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Any indication of a change in DAC supplier, or will it most likely be the same Cirrus chip used in the older models? Just to clarify, I'm asking about both the nano and the touch.

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not sure about this but what really concerns me is that the new connector was described as "digital only".  does this mean no more line out??  it could have some serious implications for many who use it with plain (i.e. non-DAC) headphone amps...

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Originally Posted by thrak View Post

not sure about this but what really concerns me is that the new connector was described as "digital only".  does this mean no more line out??  it could have some serious implications for many who use it with plain (i.e. non-DAC) headphone amps...

Yeah, that would be good to know.

 

Main reason I'm asking: I'm questioning whether to get a classic model or one of the new touch/nano version. If they all have the same DAC, I might as well get the classic. If the internal DAC can be bypassed with a cheaper external DAC than previous models, I might have to look into one of the new ones...

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Yeah, that would be good to know.

 

Main reason I'm asking: I'm questioning whether to get a classic model or one of the new touch/nano version. If they all have the same DAC, I might as well get the classic. If the internal DAC can be bypassed with a cheaper external DAC than previous models, I might have to look into one of the new ones...

Even if the new models have the same exact dac, the models can still sound different.  The 3rd and 4th gen touches supposedly had the same dac yet sounded different.  As for the classic, one of the poorer sounding ipods in my opinion.

 

We probably will not know which dac chip is used until some teardown site gets a hold of one and publishes their take on it.

 

Edit:  I was mistaken the models I compared were 2nd and 3rd gen touches.  2nd gen won!


Edited by bixby - 9/12/12 at 11:11pm
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Originally Posted by whereas View Post

Yeah, that would be good to know.

 

Main reason I'm asking: I'm questioning whether to get a classic model or one of the new touch/nano version. If they all have the same DAC, I might as well get the classic. If the internal DAC can be bypassed with a cheaper external DAC than previous models, I might have to look into one of the new ones...

 

 

the "Lightning" Connector is pure digital so the only analog out is the headphone out on the bottom left hand side.

 

Even when using the lightning to old 30 pin convertor. There is zero analog signals coming out anymore to include video. So any LOD users are SOL with the new Iphone.

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Originally Posted by figgie View Post

 

 

the "Lightning" Connector is pure digital so the only analog out is the headphone out on the bottom left hand side.

 

Even when using the lightning to old 30 pin convertor. There is zero analog signals coming out anymore to include video. So any LOD users are SOL with the new Iphone.


Hopefully it will allow a connection to after market DACs without all the rigmarole...

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