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Thanks.  I'll look into it.

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Picked one of these up a couple of weeks ago. I demo'd it at the London headfi meet and was quite impressed. Now that I've spent some time with it that impression remains. Aside from the 3D and xbass the amp itself is very accomplished. It drives my he-500 very well and is very neutral, until you turn on the eq. Right now I am using iems and my little dot III as a pre, the sound it very addictive with the 3D on max and first stage bass boost. Really enjoying this amp.
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Funny how much people's ears differ. The reviewer did not like the 3D effect on the high setting, but I find I use it almost all of the time, and I miss it when it is turned off.

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Funny how much people's ears differ. The reviewer did not like the 3D effect on the high setting, but I find I use it almost all of the time, and I miss it when it is turned off.
Indeed. Normally I put the 3D on one dot, rarely 3 dots. For the XBass, usually also one dot unless one feels like some head-banging three dots occasionally. wink.gif
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Indeed. Normally I put the 3D on one dot, rarely 3 dots. For the XBass, usually also one dot unless one feels like some head-banging three dots occasionally. wink.gif


I mostly use three dots on the 3D, but also mostly one dot on the bass. And strangely, I find I like the three dot high setting for x-Bass on music that has little or no bass, as it creates a very subtle warmth. Then I usually turn it back down to one dot when a bass heavy song comes on, again unless I also feel like overdoing the bass for fun.

 

I tend to like a lot of space and a lot of detail in my music, so maybe my ears adapt well to what the three dot setting of the 3D does. The one dot and three dot settings do not seem like low and high settings, but more like two completely different effects.

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Funny how much people's ears differ. The reviewer did not like the 3D effect on the high setting, but I find I use it almost all of the time, and I miss it when it is turned off.

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The one dot and three dot settings do not seem like low and high settings, but more like two completely different effects.

 

 

I appreciate the reviews at headfonics, but I don't agree with some of the things mentioned in this one.

 

I think the whatever sound signature the amp has is exaggerated in the review, as I don't hear it as having that much of a sound signature.

 

He also describes level 1 and level 3 of the 3D effect as being different intensities of the SAME effect, when to me they are completely (and obviously) different sounding.  That was kind of a red flag.  He quickly dismisses the level 3 effect as being BAD when, to me, it's one of the highlights of the amp and one of the main reasons to get it.  I use the level 3 3D effect a lot.

 

 

I do agree that the iCan could use a "level 2" Xbass setting, in-between level 1 and level 3.  For some headphones level 1 is not enough while level 3 is too much. 

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I might test it soon. Would all this stuff (amp + AC adapter + MP3 player) fit in a shirts pocket? That would be awesome.


The amp is a little too big for a shirt pocket....maybe a backpack or computer bag.

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As mentioned in the review, there is a battery that might work (I have not tried it yet), and iFi has suggested they might come out with a battery pack. However, that would make it even more impossible to fit it in a shirt pocket.

post #190 of 374
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I just posted about my experience with the Audio Technica ESW9 on the Tera thread, including a mention of how they pair up with the iCAN: http://www.head-fi.org/t/658495/altmann-tera-player-impressions-reviews-discussion/795#post_9572129

 

These headphones sound even a little better than the HD650s with the iCAN. A real treat!

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Well, I sold my HD650s and am just keeping the ATH-ESW9s. They sound wonderful with the iCAN which makes sense as they are known as mid-centric headphones, and both the X-bass boost and the 3D effect are very beneficial to the sound. They also benefit from the added details of the TDS202 Sound Enhancer, and yet the inherent smoothness of the headphones means that the sound does not veer into being too bright. They also sound good out of the Tera and my Tralucent T1 amp. Not quite as clear and detailed, but very good for a simple portable setup. I bought a second pair and am sending one off to be recabled with the Plussound silver/gold cable I was using with the HD650s, so it will be interesting to see how the stock cable and the aftermarket cable compare.

 

Interesting tidbit since I have been mentioning the TDS202 a lot in this thread. I tried using my Tralucent T1 portable amp with the Tera and the TDS202. And surprisingly, the Sound became very muffled and dull compared to the Tralucent hooked up directly to the Tera. This is the exact opposite of what I hear with the TDS in the chain when using the iCAN amp. I have no idea why it has this effect, but it once again shows that system synergy is hard to predict, and why everyone says your mileage may vary.

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As mentioned in the review, there is a battery that might work (I have not tried it yet), and iFi has suggested they might come out with a battery pack. However, that would make it even more impossible to fit it in a shirt pocket.
I don't think it'd be too bad as long as it could fit in the side pockets of cargo pants or the pockets of a jacket. Being able to fit comfortably inside a purse or a small messenger bag would be fine too.

If iFi is doing a battery pack, I wonder if they'll do any modifications to their existing products accommodate it or will it just be physically stacked together.
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here is the battery that will probably work: http://www.powerstream.com/PST-MP3500-I.htm

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I asked Vincent at iFi again about a battery. He did not say anything about a release date for an official iFi battery, but he did give me the specs for a battery that would work:

"Specifications: Any external battery pack that puts out 9v/1a will power the iCAN. Centre positive with a barrel diameter that fits iCan (5.5mm x 2.1 mm)"

 

So I found another cheaper battery that should work: http://www.bixpower.com/BAT-BX948-p/bat-bx948.htm  And I decided to go ahead and get one instead of waiting for iFi to come out with one. Again, the iCAN uses a 5.5mm x 2.1mm connector and the battery company is including one with the battery after I talked to them on the phone, even though it does not normally come with that size. I will post here about how it works for me.

post #195 of 374
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Here is a picture of the battery hooked up to a portable DVD player. It should work the same with the iCAN. I will report more when it arrives.

 

 

This is the cheaper battery here: http://www.bixpower.com/BAT-BX948-p/bat-bx948.htm 


Edited by Nirmalanow - 7/17/13 at 8:29am
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