IFI Purifier 2

machonemachone Posts: 1,120
I received my IFI Purifier 2 yesterday and wanted to share my initial findings with you all.

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First it is packaged very well and its construction is solid with its all aluminum housing.

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I inserted the Purifier 2 in between my Marantz SA8005's USB port and my Starlight 7 USB cable which is connected to my Quantum Byte solid state music server.

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During listening the first thing I noticed on my system is more articulate bass with better extension. Drums have better transient or faster response with more power but without seeming unatural. There seems to be more definition in high frequencies with vocals being very natural and detailed all without any harshness. Sound stage depth and imaging is better with some music moving forward from the speakers closer to my listening position. The acoustic guitar in Pink Floyd's, The Wall, Goodbye Blue Sky really moved forward and felt like it was in the room with me.

Overall a very pleasant listening session that I hope to reproduce tonight.

I am pretty sure it's a keeper.

Bob


Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
1KVA Dreadnought
Marantz SA 8005
Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
Sony PS4

Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

"All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
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Comments

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,052
    Great to hear first hand experience Bob. I had the original and it did generate improvements. I've had positive experiences with all of their products so far.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,955
    I have been interested in trying one out. So its like the jitterbug but supposedly better yes?
    How long did you let it burn in?.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight, PS Audio Direct Stream JR.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,052
    The jitterbug is designed after the original ipurifier. IFi has been in this game for a long time, audio quest just has better marketing.
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,120
    It's burning in as I use it. It was brand new when I wrote the first post.
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,955
    edited July 2016
    Thanks both. So it might even im9IRBCUore after a good 200 hours are on it.

    I think getting the digital side better in my rig is going to be my next step and I might need to give this a try.

    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight, PS Audio Direct Stream JR.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • machonemachone Posts: 1,120
    I wanted to update this thread with my latest experience with the IFI Purifier2.

    A year ago I decided to keep things as simple as possible when I installed the four 20 amp dedicated power circuits so I removed the IFI. I never reinstalled it until just now.

    During the last year I have upgraded the Hafler 500 with new driver boards and power cord, upgraded power cords to the Mojo power supply and Marantz SA8500, added many acoustic panels and last but not least I introduced the Modwright preamp with an upgraded power cord.

    Now that the power cords have settled in I decided to add the IFI back into the mix. It is installed in the same place as before between the USB cable and the Marantz (used as the DAC).

    This time the results are very noticeable with tighter bass, really spectacular imaging and everything forward. After listening for several nights with and without it in the system I find that I love the imaging and tone but it is a little too forward and the bass can be a little thin with some recordings. An example of this is JB "Blow by Blow".

    I thought about it for a little and decided to move the speakers back an inch towards the wall. They have been at 7" for a long time and the last time I moved them to 6" I did not like the results. But I don't have the same system as a year ago so I gave it a try.

    Wow! The bass is plentiful but tight with the image moved back and the soundstage is w-i-d-e. I played many songs last night and was grinning from ear to ear.

    If you are on the fence with this one give it a try. At $120 list it may be worth the risk. It sure is working in my system.

    I love this hobby!!!
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,523
    edited April 2018
    @machone wich one do you have, they have a few pruducts with similar if not the same name?

    Thanks
    Disregard ssw the pic
  • verbverb Posts: 7,319
    Thanks @machone for the write up. Just ordered one!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,120
    I hope it works for you!
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,523
    @verb Yeah, let us know.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,319
    edited April 2018
    So today I received the iFi Purifier2 from Amazon via next shipping. Nice little package, even comes with a USB a-b adapter! Plugged it right away, played one of my favorite reference songs from Rush:

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    Running iTunes lossless format from a recent remastered release. Nearfield setup in my office. Same volume settings, native sampling rate, just as before without the iFi.

    Right out of the box, I immediately noticed a difference. Bass was noticeably extended, tighter. Drums were crisper. Highs were further extended as well. I was hearing more cymbals than without the iFi! I'm not an audiophile, but dare I say soundstage extended as well?

    For my nearfield setup, even at moderate listening levels, this nifty little device will bring more out of your source material for sure!

    I'm looking forward to more experimentation with the baby!

    Thanks @machone and @dskip for the recommendation! :smile:


    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    OMGWTFBBQ?! Now I need one of these babies!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 7,319
    I really like it! I spend most of my evenings (unfortunately) on the computer. WAF dictates moderate listening levels, so this little stick just brings out more.

    More reference material:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    Oh what? We needs ta TALK. You put her on right now, PUT HER ON THE PHONE THIS INSTANT.
    verb wrote: »
    WAF dictates moderate listening levels, so this little stick just brings out more.

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 7,319
    No thanks! I want to keep her! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,852
    I'm buying one now!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    I just ordered one. Kindof funny that the $90 DAC I'll be using it with costs less than it did ($120).
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,398
    Now you guys have me thinking I need one of these for my computer based headphone rig. Hmmm....
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    That was fast.

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    Gotta tame the beast before you let it out of it's cage!
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Hook it up!

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,430
    Clipdat wrote: »
    That was fast.

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    Your clock radio has the wrong time on it.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    Are you sure about that? When I'm at my computer it's always "44.1 o'clock".
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Your clock radio has the wrong time on it.

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,523
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Are you sure about that? When I'm at my computer it's always "44.1 o'clock".
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Your clock radio has the wrong time on it.

    Dude, it's quarter after 44
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    If only I could make the screen say 420 and post a pic of it for Jesse.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Dude, it's quarter after 44

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 7,319
    Clipdat wrote: »
    If only I could make the screen say 420 and post a pic of it for Jesse.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Dude, it's quarter after 44

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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,398
    Well, I'm still on the fence. Somebody going to give me a push?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    I should have a chance to try it out this weekend before or after I'm bending over for taxes.
    DaveHo wrote: »
    Well, I'm still on the fence. Somebody going to give me a push?

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,967
    edited April 2018
    Have you guys read up on the iFi "Grand Slam" combo of the iFi Gemini cable and iFi iUSB power?

    I find myself back here this AM after stumbling across, in other reading, a little device called a/the USB Disruptor, which is designed to separate the power from the USB, provide new power, and deactivate the conducting hardware of the USB cable.
    https://usbdisruptor.com/usb-disruptor-works/
    Got me thinking about whether iFi addresses this, and, of course, they have.

    iFi has their version of this approach (while apparently offering additional tech) in their recommendation of the iPurifier2, Gemini cable, and iUSB. Looks like they're even offering power adapter/wall-warts.

    Anyone considered this route? Seems to make a lot of sense for the best potential in USB DAC audio. The iPurifier2 alone seems to be stopping short of potential gains of separating power and removing unnecessarily conductive paths from the source to the DAC.

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    Post edited by msg on
    I disabled signatures.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,523
    I have but that cable is damn spensive!
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