iFi Audio's new pocket-sized xCAN portable headphone amplifier is primarily designed to be used with smartphones and DAPs, affording better sound. But it can also be used with computers, as well as smart TVs.
The device boasts Bluetooth aptX, and can be used in both a wireless or wired set-up.
It features full analog volume control, which retains full-resolution at all volume levels, along with selectable 3D+ and XBass functions. The 3D+ function provides two separate circuits, one optimized for headphones and the other for loudspeakers, while XBass produces cleaner, tighter, and deeper bass that its predecessor, XBass+, notes iFi.
The xCAN is a portable wired/wireless device, and supports high-resolution formats to deliver 1000mW of power per channel. With aptX and AAC, it brings Hi-Res streaming to Bluetooth. The xCAN delivers live quality Bluetooth connectivity capable of storing up to eight wireless devices at once, which means users can stream their favorite music as well as boost audio on their smartphone, portable audio device, laptop, home audio system and TV, all at the same time.
"iFi is renowned for offering unique personal audio products that deliver remarkable value, and the xCAN is certainly no exception," says Victoria Pickles, Head of Global Marketing for iFi audio. "The xCAN is designed for power users on the go who want to get the most out of their headphones, even power hungry planar magnetic designs. Moreover, the quality of xCAN's Bluetooth aptX delivers superb clarity and connection quality."
With a lightweight enclosure, the xCAN is tactile, compact, and made of rugged, ridged magnesium-aluminum alloy. The molded plastic end cap allows unrestricted Bluetooth transmission. All the switches and connections previously seen on iFi products have been optimized to match the new chassis, yet they still provide easy access to all the xCAN's standout features. Ease of operation was a key design objective of the xCAN, says iFi.
Key new features include a dual-mono headphone amplifier with 1000mW of power per channel, which can unleash the full potential of both 32ohm and 600ohm headphones; wireless Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) for CD-quality wireless sound; ESS Sabre DAC with time domain jitter eliminator; balanced 2.5mm headphone output; S-Balanced compatible 3.5mm headphone output; Advanced Analog Signal Process (ASP), 3D+, and XBassⅡ headphone optimization circuits; and pure analog volume control retaining full-resolution at all volume levels. It runs off a 2,200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that provides six-to-eight hours of play time.
The iFi xCAN is available for immediate delivery with an MSRP of $420 through the company's Canadian distributor, Motet Distribution.