusive OV4627 ultra low noise FET input Op-Amp and W990VST digitally controlled stepped attenuator to deliver a new level of sound-quality.
|USB Input:||up to PCM768kHz & DSD512 (24.6/22.6MHz)|
|S/PDIF Coaxial and Optical Input:||up to 192kHz/24Bit|
|Dynamic Range:||> 113dB (A)|
|Volume Control:||-101dB…0dB in 1dB steps|
|Output power:||> 2.82V/500 mW @ 16 Ohm
> 3.7V/270mW @ 50 Ohm
> 3.8V/48 mW @ 300 Ohm
> 3.8V/24 mW @ 600 Ohm
|Line out Level:||> 2.1V @ 0dBFS (& 0dB Volume)|
|THD &N (1V/16R):||< 0.005%|
|Output Impedance:||< 1 Ohm|
|Dimensions:||95 (l) x67 (w) x19 (h) mm|
|Weight:||127g (0.28 Ibs)|
|Warranty period:||12 months|
Mobile DAC / headphone amplifier iFi xDSD
As an all-rounder for good sound at home and on the road, it delivers excellent equipment, top workmanship and a very good operating concept for a relatively small price.
Translated from German
Best DAC/Amp: iFi Audio xDSD
The xDSD is a wonderful device for portable usage with its great sound and Bluetooth capability. Usually I don’t like BT sound but in this case it’s marvelously high quality. The xDSD’s dimensions and build quality are also the notable factors for portable use
2018 Portable Amplifier Product of the Year: ifi Audio xDSD
The ifi xDSD portable Amp/DAC is my product of the year for 2018. At less than half the weight of its big brother the iDSD Micro, the xDSD is the perfect companion for any smartphone without a headphone jack. It also offers up Bluetooth mode to eliminate cords between the phone and the amp. The sound is full and rich and can last for a full 7 hours of battery life. Recharging is via a micro usb plug and the headphone jack can be both single ended or 3.5mm TRRS balanced out. Handy! Plus, you can use the xDSD as a stand-alone DAC for your home two channel system. It would nearly win for sheer multi functionality. But you will love it for its terrific sound quality.
Have You Heard the ifi xDSD Hi-Res Bluetooth Portable USB DAC?
“This thing is incredible,” our 30-something year old son said handing the little ici xDSD Hi-Res Bluetooth Portable USB DAC and Headphone amplifier back to me while pulling off a pair of headphones. “With that and a decent pair of headphones, you’d have a really good portable audio system to travel with.” He travels frequently and had just gotten home from a multi-day cross-country trip, so that was on his mind. He went on to add that this little DAC would be great for other situations where a full audio system just wasn’t possible. And, having traveled over an hour each way to the city for my job for about 15 years, I know it would be great for commuters.
Making headphones sound heavenly
The difference between using the xDSD and connecting the same headphones straight to a smartphone is like comparing a state-of-the-art 4K ultra HD TV picture to an old, standard-definition TV.