iPhone/iPod/iPad as direct digital music source

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iPhone/iPod/iPad as direct digital music source
« on: 30 Jul 2020, 10:13 pm »
I started a thread in the "All Solid State" forum and while it is specific to the Anthem STR Preamp and how or if it can use an iPod/iPhone/iPad as a Music source and I thought I might get more responses here. I hope I am not stretching forum rules.

In general, is it standard for preamp's with USB inputs to support a lightning to USB direct digital connection from the i device, bypassing the i device DAC and using the preamp's DAC?

Maybe I'm over thinking this and Oppo just did a good job of marketing.

Here was my question;

I've ordered the Anthem STR Preamp and I have searched but not found if the STR Preamp supports iPod playback or not. One feature I take advantage of with my Oppo HA-1 Headphone amp/Preamp is iPod/iPhone support via USB.

Made for iPod®, iPhone® and iPad®
The HA-1 passes Apple's "MFi" certification and is compatible with the latest iPod, iPhone and iPad to be used as the digital audio output accessory of these devices. By tapping directly into the digital audio signal of these devices and converting the audio to analog using the high performance SABRE 32 Reference DAC, music from your favorite portable device will sound its best.


I have all my CD's saved as Apple Lossless in iTunes and just plugging my apple device allows me to use the HA-1 DAC and bypass the iPhone or iPod DAC. Does the STR Preamp support this? I understand I would need an iPhone lightning to USB-B male or A to B adapter. The Oppo HA-1 works direct, if the Anthem doesn't would it work with an Apple CCK Lightning to USB Camera Adapter?