IFI AUDIO XCAN FULL DETAILS AND UK PRICE

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by Jay Garrett

25th October, 2018

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IFI AUDIO XCAN FULL DETAILS AND UK PRICE

We first heard about it at the Munich High-End show, but iFi Audio's xCAN has now been officially launched.

Tear up the rulebook because music has leapt into the future with the iFi xCAN.

Bold words indeed from the Southport-based digital audio lover. The xCAN certainly looks capable. In fact, it replaces two previous iFi products; namely the iCAN SE and nano iCAN.

Matching the aesthetics of the impressive iFi xDSD that we reviewed and handed our very first StereoNET Applause Award to recently, the £299 xCAN measures just 95 x 66.5 x 19mm and so is bound to be portably pocketable.

At home or on the go, the brand's latest headphone amplifier delivers 1000mW of power per channel and dual mono amplifiers. That will give your digital audio player (DAP) a healthy boost and your headphones, irrespective whether they're 16 or 600 Ohm, a good kick in the pants. Also, there's the bonus of up to 8 hours of battery life.

iFi xCAN portable amplifier

On the face of the device, you'll find both a balanced 2.5mm output and a 3.5 headphone port; the latter runs iFi's S-Balanced technology meaning that the xCAN is compatible with all single and balanced headphones and IEMs.

iFi xCAN rear ports with USB-C

Furthermore, the xCAN boasts high-quality Bluetooth connectivity supporting both aptX and AAC. The device's wireless skills mean that you can stream from your smart device or TV via Bluetooth to the xCAN and enjoy your favourite headphones. Additionally, the xCAN can store up to eight wireless devices at once. Wireless streaming to the portable amp plays nice with iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

Also on-board, are the expected iFi tech such as X-Bass II which cleans up and restores a richer sound, and 3D+ that recreates a live stage atmosphere. Finally, notice that the xCAN rocks a USB-C port.

iFi xCAN tech specs at a glance

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)

Balanced

>120dBA (@ 7.6V)

Recommended Impedance

16~600 Ohm

Max. Input

S-Balanced

3V RMS

Balanced

6V RMS

Gain

-95dB to +18dB adjustable in 114 1dB steps (using volume control)

Frequency Response

< 2Hz – > 200kHz (-3dB)

Playback Time

> 8 hours (charging via USB port)

The iFi xCAN is available now for £299.

We are really looking forward to receiving our review sample soon, so stay tuned!

For more information, check out iFi Audio.

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Jay Garrett

StereoNET UK's Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He's captained the GadgetyNews good ship for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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