Crowd-Design of the micro iDSD


iFi audio already changed the way we perceive the affordable high-performance high-end audio with their products like iDAC, iPhono and iTube. I reviewed them with highest raving here, here and here. These products represent the best value in industry and they were designed by no other, but legendary Thorsten Loesch. All this I devices changed the way the high end industry operate. Never in the history of high performance audio you could get so much performance at such affordable price. These devices operate in 2k + range without the problem and smokes the hack out of many products priced not twice the in range multiplied by five or more. Now they're bringing the Crowd-Design of their new upcoming micro iDSD device. These are the times where the impact of globalisation and internet takes its grand positive pace. The bizarre twist of sci-fi predicted future from the classical books and movies of the genre is finally taking its wicked twist of technological industrial advancement in the service of the crowd. And it's feels super neat, that us music lovers are finally getting our attention. Read on for all the details...

The next iFi advanced skunkworks product is the micro iDSD. It is the bigger brother of the nano iDSD, a top-selling portable DAC in Japan and with a loyal Head-Fi following around the globe.

The micro iDSD is expected to be on sale early June. This time, the launch of the micro iDSD will be somewhat different. At the design stage, we would like to involve you, the customer.

YOU specify the features of the micro iDSD.

We are all ears (no pun intended)

Thanks to you, the customer, we now have a super accomplished range that spans 10 products and continues to grow. Along the way, your suggestions have really had an impact - such as the 2013 update of the Head-Fi #1 micro iCAN with gain selection.

You have asked to be involved in the next major iFi project. Well, we hear you and we are very happy to respond.

Whether you are an iFi customer or not, we would like to invite you all to the iFi design group.

Micro iDSD, customer-driven
Our proposal is simple. You tell us what you would like to see in the micro iDSD.

The customer design input process available via ANY of the following channels:

This thread on Head-Fi (will be the focal point).
1. PM us via Head-Fi (

2. Message us on our official Facebook page here


4. Email us:

Over the course of the next few months, we shall collect all the data. There will be a constant flow of updates - Facebook, Twitter, Head-Fi. Along the way, we will happily answer any questions you may have.

The pre-production version will be showcased at the upcoming Munich High-End Show on 15-18 May.

Is there a catch? No, you do NOT pay/pre-order anything. We would just like you to get involved!

Just like our parent company AMR, we have always taken the long-term position and that means building the best customer goodwill possible rather than raising a few dollars in the short-term.

Mega “micro” thanks
We just don't like the idea of receiving your input without giving something back.

So for the top-10 contributors whose features are adopted, you will each receive the all-new micro iDSD.

Above all, we value your design input as this is most precious to us.

In advance, we would like to say big “thank you” to you all and looking forward to your design inputs.

From the staff and directors of team iFi.

Mono and Stereo ultra high end audio magazine 2006-2014.