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Apple iPod Touch, iPhone & iPad integration

For a Crestron system an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad can be used either as a source and/or as a remote controller via WiFi. Here is a link for some general info. In addition there is the IDOCV. And if your Provider allows it, it is also possible via 3G or EDGE networks to control your home systems when you are away traveling.

There are of course many other systems and components that can be controlled via an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. For instance a number of music servers can be controlled via WiFi. For more info click here.

If you would like to plug an iPad or iPod into your home stereo system there are a plethora of choices available, with some options of course being more preferable. And should you wish to do so, both Naim and Arcam offer options to accommodate you. While using an iPod or iPad as a source will not rival a high quality dedicated home music server in terms of sound quality (especially when playing files with lossy compression!) it is certainly nice to have as an available option.


Arcam Solo irDock - iPod dock

The Arcam Solo irDock is an iPod dock which is pictured below:

irDock


Naim n-Link iPod Connection Cable for iPod & iPad

 

Naim n-Link iPod Connection Cable
 
With the Naim N Link iPod connection cable you can connect your iPod to Naim Uniti music system and your mobile music becomes available on the home stereo system. The Naim n-Link iPod Connector Cable benefits from all the Naim Audio connection know-how and is designed to ensure that nothing is lost between iPod and NaimUniti. The Naim n-Link iPod Connector Cable is a 1 meter long, custom-designed, 13-core cable is optimized for audio. It features discrete screening for audio signals and incorporates high-quality latching connectors at both ends.
  • 1 meter long cable to connect your iPod to Naim Uniti
  • 13-core cable optimized for audio
  • Discrete screening for audio signals
  • Incorporates high-quality latching connectors IPOD CONNECTION CABLE


Uncompressed vs. Compressed Files For Your Precious Music

If you are going to use an iPad or iPod, or other portable player like a phone as a source ideally you would use either uncompressed or lossless compressed files. However if you don't have enough storage space then you can do what is commonly known as dual encoding. If for instance you are using dbPoweramp to rip your CD collection you can set it up to output two different formats simultaneously. For instance you can set it up to output both a lossy compressed file as well as an uncompressed WAV file. The WAV file of course is the version that you would use for your home music serveras with WAV files there would be no loss of audio quality. For the portable player you would use lossy compressed files thus making the trade-off of sacrificing sound quality for a greater quantity of files in a given storage space.

Or if you are downloading your music files, and have limited capacity in your iPod or other portable player and you choose to use lossy files for it, then we recommend downloading uncompressed or lossless compressed files and then making a lossy compressed version solely for portable use. That way you have the better quality file for home useplus in the future portable storage will become so much larger that there will simply be no reason for lossy compressed files to be used anymore. Also you won't have to purchase your music again in the future as lossless or uncompressed files as you will already have them!

  • Uncompressed files are utilized in the recording studio to record with. Examples of uncompressed files are WAVE (.wav) or AIFF (.aif).
  • Lossless compressed files simply compress the file size without throwing away any music information. Just like a zip file, when it is unpacked the file is replicated exactly. Examples of lossless compressed files are FLAC or ALAC
  • In order to make files much smaller in size, lossy compressed files throw away some of the audio information such that nuances of the music are irretrievably lost. Examples of lossy compressed files are MP3 or AAC.

For more info you are welcome to call us at 781-893-9000.

   
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