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Does xCAN have a iEMatch function inside?
I found xDSD got that.
I can hear some white noise of xCAN with any IEMs.
I think 2.5 balanced is noisier than 3.5 unbalanced.
The 2.5mm balanced output is always a bit more noisy than the unbalanced output
At least my DAP opus#1s has no noise with 2.5 balanced ouput.
I also have and reviewed it
Interesting enough, xCan isn't quite as isolated from hiss as xDSD is, I noticed almost no hiss with xDSD.
with xCan, it does have almost 1W on the balanced output, which is quite high... Not even #1S doesn't have 1W in Balanced mode.
I'm not talking about output power.
xCan has white noise itself even in low volume and mute mode during no play.
Yes, we call that hiss with hiss-sensitive IEMs usually
No, it uses the same tech as xDSD. It has lower noise on the 3.5mm SE out than earlier iFi devices.
It depends on IEMs, specifically their sensitivity and also volume settings. xCAN has up to 18dB gain with volume turned up all the way, thus would produce a lot of noise when using sensitive IEM's.
Balanced circuits involve two amplifier circuits instead of one. This doubles the output voltage and up to four times the power of single-ended connections, but also produces twice the noise.
With given IEMs or headphones, xCAN's balanced connection will thus have double the noise.
The difference between aptX and aptX HD is negligible an practically inaudible. LDAC, on the other hand, may offer better sound quality, but it requires hardware powerful enough to support it. Compatibility can be added on the source side (they did with Android 8.0 Oreo), so I guess it may be added to receiving devices, too, under certain circumstances (e.g. compatible chips) - but please take this with a pinch of salt as I'm not an expert in the field.
Courtesy of @royneo selling his 2nd hand (and kindly shipping it to NZ), I’ve joined the club.
Currently playing through Bluetooth with Shure SRH1540s through balanced:
I’m using an iPhone too, so not even aptX, and it sounds good (with Onkyo HF player app and FLAC files).
Liking the “presence” setting, I don’t think I’ll ever need as much bass as the “bass” setting delivers. Jeepers and I thought I was a bass head at least with the SRH1540s and my other cans of B&W P7s they’re already pretty bass heavy anyway.
Actually while waiting for this to arrive a store I sometimes buy from, Minidisc, had an Easter sale so I finally ordered a Cowon P2 Mk II which I’ve been eyeing for some time. I’m old school and mainly just listen to pre-bought files loaded into a DAP, but I figured these would be a good combo to use the xCAN via Bluetooth when I’m checking out new music online or playing something new via Bandcamp. And I’ll also make use of the 2.5mm balanced output of the P2 plus 2.5mm balanced amplification from the xCAN for a bit of extra juice if I use more demanding cans. Added bonus will be redundancy in case I end up with no battery on the P2, can turn to the xCAN
In case anyone's interested, I have published my iFi xCAN review - and please let me tell you that this is a device that deserves anyone's love. I like it to the point I was sad to see it go back to iFi
Cool stuff, thank you!
Just finished our xCAN review. Lovely performer, especially with sensitive headgear.
Thanks! Great job!
I know it may have been a while since you returned the review units, but could you share any further thoughts on the xDSD + xCAN stack? Is there a notable difference in sound from either unit alone? I’m guessing you had the xDSD set to line out mode, to bypass the xDSD amp section and try to get the best of both worlds with the xDSD DAC section + xCAN amp section. Just wondering if there’s any difference in sound other than just more power.