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"A Nice Concert Hall Sound"
The original iTube from iFi tube buffer for home audio systems won a great deal of acclaim. And now it's even better. The wizards at iFi redesigned the micro iTube2 with new parts and new circuitry using trickle-down technology from the flagship 'Pro' series. Only the GE5670 tube remains.
The micro iTube2 is a tubed output stage, tube preamp, tube buffer, AND an impedance-matching device all in one. There is nothing else like it anywhere. You can put the micro iTube2 before a solid-state preamp and another one after it, creating the effect of tubing the whole audio chain. Or you can choose to simply use the micro iTube2 as a very high-quality preamp by itself.
The micro iTube2 sounds by and far, like a tube amplifier 'done right with the inimitable magic of tubes.' Tonality and heft, especially in the mid-range and bass frequencies are increased to elevate the whole audio system, giving you a big dose of listening satisfaction.
"It gave a nice concert hall sound… I had this going for probably five/six hours straight with no problem whatsoever… I really like this portable affordable iTube2," notes eviewer ngoshawk at head-fi.org.
'Magic' of SET, Push-Pull or Classic Tube Sound
Giving you flexible tube magic, the iTube2 offers the listener the choice of three different key sonic signatures. You can choose the sound of a single-ended triode power amplifier, a push-pull tube power amplifier, or a classic tube amplifier. Have fun experimenting. There is no 'right' setting. iFi advises you to act according to your systems synergy and your listening preferences.
XBass+® Matrix for Speakers, New and Improved
enhance the bass of your music without adversely affecting the overall sound quality with iFi's XBass+® for Speakers. It is especially effective if you are listening to speakers that have limited bass extension. Use the 20 Hz (6dB) for speakers missing only the lowest bass notes (below 40Hz). Use 20 Hz (12dB) for speakers missing some bass notes (below 80Hz). Otherwise, you can simply switch off the XBass.
3D Holographic+® Matrix for Speakers
Expand your listening horizons to the max. The latest 3D Holographic+ matrix for Speakers from iFi offers something quite special. It takes high-end systems to another level of performance. It was drawn from the original ground-breaking work of Alan Blumlein, the 'father of stereo.' Firstly, it corrects the fundamental spatial distortion in recordings. And secondly, it increases the width of the soundstage beyond that of the speaker placement.
Choose the "30˚+" setting to add an extra 30 degrees of apparent soundstage to redress the narrow placement of speakers (e.g. either side of a PC monitor). Or choose the "+" setting to recreate the original 'width' of the soundstage. This is the recommended default setting. You can also switch off the 3D+ circuitry.
Brand-new PCB, Direct-Coupled for the Purest Signal Path
The iTube2, in-line with the latest iFi products, is 'Direct-Coupled.' This means no output coupling capacitor is used in order to maintain the purest, most direct signal path. Furthermore, the iTube2 is virtually a whole new product, as the circuitry and components have been radically changed and it now is more closely connected to the flagship Pro iCAN than to other iFi gear.
Reference Class Parts Quality
The iTube2 uses reference class parts, such as Japan TDK C0G type capacitors. These are complimented by Japan Panasonic ECPU Film Capacitors explicitly designed for audio use with extremely low distortion (<0.00001% @ 1V/10kHz). The iTube 2 also uses ELNA SIlmic capacitors. These and other parts are usually only found in components with an extra digit added to the price.
Every iTube2 comes with the brand new iPOWER (15v) which is a remarkable-quiet, advanced DC power supply that features Active Noise Cancellation+® drawn from military radar technology. Measured on the Audio Precision 2, the iPower has an astonishingly low audio band noise floor of just 1uV, while it has the ability to power the iTube2 to put out a maximum 7.75v, which is quite remarkable.
"It gave a nice concert hall sound…I had this going for probably five/six hours straight with no problem whatsoever… I really like this portable affordable iTube2…"
- Reviewer ngoshawk, head-fi.org