iFi’s Latest Portable DAC Enhances Digital Audio Quality

iFi's Latest Portable DAC Enhances Digital Audio Quality
Discover iFi's latest portable DACs, the Go bar and iDSD Diablo 2, designed to enhance your digital audio experience with unparalleled sound quality and features.

iFi Audio, known for its innovative audio equipment, has recently introduced two notable portable DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) models, the iFi Audio Go bar and the iDSD Diablo 2, both designed to elevate the listening experience for audio enthusiasts. These devices aim to restore the missing quality in digital audio, bringing studio-level sound fidelity to portable music setups.

Key Highlights:

  • iFi Audio Go Bar: An ultra-portable DAC/amp combo that promises over ten times the power of its competitors, including the AudioQuest DAC, making it a powerhouse in a compact size.
  • iDSD Diablo 2: Dubbed the world’s first portable DAC/headphone amp capable of processing lossless Bluetooth audio, it introduces wireless streaming capabilities to high-fidelity audio enthusiasts.

In-Depth Look at the iFi Audio Go Bar

The iFi Audio Go bar sets a new standard in the ultra-portable DAC/amp category. Priced at $329, it competes directly with high-end DACs like the AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt but stands out with its significantly higher power output and balanced output capabilities. Its design includes a robust aluminum alloy enclosure, making it lightweight yet durable.

Features include:

  • A powerful 32-bit Cirrus Logic DAC chipset.
  • Support for up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and native DSD.
  • MQA decoding for high-resolution streaming from TIDAL Masters.
  • Balanced (4.4mm) and Single-ended (3.5mm) outputs.
  • Unique digital filter settings for personalized sound profiles.

The Go bar impresses with its ability to drive demanding headphones with ease, offering up to 475mW into 32 ohms (balanced). This makes it one of the most powerful DACs in its class, capable of delivering studio-quality sound from portable devices​​.

Exploring the iDSD Diablo 2

The iDSD Diablo 2 elevates the portable DAC landscape with its wireless streaming capabilities and technical advancements. Priced at $1,299, it builds on the success of its predecessor, incorporating a redesigned Bluetooth module with aptX Lossless support, making it a pioneer in portable, high-resolution audio streaming.

Key features include:

  • A new aluminum enclosure with an eye-catching metallic crimson color.
  • Burr-Brown DAC chips in a custom configuration for improved sound quality.
  • Support for PCM data up to 32-bit/768kHz and DSD up to DSD512.
  • Full MQA decoding/upsampling up to 384kHz specification.
  • The latest Bluetooth version 5.4 support, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of devices.

With its ability to drive any headphones from sensitive IEMs to power-hungry planars, the Diablo 2 stands out for its dynamic range and detailed sound reproduction. The device’s amp stage is noteworthy, offering an unparalleled power output of 5,180mW/12.9V into 32 ohms through its balanced output​​.

iFi Audio’s latest offerings, the Go bar and iDSD Diablo 2, push the boundaries of what’s possible in portable audio quality. Whether you’re an audiophile seeking the utmost in sound fidelity or a casual listener looking to upgrade your audio experience, these devices offer compelling features and performance that set new standards in the portable DAC market.