iFi Audio Hip-Dac2 MQA DAC/Headphone Amplifier - Rapallo
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iFi Audio Hip-Dac2 MQA DAC/Headphone Amplifier

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The iFi Audio Hip-Dac just got hipper!

Meet the iFi Audio Hip-Dac2. Now in Sunset Orange with full MQA decoding.

Description

Colourful. Capable. Crisper.

Our much loved, original hip-dac has had a makeover! Meet the iFi Audio Hip-Dac2.

Our 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 a 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 iFi Audio 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 iFi Audio 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 it!

The iFi Audio 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 headphone amp delivers 660mW of power from the balanced output (520mW from the single-ended output) into a 32-ohm load – ensuring compatibility with a wide range of headphones. With a rating of 200mW from the balanced output into a 300-ohm load, it drives most power-hungry headphones with ease.

 

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

In addition, the 3.5mm 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.

 

Protect and serve

Both the original hip-dac and the new iFi Audio Hip-Dac2 sport a 102x70x14mm extruded aluminum enclosure, sufficiently robust to be ported around without fear of breakage.

However, some may wish to add further protection for the beautifully anodised metallic finish, whilst giving their beloved DAC/headphone amp a softer, suede-like feel – for them, the new hip-case is ideal.

Made from ‘faux suede’ in cool Dove Grey, with stitch detail and an embroidered iFi logo, the hip-case fits both the hip-dac and hip-dac2 like a glove, protecting it without hindering functionality.

Protect the iFi Audio Hip-Dac2 and let it serve you well.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Formats supported DSD
PCM
DXD
MQA
256/128/64, Quad/Double/Single-Speed
384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
384/352.8kHz
384/352.8kHz
Digital Inputs USB 3.0 Type ‘A’
(USB2.0 compatible)
Headphone Outputs Balanced
S-Balanced (S-E)
4.4mm
3.5mm
Power Output (@1% THD) Balanced
S-Balanced (S-E)
400mW@32Ω; 6.3V@600Ω
280mW@32Ω; 3.2V@600Ω
Battery Lithium-polymer 2200mAh Approx. 8 hours
Power System Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up
to 1000mA charging current and 6.3 volts
Power (max) <2W idle, 4W max
Dimensions 102 x 70 x 14mm
4.0″ x 2.8″ x 0.6″
Weight 125g (0.28 lbs)

Additional information

Weight .125 kg
Dimensions 10.2 × 7 × 1.4 cm
Brand

ifi Audio

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Our customers often share these stories with us, so we thought we would share a few with you, in hopes that you don’t fall prey to any of these unscrupulous sales tactics.

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The internet has become a more popular source for online shopping, regrettably we have seen more and more instances of fraud affecting online shoppers. Companies trading under many  different names, loading warranties and charging for them as extras when often they are included from the manufacturer. Parallel imports or personal imports where the NZ supplier refuses to repair when things go wrong is often alarming to the unsuspecting purchaser. Inflated freight charges, customs and GST at the border are often forgotten as a buyer is tempted by a lower price. Constantly we hear all these stories, once bitten it’s all to late looking for that refund or replacement. The stories are outrageous at times, customers from Trademe and ebay with no place to turn, time consuming and very frustrating…

 

So how do you protect yourself from online fraud?

  • Buy from an authorized reseller. If you are at all suspicious, contact the manufacturer directly and ask if a company is authorized to sell their products.
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