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Digital audio out iPad to USB DAC?

Discussion in 'audio' started by seethroughyou, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. seethroughyou

    seethroughyou pfm Member

    Does anyone know how to send Digital audio out from an iPad to USB DAC?
  2. wellers73

    wellers73 New Member

    Apple make an adapter called the Camera Connector Kit. For an iPad with a lightning connection, you need the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. For the newest iPad Pro with a USB C connection, you need the USB C to USB adapter.
  3. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

  4. Schnitger

    Schnitger pfm Member

    Would these solutions require a driver to be installed on the computer?
  5. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    No, IOS devices do not need drivers.
  6. Schnitger

    Schnitger pfm Member

    Great - so it’s literally a case of plug ‘n’ play, in which case I’ll give this a go. Thanks.
  7. Man in a van

    Man in a van pfm Member

    The device might not need a driver, but the dac has to be usb2 something compliant and recognised by the OS without installing a driver.

    I have tried it with a Khadas Toneboard and the dac was recognised immediately.

  8. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    I use my iPhone to output audio into a battery powered DAC for in car use (iPhone/DAC/Aux) so if I get a USB to USBC adaptor would I be able to keep the phone charged via it while it outputs data to the DAC via USB socket on the adaptor? Hope that makes some kind of sense?
  9. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    With the latest iPad Pro, I expect that you could use a regular USB-C to USB type B cable instead of an adapter and separate cable.
  10. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    I used to use a Yamaha go-44 interface as dac with fireWire connection because I had a MacBook. Now I have an iPad can I buy an adaptor for lightning to firewire ?
  11. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    The one I use does keep my Ipad charged. UsbC version with power should do the same.
  12. Musiciseverything

    Musiciseverything pfm Member

    My 2018 iPad pro won't put signal to my DAC via a usb cable with usbA to C adapter dongle, whereas my android phone works without issue.

    Is this because perhaps the DAC is not usb 2.0? Is there some driver or app known to any of you to overcome my issue?

    Thanks in advance.
  13. Heckyman

    Heckyman pfm Member

    Do you get an error message on the iPad?
    Some DACs don’t work with the iPad / CCK because the DAC draws too much power from the iPad, this depends on the design of the DAC.
    the caretaker likes this.
  14. Musiciseverything

    Musiciseverything pfm Member

    No error message. Just the iPad keeps playing audio out its own speakers. The dac has its own power supply.
  15. Moonbuggy

    Moonbuggy pfm Member

    Are you using a genuine Apple CCK? Other versions have been known not to work with usb dacs.
  16. Man in a van

    Man in a van pfm Member

    Please name the dac
  17. Musiciseverything

    Musiciseverything pfm Member

    I was using a good quality third party one. I just received today the apple one I ordered off the back of your suggestion, but it also doesn’t work.
  18. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    My ipad doesn't like most of my dacs ( drawing too much power sign appears ) its ok with the cyrus soundkey, doesn't like my converters, schiit eitr and mf linkv2..ipad doesn't like my jolida dac either! But happy with my kingrex t20u..ipad doesn't like my HRT streamer 2 + as well...quite annoying to be honest as the ipad is more consistent with qobuz than either my chrome book or lynx tablet..qobuz keeps stuttering..ipad seems to hold onto signal better?
  19. Musiciseverything

    Musiciseverything pfm Member

    It’s fairly old by now, it’s a Beresford Caimen TC7520SE. Maybe it’s age is the issue?
  20. ShadowWarrior

    ShadowWarrior Member

    It has to be USB1 compliant, like a dragonfly, any DAC that needs drivers won’t work on an ipad. I use a dragonfly to stream Qobuz to my system and it’s awesome,. Just get one of them.
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