why does no won test with aiff its uncompressed so if you want to compare it to
cd compare it to aiff other wise the belts always going to go cd
martinattullymet - just remember your 840C's Dac is probably superior to the DACMagic.
I think reviews that compare the Wadia 170i and a DAC to a high priced cd player miss the point that they are too different components with both having a place in one's system. can your high priced cd player randomly play selected tunes from up to 1000 cds stored in wav or apple lossless ? and play them in audiophile or near audiophile quality ? Can you from your recliner see what tune is playing in your $5000 cd player ? As a very satisfied poddyphile my little darling replaces FM, because i could listen to the music I want to hear, when I want, at the quality I appreciate !!! while reading a good book on the computer.
You have to have a late version iPod to get the full benefit of this dock. It doesn't work at all with my non-video iPod. With an early video iPod you can not see what the music file is that you are listening to you just get the Wadia logo on the non illuminated screen of your iPod. It is only with my new iPod Classic that I can hear and see on the iPod screen what I am listening to. So if you have a non current model iPod you may need to factor in the cost of a new iPod as well!
I think this a brilliant wee machine and a absolute bargain, it actually sounds better than my CD player. I have now bought a 120GB ipod, ripped all my music and play all my music using this system. You don't have to buy an expensive outboard DAC that was used in this reveiw, the Cyrus’s £1100 DAC X, I used my Cambridge 840 CD's internal DAC which I think sounds wonderful or you buy Cambrige Audio's DAC Magic for £199 which is getting rave reviews in the HIFI press at the moment. As you keep reading in the HIFI magazines listen with your ears and then buy, I recommend you do this with the Wadia 170 iTransport.
I bought one and then a DAC, what I discovered is that my CD player really benefited from the DAC, no comparison to CD but here in the states this has been the sales pitch (that it sounds like a high end CD player) and buzz about this product so I commend WhatHiFi for bringing this up. On the other hand I have downloaded a number of podcast of live concerts from National Public Radio (aka NPR), some are hits and some are misses - the hits including a Nick Lowe concert and an M. Ward performance sound incredible. I was always told Naim thought FM live broadcast offered the ultimate resolution, performances like the played on a good hifi may not replicate something nearly as good but it is in the same spirit. All in all this is not a bad purchase if one already has a DAC and an Ipod...and your iTunes purchases will sound really good as well. Wish we could get the Onkyo states side because the Wadia remote is as you all say ... rubbish.
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