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post #301 of 629

I'm not often here, but after 6 month with the ifi ican, I dont see any point of changing this amp. This will llikely stay with me for years to come. the 3d setting is a god send. the execuation is flawless imo.

I love the ican

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Yo sólo puse en contacto con Vincent en iFi y Bonnie y Darren en Avatar Acústica, y ellos me van a enviar un iCAN nano para probar. Voy a publicar una comparación de los dos amplificadores a este hilo una vez que he tenido la oportunidad de escuchar hermanito de la iCAN.

That is fantastic!. Maybe next week I have to compare the nano to micro... If he responds as I hope, for me, I would be more useful for its portability and battery. 

 

Thank you. regards


Edited by cesalru - 3/27/14 at 10:37am
post #303 of 629

ICAN with my Q701 are amazing Xbass is pretty awesome going to try the iDAC next to see whether if its a improvement over my ibasso D42 

post #304 of 629
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ICAN with my Q701 are amazing Xbass is pretty awesome going to try the iDAC next to see whether if its a improvement over my ibasso D42 

 

I agree. The iCan IMO is a better match for the Q701 than even the O2/Magni.

 

Despite what some say, I think the iCAN has a touch of warmth in there somewhere, which is a plus.

It's not enough to ruin any warm headphones really.

 

iCAN would probably be my 2nd choice for the Q701. Haven't heard the Matrix M-Stage yet though...

post #305 of 629

I already have my iCan nano ... I do not understand why no gain 0 db ....?, No step 16h pot with MA900 or GMP435S, and the HE400, is sufficient between 17/18h. For now I'm enjoying the first hours of use. 

 

When you light it up, if headphones are connected, I hear a "CLACK" very strong, it is normal?, sounds whether you are connected to electricity or battery power ...


It also has, at very low volume (about 1h), unlike balance in favor of the left. 

You you use it plugged in or battery better?, How will you recommend?. 

 

thanks

post #306 of 629
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I already have my iCan nano ... I do not understand why no gain 0 db ....?, No step 16h pot with MA900 or GMP435S, and the HE400, is sufficient between 17/18h. For now I'm enjoying the first hours of use. 

 

When you light it up, if headphones are connected, I hear a "CLACK" very strong, it is normal?, sounds whether you are connected to electricity or battery power ...


It also has, at very low volume (about 1h), unlike balance in favor of the left. 

You you use it plugged in or battery better?, How will you recommend?. 

 

thanks


I do not have the Nano yet....so I can't say much about the issues you mention. You might check with iFi on here: http://www.head-fi.org/u/361812/ifi-audio

post #307 of 629
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I already have my iCan nano ... I do not understand why no gain 0 db ....?, No step 16h pot with MA900 or GMP435S, and the HE400, is sufficient between 17/18h. For now I'm enjoying the first hours of use. 

 

When you light it up, if headphones are connected, I hear a "CLACK" very strong, it is normal?, sounds whether you are connected to electricity or battery power ...


It also has, at very low volume (about 1h), unlike balance in favor of the left. 

You you use it plugged in or battery better?, How will you recommend?. 

 

thanks

 

Hi,

 

There is an "on" circuitry that engages. If your IEMs are high-sensitivity, everything will be magnified.

 

In your instance, it maybe be best to insert IEMs after power on.

 

All vol pots at low-levels dont track as well as they do at higher levels. Use the 0 dB gain. Best aim for 12 o clock or beyond. This opens up the dynamic range the best.

 

If this is still too much, you maybe need an attenuator. Especially if the IEMs are designed for iPhone use (which has 15mW). The iCAN nano has 150mW.

post #308 of 629
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Hi,

 

There is an "on" circuitry that engages. If your IEMs are high-sensitivity, everything will be magnified.

 

In your instance, it maybe be best to insert IEMs after power on.

 

All vol pots at low-levels dont track as well as they do at higher levels. Use the 0 dB gain. Best aim for 12 o clock or beyond. This opens up the dynamic range the best.

 

If this is still too much, you maybe need an attenuator. Especially if the IEMs are designed for iPhone use (which has 15mW). The iCAN nano has 150mW.

 

Very grateful for your response. Regarding "clack" of on, the headset will connect better later. The Nano begins the volume on the 1h, understand that I want to say more about 6am for better dynamic range, right?. Regarding profits, Nano understand having just 6 and 18 db, 0 db how to get? 

 

thanks


Edited by cesalru - 4/2/14 at 5:37am
post #309 of 629
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Very grateful for your response. Regarding "clack" of on, the headset will connect better later. The Nano begins the volume on the 1h, understand that I want to say more about 6am for better dynamic range, right?. Regarding profits, Nano understand having just 6 and 18 db, 0 db how to get? 

 

thanks

 

You are welcome.

 

Apologies, the "6" db is both underside dip switches to the left - not "0"dB typo which you already have selected.

 

If this is not enough for your IEMs, you may need an attenuator.

 

Drop us a PM and we'll put you in touch with your retailer to hopefully organise an attenuator for you to try. We are looking into this as a result of the customer demand from people using the same IEMS with their iPhone as with the iCAN nano.

post #310 of 629
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You are welcome.

 

Apologies, the "6" db is both underside dip switches to the left - not "0"dB typo which you already have selected.

 

If this is not enough for your IEMs, you may need an attenuator.

 

Drop us a PM and we'll put you in touch with your retailer to hopefully organise an attenuator for you to try. We are looking into this as a result of the customer demand from people using the same IEMS with their iPhone as with the iCAN nano.

 

Thanks very friendly. I talked to the person selling the product in Spain (great person) and talk to you. 

 

I have a doubt in their use: in use at home is always advisable to connect the 9V power supply to deliver more power, or better to always use the battery and connect it to charge only?. 

 

Thank you. regards

post #311 of 629
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Thanks very friendly. I talked to the person selling the product in Spain (great person) and talk to you. 

 

I have a doubt in their use: in use at home is always advisable to connect the 9V power supply to deliver more power, or better to always use the battery and connect it to charge only?. 

 

Thank you. regards

Yes, at home, using the supplied iFi power supply:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/ifi-audio/ifi-audio-ultra-low-noise-acdc-adapter/483150281720719

 

You will maximise the power. So you can connect your LCD-2s/HD-800/HE-500s etc.

 

You are welcome!

post #312 of 629
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Yes, at home, using the supplied iFi power supply:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/ifi-audio/ifi-audio-ultra-low-noise-acdc-adapter/483150281720719

 

You will maximise the power. So you can connect your LCD-2s/HD-800/HE-500s etc.

 

You are welcome!

 

Thanks again, very friendly. I have read and I found interesting. I still doubt if the battery can suffer more wear for always connected and charging with the AC / DC adapter?, or nano has a system to protect it?. 

 

Thank you. regards

post #313 of 629
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Thanks again, very friendly. I have read and I found interesting. I still doubt if the battery can suffer more wear for always connected and charging with the AC / DC adapter?, or nano has a system to protect it?. 

 

Thank you. regards

Hi,

 

1. When full, the battery reverts to "top-up" charge (so wont shorten its life)

 

2. The battery is replaceable. Though best take back to your dealer as it requires access to the internals.

post #314 of 629
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I am back to my Sony MA-900s. The HD700s were ever so slightly more refined, but I actually like the tone of the Sony's better so I sold the HD700s. I am listening right now with the Acoustic Research TDS202 in the chain and the level of detail, clarity and spaciousness is almost hallucinogenic. It just takes me into a nice expanded state of relaxation. Between the TDS202, the 3D on the iCAN and the naturally wide open sound of the Sony MA900s, the sound is sometimes so far out of my head it is spooky.

 

I also am leaving the xBass on high. It may not be the most "neutral" approach, but it does make the sound very warm and earthy without muddying the sound at all.

 

I will be curious to see how close the more portable Nano amp comes to this sound when it gets here....

post #315 of 629
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I just ordered a pair of  12 db line level attenuators on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Harrison-Labs-Line-Level-Attenuator/dp/B0006N41B0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396570940&sr=8-1&keywords=rca+attenuator

 

My iCAN does not have gain controls, and the TDS202 does boost the signal. So these attenuators should help give me a more usable volume range on the iCAN. Simpler than selling it and getting the newer version with gain controls.

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