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xDSD is in-between nano and micro BLs, hence yes, we resonate with what you wrote.
As much as I like the xdsd in Bluetooth mode I still prefer USB connection when possible.
In this regard I have been struggling to find a nice long cable to connect my USB c phone with the xdsd. I wanted to keep using the phone and keep the xdsd in my desk. The requirements are: a long flexible cable which would also make the required OTG connection. Most OTG cables are short and stiff. Using an adapter and an extension is possible, but this requires bulky adapters dangling from the phone's USB c connector (decreasing the phone connector life and being just a pain when using the phone!).
After much search I got this:
It is perfect for connecting the xdsd to an usb c phone from longer distances. It is really lightweigth, unobtrusive and it is not stiff or insanely thick as most longer cables. I believe that increased thikness is unnecessary in this case besause almost no power is traveling in the cable, only data is traveling. Hope this helps someone with the same needs as mine!
my 5 cents well… actually, 23 minutes… probably a bit more then 5 cents
My review week is over and as my review unit travels to the next recipient my conclusion is:
Amazing sound quality with every combination shown in the picture above.
Nice work, thanks!
Does anyone know of a store in London I can demo the xDSD?
Just published my review:
Please take a look here:
Going wacky deciding between the iFi Micro BL and the xDSD. Size is the only issue getting in the way of the Micro for me.
How are you finding the xdsd with the u12t? I also have these IEMs (really like them) but sometimes find them a bit sharp in the treble with some sources - does the xdsd warm/smooth the treble with them?
Thanks! We'd like to add a word or two, though.
If a BT source device can't find the xDSD, it may be necessary to select 'search' again. Some device software is finicky, which is not related to the xDSD.
While we do not want to comment on subjective impressions, the new volume control in technical terms is certainly an upgrade. Being a stepped attenuator it offers excellent channel matching and very wide adjustment range (101dB in 1dB steps), compared to around 50dB usable range on the analogue potentiometer.
This allows us to dispense with extra gain switches as well, their operation is transparently integrated into the volume control.
The speed of adjustment varies with speed with which the volume control is rotated, rotating slowly will allow extremely precise and fine adjustment. We've explained this thoroughly here:
...and also here: