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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. jsmiller58
    I am thinking that this could be the case... the connector at the xDSD definitely has a lot of play!

    I have a bunch of tape around here somewhere...!
  2. Rustodian
    Hey guys. I have connected my xDSD to my PC, via the blue USB cable supplied, purely to hear what the MQA files sound like through the Tidal desktop app, but for some reason, there is very heavy static and pops.
    I have a Hugo2, which I use for my desktop listening, and there is no problem when it is connected up to the same USB port.

    I'm not particularly worried about it, because I bought the xDSD purely for the bluetooth connection, connected to my S8+ for commuting, but I'm curious as to what the problem might be.
    Any ideas?

  3. melons
    Well that was a waste of time, my interest in ifi has come to an abrupt & premature end. Was suckered in to pay for an iDSD BL from an ifi authorised UK dealer (one who pops up at the top of any Google search) who presents their products as 'Available' on their webshop (implying they are amply stocked), take payment and accept additional 'next day' carriage payment, but then after accepting your payment define 'available' to the n'th degree of it's lawful definition, as they don't hold stock. Been let down on delivery dates twice now (once automated response, second verbal promise), their customer service has been appalling and certainly a proactive failure. I'm asking for a full refund tomorrow and find myself even considering purchasing a Hugo, please God I don't want to buy a Hugo!
  4. Rustodian
    FutureShop did the same thing to me when I bought a pair of Astell & Kern Roxanne II IEMs. I had to chase them up, because the next day delivery didn't arrive, and found out they didn't have them in stock.
    I did buy my XDSD from them last week ... Hope it wasn't my purchase that messed yours up!

    Ps... I have a Hugo2... And it's better than the xDSD (which is a brilliant itself!)
  5. erich6
    The reason why you get 96 kHz / 24 bit on our laptop is because the Tidal desktop app DOES support MQA and performs the first unfold in software so you don’t need an MQA decoder (you still need a renderer if you want higher than 96 kHz). I’m not as familiar with your mobile setup but I don’t think the mobile Tidal app actually serves up the MQA stream nor do I think UAPP supports it so all you’re getting is the encoded bitstream. You may still get “bit perfect” just not decoded—hence the 48 kHz output.
  6. jsmiller58
    Awesome, I even understood a little bit of that! :). OK, what is this renderer you speak of, how do I set it up, and what will be the difference? (OK, maybe I understood less than a little bit...)
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
  7. gugman

    Hi all

    Penon Audio advised this adapter in order to connect my iems using 2.5 balanced to xDSD

    "... your iFi xDSD is compatible for both of 3.5mm single-end output and 3.5mm balanced output. And it is most benefit to 3.5mm balanced. So you should use 2.5mm balanced female to 3.5mm balanced male adapter. We suggest you buy Fidue 2.5mm balanced female to 3.5mm balanced male adapter"

    So I just wanted to double check here if this is a correct one?

  8. Rustodian
    I'm looking at the same thing.... what kind of benefit is there to a balanced connection on such a short cable? Is it purely for less noise / interference, or is there a rise in sound quality too?
    My unbalanced connection is sounding brilliant, so any extra money down would have to be worth it.
  9. gugman
    will let you know as soon as I choose a correct adapter and will receive it ; - )
  10. Oscar-HiFi
    Don't worry there will be a new place to get iFi in the UK soon :D

    Hopefully stock is arriving towards the end of this week.
    Last edited: May 22, 2018
  11. Dobrescu George
    We are in an iFi thread. isn't iFi from UK? I am not from UK, so never knew who the resellers there are, but I know hifiheadphones.co.uk does a good job for the entire europe on both speed of deliver and availability of their products :)
  12. Oscar-HiFi
    Unfortunately iFi do not sell directly, so you have to go through one of their retailers. We are getting stock soon though, so I am excited :D always been a big fan of iFi stuff!
    SteveOliver and Dobrescu George like this.
  13. Hanesu
    I am using this adapter since I am an owner of the Fidue Sirius. It works fine, but to be honest, I don‘t think there is a huge difference in sound quality compared to single ended.
  14. erich6
    Two popular renderers are AudioQuest Dragonfly Red and the Meridian Explorer 2 (the Meridian also decodes MQA). The main difference is Tidal will only decode MQA to a max of 88 kHz/96 kHz but with a renderer you can get up to the original mastering sample rate (like 192 kHz). How important is that to sound quality is a matter of much debate.

    Of course you can also use the xDSD....
  15. Terco
    Really? I was waiting for the Black version I thought it was out of stock haha.. the finger print magnet shell is a deal breaker for me :disappointed::cry: it just look bad... Why not matte Silver? Why iFi WHY?! :face_palm:
    Do you guys are gonna do the same shell for the xCAN?
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