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iFi Audio Pro iDSD  4.4 | Audio Emotion
iFi Audio Pro iDSD  4.4 | Audio Emotion
iFi Audio Pro iDSD  4.4 | Audio Emotion
iFi Audio Pro iDSD  4.4 | Audio Emotion
iFi Audio Pro iDSD  4.4 | Audio Emotion

Product Description

The term music heaven is overused. But being a Streamer/Standalone/DacAmp with the highest-spec playback and resolution to date, the Pro iDSD is big enough to live up to the title.

Chasing heaven?
You've found it.

Up stream. Next gen.
The Pro iDSD with four DAC chipsets is the only Interleaved Quad-Stack DAC of its kind. With Crysopia FPGA for remastering to DSD1024. But what really sets it apart is that it functions as a:

  • Standalone source. Connect HDD with music
  • Streamer. Wireless/wired playback on Tidal, Spotify
  • DacAmp. DAC direct/DAC Headamp/DAC Pre-amp

Ground-breaking technology at its finest. Nothing else like it exists.

Heaven sent.
The Pro iDSD is a God amongst DACs creating heavenly audio and casting out the audio demons that ruin your musical enjoyment.
All hail the Pro iDSD

The tech spec.
The Pro iDSD is unique because it includes our:

  • Crysopeia FPGA Digital Engine

Which upsamples your music to DSD1024 thats double the audio clarity supplied by all other DACs.

  • MQA Decoding

No stone has been left unturned to offer every feature. Future-proofed with MQA playback.

Features

The 'fab four.' Quad 'stack' of Bit-Perfect DSD and DXD DACs by Burr-Brown.
The 'interleaved' configuration means up to eight pairs of differential signals can be used and mixed, equal to four pairs of signals per channel.
All this is not an easy concept to grasp and even more difficult to implement.

Bit-Perfect Processing
The new XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 Series 16-Core processor has 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).

Studio Grade
A first! The Pro iDSD brings Studio Grade DSD1024 to a wider audience.
For the DSD1024, if the MultiBit DAC is one half of the heart of the Pro iDSDs 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.

MQA
Listen to MQA straight out of the box.
For MQA tracks, simply connect to Tidal (on your computer) and check the options to stream MQA.

Memory Buffer

For all inputs data is sent to the Memory Buffer. 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 the low-jitter Global Master Timing® clock, which also drives the X-Core 200 and FPGA.

Multi-talented!
The Pro iDSD can link directly link to a router for online music playback.
With LINKPLAY WiFi/network playback, built-in Spotify and Tidal, and wide protocol support for 32-Bit/192kHz and DSD64, the Pro iDSD can be also used without a computer to stream audio.

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.

Best of Both
First, iFi Audio use one of the best and unknown tubes - General Electric 5670.
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 (along with Pro iCAN) 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.

iFi havent stopped there.
iFi Audio are tube lovers and appreciate sometimes there is a need for an even more tube-like sound, so 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 sonic perspective between the tubes natural harmonics and transient performance.

Tri-brid Circuitry
The amplifer audio circuit 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.

Fully-Balanced
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 Silmics
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.
While other consider them 'boutique' components, we consider them 'must haves' to achieve the best sound quality.

Elna Dynacap DZ
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

TI LDO Regulators
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). 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, S/PDIF Input and the DACs 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.

Technical Specifications

Sample rates: PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 49.152MHz (DSD 1024)
DXD and double-speed DXD (2xDXD)

Inputs: USB (required for DSD, DXD and sample rates above 192KHz)
AES3 (XLR single link)
S/PDIF (coaxial/optical combo)
BNC multifunction (S/PDIF in or sync input)

Outputs: Balanced XLR at 4.6V (+15.5dBu HiFi) or 10V (+22dBu Pro)
Single-Ended RCA at 2.3V (HiFi) or 5V (Pro)
Headphones 6.3mm & SE 3.5mm Jack at 0.55V/2.1V/5V
Headphones BAL 2.5mm Jack at 1.13V/4.6V/10V
Headphones out 1,500mW RMS X 2 @ 64 ohm, 4,000mW max. 2 X @ 16 Ohm

Headphone Output Impedance: Single-Ended (S-BAL): < 1Ohm SE
Balanced: <2 Ohm

Volume control: Balanced (6-gang) Alps potentiometer, motorised with IR remote control
XLR/RCA outputs can be selected as fixed level or adjusted
6.3mm headphone jack is always adjusted

Other Functions: Various digital and analogue filters can be selected for DSD and PCM up to 384KHz

PCM Filters: Bitperfect 44.1 192kHz, always used for 352.8 768kHz
Bitperfect + 44.1 96kHz
Gibbs Transient Optimised 44.1 384kHz
Apodising 44.1 384kHz
Transient Aligned 44.1 384kHz

DSD filters: fixed 3rd order analogue filter @ 80kHz with correction for DSDs -6dB gain

Gain (headphone section): user-selectable: 0dB, 9dB and 18dB

Dynamic range: 119dBA (solid-state, PCM, -60dBFS)

Output power (16, balanced/single-ended): >4000mW /1>1,500mW

Output voltage (600, balanced/single-ended): >11.2V / >5.6V

Input voltage (Pro iDSD): DC 9V/6.7A 18V/3.35A

Input voltage (iPower+): AC 85 265V, 50/60Hz

Power consumption: < 22W idle, 50W max.

Dimensions: 213 (l) x 220 (w) x 63 (h) mm

Weight: 1980g (4.37 Ibs)

Manufacturer Site

Specifications

Brand
iFi Audio
Condition
New
Product Code
IFIPROIDSD
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Customer reviews

(2 Customer reviews)
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OUTSTANDING PRODUCT

...sounds effortlessly powerful with a range of headphones, the Pro iDSD Signature drives headphones with a combination of warmth and tight control that's impossible not to enjoy, while delivering fine insight into the innermost depth of a mix.

...is clearly doing something very right.

Had me listening long into the night. I was transfixed...

combination of wide-open insight and sheer musical clout proved addictive.

The warmth and generosity of the sound here is a major attraction... it has the ability of making any headphones you choose sound big and impressive...proved a delight from start to finish.

The resolution here made every clever nuance of the dialogue and lyrics hilariously apparent, and shivered the spine.

The sheer amount of detail this DAC/amp can deliver is matched only by way it wraps the intimacy of the acoustic around the listener. It seems as if the performers are simply, but almost holographically, placed before you, the drums pattering and the bass and piano just set back behind. Simple, memorable pleasures...

It's rich, weighty, controlled and highly informative sound... this is a headphone amplifier that's made for sitting back and enjoying.

Hi-Fi Choice | | December 2021

The Pro iDSD is a phenomenally flexible component that delivers authoritative performances... I've rarely heard a better sounding multi-functional component with all kinds of digital sources, which after all is what really matters here. Versatile headphone amp/DAC/streamer that delivers outstanding sound quality at home or in the studio.

Hi-Fi Choice | | February 2019

The term music heaven is overused. But being a Streamer/Standalone/DacAmp with the highest-spec playback and resolution to date, the Pro iDSD is big enough to live up to the title.

Chasing heaven?
You've found it.

Up stream. Next gen.
The Pro iDSD with four DAC chipsets is the only Interleaved Quad-Stack DAC of its kind. With Crysopia FPGA for remastering to DSD1024. But what really sets it apart is that it functions as a:

  • Standalone source. Connect HDD with music
  • Streamer. Wireless/wired playback on Tidal, Spotify
  • DacAmp. DAC direct/DAC Headamp/DAC Pre-amp

Ground-breaking technology at its finest. Nothing else like it exists.

Heaven sent.
The Pro iDSD is a God amongst DACs creating heavenly audio and casting out the audio demons that ruin your musical enjoyment.
All hail the Pro iDSD

The tech spec.
The Pro iDSD is unique because it includes our:

  • Crysopeia FPGA Digital Engine

Which upsamples your music to DSD1024 thats double the audio clarity supplied by all other DACs.

  • MQA Decoding

No stone has been left unturned to offer every feature. Future-proofed with MQA playback.

Features

The 'fab four.' Quad 'stack' of Bit-Perfect DSD and DXD DACs by Burr-Brown.
The 'interleaved' configuration means up to eight pairs of differential signals can be used and mixed, equal to four pairs of signals per channel.
All this is not an easy concept to grasp and even more difficult to implement.

Bit-Perfect Processing
The new XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 Series 16-Core processor has 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).

Studio Grade
A first! The Pro iDSD brings Studio Grade DSD1024 to a wider audience.
For the DSD1024, if the MultiBit DAC is one half of the heart of the Pro iDSDs 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.

MQA
Listen to MQA straight out of the box.
For MQA tracks, simply connect to Tidal (on your computer) and check the options to stream MQA.

Memory Buffer

For all inputs data is sent to the Memory Buffer. 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 the low-jitter Global Master Timing® clock, which also drives the X-Core 200 and FPGA.

Multi-talented!
The Pro iDSD can link directly link to a router for online music playback.
With LINKPLAY WiFi/network playback, built-in Spotify and Tidal, and wide protocol support for 32-Bit/192kHz and DSD64, the Pro iDSD can be also used without a computer to stream audio.

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.

Best of Both
First, iFi Audio use one of the best and unknown tubes - General Electric 5670.
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 (along with Pro iCAN) 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.

iFi havent stopped there.
iFi Audio are tube lovers and appreciate sometimes there is a need for an even more tube-like sound, so 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 sonic perspective between the tubes natural harmonics and transient performance.

Tri-brid Circuitry
The amplifer audio circuit 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.

Fully-Balanced
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 Silmics
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.
While other consider them 'boutique' components, we consider them 'must haves' to achieve the best sound quality.

Elna Dynacap DZ
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

TI LDO Regulators
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). 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, S/PDIF Input and the DACs 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.

Technical Specifications

Sample rates: PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 49.152MHz (DSD 1024)
DXD and double-speed DXD (2xDXD)

Inputs: USB (required for DSD, DXD and sample rates above 192KHz)
AES3 (XLR single link)
S/PDIF (coaxial/optical combo)
BNC multifunction (S/PDIF in or sync input)

Outputs: Balanced XLR at 4.6V (+15.5dBu HiFi) or 10V (+22dBu Pro)
Single-Ended RCA at 2.3V (HiFi) or 5V (Pro)
Headphones 6.3mm & SE 3.5mm Jack at 0.55V/2.1V/5V
Headphones BAL 2.5mm Jack at 1.13V/4.6V/10V
Headphones out 1,500mW RMS X 2 @ 64 ohm, 4,000mW max. 2 X @ 16 Ohm

Headphone Output Impedance: Single-Ended (S-BAL): < 1Ohm SE
Balanced: <2 Ohm

Volume control: Balanced (6-gang) Alps potentiometer, motorised with IR remote control
XLR/RCA outputs can be selected as fixed level or adjusted
6.3mm headphone jack is always adjusted

Other Functions: Various digital and analogue filters can be selected for DSD and PCM up to 384KHz

PCM Filters: Bitperfect 44.1 192kHz, always used for 352.8 768kHz
Bitperfect + 44.1 96kHz
Gibbs Transient Optimised 44.1 384kHz
Apodising 44.1 384kHz
Transient Aligned 44.1 384kHz

DSD filters: fixed 3rd order analogue filter @ 80kHz with correction for DSDs -6dB gain

Gain (headphone section): user-selectable: 0dB, 9dB and 18dB

Dynamic range: 119dBA (solid-state, PCM, -60dBFS)

Output power (16, balanced/single-ended): >4000mW /1>1,500mW

Output voltage (600, balanced/single-ended): >11.2V / >5.6V

Input voltage (Pro iDSD): DC 9V/6.7A 18V/3.35A

Input voltage (iPower+): AC 85 265V, 50/60Hz

Power consumption: < 22W idle, 50W max.

Dimensions: 213 (l) x 220 (w) x 63 (h) mm

Weight: 1980g (4.37 Ibs)

Manufacturer Site

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OUTSTANDING PRODUCT

...sounds effortlessly powerful with a range of headphones, the Pro iDSD Signature drives headphones with a combination of warmth and tight control that's impossible not to enjoy, while delivering fine insight into the innermost depth of a mix.

...is clearly doing something very right.

Had me listening long into the night. I was transfixed...

combination of wide-open insight and sheer musical clout proved addictive.

The warmth and generosity of the sound here is a major attraction... it has the ability of making any headphones you choose sound big and impressive...proved a delight from start to finish.

The resolution here made every clever nuance of the dialogue and lyrics hilariously apparent, and shivered the spine.

The sheer amount of detail this DAC/amp can deliver is matched only by way it wraps the intimacy of the acoustic around the listener. It seems as if the performers are simply, but almost holographically, placed before you, the drums pattering and the bass and piano just set back behind. Simple, memorable pleasures...

It's rich, weighty, controlled and highly informative sound... this is a headphone amplifier that's made for sitting back and enjoying.

Hi-Fi Choice | | December 2021

The Pro iDSD is a phenomenally flexible component that delivers authoritative performances... I've rarely heard a better sounding multi-functional component with all kinds of digital sources, which after all is what really matters here. Versatile headphone amp/DAC/streamer that delivers outstanding sound quality at home or in the studio.

Hi-Fi Choice | | February 2019

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