- Mar 20, 2013
Understood and quite informative. So, in iFi's experience - and perhaps especially pertinent to the conversation since the release of the iDSD Pro and the iCAN Pro will roughly coincide with one another - running two Op-Amp components, inline, let's say a DAC and an HP Amp, does the compatibility of both device depend on how well the internals are implemented, individually, that dictates how synergistic the two components are?
That is to say, if I've had poor experience with running two device, one as a DAC/pre-amp, and one as an HP amp, could it be because the internal implementation of one device is skewed just enough that the audio comes out slightly "off," in turn? Or, is it the mix-and-match approach of trying gear from different manufacturers, and expecting them to synergize, that is the problem?
For sure it depends mostly on implementation.
Many designers when implementing Op-Amps (or DAC Chips for that) never really look what is going on inside.
They just take a "datasheet" circuit, cookiecutter style and then swap Op-Amps around (or not) until it more or less sounds like they want (which may or may not be what others want or like).
Also, one thing that differs with AMR/iFi is that we have a team of lead designers - each with their own strengths and experience. If there is only one lead designer, that product tends to go down a certain path based upon the strengths/weaknesses of that one person.
More in the next part...