Originally Posted by spook76
I want to pass along my observations if you are using the F-35 with an interconnect. I use an iPod Touch 5th as my source and while I have a LOD and a lighting to 30 pin adapter, I found the Wolfson DAC in the adapter inferior to the native Cirrus Logic DAC in the iPod. Also, using the LOD locked the sound output at close to maximum which is why I am writing this note.
I was chatting with my brother who was a sound engineer for a regional band in his misspent youth and he stated that when mixing he always kept the source low and let the amplifier (assuming you have a great amplifier) carry the load to the speakers. So, following that logic, I used an interconnect to the F-35 and turned the iPod volume down to 50-60% and turn up the Lightning. I realize I am double amping but I hear no distortion or artifacts at that volume level. As for the sound, it really opened up the soundstage as well as the overall clarity. I also have a good friend who has the RSA Intruder/iPod combination and he also now does this and agrees that improvement is substantial.
The key is you need the amplifier that has the power and engineering to accomplish this task without distortion or clipping. Just another reason why the F-35 Lightning truly is a superb amplifier.
I'm confused by your setup. the way it sounds, you are going from an iPod, to a dac, to the f35. LOD's don't have DACs in them, and neither should a cable adaptor. I don't know where the wolfson comes into play? if your just going from the iPod into a lightning/30 pin adaptor, into the amp, you should be listening to the iPod DAC. Just not the amp. I'm sure I'm confused here. Please explain your setup better. specifically, where the DAC changes.