audiobill wrote:If you're interested in high fidelity, you would not want to use the internal dac OR the analog output stage of an i-device.
Actually, the quality of the analog audio output from the iPhone 5s/6s is excellent. The measurement results here show this:
106.7 dB SNR (A-weighted),
Freq Response +0, -0.08 dB, from 10 to 20KHz,
Output Impedance 3.18Ohms,
Channel balance within 0.0002 dB,
These numbers look really good. Better than other DACs I've seen specs for, but then I haven't look at the high end stuff.
The ankaudiokit DAC you've got does look amazing, and I'd love to have one, but it's also $3100. I would expect that at this level we for sure are getting into the realm of performance that is better than an iPhone, but I'm afraid the rest of my system is no where near the level of audio perfection necessary to appreciate it. I am only using a lowly VTA70, a PAS 3X or SP12 preamp, and a pair Klipsch Heresy III speakers here. My iPhone if far from the weakest link. I've already explored that avenue.
Are there any published performance specs for the ankaudiokits DAC? Not that numbers tell the whole story, but it would be nice to see what such high end stuff is capable of.
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