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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. SteveOliver
    Yes that makes a lot of sense, from a convenience point of view, even if it doesn't get you the best possible "Audiophile" quality.

    I just had a look I'm not sure if there is anything available that will meet your requirements though. I will keep looking. :)
  2. SteveOliver
    Where did you read xDSD supported aptx HD?

    Std Aptx is very good to be honest, I don't think I could tell Aptx and Aptx HD apart in a blind test. But if I knew the connection was Aptx and the other end supported HD I wouldn't be happy either.
  3. gatucho
    I swear I will let go of this... eventually. But really, just follow my quote. It is from the OFFICIAL ifi post, by the official ifi person.

    In fact just Google this (literally): "The xDSD has pulled off the task" and you will find a few hits saying the EXACT same thing as the post I quoted.

    Either this is a gross mistake or a false marketing issue. I hope ifi would say something...
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  4. Rustodian
    This is the reason I got so excited about the xDSD... There are nemerous places online that quote aptx HD as being supported.
    Chord did a similar thing with Poly... Before I purchased, I read the user manual online and in there it stated full Tidal integration, meaning the app would see Poly as an output device... That was the reason I pulled the trigger! Official response was 'sorry, we're working on it.. No time frame'

    I'm definitely going to try the xDSD... Aptx will be good enough for wireless convenience, until aptx HD or LDAC are integrated into a decent portable headphone amp.
  5. Koolpep
    AptX is a 30year old standard HD version is at least at a higher Bitrate, don’t understand why they don’t use aac, it’s better and similarity open. But then Qualcomm marketing machine would be opposed haha.not saying aptX hd is bad at all, just it’s not the ideal either. Ldac seems to be the way to go.
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  6. gatucho
    Besides, I know that there isn't much difference between aptX classic and HD, but for me THIS was a deciding factor:

    Q5: more I/o options and true balance out
    Mojo: ultra clean output
    Xdsd: friggin aptX HD!
  7. Rustodian
    Thank you! That's much appreciated. This community is such a valuable resource!
  8. SteveOliver
    So @iFi audio is this device aptx HD or just aptx?
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  9. Yethal
    Or a HibyLink compatible music player like Shanling M1-M3 or Cayin N3
  10. SteveOliver
    No problem. :)

    BTW its not released yet but the Fiio BTR3 may be what you are looking for. It won't match the xDSD for sound quality and features, obviously as its going to be under £100 but it has aptx HD and LDAC.
  11. SteveOliver
    With the phone as the source for streaming Tidal to the M3s? I just tested my M3s as a Bluetooth music receiver it works well, I'm listening to it set-up now as I type this reply and it sounds good but its "only" Aptx too.
  12. Yethal
    Well, for Tidal specifically there is the Hiby R3, which supposedly is going to receive Tidal offline functionality in a firmware update.
  13. gatucho
    Why are better, just released, and even "flagships" (q5) dac/amps (I mean more powerful and better sq) being sold with lesser wireless support!?:face_palm:

    Crazy world I guess... jajaja
  14. SteveOliver
    We are completely off topic here, but that looks like a great DAP, I wouldn't buy it on the promise of Tidal offline appearing "one day" though.

    Tidal seem to be very protective of their music encryption, understandably and the decision on implementation of offline mode may even be out of their control.

    Also I believe Chord are trying to get offline support for Tidal in Poly too, if it happens for the Hiby R3 then I would imagine Chord will also implement it in Poly too. @Rustodian could then simply stick with the Chord Poly/Mojo.
  15. Hanesu
    Actually it uses AAC with Apple devices! You can read on the ifi-Homepage!
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