Wonderful sound, great design, superb technology. At the price, this is an amazing value. Best of all is the MQA support, which provides the best reproduced sound I’ve ever heard. My main system DAC is a PS Audio DirectStream, which I chose partly because of its available MQA support. I willingly paid $6000 for the PS Audio. It’s unreal that I got something that sounds and works like its little cousin for only a few hundred.
I use my xDSD attached to my iPhone via Apple’s camera connection kit, which is a simple short cable, and using the iFi-provided Velcro pads. I don’t bother with the Bluetooth capability, although I imagine others will find it convenient.
Some people complain about the shiny finish collecting fingerprints. I haven’t had that issue. Maybe I’m less finicky than others about such things. Maybe I don’t leave fingerprints, and I should consider a life of crime…. 😊
BTW, I recommend you try MQA (via Tidal and Roon, for example) in conjunction with this baby. You will be amazed. There’s some controversy in the audiophile community about MQA. I think this is mostly because people don’t understand it. Simply, it addresses the fact that humans evolved to be really good at hearing separate sounds that are very close in time to each other, closer than the time intervals in CD-level or even hi-res music. Regular digital music “blurs” these tiny time differences. MQA is a brilliant mathematical approach that recovers those timing details in the original recording master, and gets them delivered faithfully to your system so that properly-equipped devices like the xDSD can send them to your ears. I’m an MIT graduate. I’ve read the technical papers describing the technology. It’s genius stuff. It works. You will hear the difference.
Anyway, I really recommend this little giant. Get it!