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Wadia 170i Ipod Dock Sound Quality Issues?

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by gtiboy, Jul 26, 2010.
  1. gtiboy
    Hi all,
    Im currently thinking about getting a Wadia 170i Ipod dock and connecting it upto a hifi seperate system, using a high quality dac like the Benchmark Dac 1 for example.
    I have read that some users here have trouble getting the best sound quality from it while others experience cd quality sound no trouble at all.
    What is the main reason for this? isit down to which generation Ipod you own?
  2. mrarroyo Contributor
    I have used a 5.5 Gen iPod, a 6 Gen iPod and a 3G iPhone. I can not hear any sound difference, however the difference is in the interface, the older units have a limitation where the user will not be able to control the iPod with the click wheel and choose as with the 6 generation and later. See below for a copy of what Wadia has on their site.
    Extended Interface
    iPod nano G1 and iPod video will automatically enter the “extended interface” mode when docked in the
    170iTransport; the Wadia Logo will display on the iPod screen indicating digital audio output is now available.
    While in the “extended interface” mode there is no control of the iPod from the click wheel interface. If you
    choose (queue a selection) before inserting the iPod into the 170iTransport, the 170iTransport will continue to
    play your selection until it is complete. If there was no previous selection, the 170iTransport will play the entire
    content of the iPod in the “All Tracks” order. The 170iTransport will not manipulate the shuffle setting. Whatever
    shuffle setting the user has chosen before connecting the iPod will be honored by the 170iTransport. The Wadia
    Logo will be present on the screen of the nano G1 or iPod video the entire time the iPod is docked in the
    170iTransport and the digital signal is synced.

  3. jc9394
    Same here, I can't tell the difference between my oppo dvd player when playing lossless files on my 5.5g/imod and iPhone.
  4. gtiboy
    So im guranteed high quality sound coming from the Ipod when hooked upto a decent dac? comparable to cd players of high value?
  5. jc9394
    Probably.   At least to my ears, I can't tell the difference between iMod with Wadia and Oppo or Sony S7700 as transport.
  6. gtiboy
    Does the Imod give a better digital signal to the Wadia than a standard Ipod?
  7. jc9394
    AFAIK.  No, it is the same a iPod 5.5G

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