iFi iDSD Diablo

$1,329.05 $1,399

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. It's Headphonesty's "unique mix of raw, fire-breathing power and refined audio perfection in a no-frills portable package". [See Product Desc. For More]

$1,399

Our Price | $1,329.05

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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 direct-coupled 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. 

Such performance is possible also due a high 15 volt operating voltage – a number much more akin to desktop amplifiers – that expands headroom and circuit linearity in tandem with Diablo's local, carefully applied, negative feedback.

That precision gets backed by even more power: nearly five watts stands ready to drive any headphone load, including a HEDDphone®, HiFiMAN, MYSPHERE 3.2 and Rosson Audio Design.

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.

Trusted Reviews awards it 5 ⭐, praise that is matched by Headfonics saying "sonically it's the best iFi DAC amplifier made up to date". Diablo is everything HIFI Trends expects a reference device to sound like, and this portable behemoth didn't shy away from being compared to desktop gear by Audiophilia.

Strap in for a wild ride with iDSD Diablo, before exploring iFi's other releases here, or our other DAC and amplifier options here.

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