iOS, Android, and Linux

Connecting to Phones and Tablets

Some people want to use a phone or tablet as a source. We're not entirely sure why, because they usually make some of the most problematic sources. But if you insist, here's how you do it.


Connecting to an iPhone or iPad
 
Analog: Some iPhones and all iPads (at least for now) can be can connected to a preamp or headphone amp via the headphone jack. You can do this with the following cable:
 
 
Digital: If you have an iPhone running iOS7 or above or iPad running iOS6 or above with the Lightning connector, you can use the Lightning to USB 3 Adapter from Apple, or the Lightning to USB Adapter from Apple, together with a powered hub to avoid the "this device draws too much power" error. You'll also need a USB cable. Links for these are below:
 
Apple Lightning to USB 3 Adapter (allows for charging of the iOS device)
 
Apple Lightning to USB Adapter (needs an external hub)
 
 
 
Important: we have not tested with third-party Lightning to USB adapters or cables—use ONLY Apple products in order to ensure that this connection will work!
 

Connecting to an Android Phone or Tablet
 
Analog: If your Android phone or tablet has a headphone output, you can connect to a preamp or headphone amp via the headphone jack. You'll need a cable like this one:
 
 
Digital: You can connect our DACs to many Android devices using a USB On The Go cable. Devices that shipped with Android M or N stock probably won't need additional player software, but earlier devices may need USB Audio Player Pro to play music. Some Android devices will need to be connected through a USB powered hub, since they cannot supply enough power to run the DAC.