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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. docentore
    I need to say this again that ifi CS is fantastic.
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  2. RockStar2005
    Yes, I completely agree! I opened a ticket late last night on iFi's website, and they responded by late morning today. FANTASTIC!! :L3000:
  3. iFi audio
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  4. docentore
    This probably was answered before - but could someone help me with getting MQA rendering on desktop app in Win10? Whatever I do the led is still green. I have the Passthrough MQA option on.

    EDIT: got it sorted
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  5. dcime
    Hi All Fellow head-fi IfI Xdsd owners. I need a little help. First off this device is so entertaining and fun to use. The silence level background with finely articulated notes is astounding. It's really very entertaining to listen to each instrument on such a wide soundstage. I've never experienced this level of listening ever. I love it! I'm currently using my Philips Fidelio X2HR and they are amazing!
    I never really believed burn in on DAC's and such was a relevant thing. Headphones yes I believe. No placebo effect there. However I definitely experienced it with the xDSD. After about 60-80 hours I feel like the unit has better overall all around performance. Certainly with high res pcm files, and MQA.
    So please enlighten me in this regard:
    I am using the xDSD mainly on a Note 9. I was informed by tech support for another nameless DAC that UAPP is very important. I was told to use UAPP to bypass any Android internals. The UAPP app picks up all the pieces, so to speak, and pushes it out to my USB input OTG on Note 9. That was the proper way to listen.
    I find that it is mostly true, troubling is the occasional cut outside less than nano second while playing MQA only.
    Today I used the OTG to the xDSD without using UAPP. I had success with Master playback, or so it seems. I noticed that Master playback is the "thing" with Tidal direct OTG. I did not find MQA really available, just full on playback of Master quality tracks. It is very enjoyable that way as well.
    My question...Do I need to use UAPP for MQA files or can I simply bypass that with better sounding Master tracks via OTG from the xDSD to my Note 9. I had no blips whatsoever that way. Please fellow Head-fi experts, tell me what is the best route to go and why. I really need some easy to follow help. I watched the iFI video fir MQA playback and it was straight OTG no UAPP. Master tracks as it was explained, played as the MASTER logo lit up a tan brown color in Tidal, as demonstrated in the video. Please give me any help, input regarding the best way to playback Tidal Bit Perfect files via OTG.
    A Huge Thank You In Advance!
  6. dcime
    It seems Poweramp is a possible alternative?
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  7. Bansaku
    Much like Bitperfect or Audirvana, UAPP simply forces the audio to bypass the device's internal signal processing, allowing for higher bit/sample rate files to be processed natively by the DAC. If you like the UAPP player keep using it. It really matters not what player you use for MQA, as long as MQA is being received and decoded properly by the xDSD. :metal::sunglasses:
  8. dcime
    Yes UAPP has many positive qualities. I just installed Poweramp Trial. Plays DSD files beautifully. Tells me its playing to the xDSD and how as well. Very nice but no Tidal support .
  9. Bansaku
    To put forth an alternative, try Neutron. Like Poweramp, it has no Tidal support but handle everything else like a champ, and to my ears produced the best sounding audio out there.
  10. Paddy
    Hey guy i just recently got Tidal to compare with Spotify and am using the XDSD with my HEX v2. The problem i'm noticing is that the KHZ led is always green no matter if i play spotify or masters setting in Tidal which means i'm only streaming low quality, does anyone know why this is as i thought the KHZ Led will change to reflect the higher format being streamed.
  11. Bansaku
    What's your source? :thinking:
  12. dcime
    With UAPP app, and xDSD via OTG, I am getting full MQA playback. Color led turns to magenta, a purple red. With the Tidal app I am streaming Master Quality so really it's the same. Also I am using latest firmware 5.30 which enables MQA. 5.20 is PCM only. Both really amazing. Poweramp is amazing too O am trying it out now for last hour or so. PCM.
  13. Paddy
    Using on my desktop pc connect via usb. I was using bluetooth which does the exact same, the KHZ has ALWAYS been green. This might be the reason i hear NO difference between Tidal and Spotify
  14. dcime
    Samsung Note 9 OTG to xDSD. :relieved:
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  15. Paddy
    I also use the OTG with my note 10 plus and still the KHZ for spotify on extreme and Tidal masters is green so does this mean i'm essentially streaming low quality music?
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