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Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp
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Hi,

 

I have an iPhone 4S which I want to connect to my home AMP (Yamaha AX-2).  What is the best way to connect them? 

 

The easiest way to do this seems to be running through the headphone jack with a 3.5mm to RCA connection, but that brings the iPhone's internal DAC's into play which I wouldn't have though is optimal.  Is there an iPhone Dock I can use to get the music out digitally and skip the iPhone's internal DACs?

 

Any advice very welcome!!

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

You can buy a dock which will bypass the headphone amp and just give you a line level out from the dock connector, this is a noticeable improvement.  You could buy a dock with a dac built in, but this would cost more than an airplay solution.

 

The best way to listen to an iPhone on an AV receiver is to connect an Airport express by optical or Apple TV by HDMI to your receiver, and then connect the phone via airplay.  This gives you a wireless digital feed, bypassing the iPhones DAC and using your receivers dac instead.

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

I use a Pure Digital i20 (£75) which has a built-in DAC and charges your phone too. Does the job for me. Clickety

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Thanks, Andy.

Your response with the Pure Digital i20 is a great suggestion.  Along the same lines I see Arcam have just brought out a similar solution, drDOCK.  I have always been an Arcam fan; any views on the drDOCK?

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Thanks, Paul.

 

I have an Apple TV (first version which had the hard drive built in) but I found that really unstable; kept crashing my network  :cry:

 

The dock with line level out looks like a good way to go.  I'm looking at the Arcam drDOCK.  Any views on that?

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Review coming up in July issue according to this - on sale 1st June

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Tim Smith wrote:

Thanks, Andy.

Your response with the Pure Digital i20 is a great suggestion.  Along the same lines I see Arcam have just brought out a similar solution, drDOCK.  I have always been an Arcam fan; any views on the drDOCK?

Arcam drDock looks interesting as you'll see from the link to our news story above from RGD. Unfortunately the full review has been bumped from the July issue to August, on sale June 29th. Might have a word with the First Tests editor to see if we can post it online first. Wink

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I can recommend the teac dsh01, I have this connected via spdif to my dac/amp as well as an atv2 and prefer the teacs stability and I think it sounds clearer. If you only want a transport you could get the onkyo nds01.

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Agree with Mr. Hobbs - or a Russ Andrews GQ24 for wired connection.  Airplay is pretty handy though, and I would have thought fairly optimal from an all around perspective?

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Airplay does seem to be pretty demanding on a network, but its ace with a strong signal.  Ive never used the original ATV though, only the 2.

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Hello, I was wondering if just using the apple lightning digital A/V adapter and a decent hdmi cable connected to the amp would do the trick, would that then use the amps DACs, bypassing the phones DACs?

                          

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Hello, I was wondering if just using the apple lightning digital A/V adapter and a decent hdmi cable connected to the amp would do the trick, would that then use the amps DACs, bypassing the phones DACs?

                          

                               iPhone 5                                     Thanks Dance 4

 

 

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Hello, I was wondering if just using the apple lightning digital A/V adapter and a decent hdmi cable connected to the amp would do the trick, would that then use the amps DACs, bypassing the phones DACs?

                         

                               iPhone 5                                     Thanks Dance 4

 

 

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RE: Best way to connect my iPhone to my Amp

Hello, I was wondering if just using the apple lightning digital A/V adapter and a decent hdmi cable connected to the amp would do the trick, would that then use the amps DACs, bypassing the phones DACs?

                         

                               iPhone 5                                     Thanks Dance 4

 

 

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I think the most ideal

I think the most ideal approach to listen to an iphone on an AV beneficiary is to associate an Airport express by optical or Apple TV by HDMI to your collector, and after that unite the telephone through airplay. This provides for you a remote advanced food, bypassing the iphones DAC and utilizing your beneficiaries dac.
 

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Hi, I've been searching for a

Hi, I've been searching for a way to connect my Iphone5s to my 10 year old Sherwood amp.

The airport express seems a good option, but can anyone confirm what audio output it contains? I have 1 optical and 2 coaxial ports on my amp, but only one free coaxial.

From what I have looked at, the airport express only outputs through a headphone jack - and therefore the sound passed to the amp is not digital. Can anyone provide further info?

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