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iFi Audio xDSD Next-Generation Portable DAC

£399.00 £332.50
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xDSD
Free UK Delivery
12 Months
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SPEAKER CABLES:

A quantity of 2 means you will receive a pair of speaker cables e.g. for your front left and front right speakers. By entering a quantity of 1, you will get a cable for a single speaker e.g. centre speaker and this option also enables you to vary the length (and termination) of your cable for each speaker.

OTHER CABLES:

A quantity of 1 means you will receive a single cable in the case of aerial, satellite, subwoofer, digital coaxial & optical cables and a pair of cables in the case of 2 rca to 2 rca analogue audio cables.

NON-CABLE PRODUCTS:

A quantity of 1 means you will receive 1 of the specified products.

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Need help? Call us on 0800 772 3688 or 0208 905 1555

Prefer email? Contact us via sales@futureshop.co.uk

The xDSD DAC is the latest iFi statement in advanced, affordable, portable audio. Its dark titanium vacuum ion plated metal enclosure is pleasingly tactile and compact. The radio-frequency transparent end cap allows full CD-wireless music transmission.

iFi Audio xDSD Next-Generation Portable DAC

 

The xDSD DAC is the latest iFi statement in advanced, affordable, portable audio. Its dark titanium vacuum ion plated metal enclosure is pleasingly tactile and compact. The radio-frequency transparent end cap allows full CD-wireless music transmission.

It delivers for music lovers and audiophiles alike.

First, it delivers CD-quality Bluetooth connectivity for Apple/Android to stream the latest music on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and any other streaming platforms.

Second, it delivers the very highest quality PCM768/DSD512 and MQA formats for downloaded and Tidal streamed music in full studio-quality.

Third, with the iFi analogue signal processing circuitry and the original S-Balanced amplification stage, it delivers pure musical enjoyment to in-ear-monitors or headphones.

The xDSD, a new level of musical experience for your headphones, on-the-go.

 

High-End Wireless On-the-Go, Ultimate wired performance

Deliver CD-Quality music wirelessly to your headphones from smartphone (Apple iPhone or Android), DAP (Apple iPOD and similar), laptop or smart TV.

AAC and aptX enabled Bluetooth raises sound quality to CD levels compared to the below MP3 levels SBC codec (voice-quality only) found in basic Bluetooth products.

Imagine the xDSD in your pocket driving your headphones while you are surfing on your phone and enjoying Ed Sheeran in the highest quality!

Wired, the USB type A OTG/CCK connector offers the ultimate High-Res audio performance for smartphones, laptops and USB enabled DAPs with 22.57MHz* DSD and 768kHz/32Bit* PCM.

The 3.5mm coaxial/TOSLINK combo S/PDIF input gives older DAPs and disk players a new lease of life as a transport to serve the xDSD with 192kHz/24Bit* full High-Resolution Audio.

MultiBit means Musicality

Headphone listening is often tiring and causes listener fatigue.

Not with the xDSD. Time flies by and the listener is immersed in the music. The ‘pluck’ of a guitar can be discerned. A Steinway piano sounds ‘woody’ instead of ‘glassy’ like an electronic keyboard.

To deliver a truly musical performance every technical aspect must be present and correct. From the Burr-Brown multibit DSD1793 DAC Chipset to deliver a realistic, musical sound to the femto precision GMT Clock and intelligent memory buffer system derived from AMR Audio’s USD5,500 flagship DAC products to eliminate jitter. The xDSD is packed with the technology it takes.

Perfected for MQA or non-MQA

Tidal with MQA is defining the future of High-Resolution streaming audio. Ready for MQA out of the box, the xDSD also supports beyond full High-Res Audio with 11.289MHz DSD and 384kHz/32Bit PCM. Simply connect to Tidal (on computer) and check the options to stream MQA ‘like the artist intended’ as the MQA team say.

We also offer an alternative firmware that is optimised for ultra-high resolution audio and which unlocks 22.57MHz DSD and 768kHz/32Bit PCM#. This can be easily downloaded from our website and applied to the xDSD.

S-Balanced. Just plug-in and enjoy.

Most premium headphones now include an option for balanced wiring. Balanced wiring is better because it eliminates distortion and crosstalk introduced by the classic unbalanced 3-contact connection that shares the ground return wire and jack connection between channels.

The iFi exclusive S-Balanced technology delivers the maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike. Compared to standard balanced circuitry, noise and distortion are lowered by up to 3-fold (9dB). Even with non-balanced headphones crosstalk and related distortion are reduced by 50%.

Compatibility for both balanced/unbalanced headphones is straightforward and super user-friendly. Just plug-in and enjoy the music – with live recordings, the xDSD brings out the spaciousness of the concert hall or the intimacy of the jazz club.

Studio sound with 3D+ Matrix and XBass+

You should hear music as if you are in the studio during the final cut. The 3D+ Matrix and XBass+ system help deliver the true musical performance as heard in the studio to your headphones.

Most recordings are made for speakers (not headphones). This produces what is technically known as ‘in-head localisation’, as if the music plays inside your head. Which is unnatural and frankly obnoxious. The analogue-signal based 3D+ circuit restores the correct sense of placement that the artist is in the room and outside your head.

Many otherwise excellent and expensive open back headphones lack low bass. XBass+ restores deep, clean and tight bass and puts the ‘meat’ back into the music, without muddying up the midrange – now EDM or Drum & Bass as they should do, really plumb the depths of the bass notes.

Hear your music as the artists intended.

Pure Line Out mode for ultra-fi

Whether at home or in the car, the Line Out mode means the volume control, 3D+ Matrix and X-Bass+ are bypassed and the output stage is configured specifically for the best line operation, avoiding ‘double-amping’.

The xDSD delivers the musical goods when used with expensive ultra-fidelity home or car audio systems. The more expensive the system, the better the xDSD is able to demonstrate its sonic attributes.

Cyberdrive amplifier design for lowest noise

Got difficult to drive over-ear headphones? No sweat. The xDSD can drive them to eardrum splitting levels (although not recommended!). Have super sensitive in-ear-monitors that show up noise from all sources? With the xDSD silence reigns supreme.

The Cyberdrive headphone amplifier stage is one of the pivotal new circuit designs in the x-series. This new design places all parameters of the fully analogue system under digital control for a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario. The Cyberdrive design incorporates the iFi exclusive OV4627 ultra low noise FET input Op-Amp and W990VST digitally controlled stepped attenuator to deliver a new level of sound-quality.

From lowest noise for IEMs to extreme drive levels: no need to switch anything! Just set the volume control as desired and let Cyberdrive do the rest.

New Cyberdrive Battery System

Nothing is worse than running out of juice in the middle of your favourite tune. The xDSD uses a separate power input (micro USB) for unlimited compatibility with smartphones and no extra power draw from the smartphone’s battery reducing your phone’s up-time. And it packs a battery to keep your music playing.

The new 3.8V/2,200mAh Lithium Polymer battery offers 12% greater actual capacity in the same size package. Depending on the headphones and the connection used, playback times of up to 10 hours for S/PDIF, 8 hours for Bluetooth and 6 hours for USB are achieved.

 

 

Equipment Review - Hi-Fi World - February 2019

“The xDSD from iFi is a battery powered headphone amplifier with broad ability. Bluetooth input allows connection to a mobile phone, portable player or computer, providing they have Bluetooth output of course - most now do. As a digital-to-analogue convertor (DAC) it’s good, if lacking the svelte depth of higher dynamic range units, but this only matters when used in a hi-fi, rather than on the move. Headphone compatibility is superb: it can cope with them all - even balanced ‘phones. And Xbass+ offers useful sonic enhancement appreciable on the move.” (Read More)

Equipment Review - Hi-Fi World - February 2019

"As you might expect, the sonic character of the Pro iCAN is determined by the operating mode chosen. As a rule, the Solid-State mode yields the most taut presentation with excellent linearity (that is, neutral tonal balance), quick and lively transient response, and crisp, sharp focus. Switching to the Tube mode gives similar linearity with a very slightly more softly focused sound, but with more vividly rendered tonal colours, superior harmonic richness, and even  more expressive dynamics. Finally, the Tube+ setting is a bit like listening to the Tube mode on steroids, meaning that, on the right track and with the right  headphones, the Tube+ setting can be positively enchanting." (Read More)

Ultimate Headphone Guide - Hi-Fi+ - Summer 2018

"We've reviewed enough iFi DACs to expect a clean, refined, tonally balanced performance from the xDSD, and there are few surprises in that respect. Its instantly accessible delivery makes every song in our multi-genre playlist enjoyable." (Read More)

What Hi-Fi? Magazine Review - 2019

 

 

Specification

  • USB Input: up to PCM768kHz & DSD512 (24.6/22.6MHz)
  • S/PDIF Coaxial and Optical Input: up to 192kHz/24Bit
  • Dynamic Range: > 113dB (A)
  • Volume Control: -101dB…0dB in 1dB steps
  • Output power: > 2.82V/500 mW @ 16 Ohm // > 3.7V/270mW @ 50 Ohm // > 3.8V/48 mW @ 300 Ohm // > 3.8V/24 mW @ 600 Ohm
  • Line out Level: > 2.1V @ 0dBFS (& 0dB Volume)
  • THD &N (1V/16R): < 0.005%
  • Output Impedance: < 1 Ohm
  • Battery: 3.8V/2200mAh
  • Dimensions: 95 (l) x66.5 (w) x19 (h) mm
  • Weight: 127g (0.28 Ibs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months

About iFi Audio Made in United Kingdom

iFi is a brand new line of electronics with trickle-down technology licensed from AMR and aimed primarily at the future, Computer Audio generation. All iFi products boast Class A analogue circuitry with no DSP and the signal stays ‘Bit Perfect’ throughout.

How a product looks and performs matters, but so does its impact on the environment. That’s why nearly every iFi product and its packaging are made from highly recyclable materials like aluminum, paper, recycled plastic and why we refuse to use harmful toxins in our components. iFi Audio do this to ensure that every product they release meets their environmental standards.

Specification

  • USB Input: up to PCM768kHz & DSD512 (24.6/22.6MHz)
  • S/PDIF Coaxial and Optical Input: up to 192kHz/24Bit
  • Dynamic Range: > 113dB (A)
  • Volume Control: -101dB…0dB in 1dB steps
  • Output power: > 2.82V/500 mW @ 16 Ohm // > 3.7V/270mW @ 50 Ohm // > 3.8V/48 mW @ 300 Ohm // > 3.8V/24 mW @ 600 Ohm
  • Line out Level: > 2.1V @ 0dBFS (& 0dB Volume)
  • THD &N (1V/16R): < 0.005%
  • Output Impedance: < 1 Ohm
  • Battery: 3.8V/2200mAh
  • Dimensions: 95 (l) x66.5 (w) x19 (h) mm
  • Weight: 127g (0.28 Ibs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months

UK Delivery

 

1. We use Royal Mail 1st Class Services as a Standard Postage Option

Orders received before 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) are usually dispatched the same day by FIRST CLASS post (unless premium postal or timed courier services are selected), subject to stock availability. Over 98% of our orders are usually delivered the next working day including Saturdays.

Standard delivery is usually within 2-3 working days, although 98% of all orders are delivered the next working day including Saturdays . In extreme cases, such as delivery to the Highlands and Islands, this may take 3 days.

All items are fully insured and come with an invoice from Futureshop.co.uk. We use the Royal Mail for delivery of small packages and DPD or Interlink Express for items that weigh over 2KG. Items over 2KG are fully insured and will usually be delivered within 48 hours of placing your order Monday to Friday subject to stock availability. For International orders, we use FedEx Services where customers have selected this option.

Please note, special orders for non-standard cable lengths or custom-made cables may be subject to longer delivery time-scales. This may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

We offer 'Free UK delivery on orders over £99' subject to the following terms & conditions:

  • Applies only to orders with £99 or more of items (including VAT at the UK rate), at FutureShop.co.uk
  • Free Delivery on orders over £99 utilises Royal Mail First Class postal service for items weighing under 2KG. For items weighing over 2KG, we use DPD next working day services which deliver from 9.00am to 6pm within mainland UK (excludes Royal Mail Special Delivery Services and timed next day delivery services by UK Mail).
  • Applies only to deliveries to addresses within mainland UK and Northern Ireland addresses. Applies only to orders that are to be delivered to a single Mainland UK delivery address.
  • You will not be eligible for free delivery on your order if any items are cancelled or returned for a refund, bringing the total order amount below £99. Where items are returned, the refund due will be the cost of the item less any postage costs.
  • We reserve the right to change or discontinue 'Free delivery on orders over £99 promotion at any time.
  • FREE DELIVERY FOR ORDERS OVER £99 OFFER DOES NOT APPLY TO TRADE CUSTOMERS.

Free Delivery on orders over £99 utilises Royal Mail First Class postal service for items weighing under 2KG. For items weighing over 2KG, we use DPD or Interlink Express next working day services which deliver from 9.00am to 6pm within mainland UK.

Free Delivery for orders over £99 excludes Royal Mail Special Delivery Services and timed next day delivery services by DPD or Interlink Express.

 

Royal Mail 1st Class Shipping DPD Next Day Delivery

 

2. Special Delivery UK - Guaranteed Next Working Day

We have 99.9% of the UK covered With Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery. We guarantee delivery to most UK addresses by 1pm the next working day. This includes Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey. Some places take longer to deliver to but we still guarantee delivery within three working days by 5.30 PM.

For the Next Day Special Delivery service, orders must be received by futureshop.co.uk by 4.30pm weekdays. Orders after the 4.30pm deadline cannot be guaranteed for same day dispatch.

Please note, Royal Mail Special Delivery for next working day may not be possible where non-standard cable lengths are ordered. If this is the case, the item will be shipped via The Royal Mail Special Delivery service as soon as the cable is custom made.

For orders weighing over 2KG, we reserve the right to ship items using Next Day Pre-Noon Courier Services where Royal Mail Special Delivery option has been selected.

 

Royal Mail Special Next Working Day Delivery

 

3. Channel Islands & Northern Ireland

We accept orders from all Channel Islands including Alderney, Jersey, Guernsey and Sark. Unless you select a premium service, Items weighing under 2KG are delivered using our standard UK delivery option above. For items weighing over 2KG, a surcharge may be applied for all deliveries to the Channel Islands as well as Northern Ireland.

 

European Countries

Deliveries to EU member states are subject to 20% VAT. We offer the following shipping services:

  • Royal Mail First Class International Untracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 10 working days.
  • Royal Mail First Class International Tracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 3 to 7 working days.
  • DHL Express International - Items are usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours. DHL orders must be received by 3:30pm for next day service to most destinations in Europe
  • Federal Express International Priority - Items are usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours. FedEx orders must be received by 3.00pm for next day service to most destinations in Europe
  • Federal Express International Economy - Item are usually delivered within 48 to 72 hours

 

Royal Mail International DeliveryRoyal Mail International Tracked DeliveryFedEX Express Economy International DeliveryFedEX Express Priority International DeliveryDHL Worldwide Express International DeliveryDHL Econmy Select International Delivery

 

Worldwide - Excluding UK & Europe

Deliveries outside of the EU are not subject to 20% VAT and so the 20% tax on items is automatically deducted when you login or register.
We offer the following shipping services:

  • Royal Mail First Class International Untracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 15 working days.
  • Royal Mail First Class International Tracked Airmail - Items are usually delivered within 10-15 working days.
  • DHL Express International - Items are usually delivered within 48 hours. DHL orders must be received by 3:30pm in order to ship items the same day, subject to stock availability.
  • Federal Express International Priority - Items are usually delivered within 48 hours. FedEx orders must be received by 3.00pm in order to ship items the same day, subject to stock availability.

Where the actual weight of the package significantly exceeds the shipping cost charged on orders, we may write to you for an additional shipping charge. For larger orders, items may be shipped in multiple packets.

 

Royal Mail International DeliveryRoyal Mail International Tracked DeliveryFedEX Express Economy International DeliveryFedEX Express Priority International DeliveryDHL Worldwide Express International DeliveryDHL Econmy Select International Delivery

 

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