Can any DAC out there work with the iPad 2 as the source?

Music Lover -- Wed, 07/27/2011 - 12:18

Can any DAC out there work with the iPad 2 as the source?  I was hoping that Weiss 202 would...

Mr Plus -- Thu, 07/28/2011 - 05:59

 Yes, the HRT iStreamer. There is also a Cambridge Audio iD100 universal iPod/iPhone/iPad dock that includes Toslink, coaxial and AES/EBU and can stream iTunes data from your computer through USB. You can use that with any DAC.

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Syd -- Mon, 08/01/2011 - 22:22

 You should check out the brand spanking new micromega Aria Airdream. It is supposed to be a SOTA wireless DAC that is optimized to work well with Apple products. -- Fri, 08/05/2011 - 19:17

 Arcam has a DAC called the rDAC for $479.00 that is great and the have an attachment that fits on an iPhone or iPad called the Wand for about $119.00 (don't quote me on that price) that transmits to the DAC using Kleer wireless technology for wide bandwidth hi resolution audio.


aquarius510123 -- Sat, 08/06/2011 - 00:55

Check out Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo at
Hope this helps.

MikeMercer -- Wed, 04/04/2012 - 14:56

The Cypher Labs piece is also VERY cool (and has a COAX pass-thru so you can also use your own legacy DAC)

EliasGwinn -- Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:50

Here is an artilce on connecting an iPad to the DAC1:


Zach -- Sun, 01/08/2012 - 23:41

 Another idea is using the iPad 2 to simply display music in your itunes library on a computer (which is connected to the DAC through USB) through Apple's own "Remote" app. It works great, you can be sitting in your chair choosing music that is displayed on the iPad from your computer. 

Sam -- Mon, 01/09/2012 - 03:57

The remote app displays album art, tracks etc. Like on an iPod? Does it allow any other controls? Also is the image quality of album art lower on the ipad if used like this? i.e. Better image quality on the Mac where it's stored vs just display on I pad from another machiene. Im guessing the ipad acts as a print screen or view feature, like techs access ur computer from
a remote site.

Zach -- Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:33

Yes, the iPad acts like a remote control which displays music from your iTunes library on your computer. It controls are the basic skip forward/back, fastfoward/rewind, pause/play. The image quality does not suffer of the album art. Again, the app is called "Remote" developed by Apple and its free in the App Store.

MikeMercer -- Wed, 04/04/2012 - 14:54

 You can also use the CEntrance DACmini CX (or PX) w/ the iPad, all you need is the camera-kit.
You can also use the Benchmark DAC1 and DAC1 HDR (I use both) w/ the iPad as a source,
I LOVE that combo!!!

sjackson -- Fri, 05/17/2013 - 21:18

Yes, it will and it should be, just using it though on iPad first version with iOS 6.0 version.Cheers,Sarah Jackson"need personalize cases - visit me at"

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