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Thanks iFi for chiming in. Now let's wait for the tech genius to post his info
"The "very high end" (YMMV) PS Audio Direct Stream DAC uses the same XMOS chip, and actually converts to *extreme* rate PCM in the chain."   No trying to stir up any more. But @michilumin you do work for: http://www.superaudiocenter.com/index.htm and also have good contact and friendship with PS Audio and Mytek, and you also distribute Mytek (maybe you should be labled a member of the trade here on Head-Fi?) This is also your twitter, where you are clearly slating...
I'm not sure about the PS4   Yes the battery life is slightly better than C5D, but if you use the line in put of the C5D the battery life should be similar, it is only lower when you use the DAC as well as the amp
Well not a huge difference with C5D. Maybe a slight bit more clarity from X3. But I prefer the headphone out of the iPod, its not as powerful but is flatter than X3's headphone out.
Both those can take advantage of the DAC so it would be good to get the C5D. For iPod classic you only need C5
Great way of putting it :)
 Great answer ClieOS, after having good contact with iFi for a while, it is true what you say. And they write all their own code for the XMOS chip and driver, so in there they can squeeze out more than the tech sheet states. They don't have the DAC in it's default configuration so they do decode natively.
mine should be here soon :)
Well silver cables do add a sense of air to the stock slightly thick sound. It won't change them massively but it will make a slight difference.
I only have the UM Pro30 and what i can say is that comfort is excellent, I love the cable.   The sound is warm and a little dark, with the right amp/DAP combo they do have great detail and also air. I did have a brief listen with a silver cable, and it does give them a little more top end which is the only thing i think they lack. The vocals are perfect, up front an intimate, the lows are very natural and extended, the whole sound has a natural lush tone to it.
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