Are you prepared to substantiate either of those sound quality claims even if one of them is only expressed as an opinion*?Wolfson vs. Cirrus Logic?High bitrate Nero AAC vs. lossless?(*) opinions are not in any way exempt from TOS #8.
IMO, the current Cirrus Logic DACs aren't good enough to warrant the extra file size of FLACs for portable use. Interestingly, Apple has included a Wolfson DAC in the Lightning-to-30-pin adapter, so they're still interested in pushing quality sound out to external playback devices. And Lightning can output both digital and analog signals to external devices.[…] No claims were made. […] I was just making the point that they bothered to put a DAC in the adapter--must have had a reason, since it makes the adapter more expensive.
If I had a pair of $500 Sennheiser IEMs instead of my $150 Shures, I could probably tell the difference
Those are claims about the quality of DACs, and they need to be justified. You've been here since the beginning of HA, you should know this. Also, the Lightning connector is all digital, there's no analog line out. That's why they had to put a DAC inside the Lightning to Dock adapter. Quality had nothing to do with it.FWIW, RMAA tests of the Cirrus Logic DACs in Apple's latest products show high linearity and low distortion.Quote from: jkauff on 22 November, 2012, 10:08:54 AMIf I had a pair of $500 Sennheiser IEMs instead of my $150 Shures, I could probably tell the differenceAnother claim that needs justification.
This kind of makes me wonder if Justin Ruggles (the owner of FLAKE) would be interested in taking over. And if the community would accept that.