Đánh giá ifi nano idsd le

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iFi Nano iDSD LE ReviewI reached out lớn fellow mbachulski.com member (and iFi contact) PEZ as I had an interest in learning more about the smallest và most affordable unit in the iFi fleet that could be used with my ipad tablet or iPhone 6s.

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He agreed lớn send me out a unit, and as per the Review agreement iFi uses, I agreed to post my experience with it. The unit arrived promptly, và communication was excellent throughout the process.UnboxingI don’t buy a lot of new gear – I have sầu a history of surfing the classifieds for lightly used gear where the depreciation has been eaten by at least 1 past user. I have sầu bought some gear new (a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 as an example) so I know what unique packaging is. I received the unit brvà new in the shrink wrap, sent by US Postal khổng lồ Canadomain authority. I slit open the shipping bag, to lớn unveil the iFi unit it in its long cardboard box (coffin? – riffing on the skeleton they use for pics in their promotions!). What initially appears khổng lồ be a box, is actually a box in a sleeve sầu. Careful pushing & prodding results in the sleeve sầu sliding off, và the inner box revealed. The top of that box comes off và inside you find the unit itself, và a smaller box of accessories.
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The accessories include a usb cable, a short RCA to RCA cable, 4 stiông chồng on feet, a mat to rest the unit on (và I assume lớn use when stacking with a phone lớn prevent scratches) và 2 bands for stacking with a phone or DAPhường. Lots of chất lượng included items. Nice touch when you buy a piece, but at the price point it is over the top!
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The impression is immediately one of unique and class. When you drop $150 on a small piece of gear, you might expect to lớn receive sầu a quality unit, but I was surprised at the overall quality of EVERYTHING included. I love how smooth the volume control is during operation, it just flows in h& making it easy to lớn find a great volume setting và make minor adjustments simply. Those intangibles often make a big impression on the user experience – I know it did for me.The unit falls lớn hand with solidity that inspires confidence. It just feels lượt thích a small brick. Reminds of of how I felt when I bought my NuForce HEM8’s & they arrived in a Pelican 1010 box. That too was something that felt really classy in h&, and the iFi Nano LE feels just like that. You know you have a chất lượng piece in your hands.
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Warm up/break inIt was literally cold out of the mailbox, so I brought it into the house và let it warm up to room temperature. I then plugged it into a usb port to lớn charge for 24 hours as suggested. I saw the blue light on top và figured I was good. I later connected the unit to my ipad 2 via a camera connection kit khổng lồ verify functionality. Once proven functional, I removed it from the Máy tính bảng iPad & connected it up khổng lồ my main 2 channel rig. This would be easier to lớn arrange to leave on 24/7 and run in the LE. If you are not into that kind of thing, no problem. You can smugly assume that I wasted 125 hours of anticipation lượt thích a chump & we can both move on!
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Systems và detailsIn order khổng lồ give sầu this DAC a good run và figure out how best I might use it I employed it in 2 different setups. My 2 channel rig in the basement to lớn see how it would hold up in that environment, and a transportable cài đặt. Full system details for each below.2 channel system details•Server - dedicated netbook running Logitech Media Player•5TB drive sầu of FLAC and some WAV – mostly 16/44.1 but some higher rez of 24/88.2, 24/96, 24/176 và 24/192•iPeng 9 tiện ích including in tiện ích for control of LMS•Player - Pogoplug hacked running Linux (fooled a plug PC inlớn thinking it is a Logitech Touch) •M2Tech Hiface 2 asych usb-spdif converter•Bolder Nitro digital cable (WBT connectors)•Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 (Bolder modified) •Bolder Cable Nitro analog IC’s (Eichmann bullet connectors)•NuForce AVP-16 pre/pro (used as 2 channel preamp in bypass mode)•Audio Refinement Multi 2 amplifier•Focal Electra 906 speakers•Bolder Cable Nitro PC’s for amp, preamp & DAC•Speaker wire is CL2 Monoprice in wall (I have a truyền thông closet)•Room treatments are a set of DIY & pro built panels và bass traps•Room is an open basement space – approx. 20x24x7.5Home transportable system details•Server - dedicated netbook running Logitech Media Player•5TB drive sầu of FLAC và some WAV – mostly 16/44.1 but some higher rez of 24/88.2, 24/96, 24/176 and 24/192•Player - máy tính bảng ipad 2 running ios 9.5.3•iPeng 9 ứng dụng including in app purchase playback•Penon Audio silver usb a- usb b cable•NuForce HEM8 iems with Spin fit tips (not as isolating as my Comply’s, but way easier khổng lồ remove và reinsert for a conversation with the family)
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Musical preferencesUhhh, all over the place. I listen lớn tons of different stuff, so the easiest way to describe it would be to lớn say not a lot of opera, true country, or much R&B. Other than that a long playdanh mục of mine could easy span 6 decades, and 6-7 genres including jazz, roông xã, alternative sầu, electronic, rap, classical & blues. I grew up playing violin, stvà up bass & trombone.

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I later dabbled with electric bass, electric guitar, trumpet & classical guitar. Here is a sample 20 tuy nhiên các mục I pulled together lớn give sầu me some insights about the LE.Sample playlist1.Nucleus - Alan Parsons Project – Nucleus – I Robot MFSL – 16/44.1 2.Reality – Los Angeles Jazz Quartet – Look to lớn the East – 16/44.13.No more “I love sầu you’s” – Annie Lennox – Medusa – 16/44.14.The lover of beirut – Anuoar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes of Rita – 16/44.15.You’d be so nice lớn come trang chính khổng lồ – Art Pepper – The Best Jazz Sound – 24/192 (iPad tablet is limited to lớn 24/96 so some downsampling occurred on the transportable cài đặt, but not the 2 channel rig)6.Compared to what – Les McCann và Eddie Harris – Atlantic Jazz Legends Sampler – 16/44.17.Guess I’m doing fine – Beông xã – Sea Change – 24/88.28.Hunter – Bjork – Greademo Hits – 16/44.19.Marble halls – Enya – Shepherd Moons – 16/44.110.Come hell or high water – Everything but the Girl – Baby, The Starts Shine Bright – 16/44.111.Just dippin – Snoop Doggy Dogg – No Limit – 16/44.112.Oxygen, Part IV – Jean Michelle Jarre – Oxygen – 24/9613.Breathe – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (25th Anniversary Remix) – 16/44.114.Vere Meininga – Ellen Sejersted Bodtker – SONaR – 24/9615.The Traitor – Herbie Hancoông chồng – Man-Child – 24/9616.Without Me – Eminem – Curtain Call: The Hits – 16/44.117.Elektronauts/Bumper (Pump DJ’s Mix) – Paul Oakenfold – Ibiza CD1 – 16/44.118.Also Sprach Zarathustra – Eumir Deodata – Prelude – 24/192 (ipad is limited lớn 24/96 so some downsampling occurred on the transportable thiết đặt, but not the 2 channel rig)19.Smooching – Mark Knopfler - Local Hero HDCD Remaster – 16/44.1đôi mươi.Groovy side – Stephane Huchard – Panamerican – 24/88.2SummaryI have sầu owned a 2 channel music system (speakers) for over 30 years. From living at trang chủ, to university, lớn an apartment, to our first townhome page, và into the trang chủ I live sầu in today. Music replay for pleasure has always been a staple for me. I care about music, và I care about how it sounds. Clearly iFi does too. Using this Headamp/DAC in both my systems was musically satisfying. That is always my first qualifier. If I am less inclined to listen after inserting a piece of gear into any of my setups, I know that it won’t last. I kept coming baông xã to lớn the LE in the transportable cài đặt.In my “big rig” I found the iFi to work just fine. No odd sounds, no glitches at all during the 125 hour burn in period. No loss of connection or other issues that can drive folks batty. I found the sound to be good, & engaging. Was it the equal of my Bolder modified Grant Fidelity TubeDAC? No. But it was engaging and I did enjoy listening to it in that context. I also doubt that the intended use of the LE is in a thiết đặt like my 2 channel thiết lập. It can work there though, so if you are starting out (or simplifying) and don’t need a remote, you could implement this as a DAC/Preamp & get a TON of value.I have sầu recently been enjoying more và more the option to listen lớn my collection at home page via wifi. I have sầu spent 10+ years going lớn the basement to lớn enjoy my 2 channel thiết lập in the sound proofed basement. I still do, but the option of grabbing a phối of iems and an game ios device wherever I happen to lớn be is quite alluring. Does the addition of the CCK, usb cable và LE increase the cludge factor? Absolutely. My daughter said it looks like I could use a “breakfast in bed” tray for that mess you carry around. But does it sound better? Well, that is where the proof in the pudding is most felt. I found the full bộ of the LE & my NuForce HEM8’s lớn be really something. •Articulation of detail? Cheông chồng.•Treble clarity? For sure.•Separation of instruments? In spades.•Engaging decay of cymbals & reverb? 2nd only to lớn my experience with Maggie 1.6’s.•Bass impact and pace? All over the place.•A holistic musically satisfying experience? Oh baby, you bet.Drawbacks? None from a sound perspective for me. The only thing I can say is that although it is small, it is not TINY. For a full sized 2 channel thiết lập, it could actually vì chưng the job, though only for a PC front end of course as the LE has only a USB đầu vào. For use in a transportable setup, it can work, but between it and the required cabling, it does get a lot more complex to physically carry around. For use in a truly portable cài đặt, I am not sure. I have ordered a lightning CCK so I can try this LE with my iPhone or my daughter’s iPod Touch 5th gen. I continue to lớn let the LE break in, & will add khổng lồ this once I receive sầu the lightning CCK.Thanks again khổng lồ iFi for the chance lớn put an ear on this piece.