I received my Wadia 170i today. I previously have had my iPod connected to my old Yamaha 3800 iPod dock and to my UMC-1 via an analog 3.5mm plug to RCA adapter.
A quick test of the Wadia before I left for work revealled a significant improvement. Music that I previously thought was good quality has improved but the biggest gain is with music that I thought was not so good. Where instruments use to blend together and sound confused, they now sound so much clearer and have their own individual sound.
Edit: I forgot to mention the loose digital out coaxial RCA. It is very flimsy and moves around a lot under the weight of the cable. It still works ok.
Also the thing that is real cool is the MFI...Made For Ipod interface that the Wadia is compliant with that allows a digital out from it, unlike most docks with the 30 pin that are analog.
Thanks, I should have mentioned that. I assumed this was known but of course there would be many that don't know the Wadia is one of a few, if not the only dock that has the ability to access the digital side of the iPod thereby bypassing the internal DAC and making use of the much more capable DAC in my UMC.
This is the reason for the higher SQ I speak of. Now how about connecting the Wadia to the upcoming Emo DAC?
Samsung 65Q90R Panasonic DP-UB820 Oppo BDP-93 AppleTV 4K Wadia 170i Emotiva XMC-2 Emotiva XPS-1 and Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 Emotiva XPA-5 for surround speakers Emotiva XPA-2 for main speakers Krix Epicentrix center speaker Krix Neuphonix mains - currently testing T2+ speakers Krix Tryptix surrounds SVS SB2000 Pro subs x2 UMIK-1 and REW
Wadia makes a great product. Their headquarters are 30 min from my home, all the manufacturing is local. They had a wonderful audition of their DACS, amps and cd players as well. Some are very expensive for those with deep pockets. For an ALL digital system they cant be beat, we couldnt distinguish an mp3 from a cd. Most mp3's sound like compressed crap when re-played but not on wadia. Great equipment from a great company.