iFi Audio – Hip DAC
Product Summary:The iFi Hip-DAC is the perfect companion for music lovers on the go. Not only will its hi-res specs make your tunes sound fabulous, but its hot, on-trend styling will make them look pretty amazing too.... Click To Read More
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Hip, hot and happening
Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere Hip-DAC was designed to slip discreetly into your pocket BUT its cool look might mean you want to keep it on display.
For music lovers everywhere
A miniature DAC/headphone amplifier replaces the inferior DAC and amp in your smart device, PC or Mac. Simply connect the Hip-DAC via USB, insert headphones and away you go.
Relax with your favorite music streamer, Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal as the Hip-DAC delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement.
Small but mighty
Whether you are curling up in Costa or on your commute, the Hip-DAC delivers hi-res music with flair.
Thanks to the Burr-Brown chip, audio remains ‘bit-perfect’. Music, just as it should be.
The Hip-DAC supports hi-res PCM up to 384kHz as well as DSD256 and MQA as used by Tidal’s ‘Master’ tier.
Balanced. Because you’re worth it.
Balanced audio circuits mean less unwanted noise.
The Hip-DAC boasts a balanced, analog stage to bring you the best musicality for miles around.
It sports a 4.4mm balanced output for balanced headphone cables/connectors.
For those ‘hissy’ IEMs, use the 3.5mm S-Balanced. Enjoy all the benefits of balanced from your single-ended connection.
Feel the Force…
Let it guide your actions…
Our small but mighty Hip-DAC sports PowerMatch – switchable gain.
Even on the go, adjust input sensitivity to match the level of drive to a load of your headphones.
Leave it off for those those ‘out and about’ IEMs and pop it on for on/over-ear types with a relatively low impedance that requires more oomph.
It’s still all about the bass…
xBass – our iFi optional sonic adjustment is still very much in vogue and addresses the lack of bass that’s often apparent with in-ears or open-back headphones.
Boost that bass, and “bring the booty back” to your iEMs with the Hip-DAC.
Hip and always on trend
Our in-house team has maxed out the circuitry with bespoke, easy to install firmware to bring you the joyous musicality of hi-res, native audio that suits your priorities and stays cutting-edge.
You will never be behind the times.
Long may it last…
And with extensive battery life, you can take it out with you all day.
The Hip-DAC can join you at the gym first thing, take you out for lunch and keep your feet tapping on your journey home.
hip-dac. Amazing sound. Stunning looks.
Enjoy high-quality sound for up to 8 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.
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. The iFi video tutorial on You Tube shows you how.
Sonically superior – richer, deeper. The XBass® analog bass correction system corrects for the missing headphone/speaker bass response.
It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound. You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.
I’m no audiophile so I can’t really comment on specifics when it comes to how the sound is compared to other devices. But, I can tell you that turning on the bass boost turns my HD280 pros into a bass heads dream come true. I would buy this just for that feature alone.
IFI AUDIO HIP-DAC IN THE TEST – MOBILE DAC HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER IN MINI FORMAT
“As a mini DAC with a lot of power, the Hip DAC is certainly the first choice.”
“…it is an absolutely useful addition for anyone who wants to occasionally enjoy music in decent quality with their notebook or smartphone, regardless of location.”
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Hip-DAC review by Dibus y Deabus
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iFi hip-dac Review – Joy For Yor Ears & Pockets
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DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
USB 3.0 type ’A’
High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32bit/384kHz)
S-Bal (SE) 3.5mm
Power Output (@1% THD):
BAL: 400mW@32 Ohm ; S-BAL(SE): 280mW@32 Ohm
BAL: 6.3V@600 Ohm ; S-BAL (SE): 3.2V@600 Ohm
Battery: Lithium-polymer 2200mAh
Power System: Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current
Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max
Dimensions: 102(l) x 70(w) x 14(h) mm
Weight: 125g (0.28 lbs)