Originally Posted by seaice
Too busy now, work deadlines are hurting me and I am hunting them... I plan to test these devices individually but can't promise this any time soon. I have very strict procedure for assessing sound differences and need more time for my evaluations. I do not like to write any nonsense or inaccurate first impressions... Give me weeks at least but do no expect my answer soon.
And by the way, just to avoid any confusions, iFi has two USB devices of this kind:
iFi iUSB - http://www.ifi-audio.com/en/iUSB.html
iFi USB iPurifier: http://www.ifi-audio.com/en/iPurifier.html
I have the iPurifier + Empirical Audio Short block.
And there is one substantial difference between the iPurifer and Short Block: The Short Block disconnects the USB 5V power, the iPurifier does not.
Well, even if it takes some time, I'll still happily wait your review/thoughts on them in several weeks time. And the fact that you said you really take your time on this stuff sounds great :-D
The thing is I can't personally see getting both of them, at $400 I'd probably try and snag another pair of headphones or something. So I'd just like to hear if one of them edges out the other one or something like that. Or if one of them is the culprit in trimming the bass. I'm so terrified of trimming my bass in any way that I avoid anything that does at all costs. Just me, though.