Originally Posted by hotsport
I have heard some guy said that the headphoneout is totally improve
and it is even as good as a home setup CD player
and saying the whipmod is the best protable player out there
I can't help but wonder how would it improve since they only mod the line out(he claim Craig have moded the DAC)
So i asked to make sure that it was just a lie (or maybe just a wow factor or sth like that if it was unintentionally made).
Thanks for the great review anyway
The internal wiring itself is done using high-quality SCSAg wiring and that is superior to the cheap copper wiring originally used in the donor iPod's construction. Here is the description of that wire from the Whiplash website:
CFDCT-UP-OCC-Ag, or "SCSCag" is a CFDCT-UP-OCC solid core silver wire that sets a new standard of
performance. Everything about "SCSCag" is custom; the specially preapred and drawn pure single crystal silver
conductor, the custom formulated PTFE dielectric, the ailver used (CF-DCT-UPOCC-Ag) and the cryo profile used to
treat it (our proprietary CryoFreeze™ process).The base metal used is an unidirectional UPOCC, being almost free
from impurity (up to 99.99998% pure silver) has ideal electrical resistance properties and practically no crystal
boundaries. Accordingly, it is able to transmit electrical signals faster, and with less distortion than ordinary OFC and
silver wires. All of these features make the pure OCCsailver the state-of-the art conductor materials for the audiophile
cable industry. This solid core pure silver wire demands respect. When flexibility is not your main concern, this wire
offers the best soundstage with absolutely incredible transparency!!
I am not sure whether or not the wiring modifications include HP-out signal path, but what would be the point in doing so? That circuit is normally powered by a single transistor and while a sound quality isn't "bad" it's nowhere near as good as with a quality LOD paired with a quality portable amp. No xMOD I know of have had their Woolfson DAC modded. You can bypass it using a Wadia Transport or a soon to be released Algorithm Solo DAC/Transport, but then you are talking about a 3rd device in the stack.
Craig only makes the cables and interconnects such as the LODs, the WhipMOD itself is manufactured by another company, if that matters to you. Craig does burnin-test on the WhipMODs, however, before shipping out for at least 24 hours.