iFi-Audio Hip-Dac2 - portable headphone amplifier / DAC (Sunset Orange finish / MQA, PCM, DXD 384/352.8 kHz / DSD 256)

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    mobile headphone amplifier / DAC with a new look in vibrant Sunset Orange
    plays all high-resolution audio formats natively with a distinctive Dual Core Burr Brown True Native D/A converter chip
    incl. new 16-core XMOS chip, which processes data over USB, delivers double the clock speed and four times the memory
    incl. full MQA decoding and also an upgraded crystal clock which contributes to purer, crisper sound
    supports native PCM 384, Quad DSD 256 and MQA - ideal for streaming Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music etc.
    improves the sound of wired headphones, whether the music is coming from a smartphone, laptop, tablet or DAP
    Power Match and XBass
    we are specialist dealer for ifi-Audio products - your base dealer in Leipzig


Product description

The Hip-Dac just got hipper - meet the new Hip-Dac2!

Colourful. Capable. Crisper.

The much loved, original Hip-Dac has had a makeover!

Now in Sunset Orange with full MQA decoding.

The portable, hi-res DAC/headphone amp looks ultra cool in its new vibrant Sunset Orange. Not only has the Hip-Dac2‘s super sleek aluminum case had a update, but its insides have also been enhanced.

The new 16-core XMOS chip, which processes data over USB, delivers double the clock speed and four times the memory. This improves overall performance and adds full MQA decoding to the Hip-Dac2‘s skill set. There also is an upgraded crystal clock which contributes to purer, crisper sound.

So, whether you are working in your fav coffee shop or chilling on your daily commute, sunrise or sunset, you’ll definitely want to take the hip-dac2 with you wherever you go.

Shooting from the hip

The Hip-Dac2 replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound.

Connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the Hip-Dac2 delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement.

The Burr-Brown DAC chip selected for for its fluid, highly ‘musical’ sound quality and True Native architecture, together with iFi custom circuitry, enables the hip-dac2 to deliver excellent sound quality across digital audio formats, including bit-perfect PCM, native DSD and MQA.

The upgraded crystal clock eradicates jitter (digital distortion), using iFi’s GMT femto precision clocking system. This maintains the integrity of the digital signal until conversion to analogue and enhances sound quality.

MQA decoded

Thanks to the XMOS 16 core tech, the hip-dac2 is now an MQA Decoder rather than a Renderer only.

This enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. The LED glows green or blue to indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

MQA rendering technology (used in the original hip-dac among other iFi products) connects to an MQA Core signal (such as TIDAL) and completes the final unfold of an MQA file. Usually, the computer has carried out the decoding.

Power hungry? Hip-Dac2 is the solution

The Hip-Dac2’s amp circuitry, like the original, is of balanced (differential) design.

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.

The amp stage can deliver 400mW into a 32-ohm headphone load, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of headphone and earphone types with power to spare. Even high-impedance headphones are handled with ease thanks to output voltage of 6.3V into 600 ohms (from the balanced output).

Switchable sonics

The amp stage features switchable gain, which we call PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones, by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. Use the lower setting with high-sensitivity headphone. If your headphones require more drive, use PowerMatch to increase gain.

XBass is another user-selectable feature - a sophisticated form of ‘bass boost’ that enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, 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.

Get connected

There are two USB ports - type A for audio data and USB-C for charging. The Type A port features a male connector to provide greater mechanical integrity than a USB/micro USB ports commonly found on other DAC/headphone amps.

Two outputs are provided - a 3.5 mm socket for headphones with a single-ended cable/connector and a Pentaconn 4.4 mm output enabling headphones equipped with balanced connectivity to take full advantage of the hip-dac2’s differential amp design.

In addition, the 3.5 mm output benefits from iFi’s proprietary S-balanced circuitry, cutting crosstalk and related distortion in half when used with regular, single-ended headphone connections - this is especially beneficial with high-sensitivity in-ear monitors.

  • MOBILE DESIGN - perfect for on the road. With its slim, lightweight design, the Hip-Dac2 fits in any pocket. The battery life depends on the operating mode and the connected headphones and is a maximum of 8 hours.

  • HIGH-RES AUDIO - plays all high-resolution audio formats natively with the distinctive Dual Core Burr Brown True Native D/A converter chip, so you can hear every file as it was intended in the original recording. The Hip-Dac2 supports native PCM 384, Quad DSD 256 and MQA, ideal for streaming Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music and more.

  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Experience the full dynamic range of your headphones, whether in-ear or over-ear, with an output power of 400 mW analog volume control preserves the resolution and dynamic range of the recording.

  • CONNECTIVITY - Improves the sound of wired headphones, whether the music is coming from a smartphone, laptop, tablet or DAP. Connect the Hip-Dac2 directly to the smartphone or tablet via USB (OTG cable - Apple CCK). Connect your headphones symmetrically via the 4.4 mm pentaconn or the S-balanced 3.5 mm TRRS connector.

  • TECHNICAL PACKAGE - Power Match and XBass are analog extensions to customize the listening experience to your needs or your headphones. The D/A conversion is not affected in any way.

Technical Specifications

Formats supported DSD: 56/128/64, Quad/Double/Single-Speed ; PCM: 384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz ; DXD: 384/352.8kHz ; MQA: 384/352.8kHz
Digital Inputs USB3.0 type ’A’ (USB2.0 compatible)
Headphone Outputs Balanced 4.4 mm and S-balanced (S-E) 3.5 mm
Power Output (@1% THD) Balanced: 400mW@32 Ohms (6.3V@600 Ohms) and S-balanced (S-E): 280mW@32 Ohms (3.2V@600 Ohms)
Battery Lithium-polymer 2200 mAh approx. 8 hours
Power System Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000 mA charging current and 6.3 volts
Power (max) <2 Watts idle, 4 Watts max
Dimensions (LxWxH) 102 mm x 70 mm x 14 mm
Weight 125 g (0.28 lbs)


Scope of Delivery

  • 1x iFi-Audio - Hip-Dac2 - portable headphone amplifier / DAC in Sunset Orange finish
  • 1x OTG cable
  • 1x USB3.0 cable
  • 1x USB A to USB C cable (charging cable)
  • 1x quick instruction card
  • 1x operating manual
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