Originally Posted by AUDIOBREEDER
You guys have totally white washed my head. I dont understand a word what you're saying.
Sony mentions that there is a cable to use with its walkman line-up. From what I understand that cable runs out bottom of the walkman to the headphone in of the pha-1. So how is that analogue?
Probably a line out. A line out is a constant volume signal that skips amplification and is therefore preferable to the headphone jack of a given player. However, a line out is still analog because it is sending a signal that is already converted form digital, it is just not amplified.
The chain inside a player goes like this, generally speaking:
Song>DAC>"Line Out Signal" >Amplifier> headphone jack.
Gross oversimplification, but a good way to understand the process. A line out feeds a signal before it is amped. Many line out cables are sold for the iOS devices, for example. They theoretically improve upon the headphone jack by skipping the amplifier section, but they are analog insofar as that line signal has already been converted into analog by the DAC. A true digital out would send only ones and zeros to a DAC for processing.