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Getting rid of the iPod touch DAC

post #1 of 6
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I would like to integrate my iPod Touch 4G into my HIFI system but do not want to send the music though the iPod's DAC. I am mainly listening to music through headphones (Sennheiser HD25, Beyerdynamic DT880 600 Ohm) plugged directly to the CD player (currently without dedicated headphone amplifier). I think I'd like some sort of docking station with its own high quality DAC where I can plug my headphones and later the dedicated headphone amp (possible with its own DAC too). 

 

What (halfway reasonably priced) options do I have?


Edited by bitbonk - 11/4/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 6

Fostex HP-P1, CypherLabs AlgoRhythm Solo, and Onkyo ND-S1. If portable use isn't a priority, the ND-S1 seems like the better option.

post #3 of 6
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I will not use it on the go at all, how is the Cambridge Audio id100? If my main priority is audio quality, would you still suggest the ND-S1 as first choice?

 

Also the ND-S1 doesn't seem to have an analog output where I can plug my headphones directly, is that correct? If not what alternatives do I have?


Edited by bitbonk - 11/4/11 at 4:15pm
post #4 of 6

I don't actually know that much about them, since I don't use an iPod. Since they only extract the digital data from the iPod, I don't see how they would affect audio quality in any way. The only reason I recommended the Onkyo was because it is more versatile, with more connections. If you want a dock with a built-in headphone amp, Peachtree Audio has some solutions.

post #5 of 6

There are a couple of docks that give a pure digital output. The iStreamer and Pure i-20 are two of the cheaper ones. The CLAS and Fostex are more for portable use and there's no point paying all that money for them if you just want a dock to bypass the iOS device's DAC.

post #6 of 6
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I would like to plug the headphones directly to that dock

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