iFi audio has launched the xDSD, an MQA-optimized DAC/Amplifier that works as both an ultra-portable or in a home-based application.
With aptX and AAC Bluetooth on board, the xDSD can deliver high-resolution audio up to PCM768kHz and DSD512 at 500mW per channel to amplifiers, active speakers and headphones of all types.
The xDSD can be operated either in wireless or wired mode via aptX/AAC Bluetooth (wireless) or USB and S/PDIF inputs (wired). It supports high-resolution formats (MQA and DSD) and includes the iFi S-Balanced 3.5mm TRRS headphone circuit, which delivers 500mW of power per channel.
The lightweight and compact includes iEMatch, a clever feature that lets the user choose how much power to apply to their headphones, so it matches sensitive IEMs as well as larger headphones. It is battery powered so it can go everywhere without draining the battery of the phone or player. A large 2,200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery provides six-to-eight hours of playing time. (Exact time is determined by factors such as headphone sensitivity and output.)
Hi-Res-certified, it supports PCM up to 32/384 kHz and DSD up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD. It is also certified as ‘High-Res Audio' by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) as well as the Japan Audio Society (JAS).
Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is on board as standard in the xDSD, offering studio-quality sound, exactly as the artist intended.
The lightweight enclosure is tactile, compact and made of rugged, ridged magnesium-aluminum alloy. The molded plastic end cap allows unrestricted Bluetooth transmission. All the switches and connections previously seen on iFi products have been optimized to match the new chassis, and still provide easy access to all the xDSD's features.
Key features include a Burr-Brown Hi-Res True Native DSD DAC chipset; MQA optimization out of the box to play back all high-res MQA encoded files; high-res audio up to PCM768kHz and DSD512 available with a free firmware upgrade; wireless Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) for CD-quality wireless sound; XBass and 3D Holographic ASP technologies for headphones; S-Balanced compatible 3.5mm headphone output; and line out 3.5mm provides fixed 2v line output for connecting to hifi system or driving active speakers.
"iFi is renowned for making compact, high performance DAC/amplifiers that offer unsurpassed value," says Victoria Pickles, Head of Global Marketing for iFi audio. "Building on the great success of our nano iDSD BL launch, we are excited to raise the bar with xDSD. Incorporating technology from our Pro models and trickling down to the xDSD, we believe this model delivers unmatched performance, ease of use and features in an ultra-portable size".
The iFi xDSD is available for an MSRP of US$399.