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iFi Audio Hip DAC 2 (2021) / hip-dac2
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Our hip-dac just got Hipper! Meet the hip-dac2. Now in Sunset Orange with full MQA decoding
Colourful. Capable. Crisper.
Our much loved, original hip-dac has had a makeover!
Our portable, hi-res DAC/headphone amp looks ultra cool in its new vibrant Sunset Orange. Not only has the hip-dac2?? super sleek aluminium case had a update, but its insides have also been enhanced.
The new 16-core XMOS chip, which processes data over USB, delivers double the clock speed and four times the memory. This improves overall performance and adds full MQA decoding to the hip-dac2?? skill set. There also a upgraded crystal clock which contributes to purer, crisper sound.
So, whether you are working in your fav coffee shop or chilling on your daily commute, sunrise or sunset, you??l definitely want to take the hip-dac2 with you wherever you go.
Thanks to the XMOS 16 core tech, the hip-dac2 is now an MQA Decoder rather than a Renderer only.
This enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. The LED glows green or blue to indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file.
Power hungry? hip-dac2 it!
The hip-dac2?? amp circuitry, like the original, is of balanced (differential) design.
The circuitry incorporates a range of high-quality components, carefully selected for their performance in an audio context, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, TDK C0G class 1 ceramic capacitors, a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments and a high-quality analogue volume pot.
The amp stage can deliver 400mW into a 32-ohm headphone load, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of headphone and earphone types with power to spare. Even high-impedance headphones are handled with ease thanks to output voltage of 6.3V into 600 ohms (from the balanced output).
Formats supported: DSD (256/128/64, Quad/Double/Single-Speed), PCM (384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz), DXD (384/352.8kHz), MQA (384/352.8kHz)
Digital Inputs: USB 3.0 Type A (USB2.0 compatible)???? ??
Headphone Outputs: Balanced 4.4mm | S-Balanced (S-E) 3.5mm
Power Output (@1% THD):???? ??Balanced: 400mW@32??; 6.3V@600?? | S-Balanced (S-E): 280mW@32??; 3.2V@600??
Battery: Lithium-polymer 2200mAh, playback time approx. 8 hours
Power System: Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current and 6.3 volts???? ??
Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max???? ??
Dimensions: 102mm x 70mm x 14mm
Weight: 125g (0.28 lbs)