Featuring a striking new futuristic design, the Diablo II portable DAC/Amp sets a new standard for the amount of sheer power you can take with you. The New Diablo II has an all-metal body, which is upgraded from previous generations, and returns to the diablo-red color scheme. You'll find a host of other hi-fi upgrades throughout the construction process and build quality, including a larger and more tactile volume control knob/wheel.
Like the Diablo-X, the iFi Audio Diablo II headphone amplifier carries over support for xMEMS technology, allowing you to use compatible IEMs and headphones with the revolutionary solid-state monolithic speaker technology. The Diablo II features a new on/off switch for xMEMS - letting the user completely disable this function if they are not using an xMEM headphone or earphones. This unique technology features:
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This level of performance requires a higher voltage solution to drive it, so iFi have partnered with XMEMs to produce the Diablo-X and the Diablo II – among the first devices to support this latest technology in the audiophile market!
The xMEMS microspeaker technology uses the piezoelectronic effect to create a paper-thin solid-state speaker. These micro-speakers offer great potential to push the boundaries of IEM and headphone performance.
As xMEMS themselves say, “The inverse piezoelectric effect is created by applying electrical voltage to make the piezoMEMS contract or expand, converting electrical energy to mechanical energy. This energy excites an integrated silicon membrane to move air and generate acoustic sound waves…. xMEMS’ piezoMEMs actuators offer an increased range of movement enabling rich, loud audio”.
NOTE: xMEMS technology and corresponding settings are only compatible with hifi devices that utilize this technology. Non-xMEMS headphones and IEMs are not meant to be used with this setting on the Diablo II and will have degraded sound quality if attempted. xMEMS has specific impedance requirements.
Unadulterated Performance: Able to drive all manner of headphones with ease, including those incorporating the new XMEMs tech, the Diablo-II sports fully balanced 4.4mm outputs with a whopping 5,180mW of power - over 1,000mW more than previous Diablo models.
Three modes are used to adjust power and gain.
New to the Diablo-II is the designated on/off switch for xMEMS. This was incorporated into the Diablo-X initially with limiting the gain stages to only two options, but the Diablo II brings back 3 gain stages for the user's listening needs.
Whether you are using your favorite IEMs/headphones or a pair of xMEMS-compatible IEMs, the Diablo-II connections have you covered.
At the front of the unit, alongside a standard 6.3mm single-ended headphone socket, resides a 4.4mm Balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.
At the back, you'll find a balanced 4.4mm line input/output, a S/PDIF 3.5mm Coaxial/Optical input, a USB Type-C charging port, and a USB-C data input port (USB DAC). The Diablo II is the first Diablo model to do away completely with the USB-A connection option.
Another new feature is the inclusion of Bluetooth. The Diablo II is compatible with every Bluetooth codec allowing for hi-res/high-resolution music playback. On the rear of the DAC/Amp you'll find an input mode selector button, allowing you to manually select whether you want to use a wired or wireless connection option. This button also serves as the pairing button for Bluetooth connections. For the first time, this makes the power available in a Diablo portable headphone amp accessible to iPhone and Android users everywhere.
iEMatch reduces the output level, so that even the most sensitive In-Ear-Monitors (IEMs) can be matched to the iDSD Diablo 2. iEMatch can increase the dynamic range of sensitive IEMs by reducing background amplifier hiss. Switch settings:
Tip: The iDSD Diablo 2 or the headphone will not be damaged if the iEMatch switch is adjusted incorrectly, but the attenuation level will not be correct.
Tip: Balanced 6.35mm headphone output reduces the level by 12dB and balanced 4.4mm headphone output lowers it by12dB.