Drives anything and everything
The Pro iCAN is a top-of-the-line, headphone amplifier that is capable of driving anything and everything – from the most sensitive CIEMS through to the most difficult to drive headphone ever made, the AKG K-1000.
It is the only amp you will ever need.
Boasting a true differential balanced amplifier, the Pro iCAN will rock your headphones/speakers like no other.
Balanced equals exceptional quality – minimal interference and reduced crosstalk.
The sound is cleaner, deeper and more dynamic.
Get the best our of balanced AND single-ended headphones with our S-Balanced tech.
S-Balanced means that single ended headphones reap the advantages of balanced wiring, enjoy lower distortion and reduced crosstalk.
To tube or not to tube…
Choose a setting to suit your mood or your music.
With the Pro iCAN you can enjoy both the sound of solid-state or tubes in a single package and switch in real-time.
For some recordings and/or headphones or speakers – you may prefer the ‘lively’ feel of solid-state for other the more ‘luxurious’ feel of Tube or Tube+.
Yup, we love our tubes here at iFi and we hope you do too.
So, you thought we’d done? If the above wasn’t enough, we’ve added our signature, sonic tweaks of 3D and XBass to add that bit of extra space and depth to your sound.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy all the musical refinements that the Pro iCAN has to offer. Go on, you know you want to…
IEMs stands for In-Ear Monitors.
These fit inside your ear. You’ve been using them for years. You just called them something else.
You will also see these referred to as earphones, ear buds and CIEMs. CIEMs are Custom In-Ear Monitors – IEMs made specifically to fit your ear shape.
The AKG K-1000 headphone has been around since about 1990. It is extremely high performance. AKG described it as an “ear speaker”.
Some say that it feels like you can reach out and touch the sound they produce, such is their visceral quality.
This is a type of audio circuitry topology that uses individual left & right channels.
It is a superior method to the single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.
You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the spectrum such as the Pro iCAN but iFi is now using it across its product ranges to produce interference free audio.
Let’s talk headphone cables.
An unbalanced headphone cable has a left + and right + wire, for each respective side. The other, the third – wire is shared by both left & right channels. As this is shared, this gives rise to undesired coupling noise which is commonly referred to as ‘crosstalk.’
A balanced cable has the same left + and right +. But it has a separate left – and right -. With totally separate wiring ‘crosstalk’ is negligible.
Therefore, a balanced connection is the superior headphone wiring configuration.
A solid-state amplifier uses electronics such as diodes and transistors to amplify the music signal. A tube amp uses valves/vacuum tubes to do the same job.
There is a noticeable sound difference between the two methods. Some feel that tube amps create a warmer, more musical tone. Some companies choose to build ‘hybrid’ models that combine the two methods.
Gain is the amount of increase in audio signal strength. Gain is often expressed in decibels (dB).