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I've had the Izmo M1 around for a while and had gotten into several discussions about it across various threads. I promised to update with further impressions when I could, but I've lost track of which people were interested and which threads were involved. So I figure it's worth starting a new thread.

 

 

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You can read my full review HERE at InnerFidelity. In a nutshell, the M1 is a compact USB DAC and headphone amp than can also convert USB to SPDIF. It does an exceptional job as a DDC, a very good job as a DAC, and a pretty respectable job as a headphone amp. Soon to be on sale at eBay for $499, I think it's a really good deal.

 

I'm curious if any of our HeadFi members are familiar with some of the other Izo products (Izo is the parent company, Izmo is their mobile division). They have a stand alone DAC and several headphone amps that look very desktop friendly. 

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I've had the Izmo M1 around for a while and had gotten into several discussions about it across various threads. I promised to update with further impressions when I could, but I've lost track of which people were interested and which threads were involved. So I figure it's worth starting a new thread.

 

 

1000

 

 

 

You can read my full review HERE at InnerFidelity. In a nutshell, the M1 is a compact USB DAC and headphone amp than can also convert USB to SPDIF. It does an exceptional job as a DDC, a very good job as a DAC, and a pretty respectable job as a headphone amp. Soon to be on sale at eBay for $499, I think it's a really good deal.

 

I'm curious if any of our HeadFi members are familiar with some of the other Izo products (Izo is the parent company, Izmo is their mobile division). They have a stand alone DAC and several headphone amps that look very desktop friendly. 

Hi John, whatever happened to their plans of selling on ebay?

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Good question. I know some folks interested in buying from them, who have contacted Izmo and never received a reply. I've tried my contacts as well and not heard back. Strange.

 

They had been very responsive before, and thought I was favorable to the product in my review so it's not like they have a reason to ignore me. According to their blog page wich has been continually updated this year, they have launched a direct sales website of their own. They also dropped the price on the Izmo M1 by about 25%, making it a really great deal. 

 

This leads me to believe that perhaps they decided to focus only on their own market. Maybe it's too much trouble for a small company to deal with overseas customers, and shipping, and language barriers, etc. 

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Good question. I know some folks interested in buying from them, who have contacted Izmo and never received a reply. I've tried my contacts as well and not heard back. Strange.

 

They had been very responsive before, and thought I was favorable to the product in my review so it's not like they have a reason to ignore me. According to their blog page wich has been continually updated this year, they have launched a direct sales website of their own. They also dropped the price on the Izmo M1 by about 25%, making it a really great deal. 

 

This leads me to believe that perhaps they decided to focus only on their own market. Maybe it's too much trouble for a small company to deal with overseas customers, and shipping, and language barriers, etc. 

It is really a pity considering they have such an interesting range of products. However, several japanese companies tend to concentrate on their own market pretty successfully so it might turn out to be the right strategy after all. Hopefully, they will decide to sell internationally at some point and they won't do it like fostex (which heavily overprices in the international market).

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I also noted several interesting things going through their direct store

1) they seem to have several versions of the izmo M1 now. There is a version with a low noise dedicated power supply and also 2 different opamp versions( both new versions)

2) At a price of $360 the Rev2 version with muses 89200 is absolutely amazing.

3) the call their direct store as Japan store in one part of the website and it also has a .com website instead of .jp like the general website. also http://izmo.com/ is very interesting indeed.


Edited by lithium1085 - 4/23/13 at 8:58am
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Agreed - at $360 this thing would be a killer value. Stock opamps are very nice already and I'm not sure the Muses swap necessarily brings anything to the table. That external PSU option is nice too. 

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I could not find the earlier version on their website.... do you have any idea what opamps were on the version you reviewed?

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It's a National Semiconductor LME49723 on the line-out section, which is not socketed, and then a National Semiconductor LT1364 in the headphone section, which is socketed.

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It's a National Semiconductor LME49723 on the line-out section, which is not socketed, and then a National Semiconductor LT1364 in the headphone section, which is socketed.

Thanks for the information

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