Best iPod / Home Theater Connection

Robidoux -- Mon, 09/22/2008 - 12:50

What is the best route(s) for connecting your ipod to your home theater systems? I've got an iPod Touch that I would periodically like to use as a playback mechanism for into my home theater system.

RichTeer -- Mon, 09/22/2008 - 18:04

I would think that Wadia's recent iPod DAC would be the best choice at the moment. At ~$400, it's quite reasonably priced, too. I've not heard it myself, though.

Steven Stone -- Mon, 09/22/2008 - 18:13

If you want/need a digital connection the Wadia is the way to go, but if you have an iPod touch and you're using compressed music files this may be sonic overkill.

For around $200 you could get the Keyspan Tunedock, it has an analog connection, but uses an RF remote control so you don't need to have line-of-sight to choose songs or control your i-Pod.

The least expensive, but ergonomically most primitive, is to use a mini-stereo to RCA cable to tether your i-Pod to your sound system.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Chris Martens -- Fri, 12/12/2008 - 15:50

 I thought I'd offer one additional (favorable) comment on the Wadia, and then mention an interesting new dock option I've run across.

Regarding the Wadia Model 170 iTransport: Two points to consider are that the Wadia not only offers you a pathway to the best possible iPod sound (offering both digital and analog outputs), but also the best iPod picture quality (offering both S-Video and component outputs). Many docks seem to forget about, or at least underplay, the video side of the iPod.

To see my Playback review of the Wadia, follow this link: 

http://www.avguide.com/review/wadia-170itransport-ipod-dock

An interesting new option: Marantz's Bluetooth-capable IS301 wireless iPod dock. Two cool wrinkles with tthe IS301 are that you can hold the iPod in hand while streaming music to your system, or plug the iPod into the base unit to stream video/photos to the system. MSRP: $250.

Chris Martens, Editor, Playback

Chris Martens
Editor, Avguide.com/Playback/The Perfect Vision 

Andrew G. Benjamin (not verified) -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:17

A2DP
The advantage of A2DP is the DIGITAL streaming of audio data directly to a DAC of your choice via an A2DP enabled receiver like the Marantz...other brands I'm sure are on their way.
As far as I am aware, at this time A2DP Bluetooth protocol has not yet been enabled for many devices like iPhone and iPod Touch, but many modern cell phones do have it. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is enabled for Mac OSX 10.5, not 10.4, Vista, not XP, the last needs a software stack installed or a dongle and the new Windows 7 will have it. Until Apple enables the protocol for iPhone, I plan to stream directly from my iMac and control the iTunes files from the "REMOTE" application I downloaded to my iPhone that displays the playlists, artists and albums, plus volume. It's free from the iTunes store and operates by WEP or WAP.
Once ...and if -- A2DP is enabled for the iPod Touch and iPhone, you can enjoy the best digital technology sound at any price, even with low cost, but not seriously compromised, systems. The iPhones/ iPod Touch DACs/amps are bypassed when A2DP are enabled. Otherwise you will be sending the audio via analogue through these devices, which, btw, are quite good -- disregard what you hear. (The iPhone WOLFSON DAC is audio quality, but the amplifiers were designed to work well with headphones, not as a direct connection to audio systems. That is why A2DP will be a life changing technological jump. The fact is, while the iPod electronics have been under rated -- cheap chips their detractors say -- they are very high performance indeed...and again, the iPne electronics are optimized for headphones where they work as intended.)
For example, "the best" audio system may be the aforementioned Marantz receiver connected to an Apogee MiniDAC (a pro DAC with impeccable performance -- about time the high end press took notice) for about $1000 for both. Add your choice of amplifiers and speakers and you're in business. There is no turning back
As a former reviewer and analogue fan with a sizable LP collection and turntable/arm/cartridge/phono preamp sitting in my basement doing time in a comatose state, the future is here, I can't and won't go back.
 

Alex Stuart (not verified) -- Mon, 01/18/2010 - 02:09

I agree with  Richteer and  it is really  best  choice to  connect  with  your home theater system . also  its quite  reasonably priced...
 
Alex Stuart
System Admin
http://www.theaterseatstore.com

simond88 -- Mon, 05/24/2010 - 05:52

Agree that this the best you can get in Ipod. Go For it.
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