Digital Output

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Silverwing, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Silverwing

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    Hello friends,

    I have been curious, as to whether there is a Digital Output option for the Motorola Droid. I would like to set the phone so all output through the headphone jack is digital, that way, I could have it run through a dedicated DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) and use superior (and dedicated) audiophile equipment. If this is not possible, is there any third party programs that can or do make this possible?

    Thank you in advance for your answers.
     

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  2. Silverwing

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  3. barry99705

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    I've never heard of any phone that has this capability.
     
  4. craighwk

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    I'm not an audio expert, but isn't it impossible to carry digital audio through a headphone jack?
     
  5. Silverwing

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    It could in theory travel through the micro usb port.
     
  6. Tymanthius

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    My question is why would you go to all that trouble for sound from a phone?!
     
  7. Silverwing

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    Well, because you see, if it was a digital out it wouldn't really be the sound of a phone. It would be the sound of whatever DAC I ran it through, therefore it could become quite a good mobile source of good quality music.
     
  8. BigPat

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    I have a question. Why? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about high quality music. Right now I'm listening to flac's that were ripped with eac with every setting configured for the best quality and accuracy. That is being played back using bit-perfect output over a spdif cable to my reciver that's powering a pair of Canton Ergo 22 DC's.

    I just don't understand the need for this with a phone, or any portable mp3 player. What headphones are you going to be using? Will you be listening in a controlled environment? Is the extra bulk worth it?

    That being said, AFAIK there is noting in the USB spec that would allow you to do this without a lot of extra hardware on the other side. And I don't even know if USB has enough bandwidth to handle super high quality uncompressed digital audio like that.
     
  9. Tymanthius

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    Ok.

    Just seems excessive to me. But then, that's not my thing. Being able to ssh & ftp into my linux box @ home is my thing. :)
     
  10. Silverwing

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    I don't understand the big deal, why everyone is so curious to inquire why I would like a digital out. But, I am using AKG-k701s (which obviously needs a dedicated amp) but I would really like to run the music through its own DAC.
     

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