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Hey y'all, looking to improve the overall SQ of my iPhone 5 + ie8's setup.  I am relatively new to the portable amps and LOD's.  The first and foremost question is would I really benefit from amping them?  If yes, recommendations?  Would I benefit from an LOD? I'm having a hard time finding an LOD for a lightning connector.

 

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Rick

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Theres a long running thread in the portable section about DAC/Amps that work with the Apple lightning connector products.  Relatively speaking its a short list, and there are none that work with the OEM and OEM compatible Lightning cables.  It starts with the Apple CCK kit/cable.  I looked into it... and lost interest with the CCK cable.  Its just too big/bulky for my needs.

 

Bluetooth APT-x products seem promising... but there are not many portable solutions that I am aware of that place emphasis on amplification. 

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Theres a long running thread in the portable section about DAC/Amps that work with the Apple lightning connector products.  Relatively speaking its a short list, and there are none that work with the OEM and OEM compatible Lightning cables.  It starts with the Apple CCK kit/cable.  I looked into it... and lost interest with the CCK cable.  Its just too big/bulky for my needs.

 

Bluetooth APT-x products seem promising... but there are not many portable solutions that I am aware of that place emphasis on amplification. 

Ah okay, I must have missed that thread, but that is what I feared.  Thanks kramer5150.  Btw, I had a guitar like that when I was younger ;)

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Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh... I'm in the same boat, dude. I'm fairly satisfied with my Fiio E17 as a portable amp solution realizing that you're still using the iphone DAC section and headphone out. Not the most elegant solution but can improve the IE8 a bit... IMO , not enough to make it worth carrying around. Any outboard DAC that'll be compatible with lightning is gonna cost, it's just a sad truth. 

 

I keep plugging it like I work for the company but I highly recommend the CanOpener app for Idevices. Great EQ, a setting for the IE8 is a preset, I believe and a good crossfeed program. Also offers FLAC playback and upconverting , which... not sure how that works since , I believe, the iphone only outputs 16/44 . Whatever, it's a cool app and will likely help you get a little extra something out of your IEMs. 

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Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh... I'm in the same boat, dude. I'm fairly satisfied with my Fiio E17 as a portable amp solution realizing that you're still using the iphone DAC section and headphone out. Not the most elegant solution but can improve the IE8 a bit... IMO , not enough to make it worth carrying around. Any outboard DAC that'll be compatible with lightning is gonna cost, it's just a sad truth. 

 

I keep plugging it like I work for the company but I highly recommend the CanOpener app for Idevices. Great EQ, a setting for the IE8 is a preset, I believe and a good crossfeed program. Also offers FLAC playback and upconverting , which... not sure how that works since , I believe, the iphone only outputs 16/44 . Whatever, it's a cool app and will likely help you get a little extra something out of your IEMs. 

I had a feeling it was going to be more trouble than it's worth regarding the amp option.  I keep reading posts and threads about the issue with making lightning LOD and alternatives, but just doesn't quite work.  I appreciate the recommendation on that app, I'll definitely check it out!  Thanks!

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