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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. seanwee
    Sometimes I wonder how natural sounding can be quantified.

    I play and tune my own piano so I know what a natural piano sounds like. But my perception of natural is from a performer's perspective, not a listener's perspective. Sound decays over distance so the perception of natural will differ for the listener.

    Some like the sound to simulate the feel of attending a performance but some like to be in the performance as if they're one of the performers. Personally I prefer the latter which tends to favor a thinner and more neutral sound.
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  2. Paulus XII
    This pretty much clarifies it to me. But are you talking about the xDSD wireless or wired?
  3. Paulus XII
    Any chance the xDSD could sound any better than the iBasso DX150? Anyone?
  4. Mimouille
    Wireless. Wired is not going to be night and day different.
  5. jsmiller58
    Just got my xDSD today. Only tested with a couple of cans so far. Initially I had some problems connecting via the USB port (BT was just fine), but I did the million monkeys thing and touched every possible button and plugged and unplugged everything in every possible combination and low and behold there was sound, and it was glorious!

    Will post some impressions in the next few days. Going to take this and some of my headphones to work to get the impression of some of my colleagues tomorrow. Should be fun!
  6. KaiserTK
    From listening to it on a few IEMs and some headphones, I can definitely say it makes the music more spacious. I really enjoyed these with the HD660S and the B400.
    But I also feel the periphery is lacking in energy (farther sounds seem to lack oomph and dissipate too quickly). Anyone else experience this?
  7. gugman
    never heard bluetooth sounding so good, bravo @iFi audio
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  9. melons
    On the back of KaiserTK's posted question, I'm using an AK70 Mkii (no coax nor optical out) playing flac with a pair of IE80S iem's (with FiiO RC-IE8B balanced cable) when out and about and it's (to my ears) a wonderful combination, but for home listening I prefer listening with OE's and have a pair of Sennheiser HD660S with CustomCans litz copper cable on a 3.5mm jack. The AK70 doesn't power the HD660S very well, so I've added a FiiO A5 which works as a short term fix but I'm not convinced that it's the perfect marriage, would the headphones perform better with a better headamp or is their performance limited by the AK70 itself.

    So I was wondering if replacing the A5 (purely an amp) with a DAC/Amp such as the xDSD improve their performance or should I wait for the headphone amp version launch. Having said that I'm not concerned about bluetooth as I'm a luddite who prefers getting tangled up in wires, also size/dimensions aren't critical as I only listen to the HD660S at home so it just has to be battery powered and portable within that environment (I mention this as I'm still considering a ifi Black Label option)
    Last edited: May 8, 2018
  10. Winston67
    Would this be an improvement over the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth receiver? I use the Audioengine to stream from my phone or computer to a nice Linn-based system. The Bluetooth works very well, and the DAC is supposedly pretty good. Would the new XDSD be an upgrade, or is it really intended for headphone applications?
  11. Devodonaldson
    Seeing as the xDSD has a line out mode that bypasses the internal amplificsampl and is then used solely as a DAC, I would say the device is definitely not JUST for headphone use
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  13. melons
    Screw it, I've opted for safe and just ordered the Micro iDSD BL instead (from Futureshop UK), will just have to get some bigger pockets
  14. alias71
    I just received the xDSD from Amazon. Great sound from my initial tests!
    I noticed mine arrived with several micro scratches on the front plate, and top/bottom metallic sides. The plastic part is perfect. Do you have the same problem?
    You have to look at it with the right light inclination to see them...
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
  15. Paulus XII
    The BL sounds like anything I've heard so far. Competing with the Chord Hugo 2 and even beating it in some aspects. It's the safer bet, yes. Anyways, I would love to hear the xDSD, since I would prefer to use Bluetooth outdoors.
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