Originally Posted by ianmedium
Add me to the list of happy classic users though I am not sure it is #7 it is the latest version that I have.
Looking at your profile photo, which components other than the Stepdance can you power with the XP8000 while the stack is playing?
More specifically, I know the XP8000 can provide power from all three output jacks simultaneously - 5V,12V, and 19V, and I know you're using the19V jack with the XPAL WI15 cable to supply the Stepdance with 15V, so that leaves the 5V and 12V jacks available for something else. I suspect the Classic can't be charged while connected to the Solo, so the question comes down to: Can you charge the Solo with either the 5V or 12V jacks while it's playing?
With what range of voltages can you recharge the Solo (assuming it's variable)?
I'm somewhat convinced just from reading reviews, that the CLAS outperforms the iMod in terms of SQ, but...
"The Red Wine Audio 4th Gen iMod converts the 1/8" headphone jack into a dedicated line-out jack".
So... Not only is the stack smaller, lighter, and less expensive without the Solo (which is so cool, I just want to burn money on it, anyway), but the 4th Gen iMod can be charged while playing - unlike a Classic when it's connected to the Solo (unless I'm missing something.)
The difference in price, size, weight, and convenience (keeping it charged) is forcing me to be really curious about just how much better the Classic > Solo > Stepdance > LCD-2 would sound than the iMod > Stepdance > LCD-2.
Comments from anyone who has compared SQ of iMod vs. CLAS would be very much appreciated.
Lastly, as discussed here, recently, I recognize the value of the Solo's interchangeability with other iDevices, even future iDevices, perhaps. That's hugely appealing to me.
All I need is for someone to twist my arm on the SQ benefits of the Solo. How does it's Wolfson DAC compare to any desktop DACs you've heard (same amp and headphones)?
Unfortunately, I'm trying to shake off having seen a photo that Skylab once posted, showing his Leben + LCD-2 on a bedside table, sourced with an iMod. I realize that his having done so on a secondary system in his home, where space is limited, should not necessarily be interpreted as a combo he would recommend to others or anywhere near what he would consider to be ideal, but at first consideration, that image and the fact that he uses (or at least used) that combo for bedside listening makes a pretty strong endorsement of the iMod. Poor Sklyab... He has so many groupies he can hardly twitch a muscle without someone noticing...
(So close to pulling the trigger.)
Edited by zilch0md - 5/30/11 at 6:04am