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iFi iCan Nano Portable Headphone Amp Reviews

ClieOS

Good Runner-up among the Sea of sub-$200 Protable Amps

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Pros: Build Quality. Unmatch EQ with XBass and 3D Halographics Sound. Better than Average SQ.

Cons: Too High a Gain for Sensitive Headphone. EMI issue. Bulky as Protable.

[Impression] iFi nano iDSD and iCAN with a splash of iPurifer iFi Audio has gained a great success over its Micro line of small sized desktop gears, and now it is pushing into the portable world with the Nano series. The nano iDSD is USB DAC that not only works with PC, but also has OTG support for the iDevice with OS7 (via camera connection kit / CCK) and Android that have USB Audio Class driver built-in (*for older Android that doesn’t have the driver, there is still a chance that USB Audio Player PRO will work). The nano iCAN on the other hand is a pure portable amp, but infused with the magical XBass and 3D Holographic Sound we have seen on the micro iCAN. Both are retailed under...
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potatoe94

Love it .

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Pros: Amazing instrumental imaging & detail , XBass is satisfying , insane battery life .

Cons: No tubes ?

The iFi iCAN nano has been enjoyed by me for more than 100 hours by now . The battery life of this portable amplifier is so good , i don't remember charging after the first time i've charged it to full , remember , being a portable amplifier , battery life is rather important . i've used it with my monster turbine pro gold & Beyerdynamic T90 . The 3D holographic is simply amazing , majority of amplifiers do not come with switches as such . it gives life to the music you're listening and make the overall listening experience really wonderful . It widens the soundstage and gave it a certain kind of clarity and more depth together with detail . The X bass does not make your...
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Nirmalanow

Great features in a portable amp

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Pros: Great overall sound, 3D soundstage enhancement, xBass bass boost

Cons: Hiss on sensitive headphones (can be corrected with a new attenuator available soon from iFi), large size for a portable

I wrote a review on here a while back of the larger micro iCAN amplifier (http://www.head-fi.org/t/654405/ican-amp-review-a-new-amp-that-gives-you-more-more-bass-more-soundstage-and-more-detail), and recently Vincent from iFi asked if I wanted to try out their smaller Nano iCAN amp. So Avatar Acoustics, their US distributor sent me a Nano to try out. Here are some impressions mostly taken from the comments I made about the Nano in the thread of that longer review of the larger iCAN:   I had my first listen to the smaller amp after letting it burn in overnight with my Isotonic CD. It is a wonderful baby brother to the bigger iCAN. The same overall sound signature and of course the...
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