First Look: iFi iDSD nano DAC/headphone amp & iCAN nano headphone amp

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Digital-to-analog converters,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs
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Products:
iFi Audio iCAN Nano,
iFi Audio iDSD nano
First Look: iFi iDSD nano DAC/headphone amp & iCAN nano headphone amp

Technical highlights of the iCAN nano include:

·      An amplifier circuit inspired by the larger iCAN that employ’s iFi’s DirectDrive circuitry (where there are no output coupling capacitors) and that puts out 150mW of power,
·      A switch-selectable version of iFi’s 3D HolographicSound circuit that is not, please note, a so-called crossfeed circuit, but rather uses a proprietary design said to place “the recording back outside of the (user’s) head…”,
·      A switch-selectable version of iFi’s XBass circuit that allows users to dial-in a judicious touch of low-frequency bass reinforcement for headphones or earphones that can benefit from a touch of very low-end boost,
·      A beefy 1400mAh Lithium-polymer battery said to be good for more than 70 hours (!) of continuous operation, and
·      Useful inputs and outputs, including: two stereo analogue audio inputs (via stereo RCA jacks and a stereo 3.5mm mini-jack), and one master analogy audio output (via a 6.5mm stereo TRS or “phone-type” jack), enhanced by the fact that the iCAN comes with a nicely made, gold-plated 6.5mm-jack-to-3.5mm-jack adapter.

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