Uno: Great Sound For Everyone
Does the sound from your digital devices lack lustre when you listen to music, watch movies or play games? Then you need Uno, the sonic supercharger that makes everything sound more powerful, more detailed and more real, for a thrilling entertainment experience. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Uno’s cute, curvy case is made from tough, mineral-filled polymer and contains sophisticated DAC and headphone amp circuitry to upgrade the basic audio tech in all sorts of digital devices. Its USB-C input connects to Windows PCs, Apple Macs, and all manner of smartphones and tablets. It doesn’t require its own power source, receiving both power and audio data from the device to which it’s connected. And it delivers a perfectly processed, optimally amplified analogue audio signal to headphones, powered speakers, or an amp and separate speakers.
DAC’s the ticket
The Uno draws from the experience iFi has gained in developing a range of multi-award-winning DACs at a wide spread of prices, from under £200 to over £3000. At its heart lies a power-efficient, high-performance DAC chip from ESS Technology’s Sabre HiFi series – the ES9219MQ/Q – benefiting from 32-bit HyperStream III architecture. This combines with Quad DAC+ and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technologies, plus iFi’s dedicated clock circuitry utilising a specialised crystal oscillator, to deliver ultra-low distortion, excellent clarity and impressive dynamic range.
A volume knob sits fron and center, delivering high quality analogue adjustment in the DAC itself rather than relying on the software driven volume controls in connected digital devices. Next to this is the PowerMatch button, which adjuts gain by 6dB to match the connected headphones.
The Uno’s hi-res audio credentials are highly impressive given its diminutive price. PCM audio data is supported to 32-bit/384kHz, alongside DSD up to 11.2MHz (DSD256), and MQA – the hi-res streaming technology used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier. An illuminated ring behind the volume control changes color to indicate the format and sample rate of the incoming digital signal.
Another proprietary circuit provides three specially tuned EQ modes – one for music, another for movies, and the third for games. These are analogue processing modes rather than DSP (Digital Signal Processing), engineered to maintain sonic fidelity whilst precisely adjusting the frequency balance. Music mode delivers a detailed and engaging sound with all types of music; Movie mode enhances dialogue clarity with films, TV shows and other audio/video content; and Game mode makes low-level sound effects crystal-clear, so you always hear your enemies coming. A button at the front cycles through the three settings, with illuminated logos on top of the Uno indicating the current mode.
- Unlock bigger, bolder, more detailed sound to enhance your digital entertainment experience
- USB-C Input: Connect Windows PCs, Apple Macs and all manner of tables and smartphones
- Sophisticated D/A Conversion and amplification elevates audio
- 3.5mm headphoen output, plus stereo RCA to connect to an amp or powered speakers
- 32-bit ES9219 Sabre DAC Chip with HyperStream III achitecture Quad DAC+ Technology
- Supports Hi-Res Audio up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256, & MQA
- Advanced featues include Dynamic Range Enhancement and Dedicated Clock Circuitry
- High Quality volume control and switchable gain
- Music, Movie, and Game EQ Modes
- Mineral Filled Polymer Shell with Aluminum Front Plate
- Dimensions: 88x26x61mm