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iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock with digital output
Item # 727171IB | MFR # 171i
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Wadia 171iTransport by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Turn your iPod, iPhone, or iPad into an audiophile-quality player
Wadia created a sensation when they introduced the innovative 170iTransport the first dock capable of bypassing an iPod's built-in DAC and analog circuitry to deliver a pristine digital audio signal. Building on that dock's success, Wadia worked their magic again and now proudly introduces its latest creation, the 171iTransport. This impressive new model is the first certified "Works with iPhone" dock to provide pure, bit-perfect digital output from the iPhone. It also lets iPad® users turn their tablets into high-end media servers, for enjoying the best possible sound and picture on a home audio/video system.
Serious upgrades for enhanced performance
Along with new iPhone and iPad capability, Wadia gave the 171iTransport some serious upgrades that add up to true audiophile-level performance. You get higher-performance power supply components and premium-grade circuit boards, for powerful dynamics and tighter, more tuneful bass. Plus advanced clocking circuitry provides vanishingly low jitter levels you'll hear greater transparency and smoother, more detailed sound. Wadia also added a beefy new coaxial digital output jack, as well as an optical digital connector for more hookup versatility.
Great video, too, and some cool extras
The 171iTransport features component video outputs on its back panel, which can be used to feed video signals to your TV. Enjoy photos and videos from your player with all the rich color and detail they contain. You also get an all-new metal remote that offers advanced control of your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad select tracks, albums, and even playlists with ease. Wadia includes an assortment of docking inserts for your specific iPod, as well as a special new wired dock adapter that snaps into the top of the iTransport, and connects to your iPhone through a short harness. This keeps an iPhone's cell phone transmissions away from the delicate circuitry inside the 171's chassis, and makes it easy to connect an iPad, as well. And like the original 170iTransport, Wadia encases this extraordinary dock in a heavy-duty cast aluminum chassis, with a handsome powder-coated finish.
Read our blog post Better home audio, Tip #11: Bypass your iPod's DAC.
What's in the Box:
- iPod/iPhone dock
- iPhone/iPad adapter cable (installed)
- AC power supply (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
- 4' AC power cord
- Remote control (with installed CR2032 3V battery)
- 40" Coaxial digital cable
- 7 iPod adapter inserts
- "Removing and Installing the iPhone/iPad adapter cable" note
- compatible with iPhone, iPad, and most docking iPods
- sends bit-perfect digital output from your player to an outboard DAC or A/V receiver for audiophile-quality sound
- RCA coaxial and Toslink optical digital audio outputs (coaxial digital cable included)
- component video output
- docking inserts for iPod
- tethered dock port connector cable for iPad and iPhone
- automatically charges connected iPod or iPhone (does not charge iPad)
- powder-coated cast aluminum chassis
- AC power supply
- 8-1/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 9-9/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Wadia 171iTransport Reviews
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Overview: The Wadia 171iTransport is specifically designed to transform your iPod, iPhone, or iPad into a high-resolution audio/video media server. The iTransport combines the convenience of personal audio with the performance and connectivity of your home audio/video system, delivering bit-perfect digital audio signal via S/PDIF coaxial or optical output, DVD quality video via component outputs, and built on a sleek aluminum chassis. The 171iTransport allows you to experience true audiophile sound quality and superior video performance by integrating your iPod, iPhone, or iPad into your home Audio/Video system.
Aluminum Chassis: The Wadia 171iTransport is built on a precision-engineered aluminum chassis for exceptional performance and durability. The unit is also supported by four vibration absorbing isolation cones.
High-Quality Circuit Boards & Clock Circuitry: The Wadia 171iTransport utilizes premium-grade circuit boards and advanced clocking circuitry for dynamic, transparent, detailed sound with less jitter distortion.
True-Bit Digital Audio: The 171iTransport bypasses the digital-to-analog conversion and analog output stage from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad when connected via digital coax/optical. By providing a pure digital audio output from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, the 170iTransport enables performance that is only limited by the resolution of your audio files stored on the iPod/iPhone, and the overall quality of your audio system. In other words, the 170iTransport makes it possible to achieve true audiophile performance from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Note: Wadia recommends storing music on your iPod/iPhone in the highest bit rate for optimum sonic performance. Storing music files at higher bit rates will require substantially more storage space on your computer and iPod/iPhone, however, the sonic improvement is self-evident. The highest available quality is achieved by importing music into iTunes as WAV files. Another good option for storing music in iTunes is Apple Lossless.
iPod/iPhone Dock: The 171iTransport is fitted with a top-panel iPod/iPhone dock connector to connect your iPod/iPhone device. The 171iTransport is compatible with iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).
Note: The 171Transport includes the following iPod/iPhone dock adapter inserts - iPod video (for the Classic), iPod nano (3rd gen), iPod nano (4th gen), iPod touch (2nd gen), and iPhone 3G, If your iPod or iPhone does not already come with an iPod/iPhone adapter insert, it is highly recommend you purchase one from the Apple Store for a proper fit.
iPhone/iPad Adapter Cable: For optimum iPhone antenna performance, the 171iTransport comes with an adaptor that includes a tethered cable so the iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4) can be connected while outside the aluminum chassis. This also allows for connection with your iPad.
S/PDIF Digital Output: The 171iTransport is equipped with a digital coaxial output and a optical digital output that connects your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your AV receiver.
High-Resolution Component Video Output: There is a high-resolution component video output which lets you playback videos and photos stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad on your connected television.
Note: The Wadia 171iTransport only acts as a high-performance pass-thru for video signals. Picture performance is limited to the quality of the material stored on your iPod/iPhone.
No Song/Artist Information: Song/artist information and Album cover art will not be displayed on your connected AV receiver's LCD screen or TV screen. Song/artist information and Album cover art will still need to be viewed from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's screen.
Wireless Remote Control: The 171iTransport comes supplied with an IR (infrared) remote control that allows music and video navigation of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can also continue to control your Apple device from its clickwheel or touchscreen. The following functions can be controlled by the included IR remote.
- Menu Navigation and Selection
- Fast Forward/Reverse Track
- Skip Track (Previous/Next)
- Skip Album (Previous/Next)
- Skip Playlist (Previous/Next)
- Shuffle (On/Off)
Note: Although the remote has volume and mute buttons, they are not functional for this unit.
Power Supply With Charging Capability: The Wadia 171iTransport operates on standard household AC current using the supplied external AC power adapter and detachable power cord. The 171iTransport will charge your compatible iPod or iPhone while docked. The 717iTransport will not charge the iPad.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Wadia 171iTransport is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible. The unit allows audio/video playback, control, and charging of select iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The Wadia 171iTransport is compatible with the following iPod, iPhones, and iPads (as of May 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video Output||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.
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