Our much loved hip-dac has had a makeover! This portable, hi-res DAC/headphone amp looks ultra cool in its new vibrant Sunset Orange finish. Not only has the hip-dac2‘s super sleek aluminum case had a update, but its insides have also been enhanced. The new 16-core XMOS chip, which processes data over USB, delivers double the clock speed and four times the memory. This improves overall performance and allows the addition of full MQA decoding to the hip-dac2‘s skill set. There also a upgraded crystal clock which eradicates jitter for purer sound. So, whether you are working in your favourite coffee shop or chilling on your daily commute — sunrise or sunset — you’ll definitely want to take the hip-dac2 with you wherever you go. The hip-dac2 replaces the inferior DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) and amplifier circuitry in smartphones, tablets, PCs and Mac computers to vastly improve headphone sound. Connect your playback device via USB, plug in your favourite corded headphones or in-ear monitors and the hip-dac2 delivers a sound brimming with bold dynamism and fluid refinement. The Burr-Brown DAC chip selected for for its fluid, highly musical sound quality and True Native architecture, together with iFi custom circuitry, enables the hip-dac2 to deliver excellent sound quality across digital audio formats, including bit-perfect PCM, native DSD and MQA. The upgraded crystal clock eradicates jitter (digital distortion), using iFi’s GMT femto precision clocking system. This maintains the integrity of the digital signal until conversion to analogue and enhances sound quality.