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post #706 of 877

Since I haven't received any answer whether IPad4 + Fiio e10 would work or not, I have decided to try for myself. 

 

I'm thinking of using http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lightning-USB-Micro-SD-SDHC-Camera-Connection-Kit-Kartenleser-Adapter-fur-iPad-4-/271217715373?pt=DE_Computer_Speicherkartenadapter&hash=item3f25d5e8ad this magical device.

However since E10 requires ~100mA I need a USB POWERED HUB, and this is the part that I don't understand. Which hubs are confirmed to work? And most importantly how do I connect it correctly? Or can I just use a simple unpowered hub and somehow connect wall charger in the middle?


Edited by kulakovs - 6/8/13 at 1:16pm
post #707 of 877
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Originally Posted by mljones444 View Post

I got the HiFace Two usb/spdif converter to work with my iPad 1 today. The problem isn't the iPad or the HiFace, it's the apple CCK. I replaced it with "Card Reader + Hub" I bought on ebay.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Combo-Camera-Connection-Kit-SD-Card-Reader-3-USB-HUB-Keyboard-For-iPad-1-2-3-/161032835500?ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:3160

 

My externally powered HiFace Two was immediately recognized and shows up in the airplay menu as M2Tech USB 2.0 Audi...

 

The same hub is connected to a USB hard drive. With iFile on my jailbroken iPad I can play 24 bit files from the hard drive through the HiFace to the coax input of my Emotiva DAC with no problem.

 

Here are links to 3 photos showing the setup, if anybody cares.

 

http://cl.ly/image/2s2Q0S2R2n0k

 

http://cl.ly/image/0r0L2B1H0S1u

 

 

http://cl.ly/image/2o120S0Q1V1j

 

 

Anyway someone should finally put the HiFace Two on the list of iPad friendly devices.

Interesting info. Do you know of a similar set-up with a non-jailbroken iPad mini or iPad4 running the latest iOS? I ask because the key may be the jailbreak, the use of an older iPad w/out a lightning connector, and/or an older iOS, instead of the CCK from CN.

 

Also, FWIW, it looks like that company has a similar device for the lightning connector on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Functional-Card-Reader-Combo-Kit-iPad-4-mini-iPad-accesories-/271198958386#vi-content


Edited by JoeFonebone - 6/9/13 at 3:24pm
post #708 of 877
Quote:
Interesting info. Do you know of a similar set-up with a non-jailbroken iPad mini or iPad4 running the latest iOS? I ask because the key may be the jailbreak, the use of an older iPad w/out a lightning connector, and/or an older iOS, instead of the CCK from CN.

 

Good thing you asked! I went back and tried every combination I could find. Only the following combinations have worked with the externally powered Hiface two on my system:

 

jailbroken iPad with "card reader + hub"

 

jailbroken iPad with Apple CCK + good quality (Targus) USB hub

 

 

What I had missed is that a poor quality USB hub (no name brand) also was a problem.

 

So, the jailbreak (in my case Absinthe over IOS 5.1.1) and a good quality USB hub seem to be both required.

 

By the way, the jailbreak and iFile app are, in my opinion, necessary anyway since you can't store much 24bit music on an iPad.

 

Both goldenear and capriccio iPad apps can navigate through, form playlists, and play files from an external drive once there is a symbolic link to the var/mnt directory in the documents folder of that app.

 

Unfortunately, if I have not been able to get the music app to play directly from a usb drive.

post #709 of 877
Quote:
Unfortunately, if I have not been able to get the music app to play directly from a usb drive.

 

I meant to say I haven't found a way to get the apple music app to play from a usb drive.

post #710 of 877
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Originally Posted by mljones444 View Post

So, the jailbreak (in my case Absinthe over IOS 5.1.1) and a good quality USB hub seem to be both required.

 

By the way, the jailbreak and iFile app are, in my opinion, necessary anyway since you can't store much 24bit music on an iPad.

Thanks for doing all of that additional work.

 

I will be using the iPad mini in my car and the music (about 550MB of 16/44 and 24/96 FLAC) is stored on a Seagate Wireless Plus that creates its own wifi that the iPad can connect to. It works great. The Wireless plus can be powered via a charger in the armrest. I've left it on for a few weeks without any issues. Then its iPad mini > CCK > USB/SPDIF (Matrix audio - no powred hub needed) > automobile processor (Audison bitOne) via a coax cable. I have a Musical Fidelity v-link 24/96 arriving tomorrow and we'll see if that works with or without a powered hub. I also ordered the lightning version of the hub that you picked up. Probably a week or two wait as it is shipped from China.

 

To be honest, as soon as there is a decent 7 inch Windows 8 tablet available, my iPad mini may find itself out of a job!

post #711 of 877

Quick Update

 

The Musical Fidelity V-Link II (up to 24/96) works with the following two set-ups that provide additional power, but did not work without additional power.

 

iPad mini (iOS 6.1.3) > CCK > Powered USB hub (Plugable 4 port USB 2.0 with USB 1.1 charging) > V-Link > coax cable > DAC

 

iPad mini (iOS 6.1.3) > CCK > Unitech USB hub (connected to a power source) > V-Link > coax cable > DAC

http://www.unitek-products.com/en/product_detail.php?id=144

post #712 of 877

Just in case anyone is wondering.. Schiit Modi works with the CCK without a powered USB hub. Thats using an iPad 3 (first of the retinas) with the 30 pin dock, running current update of iOS 6

post #713 of 877
Any idea if the new WA7 woo audio dac will work with the ipad mini?
post #714 of 877
So as of the latest firmware, the HRT microStreamer works with the iPad + CCK, no hub or additional power required, as stated here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647693/sonic-satori-hrt-levels-the-field-with-the-microstreamer/240#post_9624142

I've tested this with my iPad 3, CCK, and microStreamer (with firmware updated) and it seems to work great. It's the most portable iPad + DAC setup I've seen.

On my Mac, the System Profiler reports that the microStreamer draws 97 mA—not sure whether this is true on iPad, or what the previous firmware version drew.
post #715 of 877

Looks like the iPhone (and maybe the iPod touch?) may soon have the same support for the CCK as the iPad. 

 

This post claims compatibility with the iMic: 

 

http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/showpost.php?s=7b54e8bbecd1d02391c7167e6d49ac85&p=1186624&postcount=1

 

And this video shows use with a USB keyboard: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zcz6aiQXi8

 

I do seem to recall that iPhone support for the CCK was present or promised for one of the previous major version betas (iOS 5 or 6; not sure which) and never materialized in the final release, so it's possible that this support may not be in the final release of iOS 7. 

 

Potentially very exciting, though. Fingers crossed!

post #716 of 877
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Originally Posted by Golden Ears View Post


Did the end prototype have optical digital output? The reason why I am asking is it would be really nice to be using an iPhone or an iPad to it and then be able to stream into another external DAC, to use it as a sort of lightning connector to sp/dif converter

 

I hate to say, but I don't know.  I dropped out for a while due to health reasons, and didn't see if that was successfully added.

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Originally Posted by migasson View Post

Just in case anyone is wondering.. Schiit Modi works with the CCK without a powered USB hub. Thats using an iPad 3 (first of the retinas) with the 30 pin dock, running current update of iOS 6

 

We also use the Modi with the lightning CCK on iPad mini with no problems, and without the need for a powered USB hub, although we tend to use one since it keeps the iPad charged.

post #717 of 877
That's a huge help. The DAC I want to use is the Meridian Explorer. Which has replaced the Wadia 121 in my line up.( impossible to adapt the 3 voltage Switching mode power supply) I saw a video with a 30 pin iPad 2 working with the Meridian Explorer using a CCK and a powered Belkin USB Hub. I tested audirvana plus with the newest MacBook Air ( which has even a better battery than claimed,,,,65% charged to full charge in 15-20 min) and results were stellar. Does anyone know of any sub $3000 DACs that. beat the Explorer?
Edited by Golden Ears - 7/27/13 at 7:19am
post #718 of 877
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

 

I hate to say, but I don't know.  I dropped out for a while due to health reasons, and didn't see if that was successfully added.

 

We also use the Modi with the lightning CCK on iPad mini with no problems, and without the need for a powered USB hub, although we tend to use one since it keeps the iPad charged.

I hope your health improves.Sorry to hear about that. Life is that ongoing struggle.

 

I am hoping to finally get this car system done. Two 1000 watt class a/b McIntosh car amps (thats about the best I can do for car SQ) and here I am wondering if I should run another DAC instead of the Meridian which even with crap Monstercable 1990's mini to RCA interconnect soundly trumped the Chordette Qute HD But for many (of my clients)  the Meridian is not a solution because of the single USB input. The drag for me is switching between my laptop and iPad.

 

So my personal solution for the Meridian Explorer single USB input?    I'm buying two Meridians! 

 

And my solution to the powered USB hub....should it work... is to use the Belkin Thunderbolt dock which gets power from Thunderbolt which can supposedly provide 10 watts of power. Should the Belkin Thunderbolt dock USB allow that to be supplied.

post #719 of 877

I'm newbie here.
 

I want to check if below setup works?

 

iPad 2 (iOS 6.1.3) + CCK + Fiio E17

 

Another question, what is the better portable DAC/AMP (better than Fiio E17) to work with CCK+iPad 2?

post #720 of 877
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Originally Posted by boombobby289 View Post

I'm newbie here.
 

I want to check if below setup works?

 

iPad 2 (iOS 6.1.3) + CCK + Fiio E17

 

Another question, what is the better portable DAC/AMP (better than Fiio E17) to work with CCK+iPad 2?

The iPad 2 + CCK + Fiio E17 will not work without some "special" USB hub inserted between the CCK and Fiio E17.  This can be a powered hub, or a hub that somehow does not tell the iPad what current is being drawn.  Otherwise, you will get the message that "this device uses too much power" on the iPad and it won't work.

 

I've gotten the iPad 2 + CCK + special USB hub + Fiio E17 to work.  I'm pretty sure this thread covers some of the hubs in previous posts.  

 

Another option would be to go with another DAC/AMP if you haven't bought the E17 already.  One that is really special in my opinion is the HRT MicroStreamer.  It has just been updated to allow use with iPads with the CCK:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647693/sonic-satori-hrt-levels-the-field-with-the-microstreamer/240#post_9624142

 

The post I quote is by the designer of the HRT MicroStreamer.  After I saw this post, I ordered the device, got it, plugged it in to my iPad and saw the "this device uses too much power" message, went to the HRT website, downloaded the firmware, updated the firmware, and voila!  it works with both of my iPads (iPad 2 and mini).  

 

The E17 and MicroStreamer definitely have different sounds out of the iPad.  To me, the treble of the HRT device is sweeter-sounding.  The E17 has more functionality, though (bass/treble controls, can be used as a separate amp).  

 

Hope this helps.

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