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Poll Results: What % of your listening is Desktop vs Portable? (click on ONE answer please)

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    Desktop (100%)
  • 36% (49)
    Desktop (75%) & Portable (25%)
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    Desktop (50%) & Portable (50%)
  • 17% (24)
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post #196 of 2344
So is a second micro iDSD "Pure DAC" option totally out of the question then?

By omitting the headphone amp and volume control, you could move the filter switch to the front and leave space on the rear for a coaxial or optical input.

This version might cost less or perhaps use higher quality components. It would certainly fit better into the range alongside iUSBPower, iTUBE and iCAN whereas the all-singing all-dancing version is really a separate class of product.
post #197 of 2344
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by technobear View Post

So is a second micro iDSD "Pure DAC" option totally out of the question then?

By omitting the headphone amp and volume control, you could move the filter switch to the front and leave space on the rear for a coaxial or optical input.

This version might cost less or perhaps use higher quality components. It would certainly fit better into the range alongside iUSBPower, iTUBE and iCAN whereas the all-singing all-dancing version is really a separate class of product.

 

Hi,

 

We had a high-level meet at the weekend and this was brought up.

 

Watch this space...and a few other goodies coming this way.

post #198 of 2344

Hi Vince.

 

1. Headphone

2. Battery

3. AC

4. 3D

5. Volume

6. One rubber foot

post #199 of 2344

More goodies? Hip hip hoorah!

post #200 of 2344
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by osborne62 View Post
 

Hi Vince.

 

1. Headphone

2. Battery

3. AC

4. 3D

5. Volume

6. One rubber foot

 

Hi,

 

1, 2, = yes.

 

3. Is for the "mini" series as this micro "series" is portable/desktop.

 

4. The 3D Holographic - has been tabled by many.

 

5 Analogue Volume Control remains (because Digital Volume control = must convert to PCM. So won;t play DSD natively)

 

6. All iFi units ship with 4 silicone feet out in each box. We're unsure as to the utility of one rubber foot! :blink:

post #201 of 2344
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Originally Posted by iFi audio View Post
 

 

Only the moment of tranquillity before the lightning strikes!

 

 

Update: the cat is outta the bag! It has gone live....

 

AMR/iFi - Thorsten Loesch Grilled Down to the Silicon-Die Level

In an exclusive interview with Michael Lavorgna of AudioStream, Thorsten Loesch lifts the lid on:

- his atypical audio education (when he was 12, he built a 100W hifi system for his school project)
- his thoughts on the whole DSD vs PCM recording/playback subject
- why tubes are lovely
- the future of HD audio
- why he is a qualified "Tonmeister" 
and a few other audio-related issues in-between!

 

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/qa-thorsten-loesch-amrifi

or here:

https://www.facebook.com/iFiAudio

 

This was a very exciting and informative read, this article stays bookmarked for reference in digital audio playback, human hearing and "audiophile" living in East Germany (I grew up there myself and my first experiences in high end gear was rather limited due to the market there but my dad had one of those tube Stern radios!) Sorry for going of topic but it brought back old memories...


Edited by roamling - 4/8/14 at 1:38am
post #202 of 2344
FiiO and iBasso DAP all supports coxial out wouldnt it be nice to have a coxial in for micro iDSD to furthur improve those DAPs?
post #203 of 2344
Quote:
Originally Posted by technobear View Post

So is a second micro iDSD "Pure DAC" option totally out of the question then?

By omitting the headphone amp and volume control, you could move the filter switch to the front and leave space on the rear for a coaxial or optical input.

This version might cost less or perhaps use higher quality components. It would certainly fit better into the range alongside iUSBPower, iTUBE and iCAN whereas the all-singing all-dancing version is really a separate class of product.

 

I would second this. I already own the iCAN and iUSB Power. I would rather have the best possible sounding line-outs possible to run into my iCAN over the myriad of features. I understand popular demand is driving this thing, but to me you should just make the best possible sounding DAC you can: an absolute, stripped down, hot rodded little DAC that fills its niche in the ifi device structure. Maybe you could make a special "AMR Edition" micro iDSD that is focused purely on the RCA outs rather than the bells and whistles.

post #204 of 2344
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Originally Posted by KmanChu View Post
 

 

I would second this. I already own the iCAN and iUSB Power. I would rather have the best possible sounding line-outs possible to run into my iCAN over the myriad of features. I understand popular demand is driving this thing, but to me you should just make the best possible sounding DAC you can: an absolute, stripped down, hot rodded little DAC that fills its niche in the ifi device structure. Maybe you could make a special "AMR Edition" micro iDSD that is focused purely on the RCA outs rather than the bells and whistles.

I third this idea. I also already have the iTube and the iUSB Power, and would love a pure DAC version of the micro iDSD to fit into this chain.

post #205 of 2344

the thing that i am most curious about right now: when you look at the way the micro iUSB is designed, with dual USB out and the Gemini cable with a dual USB on one side...

 

would it actually make sense to make the input on the other side a split input as well (USB input power only plus USB input power+audio)? (of course you would need a USB cable with dual USB plugs on both sides)

 

If there are any sonic improvements (?) keeping the USB signal split up all the way into the device then why not. 

if there is ever going to be a stand alone micro iDSD DAC, that could be part of that design.

post #206 of 2344

Haven't been following the thread closely --- what will the headamp be based around?

 

IIRC, the iCAN and iDAC were TPA6120 and MAX97220 based, respectively. Since these are all modern IC based headphone amplifiers (well, for the iCAN, the TPA6120A2 was supposedly used just as a current buffer, utilized some kind of inductive trick to avoid the use of 10 ohm resistors for current stability), would iFi be willing to consider trying out new parts, such as the ES9601? On top of being very, very high performance in terms of specifications (122 dB SNR, -117 dB THD+N), it seems to be designed for mobile use, and draws power from single 3.3V rails (stepped up via an integrated charge pump) and eliminates DC blocking caps, so it'd be suitable for being powered by an USB power supply. On top of that, the 20-QFN package is really, really small, allowing space for other components. Other details are sparse on this yet-to-be-released part, but I assume it has good PSRR and all that jazz as well.


Edited by tomscy2000 - 4/8/14 at 2:20am
post #207 of 2344

Still pushing for the ESS I see ;), would be nice to see someone pick it up by now but does it hits the market yet?

 

Actually I think iDAC uses MAX9722, not the more powerful MAX97220.

post #208 of 2344

Hi there,

Coaxial or toslink input is needed to connect to Satellite receiver's digital output.

post #209 of 2344

هرچی می تونید روش امکانات اضافه کنید ما بیشتر استقبال می کنیم

 

Google Translate: Whatever method you can add the features we're most welcome

post #210 of 2344

It will be great if you make them in other colors as well.

The body comes just in silver but it is not set with all the systems, pls make other colors as well, yellow, black etc.

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