iFi iDSD Diablo
If the devil is in the details then iFi Audio named the iDSD Diablo aptly. The heights the proven platform that was Micro iDSD Signature gets taken to the rafters with its further optimised circuit and boutique parts overflowing from its red, race car chassis.
iFi's usual custom operational amplifiers show up here in a design that boasts more careful application of local negative feedback, rather than the more standard global variety. Carefully matched parts from the likes of Panasonic and KEMET round off an inherently linear design.
By using sparing error correction, iDSD Diablo veers from the glare and harshness of cheaper solid-state designs caused by transient intermodulation distortion, with the signal from dual Burr-Brown DACs still being clean and precise throughout.
Purewave, the name coined for the analogue circuit developed for iFi by Hi-Fi and Parasound legend John Curl, ensures a fully balanced, differential signal path produces minimal distortion and up to 120 dB of signal-to-noise ratio.
Accessorisation fitting for the premium status of this red arrow is included, not least a carrying pouch that'll accomodate iFi's low-noise iPower DC charger and a 4.4mm balanced line-out cable to dual XLR cables, to feed a desktop amplifier.