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post #16 of 1750

Just dicovered and sub'ed to this thread. Interesting indeed. I will be in the market for a DSD DAC, specifically DSD128 or DSD at 5.6 MHz ( the format in which I do my master recordings ) and DXD. The only thing I miss in this DAC is MP3 192 kbps playback capability - I am NOT interested in any PCM in-beetween. DSD128 for obvious reasons, DXD out of curiosity what best commercially available PCM can bring to the table and MP3 for archiving European Classical Nocturno - non stop classical music show, usually interesting live petformance, broadcast daily from midnight to IIRC 5 or 6 in the morning. I may be sleeping, my Korg MR 1 DSD recorder set to MP3 192 kbps ( only MP3 it supports ) and recording off FM tuner does not.

 

I am eyeing TEAC U501 DSD DAC - which supports the same formats as i nanoDSD DAC - and costs 4 times as much. TEAC unit was tested against 10+ times costlier machines and of course more money means better performance. I wish I could afford those 10K+$ machines - but if it turns out there is not too great difference in SQ between i nanoDSD DAC and TEAC, I may well reconsider putting TEAC off my wish list. Added bonus is portability AND one people are usually not fully aware of : powering any digital device off batteries may well result in better overall SQ, as mains connected power supplies powering digital gear can inject full complement of digital nastities into your power line, making your other components connected to the same AC outlet perform under their maximum fidelity. Powering digital with batteries also usually results in lower jitter, another added bonus.

 

That acronym filled bottom of the case actually tells you pretty much everything you have to know about and how to connect and set up your computer/phone for the use of inano DSD DAC - instead of thick small format Operation Manual ( no doubt included with the unit ) I usually find hard to manipulate/read. Even if User Manual gets lost. Kudos to them for getting so much info in so small and so un-lost-able space !

 

I am really looking forward to first reviews, particularly shoot out with Teac U501 DSD DAC.

 

Good girls go to Heaven - bad girls go Everywhere. 

 

( or my way of saying why I prefer portable devices )

post #17 of 1750

interesting unit.  I preordered one.  looking forward to trying it out

post #18 of 1750

Hi,

So I am looking around the Music Direct Site, to see if there is anything to order and pick up at my trip to the US Office next week. What do I see?

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-161157-ifi-nano-idsd-dac.aspx

 

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-161151-ifi-nano-ican-headphone-amp.aspx

 

Too bad they are not shipping now. Then I'd pick up the headphone amp right away.

Cheers Rich

post #19 of 1750
although obviosly way early, this will be an interesting comparison to the geek pulse. ignoring the portability factor, it means in the next few months there will be some nice choices in afforable dad dacs.....
post #20 of 1750
I'm confused. How do I connect an iPhone 5 to this?
post #21 of 1750
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

I'm confused. How do I connect an iPhone 5 to this?

You would use a lightning connector cable. 

post #22 of 1750

Amazed that there hasn't been more buzz on this. I'd think this thread should be at least 30 pages long right now with the anticipation....

post #23 of 1750

Anyone got any news on this?  I'm looking to pick one up ASAP!!  I thought they were getting released in Dec.  if ANYONE can tell me where I can buy one in the UK I'd be highly grateful.

 

Thanks

post #24 of 1750

+1  

 

I'm very keen to acquire this too but iFi UK online stockists don't seem to have stock yet. 

 

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Originally Posted by Turrican2 View Post
 

Anyone got any news on this?  I'm looking to pick one up ASAP!!  I thought they were getting released in Dec.  if ANYONE can tell me where I can buy one in the UK I'd be highly grateful.

 

Thanks

post #25 of 1750
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Originally Posted by Turrican2 View Post
 

Anyone got any news on this?  I'm looking to pick one up ASAP!!  I thought they were getting released in Dec.  if ANYONE can tell me where I can buy one in the UK I'd be highly grateful.

 

Thanks

 

 

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Originally Posted by smial1966 View Post
 

 

Ditto.
 
Also does anybody know whether it will work at 24/96 with the ipad4 (currently using FLAC Player)??
post #26 of 1750
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post
 

 

 

 

Jason, it should play 24bit audio no probs, according to the specs...taken from their Facebook page.  I for one (having heard this device on my Samsung s3) am VERY excited about owning one.

 

 

 

post #27 of 1750

so this can only read DSD files, no mp3?

post #28 of 1750
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Originally Posted by murphythecat View Post

so this can only read DSD files, no mp3?

The ads say things like "all audio formats" so I would be shocked if mp3 isn't supported. I an psyched because I imagine the iDSD will also handle streaming audio from my phone
post #29 of 1750
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post #30 of 1750
if this can read mp3 this is just the easiest all in one solution for portable systems
wow
i nver cared much for portable system but for the money thats a no brainer
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