iFi iCAN Headphone Amplifier Special Edition
The renowned ican now with even more power
The original micro iCAN was a multi-award-winner and the #1 rated headphone amplifier on Head-Fi. Employing the latest trickle-down technology from the upcoming flagship, the Pro iCAN, the all-new micro iCAN Special Edition has been refreshed across-the-board.
The Beauty – Class A TubeState® and then some
iFi’s acclaimed Tubestate®* circuitry now in its MK 3 incarnation, offers an even more authentic yet eloquent tube sound from its discrete Class A circuitry. All the while, it continues to exhibit the same exceptionally low distortion and silent-noise floor of the original iCAN described by one reviewer as “exceeding my test equipment.”
- *Class A TubeState® is no generic distortion/noise generator like so many tube add-ons or textbook circuits that try to mimic tube-like sound by adding copious amounts of distortion. Instead, TubeState® technology emulates the desirable characteristics of real tubes in an actual circuit to deliver the essence of satisfying and relaxed tube sound from a low distortion solid-state circuit based upon technology from AMR.
Enhanced XBass® and 3D HolographSound® systems together with special audiophile components; ELNA Silmic power supply capacitors, TDK C0G capacitors and Vishay MELF resistors – yields a whole that is greater than its impressive sum. The smooth, liquid and palpable sonics are second-to-none.
The Beast – 4000mW Headamp Turbo® powered by all-new iPower 15v
For the very first time, the iCAN SE enjoys Headamp Turbo® fed by the all-new iPower 15V version. Maximum power delivered has increased 10x to a mouth-watering 4000mW.
All told, despite its modest cigarillo-case sized extruded aluminium chassis, the micro iCAN SE takes on the most demanding of headphones including the notorious HE-6 by the scruff of the neck. The micro iCAN SE is set to cause even more of a stir than its predecessor.
Special edition extra features:
Class A TubeState® exclusive AMR trickle-down circuit that offers the best of tubes
Audiophile components – ELNA Silmic, C0G capacitors and MELF resistors
User-adjustable gain - 0dB, 12dB and 24dB
3D Holographic® for Headphones and XBass® - both been further refined
Headamp Turbo® with 4000mW - drives even the most demanding of headphones
All-new high-power 15V iPower
Analogue volume control for maximum enjoyment at all listening levels
Powerful 400mW Class A Output
Creating a one-box-fits-all-headphones amplifier was a challenge for iFi. That’s because headphones are a diverse lot. So when iFi's engineers designed the new iCAN, they didn’t start with the amplifier; they started with the headphones.
Unlike traditional headphone amplifiers, the design of the iCAN is based on the whole range of headphones. This atypical approach has bestowed upon the iCAN a unique ability to realise the full potential of each and every headphone out there.
First and foremost, it was designed for the finest sound quality. With XBass you hear deeper, richer and cleaner bass. The 3D Holographic Sound system creates headphone-based music that is free-flowing rather than restricted.
To put it into perspective... Power Output:
Recordings are made for speakers not headphones. This explains the oft-found ‘inside your head’ headphone listening experience. The 3D Holographic Sound system rectifies this to transport the performer from inside your head, to in your room.
iFi wanted to create a headphone amplifier that recreates the most vivid music performance to let your imagination run free; similar to a live concert where the group is playing in front of you. Vibrant, dynamic and resolving: the music stirs you. Above all, with the 3D HolographicSound system, iFi created a truly high-end 3D sound field without the use of any sound-damaging DSP whatsoever.
The only thing to come close? Only a few of the best professional-grade headphone amplifiers used in international recording studios. The iCAN is in a class of its own making studio-quality audio affordable.
From the instant you connect your headphones to the iCAN, you realise this is exactly how headphones should sound. This Class A TubeState amplification plays a large part; giving an unprecedented level of clarity and authenticity to deliver an outstanding listening experience.
To attain the ultimate sonic quality, iFi's engineers looked to the Golden Age of audio design. The ground-up iCAN design boasts an unconventional Class A TubeState amplification not of ‘hybrid’ but ‘tri-brid’ circuitry; blending the best of Bi-Polar devices, J-Fets and Advanced Discrete components.
With next-to-none distortion, superior damping factor and excellent transient response, your music simply sounds better than ever. This means perfect-matching of the iCAN to your headphones. Whatever your genre; Rock, Jazz and Classical — music is sweet, vivid, and above all: lifelike.
To achieve the best match to extract the maximum performance from all ranges of headphones, iFi engineers painstakingly tested, measured and auditioned hundreds of headphones.
The end justified the means as the XBass sound enhancement system is adjustable to suit each and every pair of headphones; large and small headphones alike now reach the deepest bass notes like never before.
Like the 3D Holographic Sound system and true to iFi’s high-end audio DNA, the XBass circuitry functions without the use of any sound-damaging DSP whatsoever.
iFi designers left no stone unturned to achieve the finest audio quality. iFi’s DirectDrive technology is directly-coupled for the shortest signal path. It is also more as DriveDrive delivers higher power with lower distortion compared to many USB-powered audio devices.
With real control and sonic authority, the iCAN is 27x more powerful than the Apple iPod Touch and 9x more powerful than the Apple MacBook Air. Saxophones have that golden leading-edge just like the real thing. Vocals have a palpable body and depth. Drums sizzle one moment yet are thunderous the next.
To put it into perspective... Damping Factor: