Ashley James wrote:
I'm not really a headphone user, but I do need them to evaluate speakers and isolate funny noises, so it will be more convenient if I can get digital out of the iPad. You're right Apple do require a licence fee to use their digital out.
In that application the iDo should work well on the desktop, wiring the iThing to the iDo removes any possibility of wifi issues complicating the evaluations.
Also the Apple remote control volume adjusts the iDo volume in the analog domain, the playback can easily be set up for 'bit perfect', again removing another variable when carrying out critical evaluations.
For 'normal' use, iDo can be used with low cost active speakers (such as the Yamaha HS50 reviewed elsewhere) to provide a fully functional wired playback system with (to my mind) excellent facilities. Set up to run 'bit perfect' the volume control has a highly visible level indicator, automatic mute of speakers when using h'phones and of course the speaker output can be reduced to zero without having to fiddle around the back to switch them off.
There is a regular line input too, a spdf digital output so pretty flexible and all for about £200.