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#229779 - 2015-02-11 18:55 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: JaapJan]
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Originally Posted By: JaapJan
As for in my car I am looking for an external DAC solution. I have a USB and 3.5mm jack connection to choose from.

It looks to me that if I connect a USB Y-cable (split data and power, the USB from the car feeding the DAC) the Explorer2 may work... or it may not... that is the question?
The USB on the car is in input.
It allows your car to read the files on the device you plug into it.

BMW?
Just you say Y-Cable.


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#229780 - 2015-02-11 19:07 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Jack D]
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Originally Posted By: Jack D
In the end I got an E2 to use with my PC. You have to install a Meridian USB driver on the PC. I was told by my dealer that there is no such driver for an iPhone or iPad so it won't work. As for using it in your car, I'm not sure but would there be a way to install the Meridian USB driver into your car system?


Meridian once suggested that Explorer should work with an iPhone is connected through the camera connection kit (CCK?). I think someone tried and it worked although iirc needed a powered hub for power.

However, I don't think the camera connection kit is a viable product anymore due to the demise of the old style connector plus there seem to be different versions of the CCK (when I plugged mine into my iPad 3 it said that mine was not a supported product which, although an official connector, was purchased in classic iPod days). I don't know whether the more up to date alternatives would work.

This is a link to the lightening based Apple CCK. Compatibility with cameras seem to be a bit hit and miss let alone with non camera devices. But if there was a non quibble returns policy when buying, I guess its worth a shot although the need to use a powered hub would seem to make its use as a portable device somewhat limited which, as the item linked only seems to support iPad, portability may be less of an issue.


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DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
Edited by Ian; 2015-02-11 19:34.
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#229836 - 2015-02-12 17:01 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Ian]
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I mentioned USB Y cable as our cars have both USB and 3.5mm jack input. The USB could power the Explorer was my thinking whilst the jack would receive the music input. I prefer using my Note 2 for streaming over my iPhone so i can keep speach and music seggregated.
I think for now i'll stick to low quality via Napster and give it a try as soon as Tidal / MQA is available on Sooloos, as only then i'll subscribe.

Cheers!


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#229838 - 2015-02-12 17:11 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: JaapJan]
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This couldn't work.

The jack on the Explorer is an output, not an input. The only input on an Explorer is USB.


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#229879 - 2015-02-13 01:24 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: dpstjp]
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Yes it could, I think:
iPhone or Note2 USB out to Explorer and car USB via USB Y cable.

Explorer jack out to car jack in.

Cheers!

(PS Gizze, Lexus)


System 1: MC200, 818v3, DSP7200SE
System 2: DSP5000.1, Monarchy DIP24/96, Squeezebox Duet.
Office: MS200, STAX SRM-323II, SR303
Edited by JaapJan; 2015-02-13 12:39.
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#263497 - 2017-04-23 12:06 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: JaapJan]
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Quite a bit of time has past so was wondering if anyone may have found a working mobile solution to this. Mainly e2 into iPhone 6.
Thanks,
Andrew


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#263656 - 2017-04-29 06:44 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Struttmaster]
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I use my i6 through my E2 and Prime powered using the USB 3 camera connection kit and externally powered via the lightning socket only on the USB3 kit.

For portable use, whilst i have not tried it, cont see why it would not work with an external battery pack - we have a couple of 5000mWh TPlink battery packs which work very well for other uses.

The length of the lightning cable on camera kit is a bit short to prevent a birdsnest of cables, but you can get lightning extension cables that, whilst i have not tried with camera kit, works well with another lightning accessory i have, even when 2m long.


Meridian owner since 1992
DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
Edited by Ian; 2017-04-29 11:29. Edit Reason: Clarity it's the USB 3 version of the camera kit
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#263659 - 2017-04-29 09:31 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Ian]
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Thanks and cheers Ian


HT: G68ADV, HD621, 5000C, Marantz BD, 218, REL SW, analogue fronts & rears
Office: MS200, Director, Woo Audio WA2, Beyerdynamic T1's
Family Room: MS 200, 568.2mm, 598, 3100's, REL SW
Upstairs: SBT explorer2
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#263664 - 2017-04-29 11:31 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Struttmaster]
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Just for clarity, it's the USB 3 version of the camera kit with a lightning socket for power.

Needs the recent camera kit firmware but you get prompted to download that the moment it's plugged in.


Meridian owner since 1992
DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
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#263676 - 2017-04-30 08:00 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: Ian]
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Hi,

Works for me, using iPadPro > Apple USB3 adapter > Explorer2 > headphones + power to adapter from the iPad charger.

Without the charger connected, the 1st light on the E2 flickers occasionally but there is no sound. I'm playing music directly off the iPad, or streamed from Tidal. I'll look into getting a battery pack to try that option.

Also works with a Jitterbug added.

Brian


Main: G65, MD600, MS600, 218, 598DP, HD621, DSP5200SE, DSP5200HCSE, M6 & D1500.
System 2: G91A, MS200, DSP5000 (96/24v1), DSP3300.
Edited by bxd; 2017-05-01 06:55.
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#264193 - 2017-05-13 10:41 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: bxd]
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Hi,

Just an update to say that I've run this with a Belkin 'mixit Power Pack 4000' battery pack and it all works fine.

Brian


Main: G65, MD600, MS600, 218, 598DP, HD621, DSP5200SE, DSP5200HCSE, M6 & D1500.
System 2: G91A, MS200, DSP5000 (96/24v1), DSP3300.
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#264199 - 2017-05-13 12:30 Re: Using Explorer 2 with iPhone 6 and headphones [Re: bxd]
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I have listened to Red Book and HiRes music files through the lightning connector from my iPhones 5S and 7 to the Explorer2. You do need an adapter and something like a hub (or my REGEN) to provide enough power, so it's not a very compact, portable combo.

No MQA from TIDAL, however, because the iOS version doesn't support Master functionality AFAIK.


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Also: 598DP, 568.2mm, 565, DSP5000.2s, Roon endpoints incl Allo USBridge, Explorer², iFi nano iDSD BL, Audeze LCD-X, AudioEngine spkrs, M&K sub, Apple MBP, OPPO BDP-83
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