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iFi Audio Pro iDSD Studio - Reference-Class DAC, Preamp, Network Streamer & Headphone Amplifier

  • Quad-stack DAC - 4x DACs in interleaved configuration enables exceptional resolution
  • Powerful XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 Series chipset processes incoming digital data
  • State-of-the-art hi-res audio support: 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512, plus full MQA decoding
  • Global Master Timing femto-grade clock system with external clock input options
  • Wide range of digital inputs and analogue outputs – balanced and single-ended
  • DLNA network streaming via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable
  • Discrete, fully balanced Class A amplifier stage with adjustable gain
  • Tube and solid-state analogue modes – choose at the flick of a switch
  • Manufacturer warranty: 12 months
  • iFi Audio Pro iDSD Studio

    The Pro iDSD Studio is the flagship reference-class audio interface and controller with class-leading D/A conversion. If you are serious about your sound and want the very best quality for your creative output, its no-compromise performance is designed for you.

    When only excellence is acceptable for mixing or mastering through monitors or headphones, this hugely versatile device is the perfect interface (D/A), monitor controller or headphone amplifier.

    Produce Sound. Hear Music.

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    Monitor. Your Music.

    You get much closer to the music you are creating thanks to its Class A power stage and fully balanced outputs for connection to active monitors or an external power amp. Prefer using headphones? No problem. Its choice of balanced 4.4mm, S-balanced 3.5mm or single-ended 6.3mm connectors with selectable gain gives you every option.

    Stacked. With Tech.

    The Pro iDSD Studio uses a quad ‘core’ of Burr Brown D/As in a custom interleaved configuration – to deliver exceptional resolution. A total of eight pairs (four for each channel) of differential signals are used and mixed. The powerful XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 series chipset processes incoming digital data and enables the Pro iDSD Studio to provide state of the art audio support – 32-bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512, 2xDXD and full MQA decoding.

    Perfect Sync

    For the purpose of synchronisation in recording studios, the Pro iDSD Studio supports AES3id based DARS (Digital Audio Reference Signal) according to AES11. And if you happen to have a really good atomic clock (of Sanford Research Systems PERF10 quality or higher), it can be used to further elevate the Pro iDSD Studio’s already impressive internal clock system performance.

    Memory Buffer

    Data is sent to the Memory Buffer from all inputs. Here it is de-jittered to eliminate any transmission of source jitter to the D/A 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.

    Quiet. Very Quiet.

    The Pro iDSD Studio has been designed to be ultra-quiet with ultra-low distortion for an extremely accurate representation of the recording. Each D/A converter operates in the ‘voltage output mode’, giving less than 119dB dynamic range and 4,200mw of headphone power drive. A fully-balanced passive filter is used to remove ultrasonic noise directly after the D/A conversion, so the follow-on analogue stage is not required to handle ultrasonic noise and RFI originating within the D/A processes.

    And. Musical.

    In addition to its traditional inputs, the Pro iDSD Studio integrates a WiFi/network playback system using linkplay DLNA and Airdrop to access streaming from MacBooks or streaming services such as Tidal. Wide protocol support including Airplay and USB memory/HDD/SD card playback make it a full standalone streamer/network audio player with 32 bit/192kHz and DSD64 support.

    Features

    • Reference-class DAC/preamp, network streamer and headphone amplifier
    • Quad-stack DAC - 4x DACs in interleaved configuration enables exceptional resolution
    • Crysopeia FPGA Digital Engine delivers bespoke digital filtering and upsampling
    • Powerful XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 Series chipset processes incoming digital data
    • State-of-the-art hi-res audio support: 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512, plus full MQA decoding
    • Choose between ‘Bit-perfect’ fidelity and a range of advanced digital filltering/upsampling modes
    • DSD Remastering: option to up-convert PCM and DSD files to DSD512 or DSD1024
    • Global Master Timing femto-grade clock system with external clock input options
    • Zero-jitter memory buffer and galvanically isolated inputs eradicate digital distortion
    • Wide range of digital inputs and analogue outputs – balanced and single-ended
    • DLNA network streaming via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable
    • Discrete, fully balanced Class A amplifier stage with adjustable gain
    • Tube and solid-state analogue modes – choose at the flick of a switch

    Technical Specifications

    • Sample rates: PCM 768kHz / DSD 49.152MHz (DSD 1024) / MQA 352.8KHz/DXD (2xDXD)
    • Inputs: USB / AES3 (XLR) / S/PDIF (coaxial/optical combo) BNC / Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Micro SD
    • Filters: Bit Perfect / Bit Perfect+ / Gibbs Transient Optimised / Apodising / Transient Aligned
    • Gain: User-selectable: 0dB, 9dB and 18dB (headphone section)
    • Dynamic range: 119dBA (solid-state, PCM, -60dBFS)
    • Output power: (16, balanced/single-ended): >4,200mW /1>1,575mW
    • Output voltage: (600, balanced/single-ended): >11.7V / >5.9V
    • Input voltage (Pro iDSD): DC 9V/6.7A – 18V/3.35A
    • Input voltage (iPower Elite): AC 85 – 265V, 50/60Hz
    • Power consumption: <22W idle, 50W max
    • Dimensions: 213 x 220x 63 mm (8.4" x 8.7" x 2.5")
    • Net weight: 1980g (4.37 Ibs)
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