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post #31 of 351
sorry, but whats the advantage of an optical out?
post #32 of 351
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Originally Posted by ILikeMusic View Post
Two words: CUSTOM EQ
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line out
post #33 of 351
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optical out

till then
post #34 of 351
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Originally Posted by mmmjays View Post
sorry, but whats the advantage of an optical out?
It allows you to bypass the internal (weak) DAC and analog stages.
post #35 of 351
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
It allows you to bypass the internal (weak) DAC and analog stages.
Okay.... and this leads to better sound?
post #36 of 351
"Only" if you connect it to a better DAC and amp then the iPods internal ones.
post #37 of 351
Okay. Sorry but whats DAC lol.
post #38 of 351
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Originally Posted by mmmjays View Post
Okay.... and this leads to better sound?
If you pick a DAC/amp combo that pairs well with your headphones and matches your sonic preferences... resounding/empatic yes.
post #39 of 351
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Originally Posted by mmmjays View Post
Okay. Sorry but whats DAC lol.
Digital to Analog Convertor. Something has to turn all those 0's and 1's into something your brain can perceive as music. The better the DAC, the more faithfully those 0's and 1's are converted back into the sound the producer intended you to hear. For audiophiles, having the flexibility of choosing their own DAC is important.
post #40 of 351
Can your amp act as a DAC?
post #41 of 351
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Originally Posted by Tone Def View Post
Can your amp act as a DAC?
Only if the amp *contains* a DAC.

Remember, DACs convert a signal containing information encoded digitally to an alternating current with the information represented as alternations analogous (hey, that sounds like analogue!) to the alternations of sound waves. (Alternations (or cycles) per second is same as its frequency, represented as Hz. Humans arguably perceive frequencies between 20Hz and 20,000Hz.)

Amplifiers (as we tend to use them here in audio-land) almost always take an analogue signal as input. They (should) simply amplify the alternating current of the input signal without introducing any other change.

Your speakers, in turn, convert the amplifier's output to analogous physical vibrations (hey,that word again, sounds like "Analogue"!). If your speaker aren't in a vacuum, its vibrations will create sound waves analogous to the speaker's vibrations.

These sound waves find themselves to your ears.

(the following (as the above) is probably very technically inaccurate, but i think the general ideas are correct )

Your ears then do some very cool things. They convert the sound waves to analogous mechanical vibrations. You have gazzilions of little hairy thingies in your inner-ear immersed in fluid. These little hairy thingies will vibrate depending upon how the fluid vibrates. The hairy thingies come in different sizes. Smaller hairy thingies vibrate easier than larger hairy thingies. Somehow, the little hairy thingies vibrations are converted to electrical signals that travel to your brain. Your brain does some stuff and you precieve the sound.

I'll stop there.

-m
post #42 of 351
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Originally Posted by bluey_02 View Post
but that might steal iPhone sales, something Apple isn't looking for.
But if Apple is the one making and selling the product, it's all good money to them right?
post #43 of 351
But wouldn't having to have a seperate DAC + Amp combo reduce the portability of the ipod and therefore one of its best selling points?

Also from reading around here, the wolfson dac on the current gen ipod is pretty good so the need for an optical out kinda baffles me. I stand to be corrected though.
post #44 of 351
Just please let them have user-replaceable batteries...
post #45 of 351
Are there many Wintel users of iTunes that bypass iTunes via Multi-plugin to Foobar? If so, like me they are concerned about iTunes going to v8 or a major release because we are stuck on 7.0.x of iTunes because the multi-plugin only works with this version.

Any of you in my boat? How are you handling the situation?
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