UNBOXED: Reviewing the ifi Nano IDSD Black Label DAC
British-based audio wizards ifi have added the newest member to their line of super potent DAC's, and despite its unassuming form factor, the Nano IDSD Black Label is their most substantial showing yet.
The market for DAC's is a complicated one, mostly because it has a seemingly high entry barrier for the casual consumer. What helps the ifi nano separate itself from the rest of the pack is three main selling points: affordability, portability, and functionality.
Right off the bat, the $199 price tag is super affordable. That's not to say the ifi nano comprises anything for that value, in fact, a lot of features feel like icing on the cake at that price point. A light-weight all-metal unibody frame complements the small deck of card sized DAC. Nothing about the ifi nano feels economical, despite that entry-level price point. All factors considered, the DAC isn't a hassle to bring on the road, and a 10-hour battery gives enough juice for most use cases. Sitting on a desktop, the all-black aesthetic matches any assortment of gadgets.