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does anyone know if this has better or worse sound quality than the Idsd?
Prob need to fine tune that question since there are about a dozen varities of the iFi's right? I will tell you that on paper the thd looks great for this but we're talking decoding and not amplification. Coincidentally I own the Deckard - bottom line is the TI DAC is its strong point. Just picked up the sister-site deal for LCD-2 w/ iFi micro-iDSD BL for $950. Factor in the super low thd and 4k mv - the iFi is a beast. Further as I read D_9's post (just below) about x256 issues - I think you've got your answer as you read about bitperfect and cruising up to DSD 5, DXD and PCM 7's. I'm blown away with the iFi w/ Amarra SQ+ and some of my cans like LCD-X or TH900mk2's. Now I'm thinking about saving or selling off some of my collection to grip up that damn Pro iCan - I don't care what they say, unless you want to mortage a chord dave - the iFi BL portable and Pro iCan are end games under 2k. hope it helps.
Sorry.. specifically the idsd nano.. as they are at the same pricepoint.... but i am sensing that you are leaning towards the idsd... the reliability of the m8 is one big concern right now.