Mini Review: David’s Take – ifi Diablo 2 DAC

The ifi Diablo 2 DAC is a flagship digital-to-analog converter that strives to redefine the high-fidelity audio experiences. Packed with cutting-edge technology and precision engineering, this device promises to deliver an unparalleled auditory journey.

Ifi Diablo 2 Photo: ifi

One standout feature of the Diablo 2 is its dual-mono design, which separates the left and right channels to eliminate crosstalk and maintain signal purity. This meticulous approach contributes to a remarkably clean and detailed sound reproduction. Audiophiles seeking an immersive listening experience will appreciate the nuanced audio output that captures the subtleties of their favourite tracks. As usual I use my own studio recordings that have been digitally transferred from my Emu Darwin to Tascam DP32SD that was recorded natively in 16-bit 48-Khz and mixed with the end results mastered in 24-bit 96-kHz as .WAV files. This is not to say that my recordings are the best, but they are my reference as I know 100% inside and out how the recordings are supposed to sound. The Diablo 2 reproduced my recordings faithfully, warts and all.

At the heart of the Diablo 2 are the Burr-Brown DAC chips, renowned for their exceptional performance in converting digital signals to analog. These chips ensure a high signal-to-noise ratio, minimizing distortion and maximizing clarity. Whether you’re delving into the intricacies of classical compositions or rocking out to bass-heavy genres, the Diablo 2 excels in delivering an accurate and dynamic sonic presentation.

The build quality of the ifi Diablo 2 is equally impressive. Encased in a robust chassis, it exudes a sense of careful craftsmanship and durability. The attention to detail extends to the inclusion of various digital inputs, catering to a wide range of source devices. Alas the front panel is not adorned with an intuitive display, allowing users to navigate settings with a bit of confusion until they get used to the cryptic display, but that’s a small detail that to me is not important.

Whether you prefer USB, optical, or coaxial connections, the Diablo 2 accommodates them all. So, if the budget is there, and you are using a pair of $1,000 headphones, or more, the Diablo 2 is highly recommended.