Superlatives are thrown around way too often and way too easily in this business. The words giant killer and game changer have lost all meaning as a result. That creates a problem when a product comes along that is really good as we then have to anoint it as the second coming in order to differentiate it from the rest of what we have already praised. That is the position I am left in with the xCAN and I am not as free with praise as others so I can only imagine the predicament reviewers who gave the Aune B1s a near perfect score are in. No, the xCAN won’t walk on water, no it won’t make 128k mp3s sound like the gold master, but it is a damn fine piece of gear at a price point that is very reasonable. The xCAN is the best portable amplifier I have heard to date which at last count was 30+ models including most of the rest of the iFi lineup. I already had the xDSD on my products of the year list for 2018 and now I have to admit the xCAN betters it. It isn’t often that a company manages to bottle lightning and even less so when they do it twice in a row. iFi is on to something great and I hope ifI can keep the team that produced the xDSD and xCAN together as I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Tear up the rulebook because music has leapt into the future with the iFi xCAN.
At home or on the go, our latest headphone amplifier delivers energy, power and freedom in one truly portable package.
Audio that’s ahead of its time.
Delivering high quality Bluetooth connectivity, and capable of storing up to eight wireless devices at once, the xCAN enables you to stream your favourite music from:
- Apple Music
As well as listen to your favourite artists, box sets and movies on your smartphone, portable audio device, laptop, and TV.
Add to that 1000mW of power per channel via dual-mono amplification and your are rocking!
The xCAN is both wireless and wired. Enjoy the benefits of a wired connection or the freedom of Bluetooth.
Our S-Balanced technology trickled-down from the flagship Pro iCAN means it’s top drawer and compatible with all single and balanced headphones and iEMs.
With its smooth contours, futuristic metallic design and twelve to eighteen of battery life, you’ll want to take it everywhere.
The xCAN gives audio the boost it needs, cutting background noise and restoring a natural, cleaner sound.
Whether listening to the latest chart-topper or much-loved 60’s classic, music never grows old with the iFi xCAN.
The tech spec.
The xCAN is loaded with the latest technology, including:
- XBass Ⅱ To clean up and restore a richer sound
- 3D+ To recreate live stage atmosphere
This is high-resolution audio at its best.
The xCAN boasts a dual-mono headphone amplifier with 1000mW of power per channel which can unleash the full potential of both 32ohm through to 600ohm headphones. The xCAN offers balanced in/out to take full advantage of the growing availability of balanced sources and headphones. The 2.5mm balanced headphone jack means the xCAN can be used to boost the amplification of high-end DAPs.
The iFi exclusive S-Balanced technology is trickle-down tech from the flagship Pro iCAN. S-Balanced delivers the maximum performance from both single-ended and balanced headphones. The S-Balanced (Single-ended compatible Balanced) 3.5mm headphone output delivers the benefits of the balanced connection to single-ended headphones. Reap the advantages of balanced wiring, enjoy lower distortion and reduced crosstalk.
The xCAN delivers CD-Quality Bluetooth via AAC, aptX and aptX LL with added iFi magic. Stream from your smartphone or TV via Bluetooth to the xCAN - no need for wires. Just plug your headphones into the xCAN at your side for the best Bluetooth sound around.
Our 3D+® system creates a more a engaging sound and puts the performer on stage in your home. Our new XBass Ⅱ® adds even more musical satisfaction. The XBass Ⅱ® analogue bass correction system corrects headphone bass response to deliver a more natural sound to the upper bass frequency band.
The xCAN comes with built-in Global Master Timing from AMR so jitter is a thing of the past. This represents a total ‘out of the box’ systematic digital solution that solves the digital jitter problem once and for all.
The Cyberdrive headphone amplifier stage is one of the pivotal new circuit designs in the x-series. This new design places all parameters of the fully analogue system under digital control for a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario.
The Cyberdrive design incorporates the iFi exclusive OV4627 ultra low noise FET input Op-Amp and W990VST digitally controlled stepped attenuator to deliver a new level of sound-quality.
With a separate power input (USB Type C) to charge its own internal battery, it does not draw from your smartphone or playback device. Playback time is 12 (via Bluetooth as input) to 18 (as analogue amplifier only) hours.
|Inputs||Wireless||ESS Sabre 44.1/48k 16-Bit (AAC, aptX, aptX LL and SBC)|
|Wired||3.5mm (TRS or TRRS S-Balanced*) and 2.5mm (TRRS)
*ONLY found in iFi components such as nDSD BL. Do NOT feed using normal TRRS Balanced output sources.
No USB audio input
|Max Output||S-Balanced||> 3.8V / 45 mW (@ 300 Ohm)> 3.5V / 380 mW (@ 32 Ohm)> 3.1V / 600 mW (@ 16 Ohm|
|Balanced||> 7.6V / 90 mW (@ 600 Ohm)> 7.2V / 800 mW (@ 64 Ohm)> 5.7V / 1,000 mW (@ 32 Ohm)|
|THD & N||S-Balanced||< 0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.26V 16 Ohm)|
|Balanced||< 0.006% (@ 360 mW/2.4V 16 Ohm)|
|SNR||S-Balanced||> 121dBA (@ 3.8V)|
|Balanced||>120dBA (@ 7.6V)|
|Recommended HP Impedance||16~600 Ohm|
|Output impedance||S-Balanced||<1 Ohm|
|Max. Input||S-Balanced||3V RMS|
|Gain||-95dB to +18dB adjustable in 114 1dB steps (using volume control)|
|Frequency Response||< 2Hz – > 200kHz (-3dB)|
|Playback Time||18 hours (analogue)
12 hours (Bluetooth)
(charging via USB port)
|Dimensions||95 (l) x67 (w) x19 (h) mm|
|Weight||127g (0.28 Ibs)|
|Warranty period||12 months|
ifi Audio xCAN : The Portable that ‘CAN’
If you are asking me will I buy XCan with my own money besides doing review, certainly YES. For me it do bring Bluetooth audio up to audiophile level, we just can’t beat the conveniency, we can easily enjoying high quality music nowadays, a Spotify Premium account, Aptx enabled smartphone and XCan are all you needed, forgot about cables, plug in your headphones and you just enjoy, personally I enjoy XCan very much
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So…what are we left with? Pretty much a steal if you must boil it down to one word. More versatile than my iBasso PB3 (another balanced in/balanced out amp), and with more features. I have not really talked about the balanced in/out feature as many will not use the critter that way. But if you insist…It worked. Balanced in/out worked the way one would expect. Shove a balanced source-out sound into the balanced-in of the xCAN and you can comfortably play your balanced headphones in the bal-out port on the front of the xCAN. No muss, no problem. You can even simply hook up your balanced headphones to the front, and the magic involved inside will automatically convert the sound to balanced. What voodoo is this??!! Holy smokes!
iFi xCAN Headphone Amplifier
The xCAN is, in some ways, a bridge between the two worlds. With its wavy, reflective shell, and fully-balanced circuitry, it pays homage to opulent and exotic audiophile products of old. By adding wireless connectivity, it embraces the listening habits of modern music fans. All that, with a ton of clean power on tap, earns our recommendation.
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Music lovers who demand audiophile-quality sound even when they’re on the go, will appreciate the xCan’s ability to support hi-res audio and drive power-hungry headphones. Rated to deliver 1000 milliwatts (mW) per channel, the portable amp packs an ESS Sabre DAC equipped with a “time domain jitter eliminator,” supports Bluetooth (aptX and ACC) streaming, and features an analog volume control said to retain full-resolution at all volume levels. The device provides a 3D+ listening mode that creates a “live stage atmosphere” and three XBassII settings for “cleaner, tighter, deeper bass.” The onboard lithium-polymer battery is rated for 6 to 8 hours of playtime and the amp is equipped with a balanced 2.5mm output as well as a 3.5mm output that taps iFi’s S-Balanced technology to deliver the benefits of a balanced connection to single-ended headphones.
Incredible Portable Amp with Bluetooth
With so many phones removing the headphone jack, the xCan really hits the mark perfectly. No messy wires, just connect any phone via bluetooth, plug your favourite headphones in to the xCan and be blown away by the wonderful audio experience. The xCan is driving my headphones like nothing else has before. Very impressed.