Glad to see there is finally proper ipod dac circumvention. But its too little too late for me; I need hard drives larger than what Apple offers. So it'll be a 500 GB drive and a Pico for me.
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1/4/08 at 9:29pm
while this looks interesting and is a good value at $349 you can buy a mac mini for $599 and essentially be at the same place and have a platform that provides greater storage and additionally its a computer. Krell has the IPOD kid that I feel similarly ambiguous about.
The market for something like this is relatively small, take the ipod market then slice that into someone that wants to use it at home, then slice that by the people that don't want one of the trillion all in one devices all ready out there, then look at IPOD owners that also are outboard dac customers and there you habe your potential market. The item is probably manufactured off shore in China in order to meet this price point so they probably have made a lot of them.
While I have had my share of ups and downs with Wadia certainly I wish them sucess with this recent product line and hope it will provide the revenue stream they really need to meet the customer service needs of their high end customers.
If Wadia delivers what it claims I am in for one.
But I am not sure if we all understand this correctly, as I may have been brain-washed to assume that the iPod needs some internal modification in order to extract the digital signal out, and I guess Wadia may have acquire something proprietary from Apple to do that without touching the iPod.
Or there may be something new in the 2008 version of the ipods that make this possible ?
If this is the case, the days of more expensive solution, like the iLink, will be numbered .. iLink did say it accomplish "Mission impossible" on the iPod.
Who else will be paying US$1,995 if US$345 will do the same job ?
while this looks interesting and is a good value at $349 you can buy a mac mini for $599 and essentially be at the same place and have a platform that provides greater storage and additionally its a computer...
If only it were portable...
...Back on topic, I agree with jp11801 comments above - Mac mini is a far better choice for the price difference.