Should an iPod dock be considered a standard component for a high-end audio system?

Should an iPod dock be considered a standard component for a high-end audio system?
Yes, and I already have one
14% (35 votes)
Yes, I plan to add one
14% (36 votes)
Yes
15% (37 votes)
No
28% (71 votes)
Double No
30% (75 votes)
Total votes: 254

Now that Krell has <A HREF="http://blog.stereophile.com/he2007/051307ikid/">added one</A> to its product lineup, should an iPod dock be considered a standard component for a high-end audio system?

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Mac D's picture

The horrible frequency response is even worse on a high end system.

Reza Kharaghan's picture

We need to look forwards and be able to embrace new trends and technology. This very same technology has permitted us far beyond imagination in vinyl playback.

Showflash's picture

First let me preface my statement by saying that I know little regarding the iPod or its dock and am a huge fan of Krell products. I don't have an iPod. With that said, if the dock is proprietary like everything else Apple then NO for it leaves me only one path, that of the iPod. This path chosen by Krell may leave every other manufacturer and competing lossless out in the cold. What if I rip my own music at a higher standard? How does Krell work with that, it looks like Krell does not have a solution for me. I am surprised that Krell didn't come up with a better solution. The DRM & 128kbps quality also leaves much to be desired.

Bill Crane's picture

Only if it is the iLink from MSB that sends the digital stream out to a real DAC, otherwise why bother?

Scotty Thompson's picture

You can't be serious...

Rick S's picture

If Krell does one thing, I do the opposite.

Mike Denon's picture

It's just a low cost "alternative" instead of a good CD player and tons of original albums.

Chris Sommovigo's picture

IF you're going to listen to digital, and IF you rip at high-resolution (uncompressed), and IF you can pull the digital stream off of the iPod instead of having to rely upon it's internal conversion - THEN the iPod as a delivery medium holds the same promise as the CD as a delivery medium. Further, if you rip your LPs at high resolution, like Mikey does, and then transfer them to the iPod - with the above original conditions withstanding - the potential exists for sonic quality to exceed commercial-release CDs. iPod as a storage and delivery medium is every "bit" as legit as CD or DVD so long as you're pulling off the digital data and converting it ex-vivo. My Spidey-Sense tells me that the flash-driver Nano would probably be a better transport than the micro-drive iPod - no moving parts in the Nano - but I don't have any of these docks yet.

Dis Mord's picture

It ain't hi-fi yet.

Daniel, Buenos Aires Argentina's picture

No!!! Just buy a Squeezebox, an external hard-disk with losseless riped files and you may keep your player (I use Creative Zen, not iPod) in the charger or your pocket when you are at home. The quality difference is big and friendliness of the interface is inmense.

Tim Campbell's picture

We often use our system for music without specifically sitting down and listening to it. I prefer my LP12, but the iPod is very handy.

J.  Forsyth's picture

Did Krell also vote for Sanjaya Malakar as the next American Idol?

Mark Lim, Summit, NJ's picture

The key term here is "high-end." If sound reproduced fits the bill, then, yes. As of now, there is nothing we have read about that can improve the iPod's sound without extensive equalization. So, no, it does not belong.... yet.

David C's picture

If you have an iPod, you are going to need a computer to load music into it. You might as well use a Mac Mini. It's only $500 or so, and has a digital output, and Front Row software makes it behave like an iPod. Just plug in your iPod and it syncs in a few minutes. It's better than an iPod, has remote control and digital out built in, and you are going to need it or something like it anyway.

Martin's picture

I have plugged my iPod into my system. Painful is the only way to describe how it sounds. Compression + cheap D to A = Poor Quality. iPods are great on the plane and when I work out, I have just over 500 Albums on mine. The higher data rates might sound better (I use default) but I have no interest in finding out.

Geordy Duncan's picture

When it can sound as good as vinyl or SACD sure...why not? Until then keep it to tha masses who don't give a crap about decent sound reproduction.

Chris Kenney's picture

Keep it optional. "Standard" is not always necessary.

Edw,A,Roth's picture

Y'know...I;m just not sure about this one.I don't like the idea of compressed and lossy music.It seems a contradiction in terms,especially for a high resolution system and gear we seem to aspire to.Yet I admit,I am a tech junkie and would add one if I could get uncompressed,very high res and high quality music out of it.

Lawrence's picture

That'd be like spreading caviar on a hot dog!

A.J.Edwards's picture

It is the way forward. I have my system upgrade on hold until the music industry resolves the format (SACD,Audio DVD) issue. The ability to travel with my CD collection in an iPod is a real benefit. I would also like to have a quality iPod dock for my car music system.

George's picture

An iPod or similar unit.

Bob DeVore's picture

iPods are so popular, it was just a matter of time before a high-end company threw its hat into the ring.

Tom Warren's picture

I’ve never even considered buying an iPod. I think that everything that is digital is what is at the root of what’s wrong with the world today, the Disney-fication of the human experience.

John Valvano's picture

I have an ipod and love it. I use it as a portable music server. If I want background music on the main level of my house I plug it into that stereo. If I want music pumped outside to the pool, I plug it into that system. Mowing the lawn, on go the headphones. But plugging it into my dedicated 2 channel system is something I just wouldn't use it for. If I'm going to sit and listen in my listening room I'll get out the cd or vinyl and enjoy. For me the ipod is about convenience and portability of a vast amount of my music collection.

richtan's picture

No I am still hesitant to add a docking station as a standard for my high end system. May consider if iPod technology improves to give better resolution and reproduction of music.

Mike's picture

The source is just not Hi-end. The convenience is not a meaningful value for a system of $1,500.00, much less a $75K system.

Jonathan Karl Matzkin's picture

Oh GOD no!! The iClod presents no advantages over a PC as a digital source. There is simply no reason to advance Steve Job's evil agenda with nonsense like this.

Jasper Chang's picture

Having a device that can store more songs than a regular CD is always welcome.

Mark May's picture

Knowingly not up to redbook CD quality, it does provide for the inclusion of a lot of music to masses have that are not on redbook CD and with a good managable library.

DonReid--Amarillo's picture

Not a dock (cost) but maybe a jack.

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