Originally Posted by cusx
even after reading, I still don't get what's the difference between a WhipMOD and regular iPods.
Why is a LOD still required? Isn't it the WhipMOD changes the internal DAC ? Why not then use it directly from the Line OUT ? Why will people choose to use LOD ? Won't there be any degradation of sound occurring while transferring data ?
Or I am wrong? the WhipMOD does other things and not changing the DAC ?
Hope someone would enlighten me Thanks !
The 5.x gen WhipMODs do not change the internal Woolfson DAC, but they do clean up the signal path between it and the Dock connector by improved wiring and removal of additional components that clog the signal path. In addition the donor iPod's PCB board is cryo-treated. You need to use a quality WhipLOD with built-in capacitors, because the low-end, built-in caps are one of those components that are removed and there is not enough physical room inside to replace them with the high-quality BlackGate caps used in the WhipLODs.
You can technically still use the internal HP-out with the 5.x WhipMODs, but you would essentially bypass all the improvements that you gain by having the modding done, including those of using a quality LOD with a high-quality portable amp instead of the built-in HP-out which is powered by a single transistor.