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IFI MICRO-ICAN SE: YES, WE ICAN? - The Audiophile Man
Looking for a low cost headphone amplifier that doesn’t take up too much desk space? Paul Rigby reviews a likely prospect with iFi’s iCAN SE Ideal for both living room hi-fi users and mobile/laptop users, in term of it low footprint, this dinky head amp did strike me as slightly odd, to begin with. Mainly because of how it feels to the touch. The aluminium finish is a bit, well, tacky. It feels like substandard metal. Like those ultra-cheap metal toys that are flung out of Chinese factories and can be bent with two fingers. The iFi chassis itself is none of those things being strong and robust…it’s just how it feels under the fingers. The morale dropped slightly further as I unpacked a wall wart power supply, partly expected considering the price. Fear not, though (at least according to the company) because this power supply apparently contains new Active Noise Cancellation technology. On the back is a power socket, 3.5mm auxiliary source socket and two stereo analog inputs and, on the front of the chassis a 6.35mm headphone socket plus switches for two EQ modes: XBass (now, newly refined) provides bass lift while 3D Holographic Sound (again, tweaked) is …