Originally Posted by zeroibis
Originally Posted by tinseljim
I hope this isn't too off topic but I have an Alpine X200 head unit in my car and when I connect my iPhone to it it seems that digital information is going into the head unit rather than analog? It must be because it's connected to a USB cable connected to the unit. The iPod controls don't work and the HU takes over.
BUT I can then go to 'Air Sharing' and tap on some music files and the music comes out of my iPhone into the HU with the iPhone controlling it. Could we not then just hook this up to a USB head amp?
Sorry if this has been covered and if this is old news to everyone (i have tried searching).
I was wondering a simular thing except it is this:
To make it so we have a "portable" or even a "cheaper" solution why not make a small device that just bypasses the internal DAC but sends only SPDF or optical out. This should be a lot smaller and cheaper to produce. If it also supported charging this would then be great for home use.
well, semi-reviving this thread, not because I have a wadia dock in my living room system (to accommodate guests with their iPods), but because the car question brought up by tinseljim recently intrigued me: I retrofitted an older BMW with an iPod, and the car has DSP, which means there is a digital processor that could be accessible. I was tempted to find where exactly (the CD changer I disconnected is in the trunk, the radio of course in the dash up front, but the DSP could happen in many places in this large sedan: wires everywhere...) but had no concrete idea about whether it would be worth pursuing. in the end, I even gave up on the interface alternative I had planned on that would have allowed me to use my Hifiman as well, because I like the totally hidden way my iPod is not hooked up (charging and playing invisibly from the center console between driver's and passenger's seats, controlled from the steering wheel). but really, today's cars should not (as lexus and others do) lead only with their speaker systems, they should allow us to access and even upgrade the car's DAC, whether for iPods or other personal players or storage solutions people like.