Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:28

Micro IDAC2 - new compact DAC from IFI Audio

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Ifi Audio launches a new improved version of their Micro IDAC. Micro IDAC2 is renewed on a number of areas.


IFI Audio

Ifi Audio is known for a wide range of HiFi products in compact format. And the Micro series is actually the largest products from IFI Audio, unless we disregard Retro - series which was launched a short time ago. Micro IDAC2 makes an extreme contrast to the giant - DAC from Aries Cerat that we wrote about a few days ago.

Most of the products from IFI Audio is digitally related, but they also have a few analog boxes. Like the very interesting phono stage Micro IPhono that we currently have in for a review. In addition to four different RIAA curves the Micro IPHONO has alternative EQ curves from Columbia and Decca, intended for LPs recorded before 1980.


Micro IDAC2

Micro IDAC2 is a further development of the Micro IDAC, and there are some drastic changes. The DAC chip has been changed, from an ESS SABRE to a chip from Burr-Brown. Thus, they have also given IDAC2 extended competence - it can play PCM with sample rate up to 384kHz as well as DSD128 and DSD256.

IFi Audio emphasizes that the signal is kept in its original form all the way through DAC. That means DSD is never converted to PCM on its way to the analog signal.

Micro IDAC2 has two sets of analogue outputs. We start with RCA outputs that are fixed level, and operating in Class A. However, this box also has a set of headphone outputs, of course with volume control.

IDAC2 also has a SPDIF digital output, which makes it possible to use this box as a D/D converter, then in the form of USB to SPDIF. It enables integration with other DACs that lacks USB, or the amplifiers with digital inputs.



Manufacturer Specifications:






USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible)


SPDIF RCA (only PCM up to 192KHz)


Audio RCA


3.5mm Headphone


44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/384KHz PCM


2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD


353/384KHz DXD


Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown (1-DAC Chip; 2-Channel; 4-Signals)




Bit-Perfect/Minimum Phase/Standard, Digital filters selectable


Extreme/Extended/Standard, Analogue filters selectable


Bit-Perfect Processing, Fixed Analogue filter

Line Section:



2.1V (+/-0.05V) fixed


< 39 Ohm


> 114dB(A) @ 0dBFS


< 0.0025% @ 0dBFS (100k Load)


< 0.025% @ 0dBFS (600R Load)

Headphone Section:



> 350mW (2.40V) into 16R (<10% THD+N)


> 34mW (3.20V) into 300R (< 0.1% THD+N)


< 2 Ohm


< 0.0025% (1V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)


> 114dBA (3.2V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)


Power consumption:






265g(0.58 lbs)



IFI Audio products are imported by Audio Akttøren

Read more about Micro IDAC2 at IFI Audio .



Last modified on Saturday, 25 July 2015 20:44
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