It is tough to follow up a review by Tyson since he has written these for years. To be honest, copy and paste his would be a very accurate review since I hear the exact same thing. Once in a blue moon, does a classic like this comes around.
But since that would be cheating, I will just concentrate on what the 2 does over the 1.
My two systems that I tried it on.
DAC Cherry mono amps with 30v PS
Zellaton Emotions I
Reality Audio iC's
Reality Audio speaker cables
Wolf Ear Audio power cords
C&C audio system #2
Folsom modded Crown 1500 amp
Gallo Classico 1 speakers
Virtue Audip IC's and speaker cables
Stock power cords
If I had to replace system 1, It would cost me about 40 k. I paid about 20k. I love this system, very fast and detailed but also very revealing. I have right at 1k in the C&C system if you count the ITube 2.
I tried all the settings on the Itube2, my favorites on both systems were Xbass+12db, 3D+30 degrees, and SET. I also hooked up a Set amp, pp was the best for that. With a click of a button,you can turn these off.
3D circuits sounds like a gimmick, not so with IFI. The 3d in the past never focused or pinpointed the vocals or instruments. The Itubes do. That is a strong attribute of IFI.
So how does the ITube 1 and 2 compare? I have my Itube1 highly tweaked with a cryo treatment, Astron PS, and a cryo treated special power cord, the Itube 2 of course is stock with a 15v Ipower.
Not even close. Since mine was tweaked to the max I was hoping for a close race. That way I did not have to buy the 2.
1. Best 3D experience-2
2. Lowest noice floor-2
4. Best clarity-2
6.best detail on percussion instruments-2
8.best on Internet radio-2-and by far
Well, I think you get the picture. The 2 beats the modded 1 in every area and it was a huge difference. I keep trying to figure why, even pinching myself to make sure this is not a dream.
The 2 made both of my systems sound better and it did on every song and artist. Did I buy my own before the tour unit left the building? A big yes
IFI is calling this a game changer. It is for me since my music library enjoyment has now doubled and tripled on my music server, and it has grown 100 fold with the better internet radio streaming. Jimi Hendrix and Led Zep can sound this good?
Music that I used in this review includes Sophie Millman, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Hallie Loren, Eva Cassidy, Jill Scott, Cowboy Junkies, And many of my favorite rock artists, Beatles, Eric Burdon and War, Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Bee Gees, America, Bread, Queen, Ambrosia, Pink Floyd, Donovan, CCR, Led Zep, Cat Stevens, Heart, Johnny Cash, Jackson Browne and on and on. I am now in Rock and Roll heaven.
Highly recommended and I give this the product of the decade award.
Thank you very much Jason, funnest tour yet. It has been an honor.
Note: The shipping will cost you about 10 bucks, so get on the next tour.