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About Ipod's digital output, it's that better than the sound-card's digital output?

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About Ipod's digital output, is that better than the sound-card's digital output?

 

For example,Ipod+Wadia 170/Onkyo ND-S1/Arcam irdock compare to laptop+TC K8.

 

I also wandering,Wadia 170/Onkyo ND-S1/Arcam irdock,which one is better? Is that the effect can be so different?

 

Thanks for your help!

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post #3 of 14

From my experience yes, it is miles better. There is absolutely no noise when I go digital out from ipod whilst around the sound card there's so much interference that I can hear noise.

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Originally Posted by .Sup View Post

From my experience yes, it is miles better. There is absolutely no noise when I go digital out from ipod whilst around the sound card there's so much interference that I can hear noise.



Thanks a lot, it seems ND-S1 is what I want now :)

post #5 of 14

Onkyo ND-S1 is just outstanding. Now I've got the same SQ from iPod feeding my D10 as D10 fed by MBP [Optical].

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Originally Posted by vkvedam View Post

Onkyo ND-S1 is just outstanding. Now I've got the same SQ from iPod feeding my D10 as D10 fed by MBP [Optical].


Maybe MBP has a higher quality digital output than a PC or maybe your DAC isn't able to reveal everything which can be considered a plus in this case.

post #7 of 14

I wouldn't spend more than 20% of the total audio system cost on a transport. Also your computer may be very different from other computers when it comes to transport quality, but people do usually say it sounds bad :p. Try your laptop off battery and make sure it's bit-perfect, maybe the sound quality is good enough for you already.

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Many people said that the laptop usually has signal interference and supply a bad power, so that pchifi sound worse than the turntable. Also,I don't want to use a turntable, because it is Complicated. So I want to try to use Ipod's digital out.

post #9 of 14

I wouldn't be so worried about interference and PSU with a digital output, with analog out maybe. That's my experience at least. 


Edited by Ypoknons - 7/25/10 at 2:57am
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Maybe MBP has a higher quality digital output than a PC or maybe your DAC isn't able to reveal everything which can be considered a plus in this case.


I didn't understand what you said. What I meant was I am getting the same SQ as if my D10 is fed through the optical out of MBP to Onkyo's optical.

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Originally Posted by Ypoknons View Post

I wouldn't be so worried about interference and PSU with a digital output, with analog out maybe. That's my experience at least. 



But it seems using the digital output of a laptop with a 1394/USB sound-card is difficult to be as good as a turntable, even if you paid so much on it. 

post #12 of 14

Digital versus analog is a very different debate from digital versus digital.

post #13 of 14

I would say it depends.  Generally lower end digital outputs will all sound similar  when connected to a DAC

There are many soundcards that have higher quality output that are transformer coupled and produce an excellent signal.

If you are hearing any type of noise from either output you have something wrong in your system.

post #14 of 14

Where can I buy an Onkyo ND-S1?

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