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iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

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  1. iFi audio
    Yup, that's higly likely.
     
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  2. lavii
    Hi everybody, need help / suggestions in deciding between xdsd , idsd micro bl and fiio q5
    I don't not have hard to drive headphone mostly i will be using beyerdynamic t5p second gen and also have ifi ican se

    Please help me with below:

    1 - Considering only section which which is better xdsd , idsd micro bl and fiio q5

    2 - Does xdsd have 2 level value selection (as available in ican se) for xbass and 3d

    3 - If i connect samsung s8 plus to xdsd using Bluetooth, will xdsd work as dac/amp both (do not have much experience for Bluetooth)


    can somebody reply to above
     
  3. technobear
    That makes no sense. What section?

    No, just one of each.

    Bluetooth is a digital wireless link so the receiver must contain a DAC if you want to hear analogue sound.
     
  4. lavii


    Thanks @ technobear for reply

    sorry i missed 'dac' in 1st

    1 - If only dac section is compered which one is better , idsd bl, xdsd or fiio q5
    2 - this point is cleared
    3 - I don't have much knowledge in Bluetooth, if i use xdsd with my phone using Bluetooth , will xdsd work as dac/amp both
     
  5. melons
    An update:
    I also sent iFi an email the same evening as I posted the above and first thing the next morning received a reply promising action. Low & behold a few hours later an iDSD was winging its way to me via Royal Mail next day before 1pm delivery.

    Typical of my current run of luck, the morning of delivery there was a huge fire at a large recycling plant on the next street to me (access to mine blocked by the Police for several hours) and multiple collisions on and around the A13/A406 (two of London's main roads) where I live, so nearly all roads were gridlocked for hours (if you are familiar with Google traffic, every road on the screen was painted red for most of the day) , by late afternoon traffic situation hadn't improved.

    So, I still have no iDSD, but I'm stunned by just how quick and effective the iFi customer service team were on this occasion and my faith in a certain UK retailer has improved.

    So, a huge thumbs up and thanks to iFi and a boo hiss to recycling :)
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2018
  6. iFi audio
    Yup, we do all we can to help out, thanks for nice words!
     
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  7. iFi audio
    Yes, it will.
     
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  8. tskeng
    So I found a USB-C OTG cable that's got a pretty big head and it fits really snug on the xdsd.

    No more disconnections nor music loss of playback sound.

    Can't believe the solution is so simple. (Now looking for the USB-A/B one with a big head for the same snug fit)

    Thanks to you! :beerchug:
     
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  9. jsmiller58
    Do you have a link to the cable?
     
  10. tskeng
    I got it off China's Taobao E-Commerce site.

    I found a similar one (at least the picture looks like it), from AliExpress. Here's the link: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/201...TG-Cable-USB3-1-Male-to-USB2/32811782115.html

    Disclaimer: The aliexpress one sure looks like the one I have. I'm not saying its the exact one.

    Here's how it looks like:
    [​IMG]

    Compared to the blue cable included in the xDSD box:
    [​IMG]

    And see how snug it is:
    [​IMG]

    Hope this helps!

    Edit: Made the pictures bigger for clearer view.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
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  11. jsmiller58
    Thank you!
     
  12. jsmiller58
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    Last edited: May 27, 2018
  13. hamachan
    I finally got my xDSD two weeks later I placed an order from iFi audio directly via Amazon USA. What happens was that the first unit was lost by the carrier, UPS... The customer centre of iFi immediately took corrective action right after I made a claim. She did excellent job indeed.

    xDSD is the replacement of nano iDSD (silver version), which still works fine but I wanted to upgrade. I originally thought to upgrade silver to "BL" version of nano. I know micro iDSD BL is great but it's too big for me and the size of nano fits for travelling. Eventually, xDSD appeared on the market and I started thinking whether I should go to nano BL or xDSD. Bluetooth capability is not mandatory necessary, it's nice to have for me. Finally, I concluded to go to xDSD because I expect it has the better sound signature.
    [​IMG]
    I am listening with the wired connection of PC or iPhone and output to RHA T20 or AKG K550mk3. Still burn-in period but the sound is already great! I think not much time is really necessary for this product.

    Meanwhile, I also own micro iDAC2 for my home audio system combined with pro iCAN and xDSD sound is relatively closer to solo use of micro iDAC2 in terms of details. Silver nano is a good product, but cannot compete with xDSD as well as micro series of DAC as everybody aware.

    The difference from the past generation of products including micro iDAC2 is that xDSD has more body and energetic, in addition, more "tube" feel especially old recordings, though it is solid state amp. It is probably an advantage from past products. Soundstage is not so wide though but good enough for portable setup and acceptable for me.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2018
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  14. melons
    IMAG0585.jpg
    Well paint me happy, picked the iDSD BL up today and started playing when I got home from work. Not played all my test tracks yet, but so far it really makes the HD660's sing. There may be better (more expensive!) portables, but if there are I just don't care :)
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2018
  15. iFi audio
    Fabulous, thank you!
     
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