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Review: iFi Audio xCAN – It Can

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we take a look at the iFi xCAN, iFi Audio’s most recent portable headphone amplifier.

Disclaimer: The iFi xCAN is provided by iFi Audio for us to review. It goes for $ 300. Much thanks to iFi for their cooperation.

Intro

iFi Audio has released many practical and quality gear over the years. Some of them became fan favorites, especially their iDSD Series. I still see their Micro iDSD and Nano iDSD products around in my local audiophile community here.… Read the full article

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HFN Awards – Nathan, Linus, Berkhan and Nano

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re giving an overview of the 2018 awards of the rest of the writing crew. You can find Lieven’s selection right here

Nathan’s Awards: Page 1

Linus’ Awards: Page 2

Berkhan’s Awards: Page 3

Nano’s Awards: Page 4

NATHAN

2018 was full of excitement. And Headfonia got a bunch of new talent, meaning that I didn’t cover as much as I did in previous years. But I got lucky. By and large, I didn’t have to cover crap.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – iFi Audio Micro/Nano Black Label

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ifi Audio is a special brand for me. Back in the days, I had the chance to make a trip to Hong-Kong for a business trip. The first day I went for the HKTDC, one of the biggest tech fairs, and the first stand I saw was… iFi Audio ! They were displaying the first generation of iCan and a set of products from AMR, the big venture at the origin of iFi Audio. 

Disclaimer: This post is part of our Picture Sunday series, you can find all of the previous ones here.Read the full article

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The look of love: Rega, iFi & Cabasse

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

In locating a new laptop we might look for the fastest CPU, the largest amount of RAM and the biggest hard drive. Hang everything else – performance is paramount.

Not every buyer works this way. Apple has built its Macbook success on selling last year’s hardware by offsetting any (perceived) performance hit with a sleeker shell, an increasingly lower-profile keyboard and a more elegant operating system. As many Alienware owners will attest, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder.

No matter what fibs we might tell ourselves, buying decisions aren’t based on performance alone.… Read the full article

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Off-the-dial flexibility and value with iFi’s Pro iDSD DAC

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

What makes a DAC more than just a D/A converter? It’s a question of classification, one I’ve repeatedly pondered over the past five or six years. As on-board options such as volume control and headphone amplification become more common, it feels a little odd to continue lumping everything into the same category. Alas, there’s really no other agreed-upon terminology, so I suppose “DAC” is still the best we can do.

No device proves this point more than the new Pro iDSD (US$2,499) from the UK’s iFi Audio.… Read the full article

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The iFi xDSD wins the EISA Award!

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

This article is a press release from iFi Audio about the iFi xDSD winning the prestigious EISA award. Of course we knew it rocked already and we reviewed it weeks ago. 

You can read our full review here:

xDSD: EISA BEST PORTABLE DAC 2018. SOUNDS GREAT!

 

The Award Winner.

iFi’s new portable DAC and headphone amplifier, the xDSD, has won what’s sure to be the first of many awards.

EISA, the most respected awarding body in the sound and imaging industry, has awarded the xDSD Best Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier for 2018-2019.… Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: 3 ways to juice your Chromecast Audio

By | July 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

In response to a recent post on SoundCloud and the Chromecast Audio, David D. writes an email that (for once) doesn’t try to extract more information from yours truly but provides some intel of its own:

“Subject: How to kick the Chromecast Audio puck up a notch or two for peanuts.

First. Open Google Home. In settings, enable full dynamic range* [see footnote 1 – Ed] for the Chromecast Audio. Free.

Second. Purchase a UGreen Micro USB to RJ45 Ethernet Adapter with attached USB Power Supply Cable, which is specifically designed for the Chromecast Audio at a cost of about $17 USD from Amazon.com.Read the full article

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Review: iFi Audio xDSD – iPocket

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

 Disclaimer: The iFi xDSD is provided by iFi Audio for us to review. It goes for 400$. Much thanks to iFi for their cooperation.

INTRO

A lot of people don’t like the idea of a dedicated DAP while they travel or commute. An additional, standalone device apart from their smartphones is not useful for them.  They want to organize everything from their smartphones, but have an audiophile grade sound quality at the same time. Who can blame them? Smartphones are “smart”, fast and neat.… Read the full article

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The iFi xDSD Portable AMP/DAC – AXPONA 2018

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

iFi has a ton of personal audio and digital products. From the Micro to the Nano line, in-line power conditioning, USB cables, the list goes on and on. While most of their initial introductions landed on the budget side, even more recently the company released two reference headphone amplifiers in their PRO line – the iCan ($1.8k) and now the electrostatic iESL ($1.5k). The big news from AXPONA 2018 was back to the basics with a new Amp/DAC called the xDSD ($399) and is one of the first products for their X series which puts the focus back on portable.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: SPL Offers New Features and Price Points

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

spl3Outside of the big CanJam ballroom at RMAF, several manufacturers like iFi Audio, Centrance, and SPL were setup  and the extra space there (and proximity to Pint Brothers bar) was welcome. SPL offers some of my favourite headphone amplifiers so I had to stop by.  SPL is a German company who seems to be as much, or more popular with the pro-audio community as it is the hifi-enthusiast market.  Their Phonitor became a dream piece for me when a friend here in Atlanta bought one and I heard it.… Read the full article

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