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iFi AUDIO xCAN Portable Balanced Bluetooth Headphones Amplifier EXPIRED

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Adorama has iFi AUDIO xCAN Portable Balanced Bluetooth Headphones Amplifier on sale for $169.99. Shipping is free.

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  • Powerful dual-mono headphone amplifier that can unleash the full dynamic range of hard to drive 600 ohm over ear phones while still driving many sensitive 32 ohm IEM with a silent background. Delivers 1000mW of power per channel Balanced and also a specially designed 'S-Balanced' circuit for Balanced (TRRS) 2.5mm and Single-Ended with (TRS) 3.5mm connectors Both offer exceptional low crosstalk and low distortion
  • 'Cut the cord' and upgrade your existing wired headphones by using the built-in wireless Bluetooth input, which uses the aptX and AAC codecs with a dedicated DAC chip, for streaming music from your portable or home device to the xCAN receiver with 16 bit 44kHz CD quality sound. Compatible with your DAP ( digital audio player ), Android or Apple smartphone or tablet, laptop, smart TV or even Alexa and similar smart speakers
  • Start listening right away and all day with a 2220mAh battery that can supply 12-18 hours of playback. Accessories include a USB C charging cable, a mini to mini connector, and a 2.5mm balanced interconnect so you can connect to most any audio system component or converter right out the box
  • 3D Holographic + and XBass II offer advanced analogue signal processing circuits that provide a more accurate and enjoyable sound by correcting low end bass and/or mid range frequencies and widening the soundstage to bring the music 'out of your head' creating a more a engaging sound. Puts the performer on stage in your home to add that extra natural quality to the mid range

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$170 + free s/h (price drops in cart)

This is a headphone amp for portable devices. It works with 3.5mm connectors or 2.5mm balanced. It takes bluetooth as input or 3.5mm (see pics)

Very good unit for higher end sensitive in-ears that often require very good, clean power to shine

inputs:
  • ESS Sabre 44.1/48k 16-Bit (AAC, aptX, aptX LL and SBC)
  • Wired3.5mm (TRS or TRRS S-Balanced) and 2.5mm (TRRS)
outputs:
  • 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)
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No other digital input except for Bluetooth kills it for me. This is also a discontinued model.
This seems overpriced when something like the Qudelix 5K exists ($109) and is actively being updated. For iPhone users, it provides a system-wide PEQ that is otherwise unavailable. The other upside is that the Qudelix app ties into AutoEQ for one touch settings from the AutoEQ project. I've been able to plug it into my iPhone 12 Pro Max and it is detected via USB connection. It's more than enough to power my Audeze LCD-2 Classics.
This amp produces reasonably good sound but be aware of two things:

1) the LiPo battery pack inside these units begins to degrade in battery life within 2 years of usage.

2) the Li-Po battery packs inside these units use a proprietary connector that makes it difficult to self-service.

3) The manufacturer offers replacement batteries but under the following conditions: You must ship your Xcan to them at YOUR expense. You must pay them approximately $40 for the battery and return shipping. They will NOT mail you the replacement battery to do the swap yourself.

4) The balanced headphone jack on the Xcan is a cheap module that lacks an anchor into the PCB. This means that it will break off from just light careful usage. Many complaints about this on Head-Fi.

Read up on this product on the official discussion thread on Head-Fi and also read over the negative reviews on Amazon. There are frequent complaints about the balanced jack breaking inside the Xcan. This is because the solder joints eventually fail and there's no through-PCB anchor to keep the jack secure.

Also review the lab tests for other iFi products at AudioScienceReview.com

Most of them don't test very well. It sort of a mixed bag.

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Man, that's a great deal at $100 off.
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Might as well buy a device with built in desired technology? Any thoughts to why this product is worth acquiring?
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EDIT: I stand corrected... I have the xDSD. So some of the below might not apply. The xCAN has more power, longer battery life, different chipset, etc. So in otherwords, lots of differences. LOL.

https://ifi-audio.com/comparison-...d-to-head/

I have this. Great little amp. Fingerprint magnet, but otherwise it's great. I think I paid about $200 or $220 for this USED from Head-Fi classifieds a year or so ago.

I used to use an apple camera adapter cable to run from phone to my previous portable headphone amp. Got tired of all of the cables everywhere. Now I just bluetooth from my phone to the amp and then out to the amp. I even have a XLR 4-pin to balanced cable adapter.

This is also MQA capable -- IF you run it hardwired... so you can get MQA on the go (with an apple camera adapter)... or you can use it in a desktop setup if you want (essentially using this as a DAC and outputting to a beefier amp).

Last but not least, I sometimes have issues when I change from bluetooth mode to wired mode... and then try going back to bluetooth. It won't connect again. The solution is to totally unpair it... and then re-pair it. Not sure if they fixed that via a firmware update or not.
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Might as well buy a device with built in desired technology? Any thoughts to why this product is worth acquiring?

there is no built in desired technology in neither phones nor DAP's.. this offers much power than both can provide.
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Good deal for a killer Bluetooth portable amp. I used to have the ifi Micro and regretted getting rid of it. Excited to get a new iFi.
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I believe that the xCAN has a balanced input as well as output. If your phones are lower impedance, maybe 32 ohms, you are likely to listen to your music all over again with the xCAN.

Keep in mind the DAC is only for the Bluetooth. Think of the xCAN as a headphone amp with an added option for steaming very good quality Bluetooth from your phone or computer: https://ifi-audio.com/products/xCAN/
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No other digital input except for Bluetooth kills it for me. This is also a discontinued model.
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Might as well buy a device with built in desired technology? Any thoughts to why this product is worth acquiring?
Not this one. You want the DAC and Amp all in one device. XDSD, but bummer not o sale of course. This is for portable use. For desk use you are better off with separate devices. Unlike competitor they do replace the batteries, which makes Shute difference because all others become expensive paperweights(Creative)
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This seems overpriced when something like the Qudelix 5K exists ($109) and is actively being updated. For iPhone users, it provides a system-wide PEQ that is otherwise unavailable. The other upside is that the Qudelix app ties into AutoEQ for one touch settings from the AutoEQ project. I've been able to plug it into my iPhone 12 Pro Max and it is detected via USB connection. It's more than enough to power my Audeze LCD-2 Classics.
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For a portable bluetooth/usb hybrid dac and hp amp, the fiio btr5 is where it's at for $120. Sounds stupidly good with everything from cheapo kph30i's to Andromedas to Audio Technica es10s to Fostex thx00's - especially if your phone supports ldac. Not sure how the ifi is supposed to compete, at a much higher price, when it doesn't even have a usb input.

You need more power than the fiio puts out for high ohm hd800/650's or hungry orthos, but who is using a battery powered portable with cans like those anyways.
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I have this device.

I use it when I'm sitting outside on the deck, on the couch, or by the lake. Yes, the portability is a huge factor.

I use it with my phone or computer and connect them via Bluetooth or a hardwire, and the sound quality is about as close to equal is it gets. I use it with my HiFiman 400i headphones and my Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 headphones. This device takes them to another level, and it has more than enough power.

Another poster above mentioned that it's difficult to get them to go from Bluetooth to hardwire, but then he corrected himself citing that he had another iFi product. This device has no such problem. It is a fingerprint magnet, but I don't really care about that. There are a lot of far more advanced audiophiles on this thread, and that's great. I'm a novice at best, and for me and my needs, this device is unbeatable, and at $199, it's a great deal. Highly recommend.
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For a portable bluetooth/usb hybrid dac and hp amp, the fiio btr5 is where it's at for $120. Sounds stupidly good with everything from cheapo kph30i's to Andromedas to Audio Technica es10s to Fostex thx00's - especially if your phone supports ldac. Not sure how the ifi is supposed to compete, at a much higher price, when it doesn't even have a usb input.

You need more power than the fiio puts out for high ohm hd800/650's or hungry orthos, but who is using a battery powered portable with cans like those anyways.
I like Fiio and the build quality definitely exceeds the qudelix, which has very annoying buttons, but the Qudelix app with the parametric EQ is much better imho.
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