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iFi - xCAN Portable Balanced Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier
KILLER BLUETOOTH. BALANCED COMBO.
iFi has torn up the rulebook and taken music into the future with the xCAN portable headphone amp.
At home or on the go, our latest amplifier boosts headphones and speakers with audio that’s ahead of its time.
THE POWER WITHIN
With full analogue volume control, which retains full-resolution at all volume levels, the xCAN is a sonic step up for smartphones, digital audio players and computers.
Its selectable 3D+ and XBassII functions bring both sensitivity and power to the listener. The 3D+ function provides two separate circuits, one optimised for headphones and the other for loudspeakers, while XBassII takes what it’s predecessor, XBass+, could do and ramps it up to produce a cleaner, tighter, deeper bass.
THE ONLY WAY TO LISTEN
The xCAN is a portable wired/wireless device and supports high-resolution formats to deliver a stunning 1000mW of power per channel. And with aptX and AAC, itbrings Hi-Res streaming to Bluetooth.
THE COMPLETE AUDIO EXPERIENCE
The xCAN delivers live quality Bluetooth connectivity capable of storing up to eight wireless devices at once, which means users can stream their favourite music as well as boost audio on their smartphone, portable audio device, laptop, home audio system and TV all at the same time.
IN A NUTSHELL
The xCAN is a next generation portable headphone amplifier.
With more than 1000mW of power per channel, full analogue volume control, 3D+ Matrix and XBassII and optional aptX and AAC Bluetooth, the xCAN is a sonic step up for smartphones, digital audio players and computers.
THE HIGH-RES HEART REMAINS
The xCAN retains the unrivalled technical capabilities of true native playback of all music formats from MP3 all the way up to 512DSD/768PCM/2xDXD. The ESS Sabre DAC with time domain jitter eliminator add it’s own brand of class the xCAN’s tech spec.
AUDIO AS YOU’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE
The latest iterations of 3D+ and XBassII will further enhance musical enjoyment. With a larger soundstage and deeper, tighter bass, not only is 3D+ even more engaging than before, but coupled with XBassII, audio is more satisfying than ever.
BALANCED ON THE GO
The xCAN offers balanced in/out to take full advantage of the growing availability of balanced sources and headphones. The xCAN uses the W990VST analogue volume control with digital Cyberdrive control. For amplification, our OV4627 amplifier chip (4 channel) is used to deliver exceptional sonic performance on-the-go.
BRAND NEW ‘CYBERDRIVE’
The ‘Cyberdrive’ headphone amplifier stage is one of the pivotal new circuit designs in the xCAN. This new design places all parameters of the fully analogue system under digital control for a ‘best of both worlds scenario’. Performance is increased, both noise and distortion are lowered. Find out more about ‘Cyberdrive’ and how else it enhances the xCAN on our website.
A large 2200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery provides up to eight hours of playing time depending on your choice of headphones and connections.
WHO WILL USE THE XCAN?
With a 1000mW of power per channel, the main focus of the xCAN is to be a portable amplifier above all else.
Potential Users: • Night-owls. Those who wish to watch TV or indulge in late night gaming sessions without disturbing the rest of the household. They can plug their preferred headphones into the xCAN, pair it via Bluetooth with their smart TV and enjoy powerful, wireless hi-res audio from the comfort of their favourite arm chair or while relaxing in bed. The xCAN solves the issues of short or untidy cables.
• Users of high-end DAPs (Digital Audio Players). High-end DAPs such as those by Astell& Kern and Fiio have excellent onboard DACs but tend to suffer when it comes to amplification. The price point of the xCAN makes it a viable addition to their existing source.
• Individuals who are willing to accept the digital analogue conversion in their current source but want an amplification boost with Bluetooth capability at an unbeatable price point.
Max Output: S-Balanced: > 3.8V / 45 mW(@ 300 Ohm) > 3.5V / 380 mW (@ 32 Ohm) > 3.1V / 600 mW (@ 16 Ohm
Balanced: > 7.6V / 90 mW(@ 600 Ohm) > 7.2V / 800 mW(@ 64 Ohm) > 5.7V / 1,000 mW(@ 32 Ohm)
THD & N: S-Balanced: < 0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.26V 16 Ohm)
Balanced: < 0.006% (@ 360 mW/2.4V 16 Ohm)SNR(S-Balanced): > 121dBA (@ 3.8V)
SNR(Balanced): >120dBA (@ 7.6V)
Recommended HP Impedance: 16~600 Ohm
Max. Input(S-Balanced): 3V RMS
Max. Input(Balanced): 6V RMS
Gain: -0dB to +18dB continuously adjustable using Volume control
Frequency Response: < 2Hz -> 200kHz (-3dB)
Playback Time: > 8 Hours (charging via USB-C port)
Outstanding Portable Headphone Amp
I am able to run my HD600s balanced without issue, the sound is great, and the volume steps give a ton of options. Highly recommend!
Outstanding Portable Headphone Amp
I am able to run my hd600s balanced without issue and that is just phenomenal!
I learned about these through the Tech Guy Leo Laporte and was still skeptical even after reading reviews and watching YouTube comparisons, because after all you cannot experience audio sound this way. I bought this to use with my DT 1990 Pros connected to my Samsung Ultra S20and wow, the audio that this tiny DAC converts is crazy awesome, it is like being third row center. The sound is crystal clear with the smooth mids crisp highs and the subtle, supportive, and abundant bass, the way music should be heard. I have to say that I will never doubt the quality of ifi or the recommendations from Leo Laporte ever again. From a person who loves his music, get this DAC and re-experience your music to hear what you have been missing. On the other hand disregard this review and do your own research, and when you end up buying it, you will remember me… Happy listening!