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D-Sensitise technology
D-Sense-iFi technology  (DST-12, DST-24) (easy for labelling on the ican if integrated)



ESP - Eliminate sensitivity problems
Edited by Turrican2 - 5/6/14 at 9:41am
post #302 of 445

iFi demper

iFi demping

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iControl (iControl Nano for -12db)

or

iRegulate (iRegulate Nano for -12db)

 

I decided that both of these names should be given a consideration because they're simple verbs that stick to people's minds, and flow nicely with iFi's other equipments (iCan, iDac, iPhono).

 

One thing to note is that they're verbs instead of the current train of thought that iFi uses to name their products which is by using nouns.

 

I figure this is a fresh way to shed off the old skin and grow out from the "new audio company" reputation to a much more mature (maturing?) company. Though in all honesty, I wish iFi has plans to move away from the 'iThings' naming scheme and produce original and non-derivative names.

 

Imagine hooking up the iCan to iControl or iRegulate Nano.

"I can control." "I can regulate nano." :etysmile:

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OK... I'm going to respond to this as an Electrical Engineer....

 

basically what we have here is a simple load applied to the output of an audio amplifier...

 

In Electrical Formula Format the simple load is defined as " Z " 

 

So again, very simply what we have here are two different loads " Z" so with this in mind

 

the correct answer is:

 

ifi iZ/12db

and

ifi iZ/24db

 

you can also simplify this further

 

ifi iZ12db

and 

ifi iZ24db

 

and in engineering terms its just a 12db load (Z) or a 24db load (Z)

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Lots of great ideas in this thread!

 

Here's what I've got so far (feel free to add or subtract an "i"):

 

iHush

iTemper

iLimit

iLevel

iBalance

iDissipate

iTame

iPoise

MolliFi

MODiRATE

iDapt

iCap

iDamp

iLliance

iCalm

iFi Synergy

iFi Harmony

iFi Serenity

iFi Placid

iFi Contrast

iFi Symbiosis

Snake Oil (anti-hiss potion? lol idk)

 

Good luck to everyone! I'm going to brainstorming over the next couple days... Cheers!

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After spending some time looking at the product page, its got to be... iTravel 

post #307 of 445

How about I-LO as in J-LO?

LOL

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Here's two more. Both have the idea of creating more flexibility in using iems with the iCan. 

 

iOption

iFlexible 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BlakeT View Post

 


 

Yeah, people do read.....  Take another close look at iFi's response, which you are quoting.


 

This is a naming contest for a NEW PRODUCT.  iFi states that "i" names are for PRODUCTS.


 

This is not a contest for naming a new feature of an existing product.  So, blame iFi for an imprecise response to the question.


Hi All,

 

A little background is in order to explain - so please bear with us here.

 

 

The picture below is of the exact iFi Attenuator that we had some customers beta test for us.

 

 

Here it is in the foreground (nano iCAN in background):

 

 


 

 

 

 

It was originally designed to be a "Feature" (perhaps more "Aftermarket Sales Accessory" in hindsight but we got a little excited and ASA is too wordy) for existing nano/micro iCAN customers.

 

But we needed a name as "Attenuator" is quite boring and they not usually known for good sonics.

 

However, we received a flood of emails from you and phone calls from our retailers (more from the USA than elsewhere) that non-iFi customers also wanted to buy the iFi attenuator. Heck, you saw the page jump! So we have been blown away.

 

After getting a few stressed out calls from people like Music Direct, we are now seriously considering whether or not we roll these into production for iFi customers only OR for everyone. Maybe we should run a poll?

 

We didnt have plans to make it as a product because it was intended to be a nice after-market extra for existing customers but we now have to seriously look into this - because of you guys  :bigsmile_face:

 

Again apologies for this as the situation was dynamic as opposed to static.

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/// iFi ...
 
Hisstiller
 
Gainverter
 
Hisstroyer
 
 
/// Or ...
 
iCap
 
iDub
 
iNode
 
 
/// Heading ...
 
No Gain, no Pain.
 
Not a sound in hissarray.
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Originally Posted by iFi audio View Post
 


Hi All,

 

A little background is in order to explain - so please bear with us here.

 

 

The picture below is of the exact iFi Attenuator that we had some customers beta test for us.

 

 

Here it is in the foreground (nano iCAN in background):

 


 

 

 

 

It was originally designed to be a "Feature" (perhaps more "Aftermarket Sales Accessory" in hindsight but we got a little excited and ASA is too wordy) for existing nano/micro iCAN customers.

 

But we needed a name as "Attenuator" is quite boring and they not usually known for good sonics.

 

However, we received a flood of emails from you and phone calls from our retailers (more from the USA than elsewhere) that non-iFi customers also wanted to buy the iFi attenuator. Heck, you saw the page jump! So we have been blown away.

 

After getting a few stressed out calls from people like Music Direct, we are now seriously considering whether or not we roll these into production for iFi customers only OR for everyone. Maybe we should run a poll?

 

We didnt have plans to make it as a product because it was intended to be a nice after-market extra for existing customers but we now have to seriously look into this - because of you guys  :bigsmile_face:

 

Again apologies for this as the situation was dynamic as opposed to static.

 

Make it available for all customers. Everybody wins that way. There aren't a lot of these attenuators on the market, and to have more to choose from is always a good thing.

 

Also reading though you post I'd like to add another suggestion for a name, "But we needed a name as "Attenuator" is quite boring and they not usually known for good sonics.", you could call it "Sub-Sonic" or "Super-Sonic", kind of has a ring to it.

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Make it available for all customers. Everybody wins that way. There aren't a lot of these attenuators on the market, and to have more to choose from is always a good thing.
True!
post #313 of 445
Quote:
Originally Posted by iFi audio View Post
 

We didnt have plans to make it as a product because it was intended to be a nice after-market extra for existing customers but we now have to seriously look into this

 

I have a hard time believing that a company that designs and sells small headphone products exclusively was designing a new small headphone product and did not even consider offering it for sale.

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Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
 

 

I have a hard time believing that a company that designs and sells small headphone products exclusively was designing a new small headphone product and did not even consider offering it for sale.

Well you have to remember their first venture was not headphones but larger scale stereo equipment.   This headphone focused venture is fairly recent and to an extent they are still trying to learn the market, although their first entries have been excellent so far. This isn't always the case with stereo oriented companies but they are good about taking customer feedback which helps.

 

  In a way I think this approach is beneficial since they have already included seemingly simple features that many people would want, but most headphone only manufacturers are too purist to integrate.  I.e. 3d Holographic, Xbass, and now standalone attenuators. 

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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post

 


 

I have a hard time believing that a company that designs and sells small headphone products exclusively was designing a new small headphone product and did not even consider offering it for sale.


Hi,

 

Good point! Some background.

 

 

The nano iCAN has been out since December and so has the nano iDSD.

 

 

What we under-estimated is that there are a lot of customers out there who retain the use of their high-sensitivity IEMs. These were ones they originally purchased for their iPhone/iPad and when they buy a headphone amp, they still largely stick with the same IEMs.

 

 

Just as a very simple example, the iPhone outputs 15mW. Any aftermarket headphone amp such as the nano iCAN puts out 150mW. This is 10x the power.

 

 

This is kind of mis-match gives rise to audible "hiss" and a volume control that hardly makes it past 9 o' clock. This of course is the same case with just about every headphone amplifier out there.

 

 

Hiss & low Vol Control = less than ideal.

 


 

So when our customers enquired with us about the "hiss" and we looked into this more, we found many used high-sensitivity IEMs with the nano iDSD/iCAN.

 

 

Our retailers suggested aftermarket attenuators but they replied that they dont have a good experience of the change in sound quality.

 

 

Rather than politely ask the customer to buy an alternative IEM/headphone, we offered to make the iFi Attenuators for them to use.

 

So we made a few prototype iFI Attenuators.

 

Then a few of you kindly posted your reviews of them here on Head-Fi and then the thing took on a life of its own. And here we are now!

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