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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. jsmiller58
    Sorry - I am positive if I read the full thread - or even skim the pages - I will find what I am looking for... And I will tonight. But in the interim if someone will do me a solid...

    Would you recommend this for someone who wants a portable DAC/amp that does not care about (for now, anyway) the BT functionality? I have many IEMs (SE846 being my favorites) and full sized cans (too many to mention but from easy to drive th-x00 to harder to drive DT1990 Pro).

    I should note that I went in on the Kickstarter Hidizs HD1000 so that will come my way. But like we wouldn't have one pair of IEMs or headphones, why would we have one portable DAC/amp? :)

    If not the xdsd, what else should I look for in the $300-$600 range?
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
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  2. Mimouille
    Thanks a lot, you almost convinced me to get a used intruder and then I checked old reviews saying it was very prone to RF sounds from wifi / phone and I gave up the idea. Do you use mostly iems or headphones?
     
  3. iFi audio
    Folks, a word about Bluetooth.

    We will be the first to note that even with all the effort we have put into xDSD's design, Bluetooth is beaten by a wired connection.

    However, as our xDSD is aggressively portable, to offer a way of cutting the wires was very important to us.

    The Bluetooth connection should be seen as a way to cut the wires where convenience is the most important, while retaining most of the audio quality.

    In comparison to any wired device a wired connection should be used and xDSD's Bluetooth functionality should be compared to other Bluetooth devices, not to wired USB only products, even if we ignore pricing.

    Thanks!
     
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  4. Mimouille
    From brief comparison, I don't feel it is a night and day difference...
     
  5. iFi audio
    It shouldn't be.
     
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  6. ngoshawk
    Hey no problem. And sorry if my response came off a bit brash. As for you Q, I use mostly IEM’s UM Maestro V2, 64Audio U8, CA Jupiter, FLC8S. The headphones I do use (and have used testing all three but with MUCH less time) are the Elear and Grado GH-2. I am indeed a very lucky man to have those...I would say my time is probably 85/15 IEM/HP.
     
  7. ngoshawk
    Agreed, and that is a big part of what my further testing will include. This critter is good..very good.
     
  8. jsmiller58
    OK, zero, and I mean zero impulse control. Bought on Amazon...!!
     
  9. Mimouille
    Hum interesting. And the intruder is good with iems and silent. Will check it out thanks
     
  10. gugman
    @iFi audio questions 1,2 and 3 were meant for you :wink:
     
  11. technobear
    There is no standard for 2.5mm balanced connections. You will need to get the pinout information from your headphone manufacturer.

    For the xDSD, it is as follows:

    Tip - Left+
    Ring - Right+
    Ring - Left-
    Sleeve - Right-

    If your headphone uses the same pinout then there are many suitable adapters available via the usual suspects.

    If your headphone is different, you will need to contact a cable maker or make your own.
     
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  12. iFi audio
    :beerchug:

    As for your questions:

    1. What you need is 3.5mm TRRS to 2.5mm TRRS.

    2. 5V 1A will do just fine, 5V 1.5A will charge the device a bit faster.

    3. You can absolutely use the xDSD while charging, or when fully charged on USB power. No problem at all, doing it all the time.

    If you actually have the xDSD permanently attached to USB Power it will enter "Desktop" mode after the first time the battery is charged fully and the unit is turned off. In desktop mode the battery is charged to ~ 70% and kept in maintenance mode.

    This state is maintained until the unit enters battery power mode (unplugged or turned on on battery).

    4. We can not say as we are not the vendor, however we use USB Audio Player Pro. It is bit-perfect for our needs. As long as the player is bit-perfect then all is good.


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    And... hot damn! According to Kakaku.com, our xDSD sits on the very top in Japan in two rankings, portable amps and amplifiers in general.

    http://kakaku.com/kaden/headphone-amp/ranking_2073/

    http://kakaku.com/kaden/p-headphone-amp/ranking_V011/
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2018
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  13. ngoshawk
    Holy buckets Santana sounds nice...

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    Just received the U12t, so only 10 min in. But my goodness this is nice...
     
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  14. SteveOliver
    I can only imagine, perhaps one day. Looks very nice though, thanks for posting a picture. :)
     
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