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iFi hip-dac 3 | Portable DAC and Amp

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Audiophile Performance at Your Hip with the iFi Hip-Dac 3 Portable DAC/Amp

  • 3rd Gen portable Hi-Res DAC/Amp featuring enhanced internal circuitry
  • USB-C replaces USB-A from previous hip-dac
  • Improved headphone sound over inferior DAC circuitry found in smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • Premium build quality with Titanium Shadow aluminum chassis
  • Hi-Res True Native playback of all formats from MP3 to DSD256, with PCM384 and DXD384
  • iEMatch and XBass features correct headphone sonic balance and inaccurate bass response
  • Balanced 4.4mm and 3.5mm S-Balanced headphone outputs

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Meet the Hip-Dac 3

With its sleek aluminum enclosure, the latest generation portable hip-dac 3 discreetly fits in your pocket and replaces the subpar DAC and amplifier in smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. Just connect it via USB-C, plug in your favorite headphones or IEMs, and enjoy richer, more dynamic sound.

IFi's newest battery-powered pocket DAC/amp is graced with a Titanium Shadow hue, giving it a timeless elegance with a touch of modern sophistication. But the evolution extends beyond aesthetics with new features tailored to elevate your audio experience.

USB-C For the Win
Two USB-C ports simplify cable management: one for audio and the other for charging.

iEMatch
A switch on the underside activates iFi’s iEMatch which reduces hiss, enhances detail and dynamic range, and improves volume control range. Optimized for high-sensitivity headphones and earphones, iEMatch is especially beneficial for IEMs.

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Circuit Upgrades
Inside, hip-dac 3 boasts circuit enhancements, including new metal film capacitors for a better frequency response. Additionally, an updated version of iFi’s GMT circuitry, coupled with a new crystal oscillator, further reduces phase noise, delivering a purer sound.

Truly Balanced
The hip-dac 3 features a true balanced circuit design, minimizing signal distortion and yielding a purer signal. The circuitry incorporates high-quality components, including a custom iFi op-amp, low-noise power supply IC, and a premium analog volume pot.

The amp stage can deliver up to 400mW into a 32Ω load, making it compatible with a wide range of headphones. Additionally, it efficiently drives high-impedance headphones with an output voltage of 6.3V into 600Ω from the balanced output.

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Burr-Brown DAC

The hip-dac 3 uses a Burr-Brown DAC chip for its fluid, highly 'musical' sound quality and True Native architecture. Together with iF's custom circuitry, this enables the hip dac 3 to deliver excellent sound quality across digital audio formats, including bit-perfect PCM, native DSD and MQA.

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Enhanced, Hi-Res Playback

The hip-dac 3 features Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256. It's compatible with Hi-Res audio formats such as PCM384 for broader compatibility and DXD384 for studio-level, mastering quality playback.

On-the-Go Audio Flow

Take the hip dac 3 with you wherever you go, whether working in your favorite coffee shop or chilling on your daily commute, sunrise or sunset. Battery life is up to 8 hours, so you can enjoy your music with multiple sessions before needing a recharge.

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Specifications

  • Input: USB-C
  • Formats Supported: DSD 256 / 11.3MHz | PCM 384kHz | MQA Full Decoder
  • DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
  • Outputs: BAL 4.4mm | S-BAL 3.5mm
  • Power Output
    • BAL: 400mW @ 32Ω | 6.3V @ 600Ω
    • S-BAL: 280mW @ 32Ω | 3.2V @ 600Ω
  • Output Impedance: ≤ 1Ω (BAL/S-BAL) | w/ iEMatch on: ≤ 4.5Ω
  • SNR + DNR: BAL < 109dBA @ 0dBFS | S-BAL <103dBA @ 0dBFS
  • THD+N
    • BAL: < 0.006% (360mW/2V @ 600Ω)
    • S-BAL: < 0.01% (100mW/1.27V @ 32Ω)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 45kHz (-3dB)
  • Battery: Lithium-polymer 2200mAh approx. 8 hours
  • Power System: charge via USB-C | BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current
  • Power Consumption: < 2W idle, 4W max
  • Dimensions: 4.0" x 2.8" x 0.6"
  • Net weight: 0.3 lbs (137g)

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iFi hip-dac 3 and all accessories

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Patrick O'Donnell
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Great recommendation from the staff. Very pleased with the sound clarity and definition

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