Originally Posted by phototristan
BTW, I doubt the older 5th gen. iPods will work with the HiFi M8. It seems that Apple has ceased supporting digital out on those.
Unfortunately you are right. I just tried my 4th Gen iPod on my M8. It charges, but no sound output from the M8. The headphone out of the iPod still works. iPhone 4S works fine.
I did a bit of research. It seems that Wadia Transport is able to extract digital from iPod 5th Gens. Though older Nanos will need to enter "Extended Interface Mode" to extract digital audio. http://www.audiac.nl/wadia-170i-transport/includes/170i-Manual.pdf
I'm guessing that this is the mode that we frequently see when plugged into iPod enabled car audio. So if the M8's firmware can be upgraded to do the same, I believe we can get Digital Output from older iPods.
Was using the M8 connected via USB to my Mac, and playing balanced. After quite sometime it stopped playing music. Perhaps the battery went flat as the battery indicator was blinking. I thought it would charge through USB as well? Or does it not charge enough via USB if it's also being used? This is an issue for desktop use without the power adaptor.
Edited by eron - 7/26/13 at 11:37pm