thread: iPOD HiFi...
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Old 1st March 2006
Lives for gear

Originally Posted by squelch
Looks like the iPod plugs in via the narrow usb/firewire port thingy on the bottom (like having it in a dock), so it must bypass the so-so DA convertor on the actual ipod itself headphone jack, it could be interesting.

The connector on the bottom of the ipod includes an analogue line out, so the conversion is still from the ipod but it's a hell of a lot better sounding than the ipod headphone out.
I figure this is the case because the dock you sit the ipod in has a line out on it and that little bit of plastic (the dock) isn't doing any d/a conversion.

Here's what's on the bottom of an ipod: