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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

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.

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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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RMAF 2017: iFi Audio Tackles USB 3.0 and Its Noise Gremlins

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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In the past, I have loved the iFi Audio gear for my computer audio playback system.  Everything I have tried has worked well and, maybe best of all, the individual pieces are usually just a couple of hundred bucks and are well built.  Their designer – Thorsten Loesch – has done really good work too, staying ahead of the curve with USB power conditioners, galvanic isolation and other devices that seem to minimize the many power and EMI/RFI gremlins that seem to pop up frequently in computer audio.

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Review: iFi nano iOne – The Atom Ant

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I received the Nano iOne from iFi Turkey distributor (dukkanhifi) as a review sample. It'll stay with me for future reference. The Nano iOne goes for 200$ in the market.

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When I think about iFi, all that comes into my mind is the Micro iDSD (review here). I bet most of you know the brand primarily because of the iDSD as well. But at the same time they have much more in their portfolio, starting from their flagship Pro lineup, to the Micro and Nano series.… Read the full article

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Trans/portable high-end audio: iFi’s micro iDSD Black Label

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

This is Part 2 of 2. Catch up on Part 1 here.


Portable audio. How big is it? Not the scene itself but the electronics used to power headphones and IEMs whilst away from home or office. It’s not just the sound that matters. Required to go where mains socket lassoed hardware cannot, a DAC/amplifier’s run-time and form also impacts our buying decisions. Portable audio electronics come in all shapes and sizes.

Move away from the smartphone and its basic-but-easily-bettered internal audio circuitry and our tolerance for additional physical intrusion quickly comes into play.… Read the full article

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