Originally Posted by murphythecat
I'm really interested in the IDAC, please report your impression and how it compares to other DAC
After 200 hours burn-in, I did compare the iDAC to the 8200CDQ. It wasn't close. In fact the iDAC wasn't even in the same ballpark. If it can't compare to a CDQ then it won't compare to an Audiolab M-DAC either.
I was very disappointed by this. I really expected a better performance from the iDAC after all the rave reviews. I also got static-like clicks from it (through the headphones) and was unable to eliminate these so I sent it back for a refund. Nobody else has reported this problem to my knowledge so I guess it was faulty.
I still have the iCAN and still use it with the 8200CDQ because I find the 3D and bass boost very useful. I think the iCAN is good value against most of what is out there.
Trouble is value for money gets redefined when I look at my Topping TP20 mkII. Against that, every other piece of hifi I own or have ever owned is ludicrously over-priced. The new Mini-T from Amptastic is twice the price of the Topping and it shows in the quality of the parts used but even compared to that, everything else including all the iFi line look overpriced.
The iUSBPower makes no difference I can hear between the PC and the Audiolab so I now use it in a second system to power the Arcam rPAC (another piece that looks overpriced compared to the T-Amps). This it does very well and makes a nice difference to that unit but as the iUSBPower costs more than the rPAC it can't really be said to be a good value pairing.
Then we have the iTUBE. I still struggle to hear this device do anything at all. The 3D makes a difference of course but I find that much less useful with speakers, a bit of a gimmick really, perhaps more useful if your speakers are not very good. If I needed a simple pre-amp, perhaps to control some powered monitors, this would do the job very nicely as it appears to be completely transparent. Between the Audiolab and the iCAN, I can't honestly say it makes any difference at all. Considering its cost, I think I probably wasted my money here.
To sum up, I still think the iCAN is wonderful. In my opinion, the rest of the line-up are really too expensive for what they offer.