iFi hip-dac | Portable DAC and Amp

Regular price $149.99

Our Take
iFi Audio is on the rise, y'all. The ZEN DAC redefined the entry level DAC/amp last year, and iFi is doing it again to portable DAC/amps this year with the hip-dac. We love this thing. It's solid, sexy, pocketable, powerful, and most importantly – sounds way better than you'd expect at this price. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Check out this impressions video by our owner: https://youtu.be/eC7J2zZtzYk

From iFi Audio

Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac is designed to slip discretely into a pocket and offers an extensive hi-res specification that belies its eminently affordable $149 price tag. 

The hip-dac replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound.

Its design and performance set it apart from other DAC/headphone amps in its class.­ Connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favorite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement, effortlessly engaging the listener with all manner of music.

ifi hip dac lifestyle

In the home, in the office, on a train or plane – the hip-dac is the music lover’s inseparable friend.

  • Enjoy mind-blowing music at your fingertips quickly and easily with the user-friendly, compact hip-dac.
  • Connect the hip-dac via USB between your smart device, laptop and corded headphones while out and about.
  • Hook it up to your PC or Mac at home or in the office.
  • The hip-dac delivers hi-res, ‘bit perfect’ PCM and DXD up to 384kHz and up to DSD256 DSD256 as well as MQA.
  • Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box. Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA.
  • Make the most of your balanced headphones wherever you are with the hip-dac’s 4.4mm sockets.
  • Reap the benefits of balanced even with normal headphones as the 3.5mm single-ended socket uses our unique S-Balanced technology to cut crosstalk and distortion in half.
  • The analogue output stage of the hip-dac is a balanced (differential) design which means less interference and crosstalk.
  • Tailor the sound of the hip-dac to your playback priorities with additional, exclusive iFi firmware.
  • Benefit from PowerMatch – switchable gain – to cater for headphone sensitivity.
  • Turn on XBass to add missing bass to open backed headphones or IEMs


Formats supported:

  • DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
  • DXD(384/352.8kHz),
  • PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
  • MQA

Digital Inputs:

  • USB 3.0 type ’A’
  • High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0, (32bit/384kHz)

Headphone Outputs:

  • Balanced 4.4mm
  • Single-Ended S-Balanced 3.5mm

Power Output: 2.0V/400 mW @ 16 Ohm

Battery: Lithium-polymer 2200mAh

Power System: Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current

Power (max): <2W idle, 4W max

Dimensions: 102(l) x 70(w) x 14(h) mm Weight: 125g (0.28 lbs)

In the Box

  • iFi hip-dac
  • Male USB A to Female USB A Cable (PC to hip-dac)
  • OTG USB-C Cable
  • Male USB A to USB C Charging Cable
  • Manual Card
  • Warranty Card
  • Silicone Pads x 4