managed to spend a bit of time to do a comparo with the N8's USB2GO out vs my lappy's (ACER) USB - both to my mod V-DAC>amp>headphone. & for the life of me, i cant hear any difference. all this bears to the fact that the N8 do indeed make a fine digi transport for those on the go. i wonder if the N8 will identify one of those USB to SPDIF convertors said to even improve SQ even more.
now with the micro USB on the N8's side, im thinking it mite not be the best for neatness in a full porty rig. the mini HDMI out does indeed bring another alternative to the table. since i dont own a portable DACamp, i cant test if the mini HDMI does indeed output 12c for audio. any other N8 owners (or E7 or for that matter any Nokia or perhaps other brand phones with HDMI outs) with the appropriate portable Dac care to test this out? if its a go, i would certainly look into getting a very short length mini HDMI - mini USB adapter cable to use the N8 as a front for great porty rig.
heck if it does work, i mite pick up another spare unit just as a digi frontend cum games machine cum digicam cum HDvidcam - nevermind the fon functions. LOL
ps:i must add that one of the N8s glaring failing is the lack of FLAC or ALAC or APE support as only MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ need apply, atleast for the built-in player. too bad coreplayer doesnt support symbian^3. on the good, i hear symbian anna's just around the corner
edit on: my bad - it seems there is a music player for symbian^3 that does lossless FLAC & APE. its called FolderPlay. mite check it out soon.
Edited by scottiebabie - 6/26/11 at 11:01pm