Originally Posted by Pixiu
So it looks like I am struggling with the same issue that many of you are. I hate the sound that comes out of my Ipod using RCA connections and realize I need to go to a transport like the Wadia to get the sound I want out of my Ipod using my Anthem/Paradigm signature system (Anthem D2v with Paradigm S8v3's, C5, etc.). I have done a ton of research and it appears there are several options:
1) Wadia 2) Apple TV 3) Squeezebox 4) Onkyo ND-S1 5) Denon (Unknown if true digital) 6) others?
So far here is where I am at... I was ready to buy the Wadia as it appeared to be just what I needed...pure good sound out of the Ipod using Apple Lossless files and the DAC in the D2v to get great sound (also thought I saw there is a possible issue with the Wadia and D2v but not sure why there would be as it is a simple COAX connection???). However then I looked at Apple TV. I have both a new IMac and a PC laptop so not loyal to Apple but I do use Itunes, Mobileme and have plenty of Ipods so having another Apple product is not a big deal to me. Going back to my main goal (Audiophile sound out of my Ipod...) the Apple TV setup appears that it would give me great sound as I could sync my music from my Itunes library to the Apple TV and play those Apple lossless files via HDMI + I get a better interface than the Wadia product and on top of that it is way cheaper. Am I thinking correctly? By the way do not care about all the other stuff that Apple TV does. Again only want to play my music with the best sound possible. Does Apple TV provide true digital output with no DAC in the way so that my D2v can do the work with its DAC? Any better ideas? Please help as I am close to figuring this out but just finally got to the point that I am confused and again all I want is the best sound possible for my Apple lossless music. I should mention that I am comparing the sound of my music to a CD played on my PS3 which blew away the Ipod with RCA connection setup. Thank you in advance for all your help.
The Wadia does indeed do a great job - I've got one setup for over a month and couldn't be happier, now that I am finally able to use my ipod for listening through the stereo.
I really only have one gripe: the interface and remote is painful. For one, getting up from my sweet spot and changing music on the ipod while it is docked is a bit of an annoying experience. You can just undock the ipod, change the music and dock it back - which is what I do, since the ipod is supposed to be a handheld device and that's how the scroll wheel etc. work best. What I would have loved would have been to have that interface on the tv so that I could switch without having to get up. The remote - enough has been said about what a terrible piece of electornics it is.
The more I think about it, a Mac Mini (with the TV screen for visual output) would have been a more elegant solution (albeit more expensive). Run straight from the itunes, into the DAC and off you go. All you need is the wireless mouse and keyboard.
By the way, since you already have an iMac, why don't you consider hooking it up directly to your outboard DAC? All Macs have a digital (optical) output, embedded in the headphone port (you'll need a toslink adaptor). Even if you run a long wire between the Mac and the DAC, you'll be fine (optical cable length will not degrade the quality - remember that this is digital information). This way you can run your music straight from your itunes.