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iFi Audio introduces NEO iDSD 2

iFi Audio introduces NEO iDSD 2

ifi audio has launched a second-gen NEO iDSD DAC, which it says sports activities a bunch of upgrades to enhance upon its predecessor (HFC 482) with the addition of aptX Lossless for CD-quality streaming. Physical connections embody USB, optical and coaxial, plus a 3.5mm analogue enter.

Balanced analogue outputs incorporate a regular 6.35mm single-ended headphone socket and a 4.4mm out, whereas across the again single-ended RCA outputs are accompanied by balanced XLRs, to attach the NEO iDSD 2 to an amp and audio system or a pair of energetic audio system.

Measuring 214 x 41 x 158mm, it may well lie vertically or horizontally on a shelf and boasts a brand new 2in retina-grade TFT color show, which rotates robotically to swimsuit its orientation whereas a multi-function rotary management helps to make sure straightforward use.

The NEO iDSD 2 has three operational modes: it may be used as a pure DAC with a fixed-level analogue output to hook up with a separate built-in amp or preamp in an audio system; as a DAC/preamp with a variable output for connecting on to an influence amp or energetic audio system; and headphone customers can use its amp stage.

The DAC stage incorporates a Burr-Brown XMOS chip and 32-bit, 16-core XMOS Cortex microcontroller to offer bit-perfect audio help for PCM information as much as 32-bit/768kHz and as much as DSD512. MQA can also be supported.

The headphone amp delivers a claimed 5,551mW/13.3V into 32ohm and 650mW/19.5V into 600ohm by means of its 4.4mm balanced output – as much as 10 instances the facility of the unique NEO iDSD. There are 4 achieve settings to tailor output to swimsuit the related headphones. The default mode is Normal (0dB); from there the person can step as much as Turbo (+8dB) or Nitro (+16dB). There can also be an IEMatch attenuation mode (-12dB) designed for use with super-sensitive in-ear buds.

XBass II is a proprietary circuit that may be engaged to reinforce low frequencies and affords three separate headphone EQ choices: ‘Bass’ (which targets low frequencies), ‘Presence’ (which focuses on the higher midrange) and ‘Bass + Presence’ (which implements each collectively).

XSpace is one other analogue processing mode, this time designed to compensate for the ‘in-head localisation’ impact that may happen when utilizing headphones to hearken to music blended for/utilizing audio system. When engaged, XSpace widens the headphone soundstage to ship a extra spacious and speaker-like expertise.

The NEO iDSD 2 comes with a brand new aluminium distant handset and the choice of utilizing iFi’s Nexis app, which is obtainable for Android and iOS units.

Available to purchase now for £900, you could find out extra concerning the NEO iDSD 2 right here.

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November 14, 2023 at 09:49AM

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