Hey there guys,
We often get asked what the differences are between the xDSD and the xCAN.
Now, the X-series products may look alike and both have Bluetooth functionality but their primary uses are very different.
We see the xCAN as more of a mainstream product to be used with DAPs (Digital Audio Players) where you are happy with the digital to analogue conversion, but fancy ramping up amplification. It also has analogue connections which have an incredible 18 hours of battery life.
The xDSD is both a DAC and an amp which makes it perfect for streaming hi-res formats. Its SPDIF and USB inputs make it a fearless beast unafraid of flexing its muscle. And with MQA available on Android, and hopefully soon for iOS, the xDSD is revolutionising the hi-res format.
Take a look at the comparison chart below.
|Balanced Headphone Amplifier (with BT input)||Hi-Res DAC Amp (with BT input)|
|(US$ ex-tax, €/£ with VAT)|
|Mainstream/DAP||Highest Hi-Res formats|
|Digital||Bluetooth (aptX/aptx LL/AAC)||✓||✓|
|Analogue||3.5mm (TRS or TRRS S-Balanced)||✓|
|2.5mm (TRRS) Bal||✓|
|3.5mm TRS S-Balanced||✓||✓|
|2.5mm TRR S-Balanced||✓|
|Formats||44.1/48k 16-Bit (AAC, aptX) (on Bluetooth)||PCM768 / DSD 512 / 2xDSD with MQA|
|DAC chipset||ESS Sabre||Burr-Brown|
|3D+ and XBass||✓||✓|
|Max. power||1,000 mW @ 32 Ohm||500mW @ 18 Ohm|
|Output impedance||S – Bal <1 Ohm
Balanced <2 Ohm
|Battery playback||Up to 18 hours (Analogue input)
Up to 12 hours (Bluetooth)
|Up to 8 hours|