May I ask what file types you use, by which I mean wav, flac, etc., and do you find you can hear a difference between them when played from the iPad?
What I'm driving at is would the sound differ if it was played from a laptop or NAS instead?
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
If I'm ever on the move I use it. Works a treat with the Shure SE425's I have. Didn't seem to like my Grado SR325is' though, not enough power to drive em I don't think. My Desire HD sounds awful in comparison.
Hands down beats all the iPod's I've used (all of them). It's the best sounding 'portable' player imo, or at least it's on par with that old creative thing that was portable cd-player shaped.
Try it with a portable iBasso headphone amp inbetween and it should have the extra oomph to drive them.
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I have found the sound of the IPad so enjoyable that my headphone listening has increased ten fold. It makes a very good source going straight into active speakers as well and I find no need to experiment with adding an off board DAC.
Apple may not do everything right but this time they got it bang on! If only Spotify could hurry up with the exclusive IPad app.
I have been using mine with my Grado SR80i's for both apple lossless in iTunes and Spotify and I am very impressed with both for sound quality. Sound mush better than either my iPod or Samsung Galaxy. I also use it to catch up with TV via BBC iPlayer and 4oD.
Longer term it will also be used to control my Sonos and NAS based system.
Has anybody heard whether Spotify are bringing out a specific iPad app.....this would be brilliant. The iPhone app on the iPad is just about usable....JUST.
Portable: iBasso DX50 / iPhone 5 / iPad 4
Amps / DACS: Mayflower O2/ODAC
Headphones / IEMs: DreamEarz AUD-8x / Sennheiser Momentum
the iPad sounds so good through the mini jack out it can be connected directly to an amplifier with impressive results.
Yes I must say Apple do seem to have surpassed themselves with the quality of the mini jack out......I may actually get a 3.5mm to phonograph connector to try out prior to getting the Sonos gear. Although in honesty I can see the iPad getting used mainly with the grado's for out and about listening
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