iFi audio Launches xCAN Portable Headphone Amplifier
U.K.-based iFi audio has a knack for developing some ultra portable yet ultra powerful audio technology. We’ve seen that before in the form of their nano IDSD Black Label portable DAC, which we reviewed earlier this year. Now, though, the company is back with another product that’s rather unassuming in size but that packs a powerful punch.
This time around, iFi audio has launched the xCAN, a portable headphone amplifier that it says is powerful enough to drive some of the most power-hungry headphones on the market—a claim we’ll be sure to put to the test when we get our hands on a review unit. Similar to its other portable products, the xCAN is intended for smartphones and other portable digital audio players, but users can link the device up with their computer or smart TV to improve the listening experiences there. iFi also baked in Bluetooth aptX support, which gives the user the option to enjoy the benefits of the xCAN in a wired or wireless setting.
“iFi is renowned for offering unique personal audio products that deliver remarkable value and the xCAN is certainly no exception,” Victoria Pickles, Head of Global Marketing for iFi audio, said in a statement. “The xCAN is designed for power users on the go who want to get the most out of their headphones, even power hungry planar magnetic designs. Moreover, the quality of xCAN’s Bluetooth aptX delivers superb clarity and connection quality.”
Backing up that power-hungry claim, the xCAN can deliver an astounding 1000mW of power per channel, so users will certainly be able to enjoy their high-res formats at an even more pristine level. Additionally, iFi said the device can storeup to eight different wireless devices at once, which means users can stream audio from a number of different sources at the same time.
The device itself features a full analog volume control, a 3D+ function that provides two separate circuits (one optimized for headphones, the other for loudspeakers), XBass+ control, and all of the expected inputs/outputs—including a USB-C port, praise the lord!
The xCAN is available to ship immediately for $299.