Balanced design is special indeed.
The analogue output stage is balanced, not normally seen in DACs at this price point. Balanced means less noise interference/crosstalk. This equals more ZEN in our book.
It has RCA and balanced outputs at HiFi standard level; 2V SE and 4V BAL and thus is compatible with both HiFi and Pro systems.
All underpinned by high-quality circuit components such as C0G capacitors from TDK. All fed by a precision low-noise power supply from Texas Instruments to make this a rare entry-priced beastie.
Go and grab yourself one today. And ZEN out…
The iFi Bluetooth® implementation does not use a standard SOC (System On a Chip) as seen elsewhere. It uses a combination of quality elements to extract the most from each stage. The Qualcomm chip routes the raw, digital Bluetooth® signal to a specialised Sabre DAC chip to convert the signal from digital to analogue – any jitter is eliminated using our GMT femto-precision clock system to deliver Bluetooth® that is a cut above.
Discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with time domain jitter eliminator, discrete oscillator and 112dB dynamic range for discerning listeners.
A key advantage of the ESS Sabre DAC chip is its Hyperstream architecture with integrated Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, which delivers vanishingly low distortion and a high dynamic range.
This OV series operational amplifier is another example of an top-notch component used to get the best sound quality out of our products.
TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications. They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.
It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.
You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.
Power: DC 5V
Input: Bluetooth 5.0TM with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA Codec
Output: Optical/Coaxial, Audio RCA L/R, 4.4 Balanced Lineout
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz <+0/-0.5dB (44.1kHz)1Hz - 44khz <+0/-3.0dB (>= 88.2kHz)
Output Voltage @ 0dBFS: 2.05V (+/-0.05V)
Dynamic Range: 109dB (A)
Signal/Noise ratio: 109dB (A) @ 0dBFS
THD & N @ 0dBFS: < 0.0015% 10k Load