iFi

iFi NEO iDSD - Desktop DAC/HiRes Bluetooth Receiver and Balanced Headphone Amplifier

£799.00
  • iFi NEO iDSD - Desktop DAC/HiRes Bluetooth Receiver and Balanced Headphone Amplifier

iFi

iFi NEO iDSD - Desktop DAC/HiRes Bluetooth Receiver and Balanced Headphone Amplifier

£799.00
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  • HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS - Burr Brown DAC chip supports PCM 768kHz, DSD512 and full MQA decoding
  • HI-RES STREAMING - Bluetooth 5.0 receiver compatible with all codecs, up to 24 bit / 96Hz streaming
  • MULTIPLE INPUTS - USB, S/PDIF optical, and digital coax wired inputs
  • BALANCED CIRCUITRY - Fully balanced headphone amp with 4.4mm and 6.3mm connections, and XLR and RCA speaker outputs
  • FLEXIBLE - OLED display with remote control; horizontal or vertical orientation

Features

 

iFi uses 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

 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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Specifications

Headphone Section

Output Balanced >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 consumption No Signal ~0.5W
Max Signal ~2.5W
Dynamic range -120dB(A)
Input voltage DC 5V/2.5A, AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz (with iPower)
Dimensions 214 x146 x 41 mm
8.4" x 5.7" x 1.6"
Weight 970 g (2.14 Ibs)
Warranty period 12 months

Zout

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

Outputs

Balanced XLR 6.3V / 7.7V max. (variable) 4.4V fixed
UnBAL RCA 3.2V / 3.9V max. (variable) 2.2V fixed
Inputs
Digital
USB3.0 B (USB2.0 compatible)/S-PDIF (coaxial/optical)
Bluetooth 5.0™ ( AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA Codec)
Formats
DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz), Double/Single-Speed DXD
PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
MQA
Bluetooth 96kHz

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