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iFi Audio Pro iDSD discussion thread

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by jwahl, Jan 26, 2014.
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  1. vonBaron
    Yes i have pair WE396a but they don't work...
     
  2. jacofman
    Contact “bluesaint” on this thread. He set me up with two pairs of tubes that work and sound great. One is a different version of the tubes supplied by iFi and the others were a pair of the WE396a’s. Best of luck.
     
  3. bluesaint
    heh thx for the shoutout. I actually have a premium set of JW variant from early 1950's of the WE396a that I guarantee works with iDSD/iCAN PRO as I had them briefly in my own setup before selling the unit. Anyone interested can ping me.
     
  4. iFi audio
    They are a wee bit better, but also pricier in comparison to the GE5670.
     
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  5. xiamen
    The Pro iDSD layout does not make it easy to swap tubes. Very tight fit and have to be careful pushing the tube into the slot swith not a lot of base support. If they don't work, it is possible that you did not get it in properly. I would try again.
     
  6. vonBaron
    Yeah, at first two try it was very hard to take out GE5670 and put WE396A, i must wiggle tube around to take it out and put in. Itt's not user friendly tube swap.
    I tested WE396A just like IFI support say's, one by one and one tube is working ok and other one truns ICan red.
    I now wait for additional tube.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019
  7. iFi audio
    It wasn't designed to make it easy at a cost of small enclosure any bigger, but also not as tight to make tube swaps impossible.
     
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  8. PinkyPowers
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  10. Marutks
    This review says that Topping DX7 Pro sounds almost as good as iDSD. "only" 5 times cheaper
     
  11. PinkyPowers
    That's the reality of diminishing returns. If this comes as a surprise, you have much to learn about our hobby.
     
  12. xiamen
    Almost is never good enough :blush:
     
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  13. Sound Eq
    hi i have few questions:

    1- do the tube modes take effect on when the ifi idsd pro is used just as a dac when connected to ifi ican pro, or are the tubes only in effect from the headphone out of the ifi idsd pro

    2- what setting u advise when i want to use the ifi idsd pro as a dac to my stax amp, output mode( hifi or pro fixed or variable ) , as the stax amps i guess like to have dacs that have good power output

    3- what is the sync mode in the back on the right where the words DARS and Stand alone ... are
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2019 at 5:06 PM
  14. iFi audio
    Pro iDSD's headphone out and line out are based on the same circuit, there's no separate headphone amplifier in this product. And yes, tube modes are always active if you turn them on on the product's front panel.

    If your Stax amp has a volume control (and most likely it has it), you want to set your Pro iDSD in the Hifi fixed mode to bypass Pro iDSD's volume control. Fixed means volume control bypassed, variable means it's active.

    These settings are useful if you have a standalone word clock. Please see Pro iDSD manual, it's all explained in there.
     
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  15. Sound Eq
    thanks so much, i am enjoying the heck out of my idsd pro which i bought yesterday, just wow, what a great combo ifi ican pro and ifi idsd pro
     
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