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iFi Audio - Micro iDSD Diablo - Transportable DAC/amp

iFi Audio - Micro iDSD Diablo - Transportable DAC/amp

iFi Audio - Micro iDSD Diablo - Transportable DAC/amp

Devilishly brilliant
The iDSD Diablo, with its sleek new design and fiery red finish, sits proudly at the top of iFi Audio's range of portable/transportable DAC/amps. It is built for purists – the true headphone enthusiasts who crave pure, unadulterated sonic performance.

Just like a racing car designed for uncompromising speed, the iDSD Diablo sets aside sonic tailoring as well as Bluetooth connectivity to focus on pure sonic power. Prepare for a riveting ride as it will drive any headphone on the planet with aplomb.

Put simply, the iDSD Diablo is iFi's best ever transportable amplifier designed to deliver reference level sound.

‘Bit-perfectly’ wicked
iFi Audio uses two Burr-Brown DAC chips and the new 16-core XMOS chip to process the data received via the USB and S/PDIF digital inputs.

This means the iDSD Diablo can handle up to PCM 768, DSD 512, 2xDXD. Both PCM and DSD remain ‘bit-perfect’. It also provides full MQA decoding!

And with MQA now available over S/PDIF, you can take advantage of any MQA CDs in your collection.

Diabolically dynamic
Able to drive all manner of headphones with ease, the iDSD Diablo delivers up to 5000mW of prodigious power, propulsive energy and engaging dynamics, coupled with a remarkable ability to resolve fine texture and detail.

With 3 settings, you can adjust power and gain to suit your daily driver or track day supercar!

    Turbo – ramps up the level of drive for current-hungry headphones
    Normal – for most over or on ear headphones
    Eco – dials down the power to suit high-sensitivity in-ear monitors

Power that does not corrupt.
The iDSD Diablo’s focus on pure, unadulterated performance, means much attention has been applied to the power supply circuity.

Battery power provides ultra-clean and stable DC current avoiding the issues of mains electricity – dips, spikes and noise-inducing RFI/EMI pollution. BUT there are sonic downsides resulting from low output voltage and inconsistent output impedance as batteries discharge.

These issues are fully tackled by the iDSD Diablo’s design.

In order to make less efficient headphones, like planar magnetics, sing, the voltage needs to be stepped up from 3.7V to +/- 15V.  iFi Audio uses a step-up converter running at 1.2MHz – a frequency far beyond audibility that is easier to filter than a typical switch-mode supply, enabling high linearity and ultra-low noise.

Formula 1, iFi style.
High-bandwidth power supply circuity is dedicated to each critical part of the iDSD Diablo’s design, with independent linear regulation delivering excellent PSRR (Power Supply Rejection Ratio) performance.

The headphone amp stage eschews IC regulators in favour of Panasonic OS-CON capacitors, delivering 2320uF between them.

The DAC section benefits from an ultra-low-noise regulator with additional passive filtering, reducing high order harmonic distortion and, in turn, jitter.

Even the USB input stage benefits from dedicated regulation and multi-stage filtering, and the microprocessor control circuitry (often a local source of digital noise) has separate regulation, too.

Crucial components for maxed out performance.

Hooking up with the Devil…
At the front of the unit, alongside a standard 6.3mm single-ended headphone socket, resides a 4.4mm Pentaconn output for headphones offering balanced connection.

At the back are two digital audio inputs: USB-A and a S/PDIF socket that accepts both electrical and optical signals, the former via a 3.5mm connector and the latter via a supplied adapter.

The USB-A input features a ‘male’ connector, rather than a typical ‘female’ port for greater mechanical integrity.  A separate USB-C charging port is also provided, along with a 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced output to connect to an external amp.

Accessories galore
As befits a reference-level product, iFi Audio has included a whole host of accessories in a luxurious travel case.

As the iDSD Diablo may be powered from the mains, as well as by its built-in battery, they've included our super silent, noise-cancelling iPower 5V AC/DC adapter to ensure optimal sound quality.

Also included is a 4.4mm Pentaconn to twin XLR balanced interconnect cable to connect the iDSD Diablo to an amp and speakers (or a pair of active speakers) with balanced XLR inputs.

ifi Audio has also added a short (15cm) USB-C to USB-A audio cable, as well as an extension cable plus a USB-C charging cable and an adapter to connect headphones with a 3.5mm jack to the 6.3mm single-ended output.

FEATURES:

  • Burr-Brown True Native® chipset
  • XMOS 16-Core Chip
  • MQA support
  • PureWave
  • OptimaLoop
  • GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock
  • Intelligent memory buffer
  • DirectDrive®
  • OV Series Operational Amplifier
  • MOSFET switch
  • TDK COG (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors
  • Panasonic OS-CON Capacitors
  • Vishay MELF resistors
  • muRata control-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors
  • Texas Instruments low-noise IC

SPECIFICATIONS:

Digital Inputs
USB 3.0 type 'A' (USB2.0 compatible)
S-PDIF (3.5mm coaxial/optical)

Formats supported
DSD512/256/128/64
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/
96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz)
MQA (Decorder)

Frequency Response
10Hz-80kHz(-3dB)

SNR
Balanced -120dB
S-E -114dB

Dynamic range
Balanced 120dB
S-E 114dB

THD + N
Balanced 0.002%
S-E 0.001%

Headphone Max Output
Balanced
>19.2V/611 mW (@ 600 Ohnn)
>12.6V/4,980 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
S-E
>9.6V/153 mW (@ 600 Ohm)
>8.8V/2,417 mW (@ 32 Ohm)

Fixed Audio Output
Balanced 4.4mm

Power consumption
Turbo 12W
Normal 5W
Eco 2W

Battery
Lithium-polymer 4800mAh

Power System
Charging via USB-C (iFi iPower included)
BC V1.2 compliant up to 1900mA charging current

Dimensions
166 x 72 x 25 mm
6.5" x 2.8"x 1.0"

Weight
330g (0.73 lbs)

Warranty period
12 months

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