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Why use this when you can’t use the lightning-to-3.5 apple dongle with its DAC? That DAC is really good so missing that and plugging directly into an iPhone doesn’t make sense. Does this have cable have a DAC built in like the dongle?

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Evshrug
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Aug 26, 2021
Well, the speakers/drivers in headphones or in-ears are analog devices, and a Lightning port is digital only, so yes this would have to have a built in DAC/amplifier. The Apple dongle does have a very good cost to value ratio (and benefits from some of the largest scale of manufacturing), but certainly the DAC and amplifier could be improved. It’s quite feasible that this cable “system” improves on Apple’s $9 dongle. But I’ve never heard Noble’s product here, so I can’t make any specific comments 🤷‍♂️