My main use of the xCAN is as a desktop amp. I had it connected to my motherboard audio at first (x570 Taichi), and a separate dac (Drop Airist R-2R).
Sounds great with both, headphones are Sendy Aiva and Audio Technica ATH M50. I bought a separate adapter for the Sendy to use the balanced 2.5mm output. Made a big difference in volume, it’s hard to tell about sound since just being louder makes it feel like it sounds better even if it’s not changing anything.
I keep the xBass II button on the front on for everything, it’s like a free EQ setting that doesn’t affect the music negatively at all. It’s great, really adds a lot to the music even if you don’t have any EQ. The 3D+ is more subjective, I prefer it off but that’s likely due to my headphones and personal preference.
The volume knob has the tactile steps, but feels smooth. The iFi button glows in different shades from dark blue up to bright red depending on the volume, which was a nice touch.
Doesn’t get warm to the touch at all on my desk, even if I leave it on.
Overall I’m very pleased with the product, though at first I thought I made a mistake in getting this over one of the iFi dac/amp combos. I was wrong, and was totally worth the investment.
Flexibility of going Bluetooth to listen to my phone on the couch is an added benefit.