Our Take This is where we would've inserted Emperor Palpatine's "UNLIMITED POWER" gif, but alas, our site's doesn't support animated gifs (truly tragic). Instead, I guess we just need to say that if you want an endgame headphone amp with moar power than any human being could ever need, you've come to the right place. Oh, and you want both Class A solid state AND tube circuits? Oh, and it needs to be fully balanced with full differential internal signalling? Oh, and have features like XBass analogue bass correction, 3D Holographic dual-analogue matrices, 3 gain stages, and all kinds of headphone port types? I mean, come, dawg...just buy this thing, it's friggin amazing.
From iFi The iFi Audio Pro iCAN is the flagship studio-grade headphone amplifier and audiophile line-stage processor with individual solid-state and tube amplification sections. The unit utilizes an Alps motorized rotary volume potentiometer, which features "6-tracks" for true balanced volume control regardless of balanced or single-ended connections. The unit features a variety of line-level inputs including two balanced XLRs and three stereo pairs of unbalanced RCAs, while line-level outputs include two balanced XLRs and a stereo pair of RCAs.
The Pro iCAN's front panel offers a selection of headphones, boasting the ability to drive anything from custom in-ear monitors to difficult-to-drive models, such as the AKG K-1000. For balanced headphones, there are no less than four sets including an 1/8" TRRS, two 1/4", two XLR (3-pin), and a single XLR (4-pin). For single-ended headphone outputs, a single 1/8" TRS and 1/4" TRS are provided.
The amplifier audio circuit is a development of iFi's proprietary 'Tube-State' design. It is fully discrete, fully balanced with either tube or J-FET inputs switchable, bipolar second stage and MOSFET-buffered bipolar class-A Power stage (with Class-AB for low-impedance headphones at very high levels). The resulting circuit may be best described as 'tri-brid' where each device is used to greatest sonic advantage while minimizing any drawbacks. Furthermore, the circuit is pure DC coupled to avoid using any conically degrading coupling capacitors.
The Pro iCAN is chocked full of premium components including TDK Japanese-made C0G-type capacitors and Vishay MELF-type thin film resistors. These are complimented by Panasonic Japanese-made ECPU film-capacitors explicitly designed for audio use with extremely low distortion (<0.00001% @ 1V/10 kHz). Additionally, iFi employed ELNA Japanese-made Silmic II capacitors for the power supplies. These use special silk-fiber paper for the isolating barrier resulting in decreased odd-order distortion and reduced microphonic/mechanical resonances.
Balanced: 2 x XLR 3-pin 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS (iFi SEC balanced system) 1 x XLR 4-pin 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS (with built-in iEMatch, output matched to high-sensitivity headphones)
Single-Ended: 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS (use right jack for unbalanced headphones, however it is possible to drive two separate headphones simultaneously) 1 x 1/8" 3.5 mm TRS (with built-in iEMatch - output matched to high-sensitivity headphones)
Line Inputs and Outputs
Inputs 2 x XLR 3-pin (L/R) balanced 6 x RCA (3 stereo pairs) unbalanced
Outputs 2 x XLR 3-pin (L/R) balanced 2 x RCA (L/R) unbalanced
DC Loop-Out: For use with Pro iCAN add-ons (e.g. electrostatic module) iFi Electrostatic Add-On Module: Only for connection with the iFi Electrostatic module DC Power Supply Input: 15 VDC, 4 A
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