If I have Drop + THX Pandas, do I need a separate dac for lossless audio?

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Im pretty new with audiophile stuff, and as lossless audio is now on apple music I was wondering if I need an external dac to take advantage of that. Im aware that the pandas have amps in them already, but I’m not sure if that means I don’t need a dac... Any help would be appreciated. Godspeed.
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YaBoyBDawg
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May 28, 2021
To clarify, the reason the Panda’s have a DAC/amp is they need to receive the BT signal, convert to analogue sound locally, and amplify to listening levels all inside the headphone. Apple lossless will be very limited on mobile for reasons already mentioned, limited Bluetooth bandwidth. There are ways to hook up an external DAC/amp via usb/lightning but they can cumbersome. if you want to use lossless, especially Apple lossless you’ll want to use an external DAC/amp combo from your computer via USB and traditional headphones/speakers (not BTs likeat the end. Fiio BTR5 is a good all in one/mobile unit. Schiit Modi/Magni is a good stack. I’d also check out YouTuber Josh Velour’s latest video on the Schiit IE Magni amplifier where he recommends a set up using the lightning-to-3.5mm adapter into the amp using the iPhone as a source which is a good jumping off point for newbies.
bedro
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May 30, 2021
Thanks for the info, it is greatly appreciated! ill definitely check out the stuff you recommended, thank you
YaBoyBDawg
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May 30, 2021
You’re welcome! I put the video with timestamp below. Also using that dongle will allow you to get lossless quality from your iPhone directly so you can either use headphones or amp the source, though better DACs will make more of the additional info. Enjoy! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xIVIO7oz_uY&t=3m30s
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Lmvrtinez
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May 27, 2021
You will never get lossless quality through bluetooth. Even AAC Bluetooth codecs are limited to just under CD quality
bedro
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May 30, 2021
noted.