The iFi Audio Nano iDSD Black Label is a pocket-sized box of tricks for transforming the sound coming from your smartphone.
It’s one thing investing in the latest headphones and a premium music streaming service but if your smartphone or laptop isn’t up to the task of delivering high resolution audio you could be selling yourself short.
Instead of undertaking an expensive overhaul of your devices, iFi Audio’s tiny black box transforms the sound of your existing kit for just £200.
The headphone amp is claimed to possess 10 times the power of an iPhone 6 and will handle most headphones from in-ears to studio grade over-ears.
As well as compatibility with music files up to 32bit/384kHz, iFi’s Nano Black Label can also process MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio – the technology streaming services such as Tidal are employing to efficiently deliver high resolution music.
MQA has a clever way of compressing audio files so they’re small enough to stream without rinsing your data or compromising on sound quality.
Although designed for portable use, the amp can also be used as part of your home hi-fi system by connecting to a main amplifier or active speakers.
The device is compatible with Android and Apple iOS devices and offers 10 hours of battery life from a single charge.
iFi specialises in improving the sound of modern ‘computer audio generation’ devices and all its products include Class A analogue circuitry.
Buy now: £200 from the Future Shop