Working well and well delivered
So far, so GREAT!
Just installed. Powered by the PC’s USB so far for now.
May get a 5v power supply soon so as to allow the USB to focus on data.
I’m planning on experimenting with different cabling strategies soon.
The first impressions are so good, it’s hardly worth the effort...
I got an adapter from Amazon to allow the Balanced 4.4mm output to convert to an unbalanced 3.5mm stereomini female. This is what’s now feeding my desktop Klipsch THX 2.1 speakers with the setting to a fixed output allowing for the Klipsch volume control to be the only one next to the PC’s settings.
Other options to try are the included 6.3mm to 3.5mm headphone output adapter, and then an adapter cable, also from Amazon, male RCA pair to a female 3.5mm.
Software and Drivers were updated easy-enough from ifi’s site.
Love the color-coded light ring indicator for streaming rate!
Very well made unit, looks unique with the brushed aluminum face and rear panels and the micro-textured sparked dark grey main body surround surface. Solid feel with thoughtful grippy rubber feet. My concern is the complete lack of any ventilation whatsoever; perhaps it’s just not necessary.
Just in the time of writing the review, 5-8 tracks in, the soundstage is creepy-precise, noise floor is only allowing me to be annoyed with my PC’c fan. With the speakers at each end of dual monitors, it makes for a perfect equilateral triangle with my position, about 3.5’ to me from each speaker, as well as 3.5’ from each other. About 2’ from the wall.
The output gain must be quite high as the Klipsch’s effective volume is restricted to: “zero volume”, down to full counterclockwise-lock at about 7 on the dial. Then, up to 8 on the dial for a quiet but usable volume. Then, only up to 9 on the dial is PLENTY loud.
Anything higher is just stupid-loud! May need to fiddle with some settings to get this less sensitive. So, much more delicate control when switched to variable and using the Zen’s wonderfully precise knob. So much to try!
BLOOM was great with quick shipping, well protected boxing, and having a handwritten thanks note in the packaging list with a KitKat treat accompanied with the owner’s business card. That is truly premium-level pro client service! Great job!
Best bang-for-the-buck of any audio system’s components purchased, ever.