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Red Wine Audio offers iMod for audiophiles

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005
News Categories: Hacks | Mods

imageRed Wine Audio has announced the iMod, a $249 upgrade that enhances the sound quality of your iPod by tapping directly into the DAC (digital-to-analog converter) chip inside the device.

“The goal of the Red Wine iMod is to significantly minimize the analog signal path that follows the output of the internal Wolfson WM8975 DAC chip,” explains the company. “Using D.H. Labs silver wire, we take the analog output (line out) directly off of the DAC chip and send it out of the iPod rear case (via a drilled 5/32” hole) to a custom made assembly that  contains Black Gate Non-Polarized NX HiQ coupling capacitors soldered directly to a new 1/8” stereo line out jack.”

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1

Woo-hoo! Break out the 3/8” Makita!

Classic audio enthusiast gearhead geekdom is what we have here. HOWEVER, only a simple 1/8” line out jack?  I would’ve expect at least balanced line outputs. After all, Red Wine…“to feed the geek, you must not be meek.”

Words to live by…lol

Posted by flatline response on September 15, 2005 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

2

very interesting to know that I could do that to get HIFI audio quality from my iPod, but to tell you the truth, I don’t really need that when I’m on the go with my iPod, but for my home, I’m looking at something else, olive inc just came out with this musica at
http://www.olive.us/p_bin/?cid=01_06_musica
and I think this may do it, either this one or the WACS700 by phillips at
http://www.consumer.philips.com/consumer/catalog/product.jsp?language=en&country=US&catalogType=CONSUMER&productId=WACS700_37_US_CONSUMER

Posted by carl on September 15, 2005 at 4:18 PM (PDT)

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