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Compatible mobile Amps/Dacs for the iPhone 5

post #1 of 123
Thread Starter 
Hi All
Could anyone advise me with compatible amps/Dacs for the IPhone 5?
Many Thanks
Richard
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Well, as far as I know, no DACs have been released with a Lightning connector, and no LODs either. You can't plug a DAC into the headphone jack, as you won't get digital out from there. An amp can be plugged into the headphone jack, but you get better SQ with a line-level signal. An LOD bypasses the internal amp, so you don't double-amp the signal. Double-amping isn't the end of the world, but you may experience slight white noise. Probably won't be audible over your music. If you are OK with that, you can buy any amp, and plug into the headphone jack.

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I think the godapx works with the iphone 5. 

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Originally Posted by bay24 View Post

I think the godapx works with the iphone 5. 

Not sure, you could certainly plug in a Lightning cable, just don't know if it has the drivers and stuff to function.

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Hi I have a iPad 4 and on the same boat with others with iPhone 5 or new iPod's that contain a Lightning port. I think a Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter > L9 LOD > Fiio e11 > Headphones setup may work, but not entirely sure yet. What I am certain will work is the Dragonfly set-up which is very costly with all the connectors you have to buy as well as the Dr. Bott T3Hub and most of all, the expensive Audioquest Dragonfly.
Edited by LeDave - 3/11/13 at 4:11pm
post #6 of 123
Thread Starter 

Cheers All

Just for the info I have a Fiio E9i and connect through a 30 pin to lightening adapter wire and that seems to work well. 

I am now after a solution for mobile use too :-)

ta

richard 

PS

how about the above? is it a Chpher labs solo? 

post #7 of 123
Thread Starter 

I have also sent an email to Toxic about the cable but not yet had a response and I've emailed Fostex about the HP1 and they've just said its not officially tested for the iPhone 5. So I've re-emailed my request asking if it works ok with the 5.

ill come back to you all with a reply. 

Thanks again

richard 

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Originally Posted by Ruby2 View Post

Cheers All
Just for the info I have a Fiio E9i and connect through a 30 pin to lightening adapter wire and that seems to work well. 
I am now after a solution for mobile use too :-)
ta
richard 

PS
how about the above? is it a Chpher labs solo? 

Could be the Solo R, certainly doesn't look like a Solo DB. However I read Cypher Lab's website on the Solo DB and it says you can connect it with the lightning to USB. Could it be that the supply that cable too since in the info they are talking about what I just said. Also these are way out of my budget, 600 bucks for the Solo DB, yikes.
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Originally Posted by Ruby2 View Post

Cheers All

Just for the info I have a Fiio E9i and connect through a 30 pin to lightening adapter wire and that seems to work well. 

I am now after a solution for mobile use too :-)

ta

richard 

PS

how about the above? is it a Chpher labs solo? 

This is the first gen clas.

It can be identified by the markings and case finish.

Pictures for comparison.

http://www.headfonia.com/cypherlabs-double-solo-db-and-solo-r/

http://www.headfonia.com/revolutionary-the-cypher-labs-algorhythm-solo-clas/

post #10 of 123
Thread Starter 

Hi All

 

I have received another reply from Fostex:-

 

 

We have confirmed the operation of the HP-P1 with an iPhone 5 at our
lab, but we are not sure if the iOS is updated in the future.
 
so......maybe that's worth a go? 
 
Ta
 
richard
post #11 of 123
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Originally Posted by Ruby2 View Post

Hi All

 

I have received another reply from Fostex:-

 

 

We have confirmed the operation of the HP-P1 with an iPhone 5 at our
lab, but we are not sure if the iOS is updated in the future.
 
so......maybe that's worth a go? 
 
Ta
 
richard

Sure, but be aware that any software update could stop it from working. But it should work with current iOS. What version are you on? No idea what they used to test.

post #12 of 123

I just bought this item on eBay:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271169383236?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

It claims to have the Apple Chip inside and so I expect that it should be able to extract audio. I will see next week if it works with a original CLAS + iPhone 5. 

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Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post

I just bought this item on eBay:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271169383236?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

It claims to have the Apple Chip inside and so I expect that it should be able to extract audio. I will see next week if it works with a original CLAS + iPhone 5. 

If you say so. I couldn't read it. Actually, at first I saw "Lightening USB Kabel" And I was thinking, geez, these guys can't spell, its probably crap...Until I saw it wasn't in English.

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Originally Posted by ender323 View Post

If you say so. I couldn't read it. Actually, at first I saw "Lightening USB Kabel" And I was thinking, geez, these guys can't spell, its probably crap...Until I saw it wasn't in English.

Yeah - this is just a 10 cm version of the cable that comes with the iPhone. But none the less more usable than the charger cable for interconnection between a CLAS and and iPhone 5.

post #15 of 123
Thread Starter 

Ahhhh, yes I see. It looks similar to the original Lightening to USB for the Charging only shorter. I have to admit though, I do like the look of that Toxic cable in the pic. Not sure if it makes much difference in sound quality. Keep us posted with the results.

 

yes I'm not sure about the software update stopping the Fostex HP1 from working either. 

I have sent yet another email to fostex to ask if they are actually trying to get the HP1 certified for 'works with' or 'made for' iPad but havnt had a reply as yet. 

On the thought of the software stopping the HP working, I have 2 Bose kicking stations at home and a valve amp with a iPhone dock and have 30 pin sockets on all three. I've had all the iPhones right from the 3 and have only encountered the message on the screen saying that it is plugged in to a non apple product. It's always worked. They still work with the Lightening to 30 pin adapters for the iPhone 5 too.( had to buy X3 of those :-/) 

 

well I'll have a think and I will see if I get another answer from Fostex too. 

 

Ta

 

Richard

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