Constructive criticism please
iMod is probably better than an external DAC if we're talking about the quality of the signal going into the I2S interface of the DAC chip. What comes out the other side is dependent on a lot more other factors apart from the quality of the input signal. Anyhow, if jitter generated by the coaxial cable and S/PDIF chips is what we're most worried about, then there are currently a lot of DACs that clame to be very near jitter-proof. Elias claims the DAC1 is one such DAC and backs it up with numerous graphs and what-nots. Even the DAC in the Cambridge Audio 740c CD player is claimed to be more or less immune. I wonder how "jitter-proof" the Pico is.
I didn't mean that an imod is necessarily better than any other DAC set up, (time and place for that) just that the fact it doesn't use SPDIF is an advantage. That's what I tried to say with
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Anyway, looking forward to the Pico.