i have an older system and while upgrading components and speakers can be a tempting and costly quest at auditory nirvana, i currently have greater interests that distract me. looked into an affordable option to stream music through my stereo with the emphasis on decent quality sound.
i narrowed it down between this ifi Nano and the arcam rBlink, but ended up with the ifi since both came equipped with the same Texas Instruments DAC chip, yet the ifi was slightly less expensive. there are already a plethora of reviews on this gadget about the bluetooth stream quality and i mainly concur with them in its sonic achievements.
im unexpectedly getting enjoyment while using it with my CD player. i have an old Arcam transport that was considered very good back in the mid to late 2000’s. the DAC in the unit has to be close to 15 years old. so i decided to bust out my silver sonic digital audio cable from DH Labs and go from the CD player into this tiny ifi. it has nicely added a new dimension of sound i was not getting with just the CD player. it now sounds more spatial and holographic depending on the recording. now i was starting to notice elements in the recordings that i never picked up on before, especially on a few remastered discs, mainly in the higher frequency range. its gotten me to trek on down to the used CD store to fill a few bags with good ol’ fashioned discs.