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nano iDSD Black Label Head Amp/DAC From iFi - The Audiophile Man
A neat, yet solid looking DAC with an integrated headphone amplifier, Paul Rigby reviews the iFi nano iDSD Black Label If you plug headphones into your phone or your laptop and play music through those devices then you will hear a melodic noise, sure, but not a great deal more than that. If you want fine detail, a measure of clarity and a balanced soundstage then a basic device, spewing forth, will not provide any of that. The reason is that any phone, tablet, laptop of even desktop is a multi-function device, not a dedicated music player. Why should you expect top quality music from a device that can work out your accounts, play games, run full blown films, browse social media and more? The problem with any music play on a general electronic device is the noise that gets in the way of music detail. That is, the extraneous noise caused by the continuing house-keeping of other tasks that devices do while playing music, as well as the relatively poor component quality (for sonic production, that is) and the free and decidedly non-audiophile manner of the component layout. This is why mobile and portable, specialist headphone amplifiers and …