Today we’re checking out the ddHiFi MFi06S, a Lightning to Type-C USB cable.
The original TC05 and it’s remake of the same name have been my go to OTG cables for the last year thanks to their excellent build quality and durability. The MFi06S is more or less the same cable as the current-gen TC05, but with Type-C on one end and Apple’s Lightning connector on the other. Given the similarity between the two cables, it should come as no surprise that I’ve found the MFi06S to be a pretty fantastic cable. Let’s take a closer look.
The MFi06S’s packaging is a simple, plain, compact cardboard box. On the lid in embossed gold letting you find the ddHiFi logo tucked in the top left hand corner, while the opposite corner sees a sticker colour-matched to the box on which you find the product details and model info. To the rear you find contact information for ddHiFi along with some additional product information, such as if this version of the cable is equipped with a short 8cm cable, or long 50cm cable (though I think you can only order the 8cm version). Removing the lid reveals some protective shredded paper crumpled into a ball, a silica gel packet, a warranty card, and the cable wrapped in a nice plastic bag. It’s a very simple unboxing experience with little waste, all of which (except the silica packet) is recyclable. Very nice.
Tossing the package to the side, the first thing that’ll catch your eye is that glimmering silver-plated OCC cable linking the type-C and Lightning plugs together. The construction is more complicated than I was expecting, according to the product page. The cable is made from four braided strands composed of 90 wires each, the inner 30 of which are insulated together with a second round of insulation over the remaining 60. This dense construction is in place to ensure high tensile strength which will be needed since, like the TC05, the MFi06S has no strain relief. The TC05 has been holding up well to daily use for me, so I’m confident the MFi06S will be able to handle some careless behaviour.
The hardware used for the plugs at either end is the same as on the TC05. Aluminum surrounds with straight and l-plug options available. The design is composed of 1s and 0s with the ddHiFi logo hidden within on the Lightning side. Small arrows point the way for data transmission. They’re pretty small and not very easy to see, so look for the brand’s logo instead since that is what plugs into the source. Speaking of sources, I’m an Android guy so I had to borrow my Mom’s iPhone to test this beast. You rock Mom! I have no idea what version it is, and neither does she, but I suspect this experience will be the same for all Lightning equipped models.
On the Lightning side the plug slipped into the port tightly with no random disconnects during movement. Since the plugs are so compact, there was no interference with the installed phone case either. On the other end I listened to some tracks through the Earmen Sparrow and TR-Amp, as well as the new ddHiFi TC35 Pro (Tetris). Everything sounded as it should, no functionality was lost, and there were no interruptions. It worked as expected with no surprises.
And that’s basically it. It’s a cable that functions the way it should. It’s well built and to my eyes is attractively designed. The plugs are tiny resulting in wide compatibility among devices and in my experience, no negative interactions with protective cases. If you need an OTG cable for your iDevice, the MFi06S is going to be a much better option than the similarly priced (or much more expensive) options available in big-box stores and major retailers. Save yourself the hassle and get something worth the money instead, like the MFi06S.
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer A big thanks to Lily for sending over the MFi06S for testing. The thoughts within this write-up are my subjective impressions and do not represent ddHiFi or any other entity. At the time of writing the MFi06S was retailing for 29.99 USD for either l or straight plug configurations. You can check them out here: https://www.ddhifi.com/productinfo/545951.html / www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002438827985.html