Teardown and X-Ray Image of Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter Reveals Mystery Chip

Teardown and X-Ray Image of Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter Reveals Mystery Chip

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Great! - October 6, 2016 at 11:59pm
Is less than 2dB considered a substantial compromise to sound quality? The reviewer seems to think that you won't be able to tell the difference.
Eddie - October 6, 2016 at 4:44pm
That chip is a digital to analog converter according to a tear down of this adapter on another site.
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Curtix - October 6, 2016 at 5:23pm
Of course it's a DAC. Apple said themselves that the lightening port output is a 100% digital signal. EarPods, speakers, headphones and anything else that vibrates and produces sound is by nature analog. Therefore, it is not possible that the EarPods and the adapter do not have an imbedded DAC. Also, since even the worst USB DAC's are gigantic compared to that lightening to headphone jack adapter, there is no way on earth that Apple did not make substantial compromises to sound quality to not include a headphone jack. The concept is (imo) stupid!
. - October 6, 2016 at 7:30pm
And people assumed the EarPods were the same. Jokes on them! @curtix I found it necessary not to have the jack, but overall I find the concept not as stupid.
Great! - October 6, 2016 at 11:57pm
Can you explain what substantial sound quality means?
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