BillD wrote:AFAIK, the Wadia is the only dock that takes the DIGITAL out of the iPod and does its own conversion to analog (using its own DACs). All others that I know of take the analog off the connector, thereby using the crappy DACs in you iPod.
The Wadia does not itself do any digital to analog conversion.
The Wadia 170i and 171i docks bypass the iPod's own built in DAC (analog being what you get when using almost any other iPod dock) and takes the digital signal from the iPod and outputs that digital signal via coax digital out (170i) or coax or Toslink for the 171i.
So you need a DAC to convert the signal to analog. Or just use a Sunfire preamp.
Sunfire Ultimate Receiver (thanks jjptkd!)
Sunfire Theater Grand Processor (with original remote!)
Klipsch Chorus II's
Legacy Studio's (circa 2003)
Sony CA70ES 5-disc changer
Sony SACD 5-disc changer