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post #286 of 635
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That battery is available from Amazon in the UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PowerSmart-90V-264V-Universal-Portable-External-Silver/dp/B000XQ0OIE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_1


That is great! And at a similar price to what it costs here in the US.

 

Remember though that you need an extra 5.5mm x 2.1 mm connector to use it with the iCAN. I am not completely sure what the 5 connectors are that they include with the battery as listed on Amazon.UK, but if it is the same connectors included with the version I bought, then you will need the extra connector. You might be able to order it from Bix power where I got my battery here: http://www.bixpower.com/ 

I would guess the shipping to the UK would not be too outrageous for a tiny little connector.


Edited by Nirmalanow - 3/13/14 at 8:49am
post #287 of 635
Adaptor packs appear to be readily available to convert 5.5 x 2.1 into any number of other sizes so I think the best thing to do is to cut off the plug that comes with the battery and fit a 5.5 x 2.1 instead.
post #288 of 635
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I am happy to report another nice headphone match for the iCAN. I just bought an open box, new pair of HD700s on Amazon for $530. They sound great with the iCAN, and once again the 3D and XBass really bring out the best in these headphones. I can also really enjoy the high setting of the XBass on these headphones when I am in the mood, as the bass is very tight and controlled, so the higher level of added boost does not muddy things up. And even though the HD700s are already known for their soundstage, detail and imaging, all of these qualities take on a higher level of realism with the 3D effect engaged. And as I have mentioned over and over again, it is so cool how I can adjust the sound with the flick of a switch if a song comes on that is too bright or has too much reverb. It truly is like having several different amps all hooked up and ready to go depending on my mood or the recording. For instance, often at night I prefer a warmer and softer edged sound, so I turn off the 3D or even go down to the traditional crossfeed effect which especially softens the edges and gives my brain a rest from the super detailed 3D effect.

 

One thing I will add though is I was pretty surprised by how well the $250 Sony MA900s keep up with the Sennheiser HD700s that currently list for over 3 times as much ($849). In combination with the iCAN, the Sony's sound is amazingly close to the HD700's sound. They are both such spacious and open headphones with unusually realistic soundstages and excellent instrument separation. And as I have been saying in this thread, the MA900s match up very well with the ICAN. If I had paid full price for the Sennheiser's I would probably send them back and just keep using the MA900s. But the Sennheiser's do bring a higher level of transparency and also a tighter, cleaner bass, so I will probably keep them....or maybe at least until I  hear the Hifiman HE560s when they finally come out.

post #289 of 635
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I am happy to report another nice headphone match for the iCAN.

 

Everything I've thrown at the iCAN sounds great.

post #290 of 635
I have the same experience too. MA900 really performs incredibly well with the iCan. So much so that I'm thinking of selling my HD800!
post #291 of 635
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Everything I've thrown at the iCAN sounds great.


It is true, if you read through this thread, there are very few reports of headphones that do not work well with the iCAN.

post #292 of 635
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I have the same experience too. MA900 really performs incredibly well with the iCan. So much so that I'm thinking of selling my HD800!


Wow....that is saying something. I have been curious for a while about the HD800s. They are supposed to be so finicky about amps. How do you find them with the iCAN, especially in comparison with the MA900s?

 

I could be very happy with the MA900s instead of the HD700s, but there is enough difference that I am thinking I will keep the HD700s. Of course, I may have just been ready for a change of headphones :o The HD700s in contrast are reported to be very easy to match up with an amp.


Edited by Nirmalanow - 3/23/14 at 8:04am
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Wow....that is saying something. I have been curious for a while about the HD800s. They are supposed to be so finicky about amps. How do you find them with the iCAN, especially in comparison with the MA900s?

 

I could be very happy with the MA900s instead of the HD700s, but there is enough difference that I am thinking I will keep the HD700s. Of course, I may have just been ready for a change of headphones :o The HD700s in contrast are reported to be very easy to match up with an amp.

 

Congrats on your purchase. I like the HD700 and actually prefer it to the HD800 in a lot of ways. I don't understand why a lot of people didn't like the 700. I think it's a brilliant headphone and want to pickup a pair if I can find one at the right price. Good to know it works well with the iCAN since it is currently my main amp. 

 

I will add to the thread that the iCAN works very well with the Mr Speakers Alpha Dog. It has more than enough power, and the bass and 3D effects are great for tweaking the sound of what is a very neutral headphone.

post #294 of 635
Yes, iCan Nano works well with HD800. The iCan Micro doesn't which some might find it strange as Nano is cheaper than Micro.
post #295 of 635
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Yes, iCan Nano works well with HD800. The iCan Micro doesn't which some might find it strange as Nano is cheaper than Micro.



Thanks. Good to know. I have the Micro, so maybe I will just stick with my new HD700s for now.

post #296 of 635

some more comparison between micro and nano ican?. I have the micro ican but I'm interested in the nano will not move as powerful headphones. 

thanks

post #297 of 635
I had the iCan Nano driving an LCD3 and the LCD3 sounded pretty good.
post #298 of 635
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I had the iCan Nano driving an LCD3 and the LCD3 sounded pretty good.

 

Wow...I'll buy a nano and sell my micro. 

 

Thank you. regards

post #299 of 635

Hi All,

 

You are all invited to the Crowd-Design (not Crowd-Funding) party here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711217/ifi-skunkworks-micro-idsd-crowd-design-by-you-for-you/30

 

The top 10 most-valuable contributors to the features of the micro iDSD will receive a brand-spanking new, super-hot micro iDSD. See you there!

 

thank you


Edited by iFi audio - 3/27/14 at 3:38am
post #300 of 635
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Originally Posted by cesalru View Post
 

some more comparison between micro and nano ican?. I have the micro ican but I'm interested in the nano will not move as powerful headphones. 

thanks


I just got in touch with Vincent at iFi and also Bonnie and Darren at Avatar Acoustics, and they are going to send me a nano iCAN to try out. I will post a comparison of the two amps to this thread once I have had a chance to listen to the iCAN's baby brother.

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