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micro iDSD Black DAC and Headphone Amplifier By iFi Audio
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Is the music from your headphones or speakers uninteresting or flat? Then the micro iDSD Black Label is for you. Achieve nuance and sophistication for your headphones and stereo through this miniature device.... Click To Read More
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micro iDSD Black DAC and Headphone Amplifier By iFi Audio


Is the music from your headphones or speakers uninteresting or flat? Then the micro iDSD Black Label is for you. Achieve nuance and sophistication for your headphones and stereo through this miniature device.


Product Description

Warmer. Smoother.

The micro iDSD Black Label adds warmth, depth, and smoothness to your favorite tunes. Put simply, your music will sound better than it ever has.

World superpower

The micro iDSD Black Label is the world’s most powerful, battery-powered DAC and headphone amplifier, capable of unrivaled native playback in DSD, PCM, and DXD file formats. Now with internal MQA decoding!

iFi has included their sonic enhancement controls to add that little bit extra to your listening…

  • XBass+® cleans and restores the bass to give you a richer, deeper sound,
  • 3D+® opens up your music to create a live-concert atmosphere.


Sense and sensitivity

The headphone amplifier is a force to be reckoned with.

With 4,000mW, the micro iDSD Black Label can drive from the most sensitive IEMs up to the most power-hungry headphones out there.

It comes with 3 power output settings so that it can be adjusted to work with any earbuds or headphones.

Sense and sensitivity

The micro iDSD Black Label has a battery life of up to 12 hours, and should your phone need a boost, the micro BL can charge it from 0% to 100% through the USB charging port on the side — not once, but twice!

And finally, there’s the sleek black and orange design. She’s funky, fun, and a flattering addition to any music lover’s system.

TI 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. Learn more here.

Doubling the DAC chips results in a 3dB lower noise floor and better channel separation. Together with power supply advancements and advanced channel interleaving, the noise floor has been halved. All of this equals stellar sonic performance.

3D+ Holographic® delivers an immersive, deep soundstage. Check it out here. XBass+® delivers a deep, tighter bass sound. Discover the details.

With output power up to 4,100mW, this headphone amplifier drives all headphones with ease. It has 3 power modes – Eco, Normal, and Turbo. Power and gain can be dialed-in perfectly to suit ALL headphones.

iFi always uses the best components possible. These OS-CON™ capacitors provide excellent noise reduction and have a long life span. They are not often found in products costing <US$1000.Read more about how they benefit sound improvement here

Hi-Res True Native® playback for all music formats from MP3 to DSD512, PCM768, and 2xDXD.

This OV series operational amplifier is another example of a top-notch component used to get extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%), and wide bandwidth. Learn more here.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged. Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box. Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA to be decoded by this device. iFi’s video tutorials on YouTube show you how.

Enjoy high-quality sound for up to 12 hours, even if you are using headphones requiring a lot of power such as the HifiMan HE-6 or as little as the Sennhesier IE-800.


This is it

I had to return a different iFi product since it stopped working in a week, but I tried giving iFi another go. You will not regret this product; the design is great, and the sound is top notch. Drives my headphones and IEMs perfectly.


Great sound

I use this with my HD800S and HifiMan HEKs and it sounds excellent. It’s not far off my main rig set up which costs a lot more so very pleased. I NEVER use things like bass boost, but it has transformed my HD800S listening and I think this unit is well worth the price. Had a few issues with MQA dropping out occasionally, but apart from that it’s been excellent


Best portable for sound quality

I use this to drive HIFIMAN Sundaras and Audio Technica R70x headphones. I use both my phone and laptop as a source with CD quality files and MQA from tidal. First Off this thing has power both headphones i use are very power hungry. Even on eco mode this thing will get painfully loud without a hint of a distortion. The battery is also great i listen to music while i work for 10hours and have never had the battery die on me.

As for sound quality i use my reference setup involving a khadas tone board DAC and THX 888 amplifier riving sundarras as a very neutral revealing setup. When i compare this setup and the IFI i noticed clarity is the same but the ifi has a smoother, musical and overall more pleasant to listen to over a long period of time. This thing may be expensive but it is a solid piece for quality sound on the go.


Highly recommend

I love everything about this amp, is sounds amazing, battery life is great, and it is just portable enough for my needs. Highly recommend. Works great w my mac and iphone too. Youll need the cck camera adapter for your iphone.


Not just best value; best, period.

Portable hi-fi enthusiasts are often smitten by that virus that makes you think “the higher the price, the better the quality.” I own or have owned much-more expensive DAC/Amps such as the Chord Hugo (1 and 2), ALO Continental Dual Mono, Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse, among others, and none can match the sheer musicality of the Black Label. Whatever its minor flaws, this is one magical piece of gear that can make any headphone shine in my experience.

Case in point, the Argon MK3 modded T50RP headphones. I never understood what all the hoopla was about until I plugged them into the Black Label with the 3D enhancement switch turned on—a match made in audiophile heaven. Which brings me to this: Unlike sound altering functions in other devices, those in the Black Label really improve the sound of overly dark or bright headphones. These features are not there for show.

Let’s talk about power. This device has tons of it. In addition to the power-hungry Argons, the Black Label drives my Sennheiser HD650s effortlessly and beautifully, bringing out the best in these classic cans.

Whatever gear (portable or otherwise) you may be thinking of buying next, this is the one to get.




Item Description Remarks
Inputs (rear) USB 2.0 type A “OTG” Socket
(with iPurifier® technology built-in)
Compatible with computers (Apple/Win/Linux), iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android Devices, camera kit or USB-OTG cable required. (Full USB3.0 port compatible)
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial 3 Way combo SPDIF port (Coaxial In/Out; Optical In); Up to 192kHz PCM
SPDIF Optical
Outputs (rear) Audio RCA L+R
Intelligent SPDIF® Coaxial Up to 192kHz PCM
Output (right side) SmartPower® Socket Fast charge all portable devices. Compliant with USB Battery Charging Standard 1.2 – 5V @ 1.5A



– HP Output Audio 6.3mm Headphone Jack
– Volume with Power On/Off switch Precision analog volume control <2dB Tracking error
– 3.5mm Input Auto disable the digital section when this is in use
– X-Bass® On/Off
– 3D Holographic Sound® On/Off Auto-switching for Speakers® and Headphones® (two separate and distinct circuits)
 Power Mode Turbo, Normal, Eco Computer-controlled power and gain scaling
– Polarity Normal/Inverted
– Filter 3 positions, 6 filters (see filter section below)
– Line Direct/Preamplifier Preamplifier function Enable/Disable, 0/9dB gain selectable Fixed 2V or variable with up to 5V available
– iEMatch® Perfect-matching circuit for IEMs (eliminate hiss) Off / High Sensitivity Headphone / Ultra Sensitivity Headphone


DAC section

DAC Dual-core DSD, DXD, PCM DAC by Burr Brown 2-DAC Chip; 4-Channel; 8-Signals, custom interleaving for maximum SNR
Bit-Perfect DSD processing, Bit-Perfect PCM processing
Clock Ultra low jitter GMT computer controlled Femto Clock RMS jitter 12kHz – 1MHz < 280 Femtoseconds
Audio Formats DSD 512/256/128/64
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion
DXD 2x/1x
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion
PCM 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/
All native decoding, no internal hardware conversion



– PCM Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard Digital filters selectable
– DSD Extreme/Extended/Standard Range Analogue filters selectable
– DXD Bit-Perfect Processing Fixed analogue filter


Specifications (DAC Section)

Dynamic Range (Line) >117db(A)
THD & N (0dBFS Line) <0.003%
Output Voltage (Line) >2V
Output Impedance (Zout) < 240Ω
Jitter (correlated) Below AP2 test set limit


Headphone Power Output

HP Amp Output Power (max) Power (continuous.)
– Turbo mode 10.0V/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm >1560 mW @ 64 Ohm
> 166 mW @ 600 Ohm
– Normal mode 5.5V/1,900 mW @ 16 Ohm > 950 mW @ 32 Ohm
> 100 mW @ 300 Ohm
– Eco mode 2.0V/500 mW @ 8 Ohm > 250 mW @ 16 Ohm


Specifications (Headamp Section)

Dynamic Range (HP) >115dB(A) (Eco Mode, 2V Out)
THD &N (HP 500mW/16R) < 0.008%
Output Voltage (HP) >8V (Turbo Mode)
Output Impedance (Zout) <1Ω (iEMatch not engaged)
Maximum Output Power 4,000mW @ 16 Ohm Load when using sinewave testing the micro iDSD BL may engage protection circuits
Continuous Output Power 1,000mW @ 64 Ohm Load


Micro iDSD BL main accessories

  • 3.5mm rubber feet
  • USB A Female > B Female Cable
  • Caps for RCA sockets
  • iFi bag
  • Silicone bracelet
  • Label of battery charging
  • RCA cable
  • 6.35 > 3.5 adapter
  • 3.5 male > male cable
  • Optical Adapter
  • USB A Female > B Female Adapter
  • User manual
  • Warranty Card
  • STS card

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