iFi Audio Receives MQA Support
iFi first introduced MQA into its product mix with the nano iDSD Black Label in November 2017. Since then, iFi customers across the globe have been asking when this option would be available in other iFi products. The good news is that the latest improvements to the nano Black Label firmware version 5.30, 'Cookies & Cream', does just that.
This latest firmware flavor not only adds the latest scoop to the nano iDSD Black Label sundae, but it also dishes out MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio to the full range of iFi audio products going back to 2013 (the only exception is the original iDAC). This 'legacy' update means that the user can now download the MQA upgrade (PC and Mac) straight from the Support section of iFi's website at no extra cost.
Firmware version 5.30 will optimize the device for MQA and can handle up to DSD256 and PCM384. Enjoy the MQA magic like never before. None of the above would have been possible without the MQA software engineers who worked tirelessly alongside the iFi software team to make this unique opportunity happen. Thank you.
This firmware provides MQA rendering, as this is the ideal solution for portable products and those with power considerations. This means the workload is shared between the host (the computer) and the client (the DAC). The listener will still enjoy full MQA experience.