iFI Audio iFi Audio iPurifier 2 USB Audio Purifier : Great but flawed

Great system tweak – but, incorrect image, this is not type b. You need a pretty decent setup to justify the existence of this tweak in your chain, and – if you do, i can say that it adds some body, and articulation to the sound, although not the same as going from am to fm radio, more like the difference between a 320kbps mp3 and a flac file – some will hear the difference, others won’t – thankfully i am one of those that can :)mine is partnered with the audioquest jitterbug usb filter and the combination is brilliant for squeezing the last nth of sound quality out of my setup. Buyer beware though, at time of writing (19 june 2016) that the version shown is the type ‘b’ (printer type) output which would allow you to plug this directly into a dac with a usb b socket, however – the version shipped is type ‘a’, so – to plug this into your dac you need two usb type b cables. Type a is perfect for other products though, such as the audioquest dragonfly dac red.

Top marks all music sounds better, lows mid highs better defined.

Great system tweak – but, incorrect image, this is not type b. You need a pretty decent setup to justify the existence of this tweak in your chain, and – if you do, i can say that it adds some body, and articulation to the sound, although not the same as going from am to fm radio, more like the difference between a 320kbps mp3 and a flac file – some will hear the difference, others won’t – thankfully i am one of those that can :)mine is partnered with the audioquest jitterbug usb filter and the combination is brilliant for squeezing the last nth of sound quality out of my setup. Buyer beware though, at time of writing (19 june 2016) that the version shown is the type ‘b’ (printer type) output which would allow you to plug this directly into a dac with a usb b socket, however – the version shipped is type ‘a’, so – to plug this into your dac you need two usb type b cables. Type a is perfect for other products though, such as the audioquest dragonfly dac red.

Device appeared to be very temperamental. When working properly the improvement was astonishing (forget those fancy and expensive usb cables). The sound stage was wide, deep and most interestingly also had height, something i’ve only ever heard on my vinyl system. Unfortunately it had a habit of ‘loosing’ the nuforce dac80 i was using, bringing up a driver error message in windows. When using my ap linux based server the dac would disappear from the list of available devices. A real shame as it showed great promise.

I thought it was good enough so far and i didn’t need any extra. I was already into ifi audio products having bought the iusb psu and the gemini cable. Together they made a substantial improvement in received sound (see my reviews). I thought it was good enough so far and i didn’t need any extra tweaks, yet i managed to persuade myself to go one step further and go for the ipurifier2. Yes, you can get get carried away late at night with a glass of wine and make reckless purchases on the internet and regret them later. Afterwards i was cursing myself for paying out a lot of money for some absurd little gadget that won’t make a ha’porth of difference to my musical appreciation. On arrival and application, there was a startling and immediate improvement in what i was listening to. I’m groping with words to describe the impression i got: the sound was more open, more immediate, more defined, more detailed, more focused, cleaner and wholly more realistic.

iFi Audio iPurifier 2 USB Audio Purifier : The ifi audio ipurifier 2 steps up the sonic performance. The ifi audio ipurifier 2 steps up the sonic performance feature set over the previous flagship: the ifi audio ipurifier. With its vigorous space presentation and clean, easy-to-listen sonic persona, the ifi audio ipurifier 2 earns for me the everything audio network stellar sound award. All ‘n’ all huge sonic improvement in all frequencies.

Great purchase, very well worth the money. Like all hifi components, performance will likely vary from system to system. But in my system (mac mini with 16gb ram, everything battery powered, ssd-only hard drives on different buses, 2 audioquest jitterbugs (another brilliant buy) in place and the system optimised to not use the swap file etc (basically everything done to minimise noise and jitter-inducing activity in the computer)) it makes a really positive difference (naim pre/power, teac dac and quad electrostatics, nordost cabling) that’s well very worth the money in my experience.

Top marks all music sounds better, lows mid highs better defined.

Device appeared to be very temperamental. When working properly the improvement was astonishing (forget those fancy and expensive usb cables). The sound stage was wide, deep and most interestingly also had height, something i’ve only ever heard on my vinyl system. Unfortunately it had a habit of ‘loosing’ the nuforce dac80 i was using, bringing up a driver error message in windows. When using my ap linux based server the dac would disappear from the list of available devices. A real shame as it showed great promise.

The ifi audio ipurifier 2 steps up the sonic performance. The ifi audio ipurifier 2 steps up the sonic performance feature set over the previous flagship: the ifi audio ipurifier. With its vigorous space presentation and clean, easy-to-listen sonic persona, the ifi audio ipurifier 2 earns for me the everything audio network stellar sound award. All ‘n’ all huge sonic improvement in all frequencies.

Great purchase, very well worth the money. Like all hifi components, performance will likely vary from system to system. But in my system (mac mini with 16gb ram, everything battery powered, ssd-only hard drives on different buses, 2 audioquest jitterbugs (another brilliant buy) in place and the system optimised to not use the swap file etc (basically everything done to minimise noise and jitter-inducing activity in the computer)) it makes a really positive difference (naim pre/power, teac dac and quad electrostatics, nordost cabling) that’s well very worth the money in my experience.

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