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Hi all,What is the best way to connect an iPhone (or iPad) with Lightning output to a Bryston DAC, such as the BDA-3.14 or the SP3? I am asking this because of my interest in iDAGIO and Primephonic streaming services and they are not natively supported by Bryston.I know that it is possible to use an Airplay emulator with the BDA-3.14 but there also other options. There is a connection kit for HDMI and perhaps also for connection to the SPDIF or USB ports.Important for me are sound quality and ease of use. Video quality would be a nice bonus in case of an HDMI connection kit.Who can tell me more?WillyP
A lightning to usb adaptor should allow you to connect your iPhone to most USB DAC for playback. However unless the iOS app and the service both offer/support 24-bit content you'd likely be better off using the airplay emulation. iOS natively is limited to 16bit 48khz, the same resolution as airplay and offers the advantage of being wireless. WhatHifi wrote a pretty detailed article about it herehttps://www.whathifi.com/us/advice/how-to-play-hi-res-music-your-iphone-0Chris
I’m pretty sure a standard lightning to USB cable won’t give you a digital output. For that you’d need an Apple camera kit. I’m not sure about newer nor current iPhones, but my iPhone SE (original version) needs a camera kit to use my Audioquest dragonfly.The link didn’t say to use the camera kit, but the pics show it. It’s the short white cable with the larger than usual usb end.
Thanks, Chris, for your reply. A resolution of 16 bit / 48 kHz is fine for me. Which Airplay emulator would you advise, Shairport-Sync or Shairplay? I have no idea what the differences are between the two.WillyP
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