Originally Posted by JWahl
Very nice. I wouldn't have caught that from the other picture. That Mini I-tube pre looks interesting as well. I can't help but wonder if there will be a revised I-link with the USB 3.0, or if the new Mini iDSD's USB implementation is at least equivalent to the standalone I-link. I'm assuming the USB 3.0 is to accommodate the higher bandwidth required for the 6.2mhz DSD. I'm not in much need of DSD myself but it is good to know it's futureproof in that regard.
Mini iTube - we'll let you know as soon as things are close to being soup.
The iDSD's SPDIF of course does not have JET and High SPDIF output as on the iLINK. The SPDIF out on the iDSD is mainly for the convenience of sharing one USB Source with the iDSD and with an existing SPDIF equipped DAC, at high, but not ultimate quality. It is easily comparable in quality with many USB->SPDIF converters around the price class of the iDSD.
The iLink is fully dedicated to being a pure SPDIF Source and uses pretty much the best and most extreme solutions for SPDIF in order to extract every possible iota of sound quality from the most DAC's.
USB3.0 is not needed for DXD and double-speed DSD, but it is the coming standard and hence we have included USB3.0 connectors in all new product developments.