Originally Posted by guzziguy
I agree that the business model here is very shaky. If it turns that there is a market, Apple can take it at any time by offering a digital out on their iPods and asking for another $50-$100 for it. Among other things this would solve the portability issues. This works with the existing iPods so there is that market, but I agree with JP in that the market here is very small.
Well, one has to realize that here a high end company is putting out a product we all get very exited about, for $350, adding a feature that was pretty much regarded as a given when "portable music" still spelled PCDP: A digital-out. It is not like Apple could not implement a darn 3,5mm toslink next to the dock connector without even disturbing the design much, they just chose not to do so. Nevertheless it was high time somebody did
this. Why on earth Wadia would choose a coaxial-out is beyond me though. What I want to know is whether this thing also works with older docking iPods, and whether the built in DAC does a halfway decent job. The omission of a digital-in tells me otherwise, although that would have been a mighty cool feature.