iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio

iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp

Sale price$189.00


Get Powerful Portable Performance with the iFi hip-dac2

  • Portable Hi-Res DAC/Amp
  • Highly musical Burr-Brown DAC chipset
  • Support for numerous formats and MQA decoding
  • Up to 6.3V of output power

Bloom's Take

hip-dac2 is the perfect portable headphones companion. With a stylish design, and plenty of power under the hood, it can drive all but the most power hungry headphones and deliver a smooth, musical sound. It may be small, but hip-dac2 is overflowing with power and features.

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‘s super sleek aluminum case had an 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‘s skill set. There's also an 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’ll definitely want to take the hip-dac2 with you wherever you go.

iFi hip-dac2

Shooting from the hip

The hip-dac2 replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Convertor) and amp circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to vastly improve headphone sound.

Connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac2 delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement.

The Burr-Brown DAC chip selected for for its fluid, highly ‘musical’ sound quality and True Native architecture, together with iFi custom circuitry, enables the hip-dac2 to deliver excellent sound quality across digital audio formats, including bit-perfect PCM, native DSD and MQA.

The upgraded crystal clock eradicates jitter (digital distortion), using iFi’s GMT femto precision clocking system. This maintains the integrity of the digital signal until conversion to analogue and enhances sound quality.

MQA decoded

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, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

MQA rendering technology (used in the original hip-dac among other iFi products) connects to an MQA Core signal (such as TIDAL) and completes the final unfold of an MQA file. Usually, the computer has carried out the decoding.

iFi hip-dac2

Power hungry? hip-dac2 it!

The hip-dac2’s 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).

Switchable sonics

The amp stage features switchable gain, which we call PowerMatch. This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. Use the lower setting with high-sensitivity headphone. If your headphones require more drive, use PowerMatch to increase gain.

XBass is another user-selectable feature – a sophisticated form of ‘bass boost’ that enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. It operates entirely in the analogue domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP.

Get connected

There are two USB ports – Type A for audio data and USB-C for charging. The Type A port features a male connector to provide greater mechanical integrity than a USB/micro USB ports commonly found on other DAC/headphone amps.

Two outputs are provided – a 3.5mm socket for headphones with a single-ended cable/connector and a Pentaconn 4.4mm output enabling headphones equipped with balanced connectivity to take full advantage of the hip-dac2’s differential amp design.

In addition, the 3.5mm output benefits from iFi’s proprietary S-Balanced circuitry, cutting crosstalk and related distortion in half when used with regular, single-ended headphone connections – this is especially beneficial with high-sensitivity in-ear monitors.

iFi hip-dac2

Protect and serve

Both the original hip-dac and the new hip-dac2 sport a 102x70x14mm extruded aluminum enclosure, sufficiently robust to be ported around without fear of breakage.

However, some may wish to add further protection for the beautifully anodised metallic finish, whilst giving their beloved DAC/headphone amp a softer, suede-like feel – for them, the new hip-case is ideal.

Made from ‘faux suede’ in cool Dove Grey, with stitch detail and an embroidered iFi logo, the hip-case fits both the hip-dac and hip-dac2 like a glove, protecting it without hindering functionality.

Protect the hip-dac2 and let it serve you well.


Formats supported DSD
256/128/64, Quad/Double/Single-Speed
Digital Inputs USB 3.0 Type 'A'
(USB2.0 compatible)
Headphone Outputs Balanced
S-Balanced (S-E)
Power Output (@1% THD) Balanced
S-Balanced (S-E)
400mW@32Ω; 6.3V@600Ω
280mW@32Ω; 3.2V@600Ω
Battery Lithium-polymer 2200mAh 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 102 x 70 x 14mm
4.0" x 2.8" x 0.6"
Weight 125g (0.28 lbs)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
George Petroff
ifi hip DAC 2

Just recieved the hip DAC 2, having purchased an open box unit. It arrived in pristine like new condition. Fantastic little piece of kit it is! Brought my iem's to life instantly. Always been a fan of ifi's Burr-Brown chip usage and once again it doesn't disappoint.
I also purchased the ifi case that goes with the hip DAC and I must say it's also a quality product although it was a bit of a struggle getting it to go on as it's a very tight fit.
The transaction with Bloom Audio was flawless. I would expect nothing less from these wonderful people. 5 stars all the way around.

Robert Herbert
Review - iFi hip-dac2 | Portable DAC and Amp

One of the best, most cost-effective upgrades I've ever made in an audio system. This unit can be used with either a phone or a computer as an outboard DAC and allows excellent sound to be achieved with FLAC or similar hi-res audio files, especially using high-end headphones (e.g., Grado GS2000e). Highly recommended.

David Scholti
Ifi hip dac v2

It's a nice amp that changes the sound stage and can be very powerful if you play tidal through your phone it over rides the main filter so watch the level it can be a little treble and harsh and the usb-a to usb-c is troublesome and will stop working at times the power gain match is good and the xbass is a nice option but the jury is still out is it eworth the price well that's up to you to decide you get what you pay for

Excellent DAC

Good for phones, more than enough power & recommendable!

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