Why You Should Get It
  • Third generation of iFi’s award-winning hip dac
  • Upgraded circuitry-even more detailed and spacious sound
  • True Native DAC-bit-perfect performance with every digital format
  • State-of-the-art hi-res audio-32-bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256 and full MQA decoding
  • Separate USB-C inputs for audio data and charging
  • Fully balanced 4.4mm and S-Balanced 3.5mm headphones outputs
  • PowerMatch-adjust gain to satisfy power-hungry
  • iEmatch- optimise output to suit super-sensitive in-ear monitors
  • XBass-tune bass response to match headphone type
  • Perfectly portable-slips easily into a pocket with battery life of 8-12 hours
  • Robust aluminium enclosure with Titanium Shadow finish-exclusive to hip dac 3
Warranty
1 year (local)
In The Box
hip dac 3, USB-A to USB-C Cable, USB-C to USB-C Cable, Quick start Card, Instruction Card

iFi hip-dac 3

iFi hip-dac 3

The legacy continues.

Meet the hip-dac 3 — a portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp, now in Titanium Shadow with more versatility.

iFi hip-dac 3

Titanium shadow. Trendsetting innovations.

Now, our battery-powered portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp is adorned in the Titanium Shadow hue, exuding timeless elegance with a touch of modern sophistication. The transformation extends beyond aesthetics. The hip-dac 3’s sleek Aluminium case houses new features, tailored to elevate your audio experience.

Two USB-C ports simplify your cable management: one for audio and the other for charging. A switch on the underside activates iFi’s iEMatch technology, which is optimized for high-sensitivity headphones and earphones, making it especially beneficial for your in-ear monitors (IEMs).

Inside, the device boasts circuit enhancements, including new metal film capacitors for a better frequency response. Additionally, an updated version of iFi’s GMT circuitry, coupled with a new crystal oscillator, further reduces phase noise, delivering a purer sound to you.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Hip flask size. Magnum performance.

With its sleek, robust aluminium enclosure, the portable hip-dac 3 discreetly fits in a pocket or bag. It replaces the subpar DAC and amplifier in smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. Just connect via USB-C, plug in your favourite headphones, and enjoy rich, dynamic sound.

iFi’s expertise with the Burr-Brown chipset ensures optimal performance. However, a superior DAC stage involves more than just the DAC chip. A crucial element is the XMOS chip for processing digital audio inputs. The hip-dac 3 features a 16-core XMOS microcontroller, programmed by iFi’s in-house team to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect hi-res partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

hip-dac 3

hip-dac 3 your power-hungry headphone.

The hip-dac 3 features a true balanced circuit design, rare for its price range. This design minimizes signal distortion, resulting in a purer, more captivating sound for your headphones.

The circuitry incorporates high-quality components, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, a low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments, and a premium analogue volume pot.

The amp stage can deliver up to 400mW into a 32-ohm headphone load, making it compatible with a wide range of headphones. Additionally, it efficiently drives high-impedance headphones with an output voltage of 6.3V into 600 ohms from the balanced output.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio
hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Tailored for your headphones and earphones

The amp stage has switchable gain, called PowerMatch, to ensure optimal power for the headphones you are using.

An underside switch engages iFi’s iEMatch technology, optimising output for high-sensitivity headphones, especially in-ear monitors (IEMs). It reduces hiss, enhances detail and dynamic range, and improves volume control range.

XBass is a user-selectable feature that boosts bass without muddying the midrange, ideal for your earphones and open-back headphones. It works in the analogue domain, avoiding alterations via DSP.

hip-dac 3

Play all your files, including MQA

Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sample rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256).

Full decoding of MQA – the hi-res streaming technology, as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier – is also supported, performing the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process (as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’).

Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sample rate of the incoming audio.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Get Connected

The hip-dac 3’s USB-C input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio, compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0. Its asynchronous design ensures jitter-free data transfer. A separate USB-C charging port allows use while charging, preserving a pure audio signal path.

The hip-dac 3 provides two outputs: a 3.5mm socket for single-ended headphones and a 4.4mm balanced output for those with balanced connectivity, leveraging the device’s differential amp design. The 3.5mm output utilizes iFi’s S-Balanced circuitry, minimizing crosstalk and distortion for single-ended connections.

The hip-dac 3’s 2,200mAh battery offers up to 12 hours of playtime, varying by volume and headphone power needs. It includes a USB-C OTG cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

Hip-case protects your hip-dac 3

The hip-dac series features a durable 102x70x14mm aluminum enclosure. For added protection and a suede-like touch.

Our hip-case in Dove Grey faux suede is perfect. It fits all hip-dac models snugly without compromising function.

Protect your hip-dac 3 with the hip-case.

MQA

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The hip-dac2 adopts MQA technology to receive and decode MQA audio and provide master-level sound.

Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

At iFi we use Burr Brown extensively in our products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Our experience with this IC means we know how to make the most of it.

The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB digital input.

This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard.

iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.

You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN Signature but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

XBass is an analogue headphone spatialiser. It opens up your music to give you the feeling of spaciousness experienced at a live concert.

iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.

Product Availability Available
Product Type Amplifier (Headphone), DAC (Digital-Analog Converter), Portable Amplifier & DAC
Style/Type Portable
Features DSD, High-Res Audio Certified, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Sampling / Bitrate 32-bit/384kHz
Microphone None
Input Connectivity Options USB Type-C (USB-C)
Output Connectivity Options 3.5mm Stereo, 3.5mm Balanced / 4-Pole, 4.4mm Balanced / 5-Pole
Colour Grey
Product Weight (g) 137
Battery Life (Hours) up to 12 hours of playtime
Warranty 1 year (local)
Package Contents hip dac 3, USB-A to USB-C Cable, USB-C to USB-C Cable, Quick start Card, Instruction Card

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Amazing
Purchased this DAC/AMP for use with my in-ear monitors. Grossly underestimated the capability of this little hip flask - it’s provided exceptional value with great power output. Loving the xbass feature which interestingly doesn’t result in bass bloat/muddiness but instead lends itself to a warm sound signature. I’d highly recommend this as a one and only. Volume knob feels solid and turns on with a satisfying click. 4.4mm and 3.5mm outputs are also very welcome together with the IEmatch feature for sensitive earphones.

iFi hip-dac 3

iFi hip-dac 3

The legacy continues.

Meet the hip-dac 3 — a portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp, now in Titanium Shadow with more versatility.

iFi hip-dac 3

Titanium shadow. Trendsetting innovations.

Now, our battery-powered portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp is adorned in the Titanium Shadow hue, exuding timeless elegance with a touch of modern sophistication. The transformation extends beyond aesthetics. The hip-dac 3’s sleek Aluminium case houses new features, tailored to elevate your audio experience.

Two USB-C ports simplify your cable management: one for audio and the other for charging. A switch on the underside activates iFi’s iEMatch technology, which is optimized for high-sensitivity headphones and earphones, making it especially beneficial for your in-ear monitors (IEMs).

Inside, the device boasts circuit enhancements, including new metal film capacitors for a better frequency response. Additionally, an updated version of iFi’s GMT circuitry, coupled with a new crystal oscillator, further reduces phase noise, delivering a purer sound to you.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Hip flask size. Magnum performance.

With its sleek, robust aluminium enclosure, the portable hip-dac 3 discreetly fits in a pocket or bag. It replaces the subpar DAC and amplifier in smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. Just connect via USB-C, plug in your favourite headphones, and enjoy rich, dynamic sound.

iFi’s expertise with the Burr-Brown chipset ensures optimal performance. However, a superior DAC stage involves more than just the DAC chip. A crucial element is the XMOS chip for processing digital audio inputs. The hip-dac 3 features a 16-core XMOS microcontroller, programmed by iFi’s in-house team to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect hi-res partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

hip-dac 3

hip-dac 3 your power-hungry headphone.

The hip-dac 3 features a true balanced circuit design, rare for its price range. This design minimizes signal distortion, resulting in a purer, more captivating sound for your headphones.

The circuitry incorporates high-quality components, including a custom iFi OV op-amp, a low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments, and a premium analogue volume pot.

The amp stage can deliver up to 400mW into a 32-ohm headphone load, making it compatible with a wide range of headphones. Additionally, it efficiently drives high-impedance headphones with an output voltage of 6.3V into 600 ohms from the balanced output.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio
hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Tailored for your headphones and earphones

The amp stage has switchable gain, called PowerMatch, to ensure optimal power for the headphones you are using.

An underside switch engages iFi’s iEMatch technology, optimising output for high-sensitivity headphones, especially in-ear monitors (IEMs). It reduces hiss, enhances detail and dynamic range, and improves volume control range.

XBass is a user-selectable feature that boosts bass without muddying the midrange, ideal for your earphones and open-back headphones. It works in the analogue domain, avoiding alterations via DSP.

hip-dac 3

Play all your files, including MQA

Hi-res PCM and DXD audio data is supported at sample rates up to 384kHz, alongside DSD from 2.8MHz to 12.4MHz (DSD64, 128 and 256).

Full decoding of MQA – the hi-res streaming technology, as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier – is also supported, performing the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process (as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’).

Either side of the rotary volume control reside a pair of LEDs that change colour to indicate the format and sample rate of the incoming audio.

hip-dac 3 from iFi audio

Get Connected

The hip-dac 3’s USB-C input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio, compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0. Its asynchronous design ensures jitter-free data transfer. A separate USB-C charging port allows use while charging, preserving a pure audio signal path.

The hip-dac 3 provides two outputs: a 3.5mm socket for single-ended headphones and a 4.4mm balanced output for those with balanced connectivity, leveraging the device’s differential amp design. The 3.5mm output utilizes iFi’s S-Balanced circuitry, minimizing crosstalk and distortion for single-ended connections.

The hip-dac 3’s 2,200mAh battery offers up to 12 hours of playtime, varying by volume and headphone power needs. It includes a USB-C OTG cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

Hip-case protects your hip-dac 3

The hip-dac series features a durable 102x70x14mm aluminum enclosure. For added protection and a suede-like touch.

Our hip-case in Dove Grey faux suede is perfect. It fits all hip-dac models snugly without compromising function.

Protect your hip-dac 3 with the hip-case.

MQA

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)

MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The hip-dac2 adopts MQA technology to receive and decode MQA audio and provide master-level sound.

Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

At iFi we use Burr Brown extensively in our products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Our experience with this IC means we know how to make the most of it.

The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB digital input.

This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard.

iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.

You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN Signature but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

XBass is an analogue headphone spatialiser. It opens up your music to give you the feeling of spaciousness experienced at a live concert.

iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.

Product Availability Available
Product Type Amplifier (Headphone), DAC (Digital-Analog Converter), Portable Amplifier & DAC
Style/Type Portable
Features DSD, High-Res Audio Certified, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Sampling / Bitrate 32-bit/384kHz
Microphone None
Input Connectivity Options USB Type-C (USB-C)
Output Connectivity Options 3.5mm Stereo, 3.5mm Balanced / 4-Pole, 4.4mm Balanced / 5-Pole
Colour Grey
Product Weight (g) 137
Battery Life (Hours) up to 12 hours of playtime
Warranty 1 year (local)
Package Contents hip dac 3, USB-A to USB-C Cable, USB-C to USB-C Cable, Quick start Card, Instruction Card
Amazing
Purchased this DAC/AMP for use with my in-ear monitors. Grossly underestimated the capability of this little hip flask - it’s provided exceptional value with great power output. Loving the xbass feature which interestingly doesn’t result in bass bloat/muddiness but instead lends itself to a warm sound signature. I’d highly recommend this as a one and only. Volume knob feels solid and turns on with a satisfying click. 4.4mm and 3.5mm outputs are also very welcome together with the IEmatch feature for sensitive earphones.

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