The nano iDSD Black Label is an ideal portable solution to power your inefficient headphones on the go. An average smartphone is no match for the prowess of the nano iDSD BL, where an iPhone 6 outputs 27 mW at 32 Ohms, the nano iDSD BL outputs more than 10 times as much at 285 mW at 32 Ohms. From In-Ear-Monitors to full-size headphones, the nano iDSD BL is able to drive them with ease.
Additionally with S-Balanced circuitry and iEMatch, it doesn’t just power your transducers, it does it really well.
It’s small, lightweight and battery powered. Unlike other USB Powered “Dongle” DAC/Amps, this won’t drain your smartphone/tablet’s battery. Just switch it on and connect it to your device. The Lithium Polymer battery gives the nano iDSD Black Label up to 10 hours of continuous playback. It even comes with a special USB male ‘A’ connector for a direct connection. You can easily connect it to your device using an OTG Cable(Android) or the Apple Camera Connection Kit(iOS). Or if at home, just use the enclosed USB3.0 cable to connect to a PC.
iFi always strives to bring you choice. They have added yet another file format to their portfolio in the form of MQA in the new nano iDSD BL. Take TIDAL or your MQA file to a whole new level. MQA is an audio technology developed by Bob Stuart. This technology makes hi-res audio streaming a reality and delivers studio master quality audio to your headphones. It essentially takes a “Master Quality” file (upto 384kHz/24Bit), encodes it as as a much smaller file which is then transmitted and at the end of the chain, it’s decompressed and decoded back to its full resolution by an MQA capable software or DAC.
For mobile DACs with both portability and power considerations, MQA Rendering is the ideal solution as the workload is shared between the host (computer) and the client (DAC).
The nano iDSD Black Label is one of the best native high-resolution DACs you can find. It supports PCM up to 32/384 kHz and DSD up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD. It is also certified ‘High-Res Audio’ according to the stringent criteria set down by JEITA and JAS (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association and Japan Audio Society). Don’t settle for low-resolution music!
The nano iDSD Black Label lets you choose between the ‘Listen’ (Minimum Phase Bezier Filter) and ‘Measure’ (Linear Phase Transient Aligned Filter) options. It’s the only portable DAC to give you so much control.
The nano iDSD Black Label delivers more than double the power of the original nano iDSD into 16 Ohm and over four times the power into high-impedance headphones. Meanwhile, the built-in iEMatch circuit ensures that even extremely sensitive headphones and IEMs are ‘hiss free’ throughout the volume range. The nano iDSD Black Label also includes the S-Balanced wiring system for the headphone outputs, giving the full benefit of balanced outputs when used with headphones and IEMs (fitted with balanced wiring) with low-noise and lower distortion. Even single-ended headphones benefit, as S-Balanced cuts crosstalk in half (without the need to re-wire headphones to benefit).