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Using 8030b with phone/ipod - Pre amp needed?

mikeyveeeeee, modified 7 Years ago.

Using 8030b with phone/ipod - Pre amp needed?

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 1/21/16 Recent Posts
So i've got some 8030b speakers which i normally use thru an interface and all works fine. But i also want to use the speakers in the lounge thru ipod/phone but it sounds very bad. I think the signal is too weak as the sound coming out sounds a bit like when your under water.
Does anybody know what the best way around this is? headphone preamp to boost signal? or just a small amp? The speakers have their own amp in each one but need the signal going in to be stronger I think.

Any advice would be great.
ilkka-rissanen, modified 7 Years ago.

Re: Using 8030b with phone/ipod - Pre amp needed?

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts

In general there is no need for any extra device. Headphone output is sufficient to drive an active speaker. I have personally used many phones and ipads with direct connection to our speakers without any problems.

What was the exact device that you tested? Make and model?
digipete, modified 7 Years ago.

Re: Using 8030b with phone/ipod - Pre amp needed?

Padawan Posts: 99 Join Date: 6/18/11 Recent Posts
We drive 8010's and 8030's from iPhones and iPods all the time.
Using a simple mini-jack to XLR cable.
I sounds great with good dynamic lossless files.

Others has chipped in with their own phones, and quality always reflected the quality of the files and recordings.
laparn, modified 7 Years ago.

Re: Using 8030b with phone/ipod - Pre amp needed?

Padawan Posts: 39 Join Date: 6/20/15 Recent Posts
You can benefit from bypassing the iPhone sound card by using a M2Tech Hiface DAC for instance. A USB converter is necessary to fit to the USB in the Hiface DAC. A mini-jack to XLR cable will connect to the 8030b. This piece of gear is great and you will notice a terrific improvement in sound quality using a DAC rather than the headphone output by itself.

Another more sophistic alternative is a headphone amp/DAC. To keep equipment to a minimum sustaining sound quality, you can check out the Chord Mojo, iFi iCAN SE, iFi iCAN nano etc. However, RCA output only so you need an RCA to XLR converter/cable.
If you have an iPhone 6 you can also use the included DSD compatible player and feed an iFi micro iDSD for native DSD conversion. Close to analogue sound quality.