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iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
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iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone

iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone
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Features

  • PORTABLE DESIGN - Your music will never stop with up to 6 hrs of battery life and a slim, lightweight design perfect for carrying in your pocket wherever life takes you
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY – Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
  • HIGH TECH – Power Match and XBass offer adjustable analog enhancements to customize your listening experience without compromising the digital conversion

Description

iFi was born in 2012 with one goal in mind: to produce 'ultra-fidelity' audio products that push the sonic envelope whilst still priced within the mainstream. iFi audio is under our parent company, AMR, Abbingdon Music Research, which designs and produces top-end luxurious audio products. AMR saw in 2010 that customer demand for wireless and portable headphones was expanding as the whole audio dynamic was changing. Thus, iFi was launched. iFi offers small but prodigious personal audio products thanks to the superior knowledge of AMR’s technology. Today, we are proud of our British (and international) roots. We continue to design and produce over 35 different products. We are headquartered in Southport, UK with distribution including retailers such as B&H and etailz with production overseas. We source parts from around the world from manufacturers including AMOS (UK), GE Valves (USA), WIMA (Germany) and TDK (Japan). Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac is designed to slip discretely into a pocket and offers an extensive hi-res specification. The hip-dac replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound. Its design and performance set it apart from other DAC/headphone amps in its class – connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement, effortlessly engaging the listener with all manner of music. The hip-dac’s 2200mAh battery lasts for around eight to 12 hours of playing time, depending on volume level and how power-hungry the connected headphones are. In the home, in the office, on a train or plane – the hip-dac is the music lover’s inseparable friend. Digital stage The DAC section is based around a Burr-Brown DAC chip that iFi uses extensively in its products, selected for its fluid, highly ‘musical’ sound quality and True Native architecture. This, combined with custom iFi circuitry, enables the hip-dac to deliver excellent sound quality across all manner of digital audio formats, including bitperfect PCM, native DSD and MQA – the hi-res streaming codec, as used by Tidal’s ‘Masters’ tier. Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sampling rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256). Thanks to the BurrBrown chip’s True Native design, PCM and DSD take separate pathways – this enables both PCM and DSD to remain ‘bit-perfect’ in their native form right through to analogue conversion, which is not the case with most other DAC/headphone amps. Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sampling rate of the digital audio being played. Analogue stage The hip-dac’s amp circuitry is of balanced (differential) design – highly unusual in a DAC/headphone amp anywhere near this budget. Balanced audio circuits have long been championed by renowned high-end audio electronics engineer John Curl, now a technical consultant for iFi, given their ability to reduce noise within the signal path. Curl has worked closely with iFi’s in-house technical team, led by Thorsten Loesch, to produce an analogue stage of exceptional quality for a device of this kind. The circuitry incorporates a range of high-quality components, carefully selected for their performance in an audio context, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, TDK C0G class 1 ceramic capacitors, a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments and a high-quality analogue volume pot (many portable DAC/headphone amps use inferior digital volume controls). The headphone amp has a nominal power rating of 400mW and is capable of delivering over 700mW from the balanced output depending on the impedance of the attached headphones – impressive in comparison with the hip-dac’s peers, driving all manner of headphone/earphone types with ease. There are two USB ports – Type A for audio data and USB-C for charging. The Type A input features a ‘male’ connector, rather than a typical ‘female’ port. This provides greater mechanical integrity than USB/Micro USB ports.. This is an advantage for iPhone and iPad users, because it accepts Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor directly without requiring an additional female-to-male USB adaptor. (The Camera Adapter is required to connect Apple iOS devices to third-party USB devices.) Truly balanced circuits consist of both channels fully separated and mirrored, thus require twice as many parts versus single-ended designs. That’s why balanced solutions are inherently more complex, twice as costly to develop and far more difficult to implement. That’s also the main reason why they normally reserved for the ultra high-end audio components sold for four or five figures. The amp stage features switchable gain, which iFi terms PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones, by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. With high-sensitivity headphone types such as in-ear monitors, leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for ultra-low-noise performance. But if your headphones require more drive – most on/over-ear types, for example – press the PowerMatch button on the front panel to increase gain. The hipdac is very much akin to the micro iDSD Black Label for a perfectly valid reason. Both products are based on the Burr-Brown DSD1793 D/A converter chip and share extremely similar digital and analogue stages. The digital section of the hipdac is drawn from the micro iDSD Black Label. The USB type A OTG/CCK connector offers supreme portability and dependability and direct connection to Apple CCK/Android OTG. This optional ‘bass boost’ enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, and is particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. It operates entirely in the analogue domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP. Just about every iFi DAC offers MQA because we believe in the pursuit of better quality music and offering our customers the greatest choice. As usual, our engineers implemented this into the firmware. And as is our strength, we included DSD256/PCM384. Whatever the format, the hipdac has you covered. TDK high stability C0G surface mounted capacitors - C0G dielectric close to Teflon in key areas that effect the smoothest sonics. As you can see, the hipdac really is one of those products that looks spectacular on the outside but sounds absolutely wonderful because of what is inside. Battery: Power System: Power (max): Dimensions: Weight: Formats supported: Digital Inputs: Headphone Outputs: Power Output:


Product Dimensions 4.02 x 2.76 x 0.55 inches


Item Weight 4.2 ounces


Manufacturer Abbingdon Music Research


ASIN B0842W67F1


Item model number hip-dac


Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 142 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #8 in Headphone Amps


Date First Available January 27, 2020


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Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Features

  • PORTABLE DESIGN - Your music will never stop with up to 6 hrs of battery life and a slim, lightweight design perfect for carrying in your pocket wherever life takes you
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY – Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
  • HIGH TECH – Power Match and XBass offer adjustable analog enhancements to customize your listening experience without compromising the digital conversion

Description

iFi was born in 2012 with one goal in mind: to produce 'ultra-fidelity' audio products that push the sonic envelope whilst still priced within the mainstream. iFi audio is under our parent company, AMR, Abbingdon Music Research, which designs and produces top-end luxurious audio products. AMR saw in 2010 that customer demand for wireless and portable headphones was expanding as the whole audio dynamic was changing. Thus, iFi was launched. iFi offers small but prodigious personal audio products thanks to the superior knowledge of AMR’s technology. Today, we are proud of our British (and international) roots. We continue to design and produce over 35 different products. We are headquartered in Southport, UK with distribution including retailers such as B&H and etailz with production overseas. We source parts from around the world from manufacturers including AMOS (UK), GE Valves (USA), WIMA (Germany) and TDK (Japan). Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac is designed to slip discretely into a pocket and offers an extensive hi-res specification. The hip-dac replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound. Its design and performance set it apart from other DAC/headphone amps in its class – connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement, effortlessly engaging the listener with all manner of music. The hip-dac’s 2200mAh battery lasts for around eight to 12 hours of playing time, depending on volume level and how power-hungry the connected headphones are. In the home, in the office, on a train or plane – the hip-dac is the music lover’s inseparable friend. Digital stage The DAC section is based around a Burr-Brown DAC chip that iFi uses extensively in its products, selected for its fluid, highly ‘musical’ sound quality and True Native architecture. This, combined with custom iFi circuitry, enables the hip-dac to deliver excellent sound quality across all manner of digital audio formats, including bitperfect PCM, native DSD and MQA – the hi-res streaming codec, as used by Tidal’s ‘Masters’ tier. Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sampling rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256). Thanks to the BurrBrown chip’s True Native design, PCM and DSD take separate pathways – this enables both PCM and DSD to remain ‘bit-perfect’ in their native form right through to analogue conversion, which is not the case with most other DAC/headphone amps. Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sampling rate of the digital audio being played. Analogue stage The hip-dac’s amp circuitry is of balanced (differential) design – highly unusual in a DAC/headphone amp anywhere near this budget. Balanced audio circuits have long been championed by renowned high-end audio electronics engineer John Curl, now a technical consultant for iFi, given their ability to reduce noise within the signal path. Curl has worked closely with iFi’s in-house technical team, led by Thorsten Loesch, to produce an analogue stage of exceptional quality for a device of this kind. The circuitry incorporates a range of high-quality components, carefully selected for their performance in an audio context, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, TDK C0G class 1 ceramic capacitors, a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments and a high-quality analogue volume pot (many portable DAC/headphone amps use inferior digital volume controls). The headphone amp has a nominal power rating of 400mW and is capable of delivering over 700mW from the balanced output depending on the impedance of the attached headphones – impressive in comparison with the hip-dac’s peers, driving all manner of headphone/earphone types with ease. There are two USB ports – Type A for audio data and USB-C for charging. The Type A input features a ‘male’ connector, rather than a typical ‘female’ port. This provides greater mechanical integrity than USB/Micro USB ports.. This is an advantage for iPhone and iPad users, because it accepts Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor directly without requiring an additional female-to-male USB adaptor. (The Camera Adapter is required to connect Apple iOS devices to third-party USB devices.) Truly balanced circuits consist of both channels fully separated and mirrored, thus require twice as many parts versus single-ended designs. That’s why balanced solutions are inherently more complex, twice as costly to develop and far more difficult to implement. That’s also the main reason why they normally reserved for the ultra high-end audio components sold for four or five figures. The amp stage features switchable gain, which iFi terms PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones, by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. With high-sensitivity headphone types such as in-ear monitors, leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for ultra-low-noise performance. But if your headphones require more drive – most on/over-ear types, for example – press the PowerMatch button on the front panel to increase gain. The hipdac is very much akin to the micro iDSD Black Label for a perfectly valid reason. Both products are based on the Burr-Brown DSD1793 D/A converter chip and share extremely similar digital and analogue stages. The digital section of the hipdac is drawn from the micro iDSD Black Label. The USB type A OTG/CCK connector offers supreme portability and dependability and direct connection to Apple CCK/Android OTG. This optional ‘bass boost’ enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, and is particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. It operates entirely in the analogue domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP. Just about every iFi DAC offers MQA because we believe in the pursuit of better quality music and offering our customers the greatest choice. As usual, our engineers implemented this into the firmware. And as is our strength, we included DSD256/PCM384. Whatever the format, the hipdac has you covered. TDK high stability C0G surface mounted capacitors - C0G dielectric close to Teflon in key areas that effect the smoothest sonics. As you can see, the hipdac really is one of those products that looks spectacular on the outside but sounds absolutely wonderful because of what is inside. Battery: Power System: Power (max): Dimensions: Weight: Formats supported: Digital Inputs: Headphone Outputs: Power Output:


Product Dimensions 4.02 x 2.76 x 0.55 inches


Item Weight 4.2 ounces


Manufacturer Abbingdon Music Research


ASIN B0842W67F1


Item model number hip-dac


Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 142 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #8 in Headphone Amps


Date First Available January 27, 2020


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

View our full returns policy here.

Features

  • PORTABLE DESIGN - Your music will never stop with up to 6 hrs of battery life and a slim, lightweight design perfect for carrying in your pocket wherever life takes you
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY – Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
  • HIGH TECH – Power Match and XBass offer adjustable analog enhancements to customize your listening experience without compromising the digital conversion

Description

iFi was born in 2012 with one goal in mind: to produce 'ultra-fidelity' audio products that push the sonic envelope whilst still priced within the mainstream. iFi audio is under our parent company, AMR, Abbingdon Music Research, which designs and produces top-end luxurious audio products. AMR saw in 2010 that customer demand for wireless and portable headphones was expanding as the whole audio dynamic was changing. Thus, iFi was launched. iFi offers small but prodigious personal audio products thanks to the superior knowledge of AMR’s technology. Today, we are proud of our British (and international) roots. We continue to design and produce over 35 different products. We are headquartered in Southport, UK with distribution including retailers such as B&H and etailz with production overseas. We source parts from around the world from manufacturers including AMOS (UK), GE Valves (USA), WIMA (Germany) and TDK (Japan). Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac is designed to slip discretely into a pocket and offers an extensive hi-res specification. The hip-dac replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound. Its design and performance set it apart from other DAC/headphone amps in its class – connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement, effortlessly engaging the listener with all manner of music. The hip-dac’s 2200mAh battery lasts for around eight to 12 hours of playing time, depending on volume level and how power-hungry the connected headphones are. In the home, in the office, on a train or plane – the hip-dac is the music lover’s inseparable friend. Digital stage The DAC section is based around a Burr-Brown DAC chip that iFi uses extensively in its products, selected for its fluid, highly ‘musical’ sound quality and True Native architecture. This, combined with custom iFi circuitry, enables the hip-dac to deliver excellent sound quality across all manner of digital audio formats, including bitperfect PCM, native DSD and MQA – the hi-res streaming codec, as used by Tidal’s ‘Masters’ tier. Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sampling rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256). Thanks to the BurrBrown chip’s True Native design, PCM and DSD take separate pathways – this enables both PCM and DSD to remain ‘bit-perfect’ in their native form right through to analogue conversion, which is not the case with most other DAC/headphone amps. Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sampling rate of the digital audio being played. Analogue stage The hip-dac’s amp circuitry is of balanced (differential) design – highly unusual in a DAC/headphone amp anywhere near this budget. Balanced audio circuits have long been championed by renowned high-end audio electronics engineer John Curl, now a technical consultant for iFi, given their ability to reduce noise within the signal path. Curl has worked closely with iFi’s in-house technical team, led by Thorsten Loesch, to produce an analogue stage of exceptional quality for a device of this kind. The circuitry incorporates a range of high-quality components, carefully selected for their performance in an audio context, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, TDK C0G class 1 ceramic capacitors, a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments and a high-quality analogue volume pot (many portable DAC/headphone amps use inferior digital volume controls). The headphone amp has a nominal power rating of 400mW and is capable of delivering over 700mW from the balanced output depending on the impedance of the attached headphones – impressive in comparison with the hip-dac’s peers, driving all manner of headphone/earphone types with ease. There are two USB ports – Type A for audio data and USB-C for charging. The Type A input features a ‘male’ connector, rather than a typical ‘female’ port. This provides greater mechanical integrity than USB/Micro USB ports.. This is an advantage for iPhone and iPad users, because it accepts Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor directly without requiring an additional female-to-male USB adaptor. (The Camera Adapter is required to connect Apple iOS devices to third-party USB devices.) Truly balanced circuits consist of both channels fully separated and mirrored, thus require twice as many parts versus single-ended designs. That’s why balanced solutions are inherently more complex, twice as costly to develop and far more difficult to implement. That’s also the main reason why they normally reserved for the ultra high-end audio components sold for four or five figures. The amp stage features switchable gain, which iFi terms PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones, by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. With high-sensitivity headphone types such as in-ear monitors, leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for ultra-low-noise performance. But if your headphones require more drive – most on/over-ear types, for example – press the PowerMatch button on the front panel to increase gain. The hipdac is very much akin to the micro iDSD Black Label for a perfectly valid reason. Both products are based on the Burr-Brown DSD1793 D/A converter chip and share extremely similar digital and analogue stages. The digital section of the hipdac is drawn from the micro iDSD Black Label. The USB type A OTG/CCK connector offers supreme portability and dependability and direct connection to Apple CCK/Android OTG. This optional ‘bass boost’ enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, and is particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. It operates entirely in the analogue domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP. Just about every iFi DAC offers MQA because we believe in the pursuit of better quality music and offering our customers the greatest choice. As usual, our engineers implemented this into the firmware. And as is our strength, we included DSD256/PCM384. Whatever the format, the hipdac has you covered. TDK high stability C0G surface mounted capacitors - C0G dielectric close to Teflon in key areas that effect the smoothest sonics. As you can see, the hipdac really is one of those products that looks spectacular on the outside but sounds absolutely wonderful because of what is inside. Battery: Power System: Power (max): Dimensions: Weight: Formats supported: Digital Inputs: Headphone Outputs: Power Output:


Product Dimensions 4.02 x 2.76 x 0.55 inches


Item Weight 4.2 ounces


Manufacturer Abbingdon Music Research


ASIN B0842W67F1


Item model number hip-dac


Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars 142 ratings 4.3 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #8 in Headphone Amps


Date First Available January 27, 2020


abunda_amazon_reviews Just a heads up, I’ve only had this for a week but since there isn’t that many reviews I figured this one might provide a little more info. Headphones used were Mr. Speakers Open Alphas and Audeze LCD-XC. Size, portability and looks: it’s about the size of a cigarette pack but substantially thinner. Of the top of my head it’s about the thickness of the tip of my pointer finger or a little thicker than an iPhone XR and I’m guessing most modern phones. It’s extremely lightweight and if you plan on using it with any modern smart phone, it’s definitely small enough to stack it with your phone and slide em both in your pocket ( I forget what they’re called but I found these rubber type webbings that attaches to the corners of your phone and any amp/dacs are held in place by the webbing in the back of your phon so no rubber bands across your screen. Definitely recommend. I think I searched “silicone rubber bands for phones” or something similar on Amazon). It got a cool blueish/greenish ocean teal type color with a pretty cool gold/brass knob that is used to turn on the amp/dac as well as control the volume. Features: it’s pretty much got whatever you need when your in the go or need something portable. It’s dsd/pcm numbers are pretty awesome for something of this size plus mqa unfolding if your using tidal. It has a power match (gain stage?) button next to the bass boost button to the left of the gold knob in the front. I kept the power match button on while using the headphones and there was plenty of power to drive both cans (using the 4.4mm input) easily. Sound: like I said, it’s only been a week or so since I’ve been using this so these are basic impressions not a full blown review. Open alphas plugged straight into an iPhone sounded really dark and congested. Plugged into the hipdac they sound incredible. Darkness was lifted and the congestiveness were both gone. The sound stage, depth, separation and overall sound quality were greatly improved. It was actually pretty surprising to me just how much of a difference the SQ was improved. So far I haven’t heard any noticeable hissing or pops or any other weirdness. I kept the bass boost off using the alphas as the hipdac (using power match button) seemed to be pushing these enough to get that bassy, punchy sound from the alphas( I’m guessing probably other fostex tr type cans would work well with this little guy too) I haven’t used it with the LCD-XCs enough to give any insight other than that the hipdac will push em. I have an old Oppo ha-2 portable amp/dac that I’ve been using for years as my go to portable. It’s a great amp/dac but I’m pretty sure the hipdac will take its place. From the features, the power, sound, size and portability its a pretty amazing little piece of hardware for a very reasonable price. If your looking for a portable amp/dac I would definitely keep the hipdac on the list to consider.;;Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Like an egg in trying times;;Ongo Gablogian, art collector;;;I'm using Windows on my laptop and when I used HIP DAC for the first time on my laptop with HD600, the sound from this DAC was rubbish and had alot of clipping. However, I found important tips from iFi official website support. 1. You MUST install 'iFi (by AMR) HD USB Audio Driver' from iFi official website or all you hear would be clipping and doomed sound. 2. If you are going to use MQA from Tidal, you have to adjust your setting in Tidal. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output, select 'iFi (by AMR) HD + USB Audio' 3. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output - More settings, activate 'Exclusive Mode' only If you set up all, your HIP DAC will glow magenta colour and give you the proper sound.;;Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Important Tips for NEW BUYERS;;Byungsun Ahn;;;This is a very musical, warm sounding DAC. I'm quite fond of it most of the time, almost all of the time. The XBass feature, as many have noted, is more than a gimmick or just a boost; it is a boost, but it is executed amazingly well and interferes with mids and the rest of the music far, far less than you may be expecting. The low-end just gets "juiced" and I find myself using it an unexpected amount to be honest. Very detailed, rather wide and spacious, with an ever so slight warmth; this may or may not appeal to you. I enjoy it. The form-factor is smaller than you might think; it's just a bit larger than the average palm. It has 3.5mm single-ended (regular stereo mini) output jack, and a 4.4 Pentacon balanced output jack (I have an 2.5mm adapter in that jack permanently as I do not own any 4.4mm terminated cables, but I do have a few in 2.5mm). Fit and finish is quite good as well. The machined volume knob (with on-off switch at the counter-clockwise end of its travel) is excellent, perfectly dampened and just the right size. It has a USB-C female port for charging ONLY, and a USB-A *male* port for data ONLY. Now to my two complaints: Part 1... it will not/cannot run bus-powered, e.g. it draws no power from its USB-A data connection and is intended to run either A) on battery or B) with the USB-C charging port connected to power. You can connect the power connection to a second USB port on your laptop (this won't work for a mobile device since they obviously only have one port and run on battery themselves) but it will not supply enough power to sustain the Hip Dac indefinitely. In my experience doing this slows the drain but it *will* eventually drain and need to be connected to 5v higher amperage power adapter at some point. Part 2... the battery life is, frankly, abysmal. The initial claims and (now corrected) manual itself states up to 12 hours of runtime; that was publically walked back to 8 hours by iFi in the months that followed release. To be very blunt however, I have yet to come ANYWHERE near to even 8 hours. My runtimes have been 5 hours at the most and sometimes as little as 3 hours. This is unfortunately also simply "standby" time as I've more recently noticed that simply having the unit turned on (I can't say whether it will do this if *disconnected* while turned on) and connected to my laptop, just sitting there not playing audio, it last not half a day (4 hours at most). That runtime is, like I said, abysmal and especially given the initial claims. The only good news here is that it can go from a flat battery to full charge in under 3 hours (closer to 2 hours in my experience with a 5v 1.8amp charging adapter)... So, there's that. But considering how little runtime it lasts, I should hope it can charge quickly. I won't mince words here - the device sounds outstanding for the most part and is a reasonable value, but I do NOT consider this a portable device. It is significantly underpowered and my review would be incredibly different if it packed a much larger capacity Li-ion, OR if it could run bus-powered. My only other wish is that it had even a single analog audio INPUT to allow it to run in Amp-Only, by-passing the DAC. It could be near perfect were this the reality. As it stands, for portable use I am continuing to use a trusted older portable amp (one which offers up to 40 hours of runtime!) in combination with an extremely low-profile dongle-DAC which can-and-does run bus-powered off the device it's connected to. Does it sound as good???? Honestly, almost.. very nearly as good. But the total package is half the size/weight of the Hip Dac and can run, literally, double/triple/quadruple the time. Summary: The iFi Hip Dac is an AMAZING, small, well-built desktop (or chair or sofa) DAC/AMP, which you can take on the go if need be... Just don't go too far.;;Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020;;3.0 out of 5 stars;;Sound Quality Fantastic - Battery Life Awful;;Eyewanders

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5.0 out of 5 stars
By Ongo Gablogian, art collector - Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Like an egg in trying times
Just a heads up, I’ve only had this for a week but since there isn’t that many reviews I figured this one might provide a little more info. Headphones used were Mr. Speakers Open Alphas and Audeze LCD-XC. Size, portability and looks: it’s about the size of a cigarette pack but substantially thinner. Of the top of my head it’s about the thickness of the tip of my pointer finger or a little thicker than an iPhone XR and I’m guessing most modern phones. It’s extremely lightweight and if you plan on using it with any modern smart phone, it’s definitely small enough to stack it with your phone and slide em both in your pocket ( I forget what they’re called but I found these rubber type webbings that attaches to the corners of your phone and any amp/dacs are held in place by the webbing in the back of your phon so no rubber bands across your screen. Definitely recommend. I think I searched “silicone rubber bands for phones” or something similar on Amazon). It got a cool blueish/greenish ocean teal type color with a pretty cool gold/brass knob that is used to turn on the amp/dac as well as control the volume. Features: it’s pretty much got whatever you need when your in the go or need something portable. It’s dsd/pcm numbers are pretty awesome for something of this size plus mqa unfolding if your using tidal. It has a power match (gain stage?) button next to the bass boost button to the left of the gold knob in the front. I kept the power match button on while using the headphones and there was plenty of power to drive both cans (using the 4.4mm input) easily. Sound: like I said, it’s only been a week or so since I’ve been using this so these are basic impressions not a full blown review. Open alphas plugged straight into an iPhone sounded really dark and congested. Plugged into the hipdac they sound incredible. Darkness was lifted and the congestiveness were both gone. The sound stage, depth, separation and overall sound quality were greatly improved. It was actually pretty surprising to me just how much of a difference the SQ was improved. So far I haven’t heard any noticeable hissing or pops or any other weirdness. I kept the bass boost off using the alphas as the hipdac (using power match button) seemed to be pushing these enough to get that bassy, punchy sound from the alphas( I’m guessing probably other fostex tr type cans would work well with this little guy too) I haven’t used it with the LCD-XCs enough to give any insight other than that the hipdac will push em. I have an old Oppo ha-2 portable amp/dac that I’ve been using for years as my go to portable. It’s a great amp/dac but I’m pretty sure the hipdac will take its place. From the features, the power, sound, size and portability its a pretty amazing little piece of hardware for a very reasonable price. If your looking for a portable amp/dac I would definitely keep the hipdac on the list to consider.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Byungsun Ahn - Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
Important Tips for NEW BUYERS
I'm using Windows on my laptop and when I used HIP DAC for the first time on my laptop with HD600, the sound from this DAC was rubbish and had alot of clipping. However, I found important tips from iFi official website support. 1. You MUST install 'iFi (by AMR) HD USB Audio Driver' from iFi official website or all you hear would be clipping and doomed sound. 2. If you are going to use MQA from Tidal, you have to adjust your setting in Tidal. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output, select 'iFi (by AMR) HD + USB Audio' 3. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output - More settings, activate 'Exclusive Mode' only If you set up all, your HIP DAC will glow magenta colour and give you the proper sound.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Eyewanders - Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
Sound Quality Fantastic - Battery Life Awful
This is a very musical, warm sounding DAC. I'm quite fond of it most of the time, almost all of the time. The XBass feature, as many have noted, is more than a gimmick or just a boost; it is a boost, but it is executed amazingly well and interferes with mids and the rest of the music far, far less than you may be expecting. The low-end just gets "juiced" and I find myself using it an unexpected amount to be honest. Very detailed, rather wide and spacious, with an ever so slight warmth; this may or may not appeal to you. I enjoy it. The form-factor is smaller than you might think; it's just a bit larger than the average palm. It has 3.5mm single-ended (regular stereo mini) output jack, and a 4.4 Pentacon balanced output jack (I have an 2.5mm adapter in that jack permanently as I do not own any 4.4mm terminated cables, but I do have a few in 2.5mm). Fit and finish is quite good as well. The machined volume knob (with on-off switch at the counter-clockwise end of its travel) is excellent, perfectly dampened and just the right size. It has a USB-C female port for charging ONLY, and a USB-A *male* port for data ONLY. Now to my two complaints: Part 1... it will not/cannot run bus-powered, e.g. it draws no power from its USB-A data connection and is intended to run either A) on battery or B) with the USB-C charging port connected to power. You can connect the power connection to a second USB port on your laptop (this won't work for a mobile device since they obviously only have one port and run on battery themselves) but it will not supply enough power to sustain the Hip Dac indefinitely. In my experience doing this slows the drain but it *will* eventually drain and need to be connected to 5v higher amperage power adapter at some point. Part 2... the battery life is, frankly, abysmal. The initial claims and (now corrected) manual itself states up to 12 hours of runtime; that was publically walked back to 8 hours by iFi in the months that followed release. To be very blunt however, I have yet to come ANYWHERE near to even 8 hours. My runtimes have been 5 hours at the most and sometimes as little as 3 hours. This is unfortunately also simply "standby" time as I've more recently noticed that simply having the unit turned on (I can't say whether it will do this if *disconnected* while turned on) and connected to my laptop, just sitting there not playing audio, it last not half a day (4 hours at most). That runtime is, like I said, abysmal and especially given the initial claims. The only good news here is that it can go from a flat battery to full charge in under 3 hours (closer to 2 hours in my experience with a 5v 1.8amp charging adapter)... So, there's that. But considering how little runtime it lasts, I should hope it can charge quickly. I won't mince words here - the device sounds outstanding for the most part and is a reasonable value, but I do NOT consider this a portable device. It is significantly underpowered and my review would be incredibly different if it packed a much larger capacity Li-ion, OR if it could run bus-powered. My only other wish is that it had even a single analog audio INPUT to allow it to run in Amp-Only, by-passing the DAC. It could be near perfect were this the reality. As it stands, for portable use I am continuing to use a trusted older portable amp (one which offers up to 40 hours of runtime!) in combination with an extremely low-profile dongle-DAC which can-and-does run bus-powered off the device it's connected to. Does it sound as good???? Honestly, almost.. very nearly as good. But the total package is half the size/weight of the Hip Dac and can run, literally, double/triple/quadruple the time. Summary: The iFi Hip Dac is an AMAZING, small, well-built desktop (or chair or sofa) DAC/AMP, which you can take on the go if need be... Just don't go too far.

Recent Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Ongo Gablogian, art collector - Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Like an egg in trying times
Just a heads up, I’ve only had this for a week but since there isn’t that many reviews I figured this one might provide a little more info. Headphones used were Mr. Speakers Open Alphas and Audeze LCD-XC. Size, portability and looks: it’s about the size of a cigarette pack but substantially thinner. Of the top of my head it’s about the thickness of the tip of my pointer finger or a little thicker than an iPhone XR and I’m guessing most modern phones. It’s extremely lightweight and if you plan on using it with any modern smart phone, it’s definitely small enough to stack it with your phone and slide em both in your pocket ( I forget what they’re called but I found these rubber type webbings that attaches to the corners of your phone and any amp/dacs are held in place by the webbing in the back of your phon so no rubber bands across your screen. Definitely recommend. I think I searched “silicone rubber bands for phones” or something similar on Amazon). It got a cool blueish/greenish ocean teal type color with a pretty cool gold/brass knob that is used to turn on the amp/dac as well as control the volume. Features: it’s pretty much got whatever you need when your in the go or need something portable. It’s dsd/pcm numbers are pretty awesome for something of this size plus mqa unfolding if your using tidal. It has a power match (gain stage?) button next to the bass boost button to the left of the gold knob in the front. I kept the power match button on while using the headphones and there was plenty of power to drive both cans (using the 4.4mm input) easily. Sound: like I said, it’s only been a week or so since I’ve been using this so these are basic impressions not a full blown review. Open alphas plugged straight into an iPhone sounded really dark and congested. Plugged into the hipdac they sound incredible. Darkness was lifted and the congestiveness were both gone. The sound stage, depth, separation and overall sound quality were greatly improved. It was actually pretty surprising to me just how much of a difference the SQ was improved. So far I haven’t heard any noticeable hissing or pops or any other weirdness. I kept the bass boost off using the alphas as the hipdac (using power match button) seemed to be pushing these enough to get that bassy, punchy sound from the alphas( I’m guessing probably other fostex tr type cans would work well with this little guy too) I haven’t used it with the LCD-XCs enough to give any insight other than that the hipdac will push em. I have an old Oppo ha-2 portable amp/dac that I’ve been using for years as my go to portable. It’s a great amp/dac but I’m pretty sure the hipdac will take its place. From the features, the power, sound, size and portability its a pretty amazing little piece of hardware for a very reasonable price. If your looking for a portable amp/dac I would definitely keep the hipdac on the list to consider.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Byungsun Ahn - Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
Important Tips for NEW BUYERS
I'm using Windows on my laptop and when I used HIP DAC for the first time on my laptop with HD600, the sound from this DAC was rubbish and had alot of clipping. However, I found important tips from iFi official website support. 1. You MUST install 'iFi (by AMR) HD USB Audio Driver' from iFi official website or all you hear would be clipping and doomed sound. 2. If you are going to use MQA from Tidal, you have to adjust your setting in Tidal. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output, select 'iFi (by AMR) HD + USB Audio' 3. In Setting - Streaming - Sound Output - More settings, activate 'Exclusive Mode' only If you set up all, your HIP DAC will glow magenta colour and give you the proper sound.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Eyewanders - Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
Sound Quality Fantastic - Battery Life Awful
This is a very musical, warm sounding DAC. I'm quite fond of it most of the time, almost all of the time. The XBass feature, as many have noted, is more than a gimmick or just a boost; it is a boost, but it is executed amazingly well and interferes with mids and the rest of the music far, far less than you may be expecting. The low-end just gets "juiced" and I find myself using it an unexpected amount to be honest. Very detailed, rather wide and spacious, with an ever so slight warmth; this may or may not appeal to you. I enjoy it. The form-factor is smaller than you might think; it's just a bit larger than the average palm. It has 3.5mm single-ended (regular stereo mini) output jack, and a 4.4 Pentacon balanced output jack (I have an 2.5mm adapter in that jack permanently as I do not own any 4.4mm terminated cables, but I do have a few in 2.5mm). Fit and finish is quite good as well. The machined volume knob (with on-off switch at the counter-clockwise end of its travel) is excellent, perfectly dampened and just the right size. It has a USB-C female port for charging ONLY, and a USB-A *male* port for data ONLY. Now to my two complaints: Part 1... it will not/cannot run bus-powered, e.g. it draws no power from its USB-A data connection and is intended to run either A) on battery or B) with the USB-C charging port connected to power. You can connect the power connection to a second USB port on your laptop (this won't work for a mobile device since they obviously only have one port and run on battery themselves) but it will not supply enough power to sustain the Hip Dac indefinitely. In my experience doing this slows the drain but it *will* eventually drain and need to be connected to 5v higher amperage power adapter at some point. Part 2... the battery life is, frankly, abysmal. The initial claims and (now corrected) manual itself states up to 12 hours of runtime; that was publically walked back to 8 hours by iFi in the months that followed release. To be very blunt however, I have yet to come ANYWHERE near to even 8 hours. My runtimes have been 5 hours at the most and sometimes as little as 3 hours. This is unfortunately also simply "standby" time as I've more recently noticed that simply having the unit turned on (I can't say whether it will do this if *disconnected* while turned on) and connected to my laptop, just sitting there not playing audio, it last not half a day (4 hours at most). That runtime is, like I said, abysmal and especially given the initial claims. The only good news here is that it can go from a flat battery to full charge in under 3 hours (closer to 2 hours in my experience with a 5v 1.8amp charging adapter)... So, there's that. But considering how little runtime it lasts, I should hope it can charge quickly. I won't mince words here - the device sounds outstanding for the most part and is a reasonable value, but I do NOT consider this a portable device. It is significantly underpowered and my review would be incredibly different if it packed a much larger capacity Li-ion, OR if it could run bus-powered. My only other wish is that it had even a single analog audio INPUT to allow it to run in Amp-Only, by-passing the DAC. It could be near perfect were this the reality. As it stands, for portable use I am continuing to use a trusted older portable amp (one which offers up to 40 hours of runtime!) in combination with an extremely low-profile dongle-DAC which can-and-does run bus-powered off the device it's connected to. Does it sound as good???? Honestly, almost.. very nearly as good. But the total package is half the size/weight of the Hip Dac and can run, literally, double/triple/quadruple the time. Summary: The iFi Hip Dac is an AMAZING, small, well-built desktop (or chair or sofa) DAC/AMP, which you can take on the go if need be... Just don't go too far.