NEO iDSD

iFi Audio
Headphone Amplifier
Bluetooth Streaming
Pre Amplifier
Awesome Connectivity

£699.00

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iFi Audio have launched their incredible iFi NEO streaming headphone amplifier to much fanfare. This compact powerhouse provides everything you could require from a desktop headphone amplifier. The NEO can provide and incredible 1w or 1000mW into 32Ohm, meaning it is very cable of driving even some of the most demanding headphones. The added bluetooth connectivity means that the NEO is also extremely versatile with it’s ability to use both AptX and LDAC codecs for high quality transmission.
Along with standard selection of Digital inputs the NEO also comes with analogue balanced and unbalanced outputs, perfect if you want to use it as a dedicated streamer in your existing HiFi system.
For the bluetooth iFi Audio use Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth processing IC in combination with proprietary circuits to create an audibly superior ‘Bluetooth engine’. All the current high-definition Bluetooth audio formats are supported – Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive and aptX HD, Sony’s LDAC and HWA’s LHDC, regular aptX and aptX Low Latency, AAC (Apple iOS devices) and SBC (the ‘plain vanilla’ Bluetooth codec).Of the 24-bit-capable codecs, aptX Adaptive and aptX HD support up to 48kHz, while LDAC and LHDC reach 96kHz. iFi’s ‘Bluetooth engine’ can also be updated over-the-air, so future codecs may be added.

The amazingly clean amount of power available from the NEO with the balanced output is achieved using a differential analogue circuit design which reduces noise and cross-talk within the signal path by fully separating the left and right channels.

PureWave is a new, balanced, symmetrical dual-mono topology with short, direct signal paths. The name refers to the sonic purity it achieves thanks to exceptional linearity and infinitesimally low levels of noise and distortion.

High-quality components are used throughout, including custom ultra-low-distortion op-amps, multilayer ceramic TDK C0G capacitors, MELF thin-film resistors and inductors from Murata and Taiyo Yuden. Their class-leading qualities such as low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance), high linearity and low noise pay great dividends in terms of sound quality.

The headphone amp stage has a continuous power output of more than 1000mW into 32ohms available through the balanced headphone socket. To retain maximum resolution, the volume is adjusted in the analogue domain via a resistor ladder, under precise microprocessor control.

Extensive jitter-eradication technologies are applied to the digital stage, including iFi’s GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock and intelligent memory buffer. This represents a total ‘out-of-the-box’ systematic digital solution that solves jitter once and for all.

Inputs

Digital USB3.0 B (USB2.0 compatible)/S-PDIF (coaxial/optical)
Bluetooth 5.0™ ( AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA Codec)
Formats DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz), Double/Single-Speed DXD
PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
MQA
Bluetooth 96kHz

Outputs

Balanced XLR 6.3V / 7.7V max. (variable) 4.4V fixed
UnBAL RCA 3.2V / 3.9V max. (variable) 2.2V fixed

Zout

Balanced <= 100Ω
UnBAL <= 50Ω
SNR -112dB(A) @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
DNR >116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
THD + N <0.0015% @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)

Headphone Section

Output Balanced >6.4V/68.6 mW (@ 600Ω)
>5.77V/1040 mW (@ 32Ω)
UnBAL >3.25V/17.6 mW (@ 600Ω)
>3V/295 mW (@ 32Ω)

Output Impedance

SNR -112dBA (3.3V UnBAL/6.2V BAL)
THD + N <0.0015% (125mW @ 32Ω)
Power consumption No Signal ~0.5W
Max Signal ~2.5W
Dynamic range -120dB(A)
Input voltage DC 5V/2.5A, AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz (with iPower)
Dimensions 214 x146 x 41 mm
8.4″ x 5.7″ x 1.6″
Weight 970 g (2.14 Ibs)
Warranty period 12 months

Brand

iFi Audio

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