In today’s review, we take a look at the iFi Audio Uno, a compact USB DAC/Amplifier selling for just €/$79 USD.
Disclaimer: the iFi Audio Uno was sent to us, free of charge, by the brand directly, in exchange for our honest opinion.
About iFi Audio
Subsidiary of the AMR group (Abbingdon Music Research Group) – a massive audio equipment manufacturer, based in the UK – iFi Audio produces several award-winnings DACs and amplifiers, as well as other accessories for computer & home audio. Neatly positioned between the Chi-Fi and Hi-Fi world, the brand has become one of the most famous figures of headphone systems over the years – for good reason.
In fact, back in 2021, during a Hong Kong fair, I already had the chance to meet the team and came back from this fair deeply impressed by how well their first products performed – only three devices at the time. Fast-forward to 2023 and iFi catalogue is now overflowing with DAC, amps, power-supply and even Phono-preamp, competing with major hi-fi brands, with bestsellers like the Zen Series, Hip-DAC, iDSD Pro Signature and, my favourite one, the iFi Go Blu.
In fact, most of them ended in our recommendation list, thanks to their great price/quality ratio. And, I hope the new iFi Uno follows the same path. Let’s see!
The iFi Desktop DAC series
iFi Audio Zen DAC / Zen CAN Signature
The iFi Audio Zen DAC and Zen CAN Signature are respectively a desktop DAC and a desktop amp, selling for just €249 each. It’s a great combo, packing enough power to drive a massive can like my old Audeze LCD-X or the mighty HiFiman Arya, and small enough to fit under my computer’s screen.
The best feature remaining the ability to keep the whole setup balanced, thanks for 4.4mm Pentaconn in and out. Available in various editions, Lieven had the chance to test the Drop one, specifically made for Sennheiser’s HD6xx headphones. But, if you don’t own a Sennheiser’s headphone, you should get the regular edition, it’s more adequate.
Here is an excerpt of his review:
The higher priced iFi audio ZEN DAC and CAN Signature units still offer good value for money, especially if you’re planning on using it with any of the Sennheiser headphones mentioned in the overview. At the same time, don’t expect this $500 USD stack to blow all DAC/AMP combos away, as that’s not realistic.
For non-Sennheiser headphones this might not be the best solution, but that shouldn’t come as a shock as this was their focus.
iFi Audio Zen NEO iDSD
The iFi Audio NEO iDSD is a desktop DAC/Amp that fancies all the latest innovations from the brand. If not as powerful as the iDSD Pro, the NEO packs a lot of new features like PureWave topology, TDK capacitors, and new advanced GMT femto-precision clocks.
I had the chance to get one unit a few months ago and was surprised by its versatility, especially when connected to a game console, replacing my Audeze Mobius as my “silent” solution.
For good measure, here’s Berkhan’s review:
The iFi Audio NEO iDSD is a hell of a unit. It is an excellent performer with a premium build, design, and internal components. It’s also very versatile with outputs and features. It covers every possible usage scenario, and in terms of sound performance, it’s also excellent with a neutral approach that allows you to add the signature of your speakers/headphones.
iFi Audio Uno
The iFi Audio Uno is the one we are about to review today. Sitting just under the Go Bar, and Zen Air DAC, the iFi Audio Uno aims savvy audiophiles, or just anyone seeking a compact USB DAC/Amp, below $100. Is it any good? We’ll find out.
The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.
Page 2: Design & Build Quality, Specs
Page 3: Sound performances, conclusion