The iFi micro iCAN SE powerful headphones amp is a ‘specially-tuned’ version of the top-selling iFi micro iCAN. With a major infusion of ‘trickle-down’ technology from the upcoming iFi Pro iCAN. Sonically, it boasts Class A, DirectDrive® and TubeState®. Features wise, it features a newly-refined XBass®, 3D HolographicSound® for Headphones and 0dB, 12dB and 24dB Gain adjustment. Powered by the all-new iPower (15 volt), the Turbo headamp® from the iDSD micro pumps out 4,000mW to drive even the most demanding of headphones.
Class A, TubeState®
The iFi micro iCAN SE headphones amp uses a discrete circuit that deliberately models the way tubes amplify audio. We call it TubeState® and is exclusive to iFi. From their own auditions, the extra Class A current is good but what sets the iFi micro iCAN amp apart is the Tubestate® circuit. Tubestate® circuitry dishes out quite a large dollop of sonic improvement. This is what gives the iFi micro iCAN SE that extra ‘Factor X’ over and above other mains powered Class A headphone amplifiers. So yes, the iFi micro iCAN SE is better than most Class headphone amplifiers, the difference is Class A TubeState®.
The iFi micro iCAN SE is just about the only portable dac/headamp capable of driving the incredibly hungry HifiMAN HE-6. The iFi micro iCAN SE amp also receives the same technology as output power has been upped ten-fold to 4,000mW. Coupled with user-adjustable gain settings, from the most smallest to the largest of headphones, the iFi micro iCAN SE is able to handle them all with the greatest of ease.
High quality components
Inside the iFi micro iCAN SE headphones amplifier, one finds ELNA Silmics, MELF resistors and C0G capacitors. These ‘boutique’ components are not found in equipment in its price class not by a long stretch. Yet at iFi, they always to try to deliver the very best sonics and that includes cherry-picking such parts to use in our machines. The price-to-performance ratio is just off the charts.
3D HolographicSound® for Headphones and XBass® revised
When it comes to reproducing the very best sonics, iFi has already earned an enviable reputation for leaving no stone unturned. Because recordings are almost exclusively made for speakers rather than for headphones (which are polar opposites), this explains the oft-found ‘inside your head’ headphone listening experience. The 3D HolographicSound® system for Headphones remedies this to make your headphones disappear as if the performer is not inside your head, but in your room.
For the special edition, iFi has further refined the 3D HolographicSound® circuitry so there is not just a ‘widening’ of sound field but there is a more ‘frontal location’ which we believe is truly quite special and sets the stage for hours and hours of fatigue-free listening.
DirectDrive® means output signal remains pure
Another of the core reasons that gave the original iFi iCAN its cult status is DirectDrive which means there are no output coupling capacitors. This ‘direct signal’ path is without peer and the iFi micro iCAN SE amp retains this circuit topology. The sonic transparency is there for all to hear. The transparency is second-to-none.
Driven by the all-new iPOWER
Using the latest Active Noise Cancellation® technology trickled-down from AMR, the noise floor is even better than the original. Measured on the Audio Precision 2, the iPower has an astonishingly low audio band noise floor of just 1uV! To put this into context, iFi’s very own Ultra-Low Noise AC/DC adapter was in a class of its own at 10uV. Compared to a typical audiophile Linear Power Supply which measured at 20uV, it is demonstrably clear AMR/iFi power supply technology is unparalleled.
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