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iFi Audio iCAN Phantom - Reference-Class Headphone Amplifier, Pre-amp & Energiser for Electrostatic Headphones

  • Also performs as high-end stereo preamplier to connect to power amp and speakers
  • Pure Wave PRO fully differential balanced circuit design
  • Two discrete input stages, switch between solid state and vacuum tubes
  • Remarkable power-up to 15,000mW to drive the toughest headphone loads
  • Adjustable gain and load impedance plus iEMatch output attenuation
  • Pro iESL energiser technology for electrostatic headphones
  • Multi-level XSpace and XBass analogue processing modes
  • Exemplary build quality, comprehensive connectivity and informative display
  • Manufacturer warranty: 12 months
  • iFi Audio iCAN Phantom

    New reference-class analogue headphone amp with incorporated electrostatic energiser with advanced user interface and network-connected control system. iFi’s new reference-class analogue headphone amp, the iCAN Phantom, takes the Pro iCAN, refines and enhances every element of its circuitry to further elevate its performance, incorporates technology from the Pro iESL - previously a separate component – for electrostatic headphones, and adds a new, advanced user interface and network-connected control system.

    Exemplary build quality, sophisticated technology, an unrivalled specification and remarkable versatility, expertly engineered to drive every headphone type to its full sonic potential. From ultra-sensitive IEMs, to the finest dynamic driver and planar magnetic headphones, to the most power-hungry electrostatic designs, the iCAN Phantom delivers a truly exceptional headphone experience – exquisitely tailored to the requirements of the listener.

    The iCAN Phantom also performs as a high-end preamplifier – to feed a power amp and speakers (or powered speakers) – enabling headphone and speaker listening to be combined in a single high-performance audio system.

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    The Rolls-Royce of Flagships

    The iCAN Phantom’s design gives the appearance of two units but in fact it is a single, dual-level device, the full depth of which is fully utilised by its multi-layer circuit design. Its enclosure is sturdily constructed from aluminium, with the bottom layer sporting cable connections front and back, and the top layer offering tactile controls and a colourful OLED display. The iCAN Phantom also comes with an attractive, easy to use aluminium, high quality, remote control.

    A Tale Of Two Input Stages

    iCAN Phantom sports two input stages – one valve/tube-based, the other solid state – enabling the user to switch between the two in real time. It is like having three amplifiers in one, each with a different sonic presentation. Solid-state offers pace and immediacy. Tube mode adds fluidity and a free-breathing dynamic quality. Tube+ accentuates the sonic influence of the valves, delivering a spellbinding romantic warmth that may suit, for example, acoustic and vocal musical styles.

    Electrostatically Good

    Most headphones create sound by using dynamic (or moving coil) drivers to move air. A smaller number use planar magnetic diaphragms, which are different in form and operation, but still use magnetic fields to cause motion. At the high end of the headphone scene there is another, rare but fabulous sounding driver type – electrostatic headphones. Electrostatic drivers need an separate energiser. The iCAN Phantom incorporates our original standalone iESL energiser technology with regular amplifier technology to make a single amplifier that can handle every headphone type.

    Bias Voltage Simplified

    The iCAN Phantom has a series of data cards that specify different bias voltages (these are supplied with the amp). Simply select the card that matches the headphone’s specification and pop it in the card slot – there are cards for 500V, 540V 580V, 600V, 620V and 640V each with a handy guide on the back showing which headphone brand is compatible with that voltage.

    Every Connection Covered

    iCAN Phantom supplies a wide array of balanced and single-ended connection options. The headphone outputs are at the front, with the source inputs and preamp outputs at the rear. See the source output connections in the technical specifications below.

    iFi Nexis – Network Connected Control

    The iCAN Phantom is the first product to incorporate iFi Nexis, a module which combines with an app to provide a comprehensive, scalable network-connected control system. The features that Nexis offers will grow over time. At launch, the Nexis app enables your Android or iOS device to act as a ‘super remote control’ for the iCAN Phantom, providing access to additional features not accessible via the amp’s fascia or standard remote control.

    Technical Specifications

    • Gain: 0dB, 9dB and 18dB user-selectable
    • Frequency Response: 0.5Hz to 500kHz(-3dB)
    • THD + N: Solid-State: Balanced 0.0015% / UnBAL 0.007%
    • THD + N Tube: Balanced 0.002% / UnBAL 0.006%
    • THD + N Tube+: Balanced 0.012% / UnBAL 0.2%
    • SNR: Balanced >145dB(A) / UnBAL >130dB(A)
    • Output Power: Balanced >15,000mW (@ 16Ω) / UnBAL >5,760mW (@ 16Ω)
    • Output Voltage: Balanced >27.0V (@ 600Ω) / UnBAL >14.0V (@600Ω)
    • ESL Output Voltage: Custom/Pro 640V RMS max. / Normal 320V RMS max.
    • Input voltage: DC 12V/4A or 15V/3A (Phantom iCAN)
    • Input voltage: AC 85 - 265V, 50/60Hz (iPower Elite)
    • Power consumption: < 27W idle, 75W max
    • Source inputs: 1x balanced XLR (L/R), 3x RCA (L/R)
    • Headphone outputs: 1x 3-pin balanced XLR (L/R), 1x 4-pin balanced XLR, 1x 4.4mm balanced, 1x 6.3mm (positive phase), 1x 6.3mm (inverted phase) and 1x 3.5mm (includes S-Balanced technology to cut distortion by 50 per cent)
    • Electrostatic headphone outputs: 1x 5-pin normal bias, 1x 5-pin custom bias
    • Preamplifier outputs: 1x balanced XLR (L/R), 1x RCA (L/R)
    • Dimensions: 256 × 185 × 120 mm (10.1" x 7.3" x 4.7")
    • Net weight: 4.2 kg (9.3 Ibs)

    Package Includes

    • iFi Audio iCAN Phantom
    • RCA Cable
    • iPower Elite
    • Infrared Remote Control
    • Quick start card
    • Instruction card

    Features

    • The ultimate analogue headphone amp from world-leading audio manufacturer iFi Audio
    • Also performs as a high-end stereo preamplier to connect to a power amp and speakers
    • Pure Wave PRO fully differential balanced circuit design delivers ultra-low distortion
    • Two discrete input stages, switch between solid state and GE 5670 vacuum tubes in real time
    • Remarkable power-up to 15,000mW to drive the toughest headphone loads with ease
    • Delivers 14V in Unbalanced mode and 27V in Balanced mode
    • Adjustable gain and load impedance plus iEMatch output attenuation to suit all headphone/IEM types
    • Pro iESL energiser technology with six voltage settings for electrostatic headphones
    • Capacitive battery power supply eliminates mains-borne noise from the audio signal
    • Multi-level XSpace and XBass analogue processing modes for headphones and speakers
    • Exemplary build quality, comprehensive connectivity and informative colour TFT display
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