......... I picked up a new phone yesterday - Sony Ericsson W980. I read that it had an internal 8gb memory, it looked decent, I got it. Having no Ipod, the plan was to put some tunes on the new phone and use it in the gym, train etc. When unpackaging I found a cable that I had not seen before. At one end the Sony phone adaptor and the other right and left analogue cables! I might be naive but isn't this fairly new? The said cables are not even mentioned in any of the papers that came with the phone and there is a "Music" booklet which explains how to (illegally) rip mp3s from your cds and put them on the W980!
Anyway, I sent some songs across to the phone last night and when everyone had gone to sleep, I had a quick A and B session. The album of choice was Stanley Road by the Modfather. I hooked the r an l cables to my Cambridge 840A and plugged in the phone. I then popped in the cd. I was shocked at how good the sound was straight from the phone to my amp. Absolutely shocked. I was expecting it to sound bad. At least as average as mp3s downloaded to cd sound. It was better than that. The cd sounded better of course but it wasn't the case of "ouch" once listening to the mp3 straight afterwards. All the mp3s are 320kbps and I did not have it on at any great volume. I will try again when I have more time on Thursday and Friday (I'm on holiday from then!).
Here is a question to JD and others. Could I connect the phone to an external DAC like the Beresford or similar with the analogue cables or do you need to use a digital connection?