Part 2. iOne – what is it?
Imagine for a moment if our iDSD nano, iDAC 2 micro and a digital module that escaped from a Retro got together and had a child. In a nutshell that's the iOne.
The name of our latest product was cherry-picked mainly because it combines in ONE enclosure many different digital audio devices and input options. Versatility is its middle name. In short, the iOne is a petite, affordable d/a converter loaded to the gills with amazing features, which make it a very unique, convenient and interesting product. Here's what iOne is exactly:
1. Wireless AAC/aptX Bluetooth – Wireless DAC
This is the iOne's bread and butter. Functionality transforms it into an uber convenient, wireless source to use. Just add tablet or a smartphone loaded with music, then pair it with the iOne via the synch button on its front and you are off. Once a connection is established, the music can be sent to the iONE from the couch. Audio life doesn’t get much easier than this.2. USB input – Wired DAC
Because of its USB input, the iOne can be used with PC/MAC based computers. You never know when you'd like to use your iOne during i.e. a favourite series binge watch session or YouTube music video of your favourite artist and alike. If your music collection consists mainly of DSD files, USB is the way to go with these natively, up to DSD256 speed which embarrasses many a far more expensive DAC.
On PCM, it handle up to 394kHz. Either way, Hi-Res recordings are catered for in Bit-Perfect fashion. 3. SPDIF input – Wired DAC
Since the iOne sports both digital input and output, it can be used in several ways. As digital input, a user can pass a digital signal from i.e. a CD player, a TV, a console or any other media machine capable of sending its digital audio data 'outside.' This scenario means that iOne will be exploited mainly as a DAC, it'll convert digital zeros and ones into an analogue signal, which is then sent to an amplifier via its RCA outputs.4. RCA output - Wired DAC
This functionality allows iOne to send an analogue signal to other analogue devices. This is quite self-explanatory. Our product can work as a DAC and wireless receiver at the same time, which makes it a perfect one-box-solution for everyone. Only an amplifier/headphone amplifier and a pair of passive speakers/headphones respectively are needed to build complete, wireless setup to enjoy Spotify/Tidal at a whole other level. The iOne can also elevate active wireless monitors' performance, it'll take over D/A conversion and wireless functionality in such a setup. From a usability standpoint nothing really changes for a user, yet in vast majority of cases, the iOne's input will give the sound quality of such speakers a major boost.5. SPDIF output - Wired DDC
The iOne's SPDIF output allows a digital signal to be sent to another device in digital form. In such scenario, the iOne doesn't serve as a DAC, it becomes the SPDIF converter. As such, it can be used as a wireless transceiver for i.e. a $10,000 DAC and presumably instead of a CD player in this price bracket. Our machine will allow a very serious audiophile to send the music via his smartphone or a tablet to his very luxurious home stereo with merely one device replaced; his CD player. This scenario shows one of the iOne’s greatest strengths.
A quite similar story might happen if this gent would like to feed his source with a laptop full of music files. Just plug the iOne to the laptop via the its USB input, extract the signal 'outside' via SPDIF output to a DACs SPDIF input... and done. The outcome? Music played on an expensive home stereo via laptop. The highest resolution is 192 kHz as this is the SPDIF maximum – nice.6. Listen Measure / Digital Filter - wireless and wired DAC
There are two settings: Advanced minimum phase (Bezier) “Listen” digital filter optimised for sound quality and enjoyment. We recommend this setting be left on permanently.
However, on the odd occasion measurements are required, then alternatively, select “Measure” which represents the standard FIR phase linear digital filter. Some like to listen as well as measure using this filter. Horses for courses and all that.
This may seem overkill but as we like to go above and beyond, the choice of filters is one we wanted to satisfy even the most discerning audiophile.More to come! Stay tuned.