WADIA - iTRANSPORT Digital iPod Dock $400
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The Peachtree iDecco will bypass the Ipod's DAC and use its own Sabre DAC. I love mine not only for Ipod, but also for use as a DAC for CDs and even sound from the cable box sounds much better (for example, watching concerts on Palladia and other music channels). I also use it as a preamp.
You also may want to check the settings on the Ipod settings to make sure that the EQ is turned off.
Tried the Wadia and Onkyo digital docks. All that taught me is that the iPod Classic DAC is not nearly as bad as others have reported. IF you take the signal from the iPod dock connector and run it through a good headphone pre (Cmoy is great) the iPod is a fantastic source. The reason the iPods get a bad rap is they are either using the variable volume headphone out or they don't have enough gain (~1V) from the dock connector. Once you give the iPod clean gain, it reveals how good it really is.
Grege: i'll concede that the ipod DAC is not that bad.
lets just call it "not good" instead =)
kidding aside.....were you using a good DAC?? very surprised because the difference was night/day when i tried the wadia. good ic's and a pc upgrade made a difference as well. i thought the Ipod sounded very "not good" in comparison (using a sony doc). wouldn't think a little extra gain could make that mush of a difference?....but then i haven't tried it either.
The Apple TV is far more functional and easier to use than the Wadia iTransport. And your Touch makes a great remote.
Synch all your music to the Apple TV (far more space than the Touch), connect a DAC to the Optical output, and enjoy. The Apple TV is also a bit cheaper.
There's a new Apple TV coming to the market soon, or currently out now. No experience with it. It doesn't have an internal hard drive, which was the main appeal for me. Maybe the hard drive version will be cheaper now that it'll be phased out?
Levy03 - to each his own. If you think pricey dacs sound better than the iPod dac, enjoy.
I tried many dacs (Benchmark, NOS dacs, Wadia, etc.). But after 30 years as an audiophile I finally realized that open loop listening is more about what you want to hear than what you are actually hearing.
For me now, it's all about the room, speakers and source material.