iTube. Audio as it was Meant to be Heard.
iFi’s DNA means it is able to exclusively bring high-end products to the entry-level price point. Yet the iFi iTube will still astonish. Virtually every audio system has scope for improvement in the digital domain. The special Class A tube buffer circuit puts the ‘analogue’ back into your digital music. The Digital Antidote Plus® re-equalises harsh, ‘ringing’ digital sources which cause listening fatigue.
The Tri-brid stage offers input impedances of 1M ohm (Buffer) to 100k (Preamp) with the ability to drive 600 Ohm loads. This feature found only in select, top-end pre-amplifiers means the iTube is able to ‘bridge’ different impedance systems such as tubes to pro-audio solid-state.
With even more additional features not found elsewhere including 3D HolographicSound® system for Speakers, the iTUBE makes a Swiss Army knife seem one-dimensional.
Prepare yourself for extended listening sessions. The iFi iTUBE is a game changer.
Many audiophiles wax lyrical about the ‘magic of tubes.’ Why? Because the scientific fact is that adding tubes to a HiFi system increases our intrinsic enjoyment of music. The harmonic characteristic of tubes eases tension and gives us a greater sense of well-being.
The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts conducted an extensive scientific study where participants reported a ~60% decrease of tension, nervousness and a 120% increased sense of well-being with a HiFi system including tubes, when compared to a solid-state system.
Many computer audio systems use a digital volume control which typically truncates the signal. Not the iTube, it is able to preserve the innermost resolution of the source like no other. Its precision analogue volume control is there when needed and out of the circuit when not.
The iTube vs. The iTube2
Both the iTube and iTube2 have a 3D holographic switch which allows you to expand the soundstage according to your taste. They also feature the same switch panel which allows you to configure the tube buffer to your personal system. The iTube2 differs as it posses an xBass switch, giving you the option to get more bass. The iTube2 has a slightly different design as it does noes not feature the play, tube buffer and power indicators as featured on the top of the iTube. The iTube2 features a switch which allows you to mimic the sound of common tube typologies. If leave the switch down, it is the most neutral setting, in the middle it replicates the sound of a push-pull tube amp, and at the top it replicates the sound of an SAT amplifier.
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