I’m not going to go into the value of using “USB cleaners” like the iLink or the upcoming Purifiers — you’re going to need to hear this for yourself. Needless to say, I have seen the light. iFi is now making single-ended and dual-ended USB cables, too, pretty much completing the chain.
I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the iCan headphone amp and iDAC for a while now (Brian Hunter of Audio-Head reviewed them here), but I’m hoping to explore the contributions of the individual new elements, too — stay tuned for reviews on the new iTube buffer, the iPower (USB power) and the forthcoming USB “Purifier” device.
Also on display was a truly sweet looking desktop system that bundled the entire iFi-Audio product line — and added loudspeakers and wrapped it up in some cool retro chic. I have no idea when this will hit, but Darren was waxing poetic. Unfortunately, this was absolutely the worst place to demo it, so any semi-formal comments will have to wait. But it really looks like it’s a killer.