Originally Posted by bassboysam
You missed my point entirely.
You asked "why hook up a DAC to another DAC?" I was pointing out that by using the i20s digital output you are not hooking up a DAC to another DAC. you are hooking up your iPod to the i20, as a transport only (the i20 DAC will be bypassed)
, then from the i20 you can use any DAC your little heart and ears desire (it doesn't need to be ipod compatible because the i20 has already done the work). at $100 you will not find anything else that can act as an iPod transport. Also since the i20 becomes just a transport it shouldn't impact the sound at all and any "issues" you may come across would be a result of your source, choice of DAC, amp and/or headphones.
Yes, I really understood. Personally, I don't think I would go to the expense though. The way I see it, people only use an iDevice as a music source when they don't have a computer handy. If there's a computer handy, there are many other choices for a source.
In my case, I have to use an iPod at work, because I can't plug into the work computer to copy music onto it or use it as a source. So I'm stuck, I need a standalone setup. Also because it sits in a semi public place, I am not going to leave a lot of expensive gear sitting on my desk. So, cheap it must be. If someone walks off with something, I won't be horribly heartbroken. As it is, my little setup attracts a lot of attention. Nothing has disappeared yet, but I think it's only a matter of time before someone gets itchy fingers.
If I were to do this all over again, I would pick the Nuforce Icon Ido
, in the hopes it has a better DAC than the Pure. It's only 50 bucks more. If I was feeling really rich, I might step up to the next device (the HRT iStreamer
) but at 200 bucks that's just getting out of hand. I just don't think I'm going to hear $200 bucks worth of audio improvement in my cheap work setup from an iPod DAC.
I really see the whole issue of hooking up any DAC to an iDevice to be rapidly cost prohibitive. By the time you start spending $150 or $200 bucks, it's time to rethink whether one really needs a DAC. I find that I don't play my music loud enough while I'm working to really do any critical listening anyway. And if I do crank it up, it's not for long - because I don't like going home at night with my ears ringing.Edited by UmustBKidn - 8/9/13 at 12:02am