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Is there a portable with a digital ouptut such as coax?

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I'm wondering if there are any portable players that have a digital output for connecting to a DAC when you're back home, or any players that have a 3rd party add-on to achieve this. I'm thinking mostly for what I can use to connect to my DAC when I'm listening to music in bed, and hoping I won't have to fall back on a netbook to be able to do this.

 


Thanks

post #2 of 8

I think the answer you are looking for can be found in this thread.

post #3 of 8

The old iRiver H-something has optical outs. Some old Discmen have those too, but with no real anti-shock.

Today the Sony PCM-D50 has an optical out, but it is a semi-pro recorder, so.

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Originally Posted by deadhead12 View Post

I think the answer you are looking for can be found in this thread.



Damn, thanks. I'm frankly a little surprised there's not even a digital-out dock for ipods. It certainly seems possible, and I think the Peachtree iDecco I auditioned allowed for docking an ipod to bypass its internal dac+amp. It's possible it just bypassed the amp and I'm mistaken, but I hope that's not the case, because that was what made me decide I needed to upgrade my dac.

EDIT:

 I've read around a bit and it seems that to achieve a digital out from an iPod you need a particular chip in your device, one that apple has to allow a company to use because their digital data is their own property, and they're not afraid to sue over it.

/basic gist whilst probably being partially incorrect, but close enough.


Edited by Zida - 10/17/10 at 12:18am
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Go to the ALO sub-forum and you will see the new solo device they have developed to tap the digital out of the iPods.

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Yea, I saw that thing. It seems unfortunately priced. I think I might be best off buying a netbook or old iRiver.

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Go to the ALO sub-forum and you will see the new solo device they have developed to tap the digital out of the iPods.




Thanks for your instruction! It is exactly what I need, Now I understand more about it.
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Yea, I saw that thing. It seems unfortunately priced. I think I might be best off buying a netbook or old iRiver.



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pure-Digital-iPhone-Quality-Output/dp/B0049MOK92

Technical Details

  • Maximum audio fidelity via coaxial S/PDIF and optical TOSLINK digital audio outputs plus stereo RCA connectors for analogue audio
  • High quality video output via component, composite and S-video sockets
  • Conveniently charges iPod / iPhone while docked
  • Supportive high back allows easy manual control of iPod / iPhone while docked
  • Clearsound™ digital end-to-end technology extracts the raw digital audio and processes it on the dock for high quality digital output
  • Superior quality audio DAC for stereo RCA outputs

 

 

Let's keep this on the QT, OK ? 80 Brit pounds is way over my credit limit, but what the hell - we are only young once, arent we ?

 

Sadly, some $%#@ has already reviewed the thing, leading me to wonder if there will be any left for you and I to order:

 

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/av-accessories/pure-digital-i-20-921473/review

 

If you can hang on a little longer, Fiio are bringing out something similar for $29.99.

 

 

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