iFi Audio iOne official thread - There can be only one!

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by ifi audio, Mar 3, 2017.
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  1. iFi audio
    You're right. iFi audio devices share our own proprietary tech, REclock/REbalance/REgen for example. Hence say digital treatment tools (different iPurifiers, iUSB3.0) work best not with our own products, but goods made by other manufacturers.

    To make this more understandable, our iUSB3.0 is the best and the most complex USB treatment tool we currently have (iGalvanic3.0 aside, that's a different story) and this product's functionality we weren't able to fit in i.e. iDSD BL. But the latter shares some tech with the former and its USB input is already treated to some extent, hence quite good on its own. This is the reason why after adding iUSB3.0 before iDSD BL the outcome is usually slight improvement. But DACs made by many different manufacturers? Now that's a completely different story...

    We could strip i.e. our DACs from some tech and say that in order to get the very best out of them, several complimentary products made by us have to be bought, yet we don't. Our mindset is different. We always push ourselves to cover as many bases as possible. We always aim to give our customers the best we are able to squeeze in a given chassis as usually that's the limiting factor.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
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  2. iFi audio
    Polish Audio Video Show
    ...and we'll be there !!!


    This event is the second biggest in Europe and this year's edition is the 20th anniversary. It starts soon ad we'll be there!

    • Poland, Warsaw
    • 17th - 19th of November 2017
    Where exactly?
    • PGE Narodowy Stadium, the headphones hall
    • Several listening stations, several iFi staff members, fine headphones too and... LOTS of iFi gear
    • Just like that :L3000: But seriously, we like the Polish event, the atmosphere in there is out of this world

    If you're around, please make sure to visit us!

    iFi Team
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  3. Sonic Defender Contributor
    Broken record here, but totally digging the iOne. Crazy how little one need spend to get excellent audio reproduction.
  4. superuser1
    HAHA i totally understand. The iOne is hooked to my home system and feeds the amp and a 2.1 setup beautifully. It indeed is amazing what this little thing can do!
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  5. cheungtsw
    Understand iOne is using one 1794 chipset. Anyone tried a dual 1794 dac from china?
  6. iFi audio
    If all records would've sounded just like your feedback, we could listen to them constantly. :L3000:
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  7. Sonic Defender Contributor
    If I wasn't so busy with school work I would take the time to review the iOne, I'm quite pleased. Hopefully I'll have time in the near future. I owned the iDSD Nano and was equally impressed so it seems to be an iFi trend.
  8. Ultrainferno
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  9. cheungtsw
    Will iOne be upgraded to MQA sooner or later? Thx.
  10. iFi audio
    We're looking into it.
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  11. rafaelo
    Very good review but I disagree with the bass comment. However, this rewiewer might still be correct within his context because he did this review without a speakers amplifier.

    I have also read in another review on the net (with an amplifier and speakers this time) claiming that bass is not enough with ione and I could not disagree more with that statement.

    Using the USB input with ione together with the raspberry pi or the USBridge + high quality RCA cable the bass rocks with my Tannoy DC6T. Before, I thought my Tannoys lack generally on bass department but now the bass is more than enough, a little bit more bass and my house will collapse. With Bluetooth the bass is less pronounced, and with the supplied RCA even less.

    On a different observation and surprisingly enough ipower through USBRIDGE makes the spdif input of ione to play even better which makes me do the hypothesis that there is more sound quality to be extracted with an even better power supply since usbridge may act as an additional filter on the given power supply. (Setup includes also a jitterbug in the chain)
  12. superuser1
    I use the iOne with a Cambridge Audio azur 840A amp connected to 2 floor standing speakers and a sub and i have never felt that the iOne has less bass.
  13. unclebrudy
    Hey all.

    I recently picked up the nano iOne because I was tired of waiting for the Eitr to get off backorder, and I have to say that was a blessing in disguise - this unit is phenomenal. I thought I'd have no use for the BT capability - and use it often now because it's convenient and great sounding. The Mimby it's feeding via S/PDIF had an almost black background before it - now it's black. Overall I'm extremely pleased with it.

    Question though. For $#!+$ and giggles I thought I'd test the iOne's own DAC against the Mimby, and found that I have some pretty severe static/buzz from the iOne's RCA outs. Using the same USB port and same USB cable (with the same RCA cable to the Lyr 2), the Mimby has the aforementioned almost black background (only when my Lyr 2 is near max volume and no musical output do I hear some extremely mild buzz) while the iOne has buzz, even when the volume is low. It's a combination of static buzz as well as PC-related (mouse movements, scrolling, CPU bin changes) buzz.

    Before I order some kind of USB isolator/decrapifier/etc. I'm wondering if this is just an expected shortcoming of the iOne. There's a lot of talk on iFi's site about noise countermeasures over USB but I'm finding it very poor when using it as a standalone DAC, USB in and RCA out. I've heard the Mimby's USB implementation isn't great, but in this case for whatever reason it has much less noise than the iOne.

    Thanks in advance.
  14. superuser1
    For what its worth I get zero hiss or static when connecting the iOne directly to the amp via RCA.
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  15. Sonic Defender Contributor
    Same for me, I go RCA into my amp and it is silent.
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