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Extra Ordinary MQA Easter Egg Introduction With Easter just around the corner, iFi audio has delivered an eagerly anticipated upgrade option as a very special Easter gift. 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. Mqa for all This latest firmware flavour 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! This ‘legacy’ update means that you can now download the MQA upgrade (PC and Mac) straight from the Support section of iFi’s website at no extra cost. Mqa optimised Firmware version 5.30 will optimise your device for MQA and can handle up to DSD256 and PCM384. Enjoy the MQA magic like never before. And Finally… 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. Go to https://ifi-audio.com/audio_blog/mqa-firmware/ to enjoy your upgrade. 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. For more information on MQA, go to http://www.mqa.co.uk/customer/how-it-works Legacy *The only exception is the original iDAC.
Easter ‘Bug Bounty’ Hunt Hunt 'em, wherever they are... Introduction Our just announced firmware v5.30 is MQA capable and in one fell swoop, elevates legacy iFi products* with MQA capability for even more sonic enjoyment. The MQA integration was a little difficult. It involved: Totally replacing the customised core code Re-apply tuning/core loading and Further fine tuning the firmware for even more precise allocated resource use in order to allow us to support MQA and 384kHz. To bring all this to fruition required the combined efforts of the MQA and iFi software developers or a total of +1,000 programming hours to deliver firmware v5.30 (excluding testing on all iFi legacy units). Notwithstanding, there may still be one or two software bugs we have not quashed – hence we would like to involve you, the customer – in the Easter Bug Hunt. Bug Bounty The prize for the FIRST person to report each UNIQUE bug (this involves making a formal bug report, see next) iEMatch (choice of 3.5mm or 2.5mm) Bug Report Procedure Open ticket: http://support.ifi-audio.com/ Provide full system configuration incl s/w and patch versions Description of the bug and HOW to replicate it Our tech team will then replicate and verify Customer must be contactable so that we can liaise (if we cannot replicate we may liaise) Note: iFi reserves the right to decide if a bug is genuine/unique. Its decision is full and final. We wish all our customers the best of luck with the bug hunt! Legacy *The only exception is the original iDAC.