Considering that iTunes will only transfer a lossless ALAC file with resolution of 48k/24bits or lower, is this worth purchasing for an iPhone 7?

Currently the iPhone 7 and iTunes will only accept a lossless file, ALAC, with a sample rate for 48k/24bits. What advantages does this headphone offer, considering the low sample rate limit on an iPhone?

Even though iTunes is limiting the file resolutions it will transfer are there other programs that will allow me to put true high resolution tracks (ALAC and/or FLAC 96k/24bits or better) on an iPhone 7 and send the full digital signal out the lightning port to the high quality DAC and planar headphones on the EL-8?

Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones

Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones

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1 Answer from the Community

  • Because Audeze uses its own amp & DAC in their Lightning cable, there is a definite audible improvement compared to using the analog 3.5mm output. It also has onboard DSP, so the EQ app settings are stored in the headphone instead of the iOS device. This means your EQ "travels" with you as you plug the headphones into your various iOS devices. This is a first.