No piece of audio equipment is more contentious than the humble DAC. It can cause some pretty major arguments. On one side, you’ve got people saying that it’s a crucial part of the audio chain, and relying on the built-in circuitry of your phone or laptop to convert digital signal to analog sound is ridiculous. On the other, you have those who are firm in their belief that the difference a dedicated DAC makes is so minor, so ethereal, that you’re better off spending your money on the headphones, or the amp, or possibly (as some high-level DACs cost thousands of dollars) on a ticket to Las Vegas. iFi Audio’s Micro iDAC2 isn’t going to help either side work out their differences with the other – but in our opinion, it’s a DAC worth considering. Here’s why.
The iDAC2 is compact and (mostly) well-designed
Here’s the unfortunate problem with iFi’s Micro range: once you’ve seen one, you quite literally seen them all. For while the controls and inputs and outputs may vary, in shape and structure they are absolutely identical.
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