iFi Audio – xCAN Headphone Amp w/ Bluetooth
Product Summary:The xCAN is a portable headphone amplifier and Bluetooth receiver. Above all else, the xCAN is for anyone who wants to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their expensive headphones with a pocket-amp.... Click To Read More
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iFi Audio – xCAN Headphone Amp w/ Bluetooth
The xCAN is a portable headphone amplifier and Bluetooth receiver. Above all else, the xCAN is for anyone who wants to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their expensive headphones with a pocket-amp.
The last word in portable amplifiers
Using a high-end Digital to Analog Player (DAP) that has an adequate onboard DAC but lacks power? Happy with your existing source but need more juice?
Just add the xCAN to drive bigger and better headphones and boost your tunes.
The xCAN delivers CD-Quality Bluetooth via AAC, aptX and aptX LL with added iFi magic.
Stream wirelessly from your smartphone. Bluetooth from your TV to the xCAN. No need for wires. Just plug your headphones into the xCAN at your side.
Give soundtracks extra energy. Add oomph to your gaming! Hear the whoosh of an arrow or the full throttle of F1 car in all their glory.
Connect via analog 2.5/3.5 connection. iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced technology means that you gain the advantages of a balanced connection even when using an unbalanced one.
On headphones, this means lower distortion, less interference, and less crosstalk.
And it enables you to take advantage of the growing number of balanced sources, such as high-end DAPs.
A pure powerhouse
The xCAN is a dual-mono headphone amplifier with 1000mW of power per channel. It will happily drive your favorite headphones.
And we added our signature sonic extras as well.
3D+® opens up your music to give you the spaciousness of a live-concert atmosphere.
The XBass Ⅱ® analog bass correction system corrects headphone/speaker bass response to deliver a more natural sound to the midrange frequencies.
The xCAN smart battery provides up to 18 hours of playback time (analog) or 12 hours (Bluetooth) depending on your choice of headphones. That’s one very long train journey!
And finally, check out the curvy chassis and lush LEDs. The xCAN is one lovely lady.
The unit boasts a dual-mono headphone amplifier with 1000mW of power per channel which can unleash the full potential of both 32ohm through to 600ohm headphones. It offers balanced in/out to take full advantage of the growing availability of balanced sources and headphones. The 2.5mm balanced headphone jack means it can be used to boost the amplification of high-end DAPs.Read more here.
This unit features the iFi Cyberdrive® headphone amplifier stage. You won’t find it in Star Wars or Star Trek. Unravel its mysteries here.
With a separate power input (USB Type C) to charge the internal battery, it does not draw from your smartphone or playback device.Playback time is 12 (via Bluetooth® as input) to 18 (as analogue amplifier only) hours.
iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.See our Tech Note to dig deeper.
AMR’s Global Master Timing (GMT)/ Memory Buffer System represents a total ‘out of the box’ systematic digital solution that solves the digital SPDIF jitter once and for all.
Awesome headphone amp!! IFi have knocked it out the park again with the xCan!!
I’ve paired this up with a chord mojo and wow are they an awesome pairing! In total this is not a cheap combo (if bought new you are talking approximately £700) but you can pick them up Second hand if you want to save money. However, the sound quality from these is simply sublime! The chord is obviously a very highly respected DAC And does sound tremendous but when fed (using line out mode) into the XCan it just takes it up another couple of notches.
Great amp with blue tooth connectivity.
I am not an audiophile ….so therefore can not give an in depth review of the sound nuances. But this is a well made device with various and many options. The blue tooth connection is brilliant. I made a silly mistake as to where the recharging LED was and the manufacturer could not have been more helpful.
Feels good, sounds good, what’s not to like
Excellent little bit of kit. Sound quality is high, bluetooth pairs very quickly and it definitely does the job..
Very enjoyable listen, improves the output of your phone and even sounds better than some dedicated DAPs..
Well worth the investment
Bit of a fingerprint magnet though..
Great entry level headphone amp…
Only been using this amp for a few days and it’s really showing its potential already. Can drive low 32 and high 300 ohm headphones and IEMs really well. I love that it provides a neutral level of amplification from my Fiio M11 paired with the HD6xx headphones. Portability is also great and it comes with velcro to secure it to your DAP.
ifi xCAN Review
I have been using the xCAN for a couple of weeks now and I must admit its like a credit card sized pocket rocket. In short, its a portable headphone amp with a built in DAC and Bluetooth with both single ended and balanced inputs and outputs…
Great little amp
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.
- POWERFUL – Powerful dual-mono headphone amplifier that can unleash the full dynamic range of hard to drive 600 ohms over earphones while still driving many sensitive 32-ohm IEM with a silent background. Delivers 1000mW of power per channel Balanced and also a specially designed ‘S-Balanced’ circuit for Balanced (TRRS) 2.5mm and Single-Ended with (TRS) 3.5mm connectors Both offer exceptional low crosstalk and low distortion
- WIRELESS – ‘Cut the cord’ and upgrade your existing wired headphones by using the built-in wireless Bluetooth input, which uses the aptX and AAC codecs with a dedicated DAC chip, for streaming music from your portable or home device to the xCAN receiver with 16 bit 44kHz CD quality sound. Compatible with your DAP ( digital audio player ), Android or Apple smartphone or tablet, laptop, smart TV, or even Alexa and similar smart speakers
- PORTABLE – Start listening right away and all day with a 2220mAh battery that can supply 12-18 hours of playback. Accessories include a USB C charging cable, a mini to a mini connector, and a 2.5mm balanced interconnect so you can connect to almost any audio system component or converter right out the box
- MUSIC YOUR WAY – 3D Holographic + and XBass II offer advanced analog signal processing circuits that provide a more accurate and enjoyable sound by correcting low-end bass and/or mid-range frequencies and widening the soundstage to bring the music ‘out of your head’ creating a more an engaging sound. Puts the performer on stage in your home to add that extra natural quality to the mid-range
- PRECISION – Pure Analogue Volume Control retaining full resolution at all volume levels, its smooth action and smooth sound deliver the sonic goods with super smoothness and precision
Wireless: ESS Sabre 44.1/48k 16-Bit (AAC, aptX, aptX LL and SBC)
3.5mm (TRS or TRRS S-Balanced*) and 2.5mm (TRRS)
*ONLY found in iFi components such as nDSD BL. Do NOT feed using normal TRRS Balanced output sources.
No USB audio input
S-Balanced: > 3.8V / 45 mW (@ 300 Ohm)> 3.5V / 380 mW (@ 32 Ohm)> 3.1V / 600 mW (@ 16 Ohm
Balanced: > 7.6V / 90 mW (@ 600 Ohm)> 7.2V / 800 mW (@ 64 Ohm)> 5.7V / 1,000 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
THD & N
S-Balanced: < 0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.26V 16 Ohm)
Balanced: < 0.006% (@ 360 mW/2.4V 16 Ohm)
S-Balanced: > 121dBA (@ 3.8V)
Balanced: >120dBA (@ 7.6V)
Recommended HP Impedance
S-Balanced: <1 Ohm
Balanced: <2 Ohm
S-Balanced: 3V RMS
Balanced: 6V RMS
-95dB to +18dB adjustable in 114 1dB steps (using volume control)
< 2Hz – > 200kHz (-3dB)
18 hours (analogue)
12 hours (Bluetooth)
(charging via USB port)
95 (l) x67 (w) x19 (h) mm
127g (0.28 Ibs)