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

Poll expired: Apr 22, 2014  
  • 22% (30)
    Desktop (100%)
  • 36% (49)
    Desktop (75%) & Portable (25%)
  • 18% (25)
    Desktop (50%) & Portable (50%)
  • 17% (24)
    Desktop (25%) & Portable (75%)
  • 5% (7)
    Portable (100%)
135 Total Votes  
post #436 of 2344
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Originally Posted by roamling View Post
 

no your not:wink_face:  ... i was wondering about that as well, it might be on the bottom of the unit like on the micro iCan. If the headphone section has the same power and voltage rating as the iCan it would really need one in my opinion. As i mentioned in a post earlier my HD650 runs at sufficient volume on the iCan with 0db gain.  I do tend to listen at lower levels so others might use the 10db or even 20db gain on the iCan but of course the iCan was also revised to have a gain switch by user feedback. 

but for IEM or easier to drive headphone, it may be an issue. I believe we all want a single amp/DAC that get the job done well instead of switching around everytime :) 

post #437 of 2344

I hope there's a gain switch and at low gain, there should be no hiss with very sensitive IEMs.

post #438 of 2344
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

but for IEM or easier to drive headphone, it may be an issue. I believe we all want a single amp/DAC that get the job done well instead of switching around everytime :) 

exactly, thats what i meant, there should be a gain switch for example when using IEMs. My example with the Sennheiser HD650 is there to show that without a gain switch and a preset default gain it might be to loud for sensitive headphones.  

post #439 of 2344
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Originally Posted by roamling View Post
 

exactly, thats what i meant, there should be a gain switch for example when using IEMs. My example with the Sennheiser HD650 is there to show that without a gain switch and a preset default gain it might be to loud for sensitive headphones.  

:ph34r: hehe misread it sorry xD

 

and I also have experience with getting static shocked by my E09K for touching the gain switch, hope the iFi iDSD doesn't have the problem 

post #440 of 2344
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

 

so I assume there is no gain switch for micro iDSD? @.@ 


 

am I the only one who kept on staring at the PCB? hehe


The iDSD micro will not have a Gain switch in the classic sense of the word. We are working on smarter ways to match the Headphone Amplifier to different headphones. If it comes off, you'll like it.

post #441 of 2344
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Originally Posted by iFi audio View Post
 


The iDSD micro will not have a Gain switch in the classic sense of the word. We are working on smarter ways to match the Headphone Amplifier to different headphones. If it comes off, you'll like it.

Can I try to have a guess?  Is it using the volume knob as an alternative?  

post #442 of 2344
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

Can I try to have a guess?  Is it using the volume knob as an alternative?  

I assume it would be something like the auto-adjusting gain that is used in Graham Slee headphone amps, the higher the headphone impedance of the headphone the higher the gain that is provided by the amp, just a wild guess of course....

post #443 of 2344
Thread Starter 

You asked for more competitions and prizes - we hear you!


 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/695086/ifi-nano-ican-name-that-feature-competition-nano-ican-or-1-head-fi-rated-micro-ican-up-for-grabs


 


 


 

Latest Update: 29th April

We have developed some exclusive attenuators for iFi customers who use very high-sensitivity IEMs with the nano iCAN, nano iDSD and micro iCAN. There are two versions: -12dB and -24dB.


 



 

We are running a competition for the next 10 days (close: Saturday 10th May GMT: 21.00).


 

Should you accept this mission, your objective is simple.


 

i. Think of a name/names instead of "attenuator"


 

ii. Post your suggestion/s in this thread


 

iii. The top 3 most-liked names - chosen by the iFi senior team of Thorsten et al will win:


 

#1 micro iCAN (rrp Euro259) (Ranked Number 1 headphone amp on Head-Fi!)

#2 nano iCAN (rrp Euro169)

#3 nano iCAN (rrp Euro169)


 

Best of luck to all of you!


 

Any questions, just ask away.


Edited by iFi audio - 4/29/14 at 10:18am
post #444 of 2344

iRegulator

post #445 of 2344
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HiFiRobot View Post

 

iRegulator


Damm you are fast!

 

Sorry but could we trouble you to please post over on the nano iCAN thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/695086/ifi-nano-ican-name-that-feature-competition-nano-ican-or-1-head-fi-rated-micro-ican-up-for-grabs

 

As this is relating to the nano iCAN.

post #446 of 2344
Uhh, what's an attenuator? 😊
post #447 of 2344
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjas406 View Post

Uhh, what's an attenuator? 😊


Just answered over at:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/695086/ifi-nano-ican-name-that-feature-competition-nano-ican-or-1-head-fi-rated-micro-ican-up-for-grabs

 

Check it out!

post #448 of 2344
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Originally Posted by iFi audio View Post
 

1) Pure Desktop accounts only for 22% in the poll and likely of these some also use Headphones and would like an amp. Also, Japan is a core market for us and there, portable-use is compulsory. Looking ahead, the Smart Device + DAC = high-end audio is a track that we are firmly convinced of.

 

2) From the poll, some 78% of poll respondents expressed some amount of portable use, so we have no plans to limit ourselves to a "desktop only" version. We have the micro iDAC for that (and even that can be used on the road as it is USB-powered).

 

Hi, with all due respect these are polls you got off of a forum that is primarily headphone oriented so of course they will be skewed towards headphone/portability use.  But the fact that at least 22% of the people who voted 100% desktop on a headphone forum should speak quite a bit to you (not to mention there are a few posts from people on here asking that you leave out the head phone amp and other doo-dads should say something as well).  Say you posted this on Steve Hoffman's forums which is more 2.1 channel stereo and home theater based I'm thinking you may get different results.

 

I'm not saying that you should change the specs for this particular device as that would be ridiculous at this point, however what I'm trying to say is that there is a market for a statement DAC sans headphone jacks and other doo-dads that can fit in somebody's audio rack and their entire digital system could be centralized around it such as PS Audio's PWD or DirectStream, Rega's DAC, etc. However iFi kicks butt in price catagories and your strong point is performance/price that the others IMO don't match.  That's all I'm saying ... ;)


Edited by 66Triumph - 4/29/14 at 10:48am
post #449 of 2344
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Originally Posted by 66Triumph View Post
 

 

Hi, with all due respect these are polls you got off of a forum that is primarily headphone oriented so of course they will be skewed towards headphone/portability use.  But the fact that at least 22% of the people who voted 100% desktop on a headphone forum should speak quite a bit to you (not to mention there are a few posts from people on here asking that you leave out the head phone amp and other doo-dads should say something as well).  Say you posted this on Steve Hoffman's forums which is more 2.1 channel stereo and home theater based I'm thinking you may get different results.

 

I'm not saying that you should change the specs for this particular device as that would be ridiculous at this point, however what I'm trying to say is that there is a market for a statement DAC sans headphone jacks and other doo-dads that can fit in somebody's audio rack and their entire digital system could be centralized around it such as PS Audio's PWD or DirectStream, Rega's DAC, etc. However iFi kicks butt in price catagories and your strong point is performance/price that the others IMO don't match.  That's all I'm saying ... ;)

I would love to see such a statement pure DAC from iFi with killer price/performance which would fit between my iTube and iUSBPower. Just saying too...

post #450 of 2344

How about iGedan?  Gedan means "lower" in Japanese.

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