Originally Posted by Peter_S
Jazzman - my main issue with idevices (I have several) is limited storage and inability to pop in a memory card with more music (or more high-rez music - even better). That requires a lot of money to get around, whereas a DAP (like the upcoming Fiios X5) allows popping in 2 128gb cards at any time - wow!
But I'm intrigued about the equalizers for use on idevices. Will they work with any app playing music, or only the music app that comes with ios7 (formerly iTunes). For instance, I listen to spotify and would love the EQ for that. I'm assuming that an EQ you can do within an IDevice would be fed to an MFI compliant DAC/amp (such as the JDS Labs C5D which I just purchased). Is that the case?
Also - I'd love to know how to get music off a Seagate Wireless Plus onto an iDevice. That must be for another thread.
I wish that the upcoming Fiio X5 DAP, which can function as a USB DAC, would accept digital from an iDevice using the lightning to USB out. If it did, I would have a DAP that would also stream easily.
Totally agree on the limited fixed storage for Apple products. This is their main weakness, in my opinion. I find it funny that you can't pay for 128GB on a handheld iPod/iPhone even if you wanted to. A 128GB iPod Touch has been rumored for a long time (years?) but still hasn't materialized.
On the X5: I don't think 128GB microSD cards exist yet. So one is still limited to 128GB currently (2 x 64 GB).
The equalizer functionality is all within app on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Equalizer from Audioforge works back on old devices like the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd gen. So you don't need a new device to use it (but then again, I'm not sure you can get the old app versions any more). Apple does not have system-wide EQ, and their built-in EQ settings for the Music app are too mysterious to get me what I need. EQ within an app passes through to a DAC/amp. In fact, I find Onkyo's HF Player to be a bit cleaner than Audioforge's Equalizer on the HiFi M8. HF Player even has a high bit depth (64 bit) setting which is interesting to play with. Given the larger signal excursions one is likely to get with EQ, having more bits to do the computation is probably useful.
On using the Wireless Plus: I have one and it works, but the playback software Seagate provides is kludgy. I would not run out to get this just yet, unless (a) you need 1TB of music handy, (b) you crave 24-bit playback, and (c) you like to charge a lot (an iDevice on wireless uses more power, and the Seagate needs to be charged too). Thraex has a thread on it.