Would you buy a high-end headphone amp that docks the iPad?

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  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Would you buy a high-end iPad headphone amp that docks the ipad and gets the audio from the dock connector in digital form then runs through a good DAC?

    Perfect for the nightstand.
     
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  4. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The width of the iPad and the depth of a slightly bigger Mac Mini. Priced at under $499 and will power the most demanding studio headphones.
     
  5. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    I'm waiting on one as we speak. Bose needs to do it
     
  6. forceofnature macrumors newbie

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    Bose?

    Bose will not likely do it and would not be considered high end.
     
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    Exactly. I am using an iPhone 4 with a pair of Shure SE 530's and they sound rather good. Of course an amp would be better but I find it hard to believe that many to most people want to drag an amp around and be considered mobile.
     
  8. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It would not be mobile. It would be desktop or nightstand. It will have optical digital in also for Airport Express streaming.
     
  9. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    Sorry I misunderstood the OP.
     
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    I might be interested. I keep a truly portable one for my iPod/iPhone (Emmeline P-51 Mustang). Does this mean you're looking at putting one out yourself? And to the poster regarding Bose not being high end, I agree. Bose equipment is nothing like true high-end audio equipment. They just have great marketing to get the price they do for their crap.
     
  11. Noumenon macrumors regular

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    Forget Bose, they are pedestrian hi-end.

    Onkyo and Wadia are better and already make a bit perfect transport dock for the iPods. Still waiting for them to make one for the iPad.

    However, since the Apple camera connection kit already allows one to get audio out, by-passing the internal DAC and Amp, it may be redundant for Onkyo or Wadia to even make a transport. Perhaps they will make a dock instead (which would include a DAC and Amp).

    Used for audio, the apple camera connection kit requires an external DAC/Amp naturally. I have a Meier Corda Symphony Dac/Amp which I tried with the camera kit and iPad, and while it sounded great, I found that I could get more volume and sharper percussion with PC-->MeierDac/Amp, rather than the iPad-->MeierDac/Amp.

    The iPad is great with the iTunes remote app though;,
    iPad(remote iTunes)->PC->optical->DAC/AMP(or av receiver)->Speakers(or HP)
     
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    A Manley Stingray iTube should come with an optional iPad adapter. That would be awesome.

    I know it is not a dedicated headphone amp, but it is high-end. :D
     
  13. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, no, but thanks. Considering that is how much the entry level iPad costs (and considering that by the time it landed at a retailer here in NZ it would cost around $1000NZD) I don't think you would sell many. Unless of course it can be used with iPods and possibly other audio sources too - I could see myself buying one at some point if I could use it with an iMac and my TV (I have trouble sleeping so often stay up a little later than my significant other - but I need to wear heaphones so as to not disturb her).
     
  14. forceofnature macrumors newbie

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    Se 530

    I have the shure se 530 as well they work great.

    As far as a high end headphone amp goes, I might bet willing but cost has to be less then 1k
     
  15. mmb32 macrumors newbie

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    How do you get audio out using the CCK, do you mean USB Out to headphones?

    Thanks, from a newbie !
     
  16. mmb32 macrumors newbie

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    :)ok, sorted - just plugged in USB to my DAC and it works, cant believe this, brilliant!
     
  17. peterja macrumors regular

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    That's great! it has totally gone by me.
     
  18. Noumenon macrumors regular

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    Yes, I meant USB, sorry.
     

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