Wasn't sure I got it, hence the '(or is it that you'll cascade the iDAC and the iDSD ?)' part.
Got it now!
Looking for a preorder here in the US, which seems silly but - I know Music Direct carried the iFi iDSD Nano, but apparently the place to go is Avatar Acoustics here in the USA?
Wrote to them - hopefully that can happen...
3D Holographic for Speakers
3D Holographic for Headphones
All three of the above fall between the * and *** that you find on the iCAN and iTUBE.
Hope this helps.
Would using the Preamp bypass option eliminate the 3D and Xbass or can those still be switched into the circuit while bypassing the volume control? (will they be active through the RCA outs in bypass mode?)
XXHighend software upsamples to 768Khz and it normally works with a filterless dac (Phasure NOS1). iDSD has 3 selectable filters, maybe a 4th option (no filter) could be implemented to be paired with this special type of software (or others like HQplayer, etc...).
But if under Pre-amp + Eco mode, then can go to full volume and just about bypass yet can still employ 3D for Speakers and XBass.
Pre-amp + Normal or Turbo would give a lot more gain. But can still execute the same.
Cool. Very helpful there. I am excited by the iDSD as it will allow me to try the XBass and 3D effect that I like about the iCAN with my non-iFi tube amp.
Yesterday, we posted about the iPurifier inside of the micro iDSD.
Following-up from your previous concerns that CCK/OTG port may involve the use of an adapter but whilst this is an additional connector in the signal path, we would like to refer you back to the Global Master Timing/Jitterless Lite technology which along with the iPurifier means the micro iDSD has built-in technology that is second to none when it comes to addressing USB transmission issues.
We also promised to explain more in detail the thinking behind this port.
Addendum on the CCK/OTG Port
We thought long and hard about this feature and internally, this was a keenly-debated feature for micro iDSD.
Consider the following global trends:
How does one reconcile the above facts? Where have all the missing iPod users gone? It doesn’t make any sense, does it?
If we look closely, all those iPod users have switched to Smart Phones instead. Using a Smart Phone to replace the PAP makes a lot of sense actually:
Excellent user interface
Streaming via the mobile network is the future
If one has to carry an extra item, why not carry the best?
Disadvantages of the direct CCK/OTG connection
Nonetheless, we did foresee the disadvantages of this feature, namely for desktop user:
The micro iDSD will come with a understated but high-performing USB A-to-A cable (see below).
In our opinion, one can spend upwards of US$600 and get but diminishing returns is severe.
To add an adapter in the USB signal path is not ideal. However, if you recall, we have provided an overview of the micro iDSD’s technologies.
Both of these technologies more than compensate for the potential addition of a USB adapter and makes it far less of a compromise.
Hence from a sonic perspective, this lent extra weight to why we were happy to go with the CCK/OTG port.
So in the end it is was a toss-up between:
1. Maximum mobile friendliness but with a perceived slight compromise on the USB connection for desktop use.
2. No compromise on the USB connection for desktop use but mobile-friendliness not as good.
It was a tough design decision to make, but since we added GMT/Jitterless and iPurifier to minimise the effect of the USB cable and adaptor, we all agreed to go for maximum mobile-friendliness.
You may not agree with our reasoning, but we hope that at least now you understand our logic and justification.
Down the road, if you use your micro iDSD on-the-go more and more, we hope you warm to our thinking (if you are not already converted).
What Accessories are included in the micro iDSD box?"
Here you go (from top to bottom):
1. iFi velvet pouch
2. Silcone sheet with 2 x Silicone bands - situated between Smartphone+micro iDSD with silicone bands to hold firmly together
3. USB 3.0 cable (A plug > A socket)
4. Purple copper RCA cable
5. USB 2.0 cable (A plug 90 degree > A socket)
6. Silicone feet (white strip with 4 "feet")
7. Headphone adapter for (3.5mm>6.3mm)
8. Coaxial>Optical converter
9. USB 2.0 cable (A plug > A socket)
10. Jumper (3.5mm > 3.5mm) for Smartphone headphone out into 3.5mm in of the micro iDSD
11. USB Adapter (B socket > A socket)
Previously, we could not disclose the Accessories list until it was final, final and now it here - it pays to be patient cos we are pulling out every stop for you guys.
So after all of this, an adapter is not essential. Choices, choices,..have it your way.