iFi audio Pro iDSD Signature and Pro iCAN Signature - The Pro range just got better!

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  1. iFi audio

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    iFi audio Pro iDSD Signature
    The Pro iDSD Signature is our new flagship reference class DAC and then some! The Signature edition builds on the strengths of the original, multi-award winning Pro iDSD.

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    It continues to cater for those who love good music delivered at the highest quality.

    Use the Pro iDSD Signature as a standalone unit, a DAC/preamp, a network streamer and a headphone amplifier.

    The Signature takes the original Pro iDSD and pushes it even further towards perfection. The Pro iDSD Signature has:
    • a sonically darker background and a punchier bass
    • upgraded power -supply components to lower the overall system noise by 300%
    • precisely matched NOS GE5670s tubes
    • added support for USB1.0 (PS4/PS5)
    • a new aluminium remote control
    • a top-of the range iPower Elite power supply included
    Stacked. With tech.
    The Pro iDSD Signature uses a quad-stack DAC – 4 x DACs in an interleaved configuration – to deliver exceptional resolution.

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    The powerful XMOS XU216 X-Core 200 series chipset processes incoming digital data and enables the Pro iDSD Signature to provide state of the art audio support – from MP3, 32-bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512, 2xDXD and full MQA decoding.

    Thanks to the Crysopeia FPGA Digital Engine the Pro iDSD Signature brings studio grade DSD remastering to a wider audience. It can upconvert PCM and DSD files to DSD512 and DSD1024. And all controlled from an app in the palm of your hand.

    Power cleans. Absolute.
    The Pro iDSD Signature, ships with our flagship iPower Elite.

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    Coupled with the re-crafted power supply board which offers up to 100x lower noise, the music is buttery smooth.
    Within and without – we left no stone unturned in our quest for the cleanest, purest, power for the Pro iDSD Signature (same for Pro iCAN Signature too!)


    iFi audio Pro iCAN Signature
    The Pro iCAN Signature is our new upgraded edition of the original Pro iCAN.

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    The Signature edition builds on the strengths of the Pro iCAN and features even more ultra-grade audiophile components designed to take your listening to a higher plane than ever before.

    It is a top-of-the-line headphone amplifier that is capable of driving anything and everything from the most sensitive custom iEMs to the AKG K-1000, the most difficult to drive headphone ever made.

    Amp it up to ultra
    Enhancements to the Pro iCAN Signature include:
    • Revised circuit design incorporates even more ultra-grade audiophile components
    • Upgraded power supply circuits to eradicate even more noise and distortion
    • Top of the range iPower Elite offboard AC/DC power supply included
    • Hand-selected and matched tubes in the output stage
    • 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced-headphone output
    • New aluminium remote control
    Beautifully balanced Pro power
    The Pro iCAN Signature sports an end-to-end fully differential balanced circuit design that delivers ultra low distortion. This means extraordinary quality with minimal interference and reduced crosstalk. The sound is cleaner, deeper and more dynamic.

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    It is also exceptionally powerful and will drive any headphone on the planet. It boasts balanced output power of >14,000mW and single-ended power output of >4,800mW.

    And with variable gain, you can adjust the Pro iCAN Signature to drive your headphone of choice.

    Get connected
    The Pro iCAN Signature boasts a plethora of fully balanced and single-ended connections.

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    Headphone connections include the new 4.4mm balanced Pentaconn output as well as a fully balanced XLR, a single-ended 6.3mm and our unique S-Balanced 3.5mm output. Our S-Balanced output cuts distortion by 50% with single-ended headphones connections.

    Power is everything

    The Pro iCAN Signature, ships with our flagship iPower Elite. Coupled with the re-crafted power supply board which offers up to 100x lower noise, the music is buttery smooth.

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    Within and without – we left no stone unturned in our quest for the cleanest, purest, power for the Pro iCAN Signature (same for Pro iDSD Signature too!)
     
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    @iFi audio Time to talk to @rhythmdevils for a loaner tour. I think he would be interested in the pro ican sig for a good solid state amp. Also $3250 for iDSDpro sig def requires a listen before purchase. Love the multifunctionality and improved power supply but we are getting to higher end tier with Holo spring kte lvl 3, etc where sonics>features.
     
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    Did you guys change the streamer in the iDSD, or is it still the old one?
    Using Roon was a real pain with my iDSD :/

    Loved the Pro iDSD, though!
     
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    I’m happy to setup a loaner tour with you @iFi audio
     
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    Some tour loaners are going to be sent shortly to one of SBAF's mods. I can't promise that Pro iDSD Signature is going to be in that package, but we'll see.

    It's the same module :)

    Noted, thanks!
     
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    How much better does the Signature sound?

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    TL; DR. Pro iCAN a good +10% but the Pro iDSD is a really nice +20%.

    You asked us – so we asked our Lead Tech: Colin F to fire up the Stax 009s+iESL and play some of his most demanding tracks and to report his findings.


    Here’s what Colin said:

    "The original Pro series is already sonically superb, with its unique sense of drive and rhythm. It’s musical, especially set to ‘Tube’ position, my favourite. The Signature version adds even better audiophile parts in critical areas and revises the input section of the amplifier section. Think of having an F1 race car but once developed (Original), you then take it round Silverstone to refine it painstakingly further to the max (Signature).

    The Pro iCAN Signature sounds a touch more resolved, especially noticeable in the midrange, and it has a slightly inkier dark background. Overall, a worthwhile improvement that draws you in before you know it!

    The star of the show for me though, is the Pro iDSD Signature.

    The team worked hard to lower the noise on the regulator circuits in the digital engine and on the analogue power supply. That translates into even lower jitter.

    The output stage has received some revision for its operating parameters, and there are even better parts than the original.

    When I first put it on it was love at first listen, the depth hits you! Transparent and musical, it’s masterful at letting you hear exactly what is in a recording without sounding like its thrusting detail at you, a nifty but difficult trick to attain. Not that the original Pro iDSD is any slouch, just that the Signature sounds like it’s taken the original design and optimised everything. Which indeed is what’s been done!"


    Music Notes

    Walking on the Moon (Police) - this track has some great hi-hats and cymbals, also the reverb added in the left channel tells quite a bit about how natural it’s sounding. At 3:12, the snare drum should ‘crack’ with a single-double hit, instant thwack on the Stax! You should be able to hear the skin of the snare. The hi-hats afterwards have their own distinguishable sound character, easily lost on lesser systems. The reverb in the left channel should sound like natural room ambience, not like it’s a swooshing hiss. The Pro iDSD Sig lets you hear it easily and suspended in limitless depth.

    Can’t Stand Losing You (Police) - shouldn’t sound metallic or flat. Proper depth lets you hear the ambience through all the compression and rolled-off top end. The voice is very forward, lesser systems put Sting about level with the drum kit.

    Blow Out (RadioHead) - distortion easily heard on multiple dubs at around 0:24. Cymbals shimmer at 1:21, they have that intense sheen easily glossed over on a 2D system, it can end up sounding like noise instead of shimmer. After 3:40 the guitar solo begins to intensify. Be careful the soundstage doesn’t collapse into a smear of distortion; it should remain clear and supporting instruments easily heard in their own separate recording chambers

    How I Made My Millions (RadioHead) - lots of stuff happening in the background, moving items, snare drum resonating, zip tinkling against the piano, piano stool creaking. Colin Greenwood is rocking on the stool. The piano itself should have clear harmonics - the Pro iDSD Sig conveys that well, it’s quite comparable to real life.

    Mahler Symphony No.2, Minnesota Orchestra, BIS The orchestra tone shouldn’t be cold or steely. The hall ambience and its dimension should be easy to attain with no extra HF noise. There is lots of depth on this recording, and a system with proper depth resolution will let you hear it.

    Bartók, String Quartet No.2, 2nd movt. Takács String Quartet, Decca. One of my references for string tone. The string positions shouldn’t be flat, they have a modicum of real space and air that’s mostly missed on solid state systems. The four players are arranged in a semicircle, and you can hear their feet tapping the wooden stage floor. The chamber ambience shouldn’t be dry, and you can hear it swirl around the players. The 1st violin tone is intensely full of harmonics. All this is virtually inaudible on lesser systems.
     
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    Just a quick update and something we're extremely proud of. A while ago Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com awarded our Pro iDSD Signature with not one but TWO his badges, which happens very rarely. Here's the link to his review:

    https://6moons.com/audioreview_articles/ifi6/

    ...and here's the award!

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