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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. Yethal
    I'm considering switching from the micro to this unit. I used the micro as a portable unit for a few months but in the end I grew tired of carrying this brick in my bag wherever I go.
     
  2. technobear
    There is no channel imbalance in the xDSD and the noise floor is extremely low.
     
  3. Fawzay
    Hmm, should i return my fiio q5 and get this?
     
  4. Mimouille
    No you should delete you head-fi account, turnnoff your computer, enjoy the music and never come back. Otherwise it will be too late.
     
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  5. Fawzay
    Lol true dat i got wat u mean
     
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  6. alphanumerix1
    No.
     
  7. Giraku
    I tested xDSD with 64 Audio Tia Fourte and U18t and found no problem driving them, although they are not super sensitive type of IEMs.
     
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  8. dannyvstheworld
    Thank you. I heard that the micro has some channel imbalance before 9 o'clock, though you could always switch the power mode or turn on the iEMatch to fix it; since the xDSD has the same analog volume control but doesn't have different power modes or iEMatch as far as I know, I was a bit concerned about pairing it with high sensitivity IEMs, but it looks like it works pretty OK for both of you.
     
  9. Giraku
    No, I did not experience any channel imbalance when I turned it down to blue volume (less than 18%), though as the volume was so low it was a bit difficult to listen. I'm a loud listener.
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
  10. technobear
    No, it doesn't!

    As has already been said, the xDSD features an analogue stepped attenuator chip controlled by pulses from the volume knob. The micro iDSD uses a traditional rotary pot.
     
  11. dannyvstheworld
    Indeed! I was just reading the tech notes of xDSD from iFi site, which describes the new volume control system:

     
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  12. iFi audio
    In theory... there is no difference between theory and practice:ksc75smile:.

    On a more serious note, integrating xDSD's volume control with a PC's volume control via USB is not advisable, as there is no feedback mechanism that allows the latter to be synced to the internal device volume.

    So a PC overrides local volume on plugin (quite possibly to 100%), disallows the on-device volume control to turn the volume down and only setting volume via this PC will work.
     
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  13. iFi audio
    Instead of iEMatch, we've included our proprietary 'Cyberdrive' circuitry for amplification/volume/power supply. In effect alternatives for eco mode and iEMatch are built-in and engaged automatically when the volume is lowered far enough.

    The volume control has a range of 101dB selectable in 1dB steps with precise volume matching between left and right. If turned slowly via single ticks, volume adjustment will work in 1dB steps and if done very fast (full turn) a 44dB step will occur.

    The highest sensible volume setting with a maximum level digital signal will produce around 3.8V into 300 ohm headphones (around 115dB SPL with Sennheiser HD820), while a setting at -50dB (directly in the middle of the adjustment range) will produce 0.012V with IEM's (or 90dB SPL with a Shure SE-535). So ALMOST any headphone and IEM should be accommodated.

    xDSD's amplifier noise floor equivalent of eco mode is low enough that even with super sensitive BA IEM's (at 128dB/1V) the background noise is a mere whisper as quiet or quieter than most quiet rooms.

    So only the most out of this world sensitive IEM's would need iEMatch. We elected to leave this function out for ease of use. If the noise from the xDSD proves still too high, you can always add either Earbuddy or iEMatch to your IEMs at a fairly modest cost.
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
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  14. Giraku
    Thank you, @iFi audio, for the detailed explanation about the volume. This is great to accommodate wide range of HPs and IEMs. But at the same time, dynamic range suitable for either sensitive IEMs or power hungry HPs is rather small. For example, my ADX5000 (420 ohms, 100 dB/mW) needs red volume level (>=91%), which means only 10% of adjustable range. For the next version, please bring back a gain hi / lo switch. Nonetheless, this is a technical marvel. It's similar to Mojo in size but sounds closer to Hugo 2. Great product, iFi!!!
     
  15. elira
    Are the steps too big? ie it's too quiet and the next one too loud.
     
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