iFi-Audio Pro iDSD - reference D/A converter & headphone amplifier (Hi-Res / WiFi / Airplay / MQA / DLNA / SD card slot / USB / DAC / tubes / silver)

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    audiophile-standard portable DAC & headphone amplifier
    maximise sound quality
    Hi-Res streaming like never before
    Quad-Core Burr Brown Multi-Bit / DSD Hybrid DAC supports DSD1024 and PCM768 kHz
    DSD1024 Studio-quality remastering with Crysopeia FPGA Digital Engine
    wireless DLNA / Airplay / Ethernet Hi-Res playback
    tube or transistor analog output stage (user selectable)
    MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) playback (follows with software update)
    Global Master Timing Femto-grade clock system with external clock input
    five filter: Bit-Perfect, Bit-Perfect+, Minimum Phase, Apodising, Transient Aligned
    completely discrete, passive LC analog filter
    zero jitter analog buffer and galvanic isolation for all inputs
    discrete headphone / line amplifier
    balanced inputs and outputs
    galvanically isolated ultra-low noise power supply with super-caps
    fixed or adjustable line output voltage (with remote control)
    plays directly from USB hard disk or SD card with MUZO player
    various digital and analog filters can be selected for DSD and PCM
    we are specialized dealer for HiFi products - your authorized reseller in Leipzig

Product Description

iFi Audio - Pro iDSD - compact headphone amplifier & digital-analogue-converter
Every section of the Pro iDSD has received massive attention to detail. Classic design techniques for very low-noise design found in tube equipment have been combined with cutting-edge, 21st Century technology to deliver a superlative performance.

Quad stack – interleaved Burr-Brown DACs
The iDSD Pro uses a Quad ‘stack’ of iFi’s Bit-Perfect DSD and DXD DACs by Burr-Brown in a custom ‘interleaved’ configuration. This enables a total of eight pairs of differential signals to be used and mixed – four pairs of signals per channel.
All signals to the DACs are re-clocked with the low-jitter Global Master Timing® master clock derived from the AMR DP-777 DAC.
The DACs operate ‘Voltage Output Mode,’ giving >119dB dynamic range. All filtering is passive, using a fully-balanced third order capacitor/inductor/capacitor filter, rather than active, feedback-based circuits, to remove ultrasonic noise. (Active filters struggle with the amount of ultrasonic noise and RFI they have to handle and at a few 100kHz they can lose the ability to filter noise at all, which is precisely where a lot of noise is present.)
Using passive CLC filtering directly after the DAC means that the following analogue stage is not required to handle ultrasonic noise and RFI originating from the DAC process.

Studio Grade Remastering DSD1024
For the first time, Pro iDSD brings Studio Grade DSD1024 remastering to the mass. Now one can remaster all his/her music to a superlative DSD1024 format just like in a recording studio and enjoy the ultra-high resolution it provides.
For the DSD1024, if the MultiBit DAC is one half of the ‘heart’ of the Pro iDSD’s digital engine, then the other half is surely the Crysopeia FPGA. This is where we believe FPGA excels, by handling the remastering duties to attain the DSD1024 audio format. In fact the Pro iDSD can handle all audio formats to to DSD1024 or DSD512 or PCM 768kHz with user-selectable digital filters.

XMOS 16-Core X-Core 200 with large memory buffer for all digital inputs
The Pro iDSD features the new XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 Series 16-Core processor,with a maximum of 2,000 MIPS (two billion instructions per second) calculation power in dual-issue mode as a USB interface.
All digital processing is Bit-Perfect, without employing ASRC or up-sampling unless digital filters are explicitly selected. It can decode signals from all Inputs, from USB (up to 768kHz/DSD512), AES/EBU or S/PDIF (up to 192kHz/24Bit) and Wifi/Network/Mass-storage (up to 192kHz/32Bit).
A variety of digital filters (including Bit-Perfect mode without digital filtering) are available.
All inputs (including USB) are galvanically isolated and the USB input is self-powered. The SPDIF inputs use technology derived from the AMR DP-777 including a new, solid-state implementation of the HD-VDi, memory buffer and the Global Master Timing® clock system.
Recording engineers please note that the Pro iDSD supports the AES3id-based DARS (Digital Audio Reference Signal) as recommended in the Audio Egineering Society’s published AES11 standard.

Femto Precision GMT Clock & Reclocker
For all inputs data is sent to the aforementioned Memory Buffer, which iFi describes as ‘large’ and ‘elastic’. Here it is de-jittered to eliminate any transmission of source jitter to the DAC output. The data from the Memory Buffer is further re-clocked by with the low-jitter Global Master Timing® clock, which also drives the X-Core 200 & FPGA.

Wireless Playback Engine
With LINKPLAY™ WiFi/network playback, built-in Spotify and Tidal, and wide protocol support for 32-Bit/192kHz and DSD64, the Pro iDSD can directly link to a router for online music play. This gives it the option to:

  • Play direct from SD card
  • Link to router and directly steam (TIDAL/MQA, Spotify etc)
  • Use DLNA via music stored on HDD

Full Galvanic Isolation
This is one of the ‘holy grails’ of computer audio. All inputs are galvanically-isolated (including USB). This is the same level of execution as found in the AMR DP-777 Digital Processor. The USB input section has its own separate power management system with multiple regulators and filtering operating from the galvanically-isolated voltage generated to power this section.
As the USB Input is self-powered, it does not draw power from the USB bus, making it quite impervious to after-market add-ons.

Tube/Solid-State Real-time Switching
Compared to high-end headphone amplifiers, the tube stage of the Pro iDSD is different in two-ways. First, we don’t use good-quality 6922s or similar. Instead we use the very best; General Electric 5670 which is the premium variant with a different pinout.
Second and just as important is the circuit design. Unlike other amplifiers that have the same circuit and just switch in/out the tube section, the Pro iDSD is the very first of its kind that has two individual input circuits – one tube and one Solid-State. This results in the best sonics of both worlds because the signal path is the shortest and there is no compromise to ‘shoe horn’ the tubes into an already existing solid-state circuit.
For the first time, one can enjoy both the sound of Solid-State and Tubes in a single package (rather than as an ‘Effect Type’ add-on within an otherwise conventional solid-state design) and be able to switch in real-time. For some recordings and headphones/loudspeakers, Solid-State may sound ‘more lively.’ For others, Tube and Tube+ (especially Tube+) will sound more ‘luxurious.’ Select the one that sounds best for that particular moment, be it the recording, the mood or even the weather. After all, enjoying music is an experience to be savoured and not a scientific research exercise.
We haven’t stopped there. We are tube lovers and we appreciate sometimes there is a need for even more tube-like sound, there are two tube settings – Tube and Tube+. The Tube+ position reduces overall loop-gain and thus negative feedback to the minimum. This gives a different trade-off between the tube’s natural harmonics and the transient performance.

Class A Solid-State, J-FETs and Fully-Discrete
The Solid-State amplification section of the Pro iDSD is just as seriously executed as the Tube amplification section. It is the on the lines of the Pro iCAN.
The amplifer audio circuit is a development of iFi’s revolutionary ‘TubeState’ design. It is fully discrete, fully-balanced with either tube or J-FET input switchable, bipolar second stage and MOSFET-buffered bipolar class A Power stage. The resulting circuit may be best described as a ‘tri-brid’ where each device is used to greatest sonic advantage while minimising any drawbacks. Furthermore, the circuit is pure DC coupled to avoid using any sonically-degrading coupling capacitors. All of these are far from ‘run of the mill.’

Alps 6-Track fully balanced motorised Volume control with servo system
The Pro iDSD has a premium Japan Alps motorised rotary volume potentiometer. This is the ‘6-Track’ version with 4 tracks used for a true balanced volume control. This is the litmus test for any amplifier to see if it is truly balanced or operates internally in single-ended mode.
Those using ‘2-Track’ volume controls may offer balanced in and out but are not true balanced designs. The Pro iDSD however is fully-balanced from beginning to end. Just like its sibling the Pro iCAN.

ELNA Silmic Capacitors
To maximise dynamic performance, especially with bass, the analogue stage is backed by audio-grade ELNA Silmic Capacitors located within a few millimetres of the audio circuitry supplied. Elna Silmics are used in the final stages of the main DC bus which is filtered using multiple stages of inductor/capacitor filters.
To boot, Elna Silmics are usually only found in components that cost far more as they considered ‘boutique’ components yet we consider them a ‘must have’ to achieve the best sound quality. We hope that it is apparent that the Pro DSD has the best parts in the right sections to carry out the best job possible.

ELNA Dynacap Low Impedance Super Capacitors
The digital section is powered by a bank of Elna Dynacaps ‘Super Capacitors’ totaling 6.6 Farad (6,600,000uF). iFi uses Elna Dynacap DZ (TM) Super capacitors because they have 400 times lower internal impedance than common grades of super capacitors. This exceptional low impedance means they release energy much faster than other super capacitors.

Power Supplies
Using classic tube design, brought up-to-date with 21st Century technology, all incoming DC is converted to a high-frequency waveform then rectified and filtered by a choke input capacitor filter. This produces a first-level DC bus from which all further voltages are derived. The circuit also generates a galvanically-isolated power supply voltage for the USB input circuitry.
The digital section is powered by a bank of Super Capacitors totaling 6.6 Farad (6,600,000uF). iFi uses Elna Dynacap DZ (TM) Super capacitors because they have a 400 times lower internal impedance than common grades of super capacitors.
Individual low-noise TI LDO Regulators with local LC filtering provide the final low-noise power for all individual digital sections, a total of six individual regulators cover Clock, SPDIF Input and the DAC’s digital section.
For the analogue stage (especially the tubes) higher voltages are needed. The whole stage effectively operates on a 60V rail offering massive potential dynamic range.

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Technical Data

iFi-Audio - Pro iDSD
Allgemein / General
Farbe / Colour: silber / silver
Abmaße (H x B x T) / Dimensions (W x H x D): 213 x 220 x 64 mm
Gewicht / Weight: 1980g
Eingänge / Inputs: USB für/for DSD,DXD - Abtastraten über/sample rates above 192kHz
S/PDIF Koax/Toslink bis zu/up to 192kHz PCM
BNC multifunction (S/PDIF in oder/or externer Clock-Eingang/sync input)
Ausgänge / Outputs: symmetrischer/balanced XLR mit/with 4,6V (+15dBu – HiFi) oder/or 11,2V (+22dBu – Pro)
unsymmetrischer/unbalanced RCA mit/with 2,3V (HiFi) oder/or 5,6V (Pro)
Kopfhörerausgang 6,3mm Klinke/jack mit/with 5,6V oder/or max. 11,2V (immer mit Lautstärkeregelung/always with colume control)
Kopfhörerausgang/Headphone out 1.500mW RMS x 2 @ 64Ω, 4.000 mW max. x 2 @ 16Ω
Lautstärkeregelung / Volume control: symmetrisches, Sechsgang-ALPS-Potentiometer, motorisiert mit IR-Fernbedienung / Balanced (6-gang) Alps potentiometer, motorised with IR remote control
XLR- und RCA-Ausgänge wahlweise regelbar oder fix / XLR/RCA outputs can be selected as fixed level or adjusted
Kopfhörerausgang 6,3 mm immer regelbar / 6.3mm headphone jack is always adjusted
PCM Filter / PPCM Filters: Bitperfect 44.1–192kHz, wird immer für 352.8–768kHz benutzt / always used for 352.8 – 768kHz
Bitperfect +44.1–96kHz
Gibbs Transient Optimized 44.1–384kHz
Apodising 44.1 – 384 kHz
Transient Aligned 44.1 – 384 kHz
DSD Filter / DSD filters: fester 3. Ordnung Analog-Filter @ 80 kHz mit DSD-Korrektur -6 dB / fixed 3rd order analogue filter @ 80kHz with correction for DSD’s -6dB gain
Verstärkung (Kopfhörer) / Gain (headphone section): 0dB, 9dB, 18dB
Dynamikbereich / Dynamic range: >119dBA (solid-state, PCM, -60dBFS)
Ausgangsleistung / Output power (16Ω, XLR/RCA): >4.000 mW / >1.500 mW
Ausgangsspannung / Output voltage: 600Ω, balanced/single-ended): >11.2V / >5.6V
Eingangsspannung / Input voltage (Pro iDSD): DC 9V / 6.7A–18V / 3.35A
Eingangsspannung iPower+ / Input voltage (iPower+): AC 85V – 265V, 50/60 Hz
Stromverbrauch / Power consumption: <22W Ruhezustand/idle
50W max.

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  • 1 x iFi-Audio - Pro iDSD - compact headphone amplifier & digital-analogue-converter in silver
  • 1 x Warranty Card
  • 1 x User Manual

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