I am in the market for a cheapish endpoint for my bedroom set up – which consists of three MD products, the HD 6XX, the Grace design SDAC, and the THX 789. The missing piece of course is a streaming endpoint. Thus far, I’ve simply been plugging my iPhone to the SDAC. The sound is terrific for the price, but this set up does entail having to plug and unplug the iPhone each time.
I wondered whether there are alternatives. One possibility is the Allo USBridge. However, I’ve had one bad experience with it, in that it just failed to play with a Pro-ject DAC. In the end, I ended up returning both. I wrote to Allo asking whether the USBridge plays with the SDAC, and haven’t heard back.
And then, I thought – why not just get a basic iPod Touch, install Roon, and just hook it up permanently? At $ 300, this appears, at first glance to be a terrific solution. If I get this right, connecting the Touch to an external DAC will by-pass the internal DAC on the device.
The question is, what am I missing here? Does the iPod Touch somehow lack in bit rate and sample frequency? Would it, if only passing through to a DAC? Or is there indeed something else? Or, am I just missing the point and asking a question that has been answered earlier? Admittedly, I am just a listener, and have not a jot more than rudimentary knowledge about digital music.
I’d love a response from the cognoscenti here!