Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo -dB DAC
The AlgoRhythm Solo -dB consists of a high-end, portable audio product designed to unlock the high resolution features of the most popular digital music players available today.
It is the next step in delivering uncompromising audio to your Apple™ iDevice or any other USB based product. It also offers a built in 24/192 DAC for computer audio and fully balanced output.
For Optimum Sound of your Solo -dB:
With Apple™ iDevices: that include 30 pin or Lightning Connections, we recommend our Apple Compatible Dragon Lightning Cables.
Additional Mini & Portable cables: longer versions of Moon Audio's mini cables are on the Mini Cable page.
**For upgrade cable options for portable systems, see cable options below on the dropdown menu.
If your product has the ability to output digital audio, the Solo -dB can process it. Whether it is from your Desktop, Laptop, Galaxy III or Apple device the Solo -dB has 2 separate digital USB inputs to handle your digital format. AlgoRhythm Series products showcase reference-level digital-to-analog converters, headphone amplifiers, as well as converter products that deliver high-resolution digital audio to other makes and models of audiophile equipment.
Only iPod/iPhone etc with iOS 4.35 and after are supported and is made for:
- iPod Touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th Generation)
- iPod Classic (6th Generation)
- iPod Nano (4th, 5th, 6th Generation)
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 3G
Must have an iPod newer than 2007. iPod Classic 5th gen or older will not work. Apple changed the firmware after that model to enable USB audio. iPod Touch 3rd gen on, iPhone 3 on, and all iPads can output digital audio.
The available digital audio stream depends on your device and operating system. For a list of compatible devices please visit http://www.extreamsd.com/USBAudioRecorderPRO/
*Note that some devices need 3rd party software to function.
What is the Algorythm Solo -dB?
d is for DAC – USB audio from computers and Apple devices. B is for Balanced – balanced output from source to amplifier. The Solo -dB is both a Digital to analog converter as well as a USB to SPDIF converter. You not only have the ability to use it as a free standing Dac but you can also use it to conver USB audio from either your Apple iDevice or Computer and output it via a COAX SPDIF output to your high end audio system.
How does it work?
The Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo –dB ® and AlgoRhythm Solo -R ® have a multilayer circuit board, a main processor, DAC and other components. It is essentially a small computer. The AlgoRhythm Solo –dB also works as a 24/192 DAC with Mac’s and PC’s. They communicate using Apple’s proprietary iPod Accessory Protocol (iAP) over USB. Authentication of the accessory to the iPod is performed using the Apple authentication coprocessor. Advanced software and the integrated processor control the decryption of the digital audio stream from the Apple device, then pass it to the on-board digital to analog converter for output to the analog output. You may used an external DAC via the SPIDF RCA jack, but your sound quality may degrade by comparison simply because the DAC built into the AlgoRhythm Solo is one of the best available. A headphone amplifier or home stereo amplifier is required. Do not attach headphones directly to the AlgoRhythm Solo’s line level output.
How do I connect to Apple Products?
Make sure to align the connection on the bottom of the iPod with the multi-pin metal connector located on the included synch to USB cable. Do not force the iPod connection or you may damage the multi-pin connector and damage your device. The USB end attaches to the AlgoRhythm Solo –dB or AlgoRhythm Solo -R. To remove the iPod, grasp the iPod and pull on the cable head.
Can I attach the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB to my computer’s USB port and hear 24/192 quality music?
Yes, direct USB connection to your computer is supported, using the supplied USB-A to USB-mini-B cable. Apple Mac® OS X 10.6.3 and above natively support the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. Windows based PC’s require the Cypher Labs software driver. Download it from our website free of charge at http://www.cypherlabs.com After. installing the driver, or if using a Mac, attach the USB-A end of the cable to your computer and connect the USB mini-B end to the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. Attach your headphone amplifier to the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. Turn on the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. Attach headphones to the headphone amplifier. Play music on the computer using iTunes or another player, particularly one that is capable of playing higher resolution files. You may need to select the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB as the default playback device in your computer’s audio settings.
Can I attach the AlgoRhythm Solo -R to my computer’s USB port and hear 24/192 quality music?
No, only to Apple devices. If you need dual source connectivity, purchase the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB
How do I connect to Apple Products?
Make sure to align the connection on the bottom of the iPod with the multi-pin metal connector located on the included synch to USB cable. Do not force the iPod connection or you may damage the multi-pin connector and damage your device. The USB end attaches to the AlgoRhythm Solo. To remove the iPod from the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo, grasp the iPod and pull on the cable head.
How do I make the analog connection?
Connect your chosen 1/8” (3.5mm) cable to the AlgoRhythm Solo –dB or AlgoRhythm Solo –R analog line-level output to the corresponding analog input on your headphone amplifier, other analog input device. Alternately, connect a 4 pin balanced male-to-male cable to the AlgoRhythm Solo –dB analog line-level output to the corresponding analog input on your headphone amplifier or other analog input device. Both analog and digital outputs work at the same time.
Make sure to align the connection on the bottom of the iPod with the multi-pin metal connector located on the included synch to USB cable. Do not force the iPod connection or you may damage the multi-pin connector and damage your device. The USB end attaches to the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. To remove the iPod from the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo -dB, grasp the iPod and pull on the cable head.
- Always make the connection in this order:
- Make sure the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB® is turned off
- Attach all cables, connect the USB cable to the
- Apple device and to the AlgoRhythm Solo
- Turn on the Apple devices, if not already on
- Turn on the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB®
How do I connect the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB to AC power?
Check to make sure that the power cord shipped with your AlgoRhythm Solo –dB has been manufactured
for operation at your AC line voltage or that you are using the proper plug adapter for your country. Damage caused by improper operation is not covered by Cypher Labs warranty.
How do I make the digital connection?
Connect your chosen cable from the S/PDIF Coaxial Digital Audio output on the AlgoRhythm Solo –dB
to the corresponding digital input on your Digital to Analog Converter, Digital A/V Receiver or Digital
Preamp/Processor. Both analog and digital outputs work at the same time.
How do I reset my iPod if it locks up?
iPod – Toggle the Hold switch on and off (slide it to Hold, then turn it off again). Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step. iPod touch – Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
Why should I keep my iPod firmware up to date?
Make sure that your iPod firmware is up to date. You can make sure that your iPod firmware is up to date when you sync your iPod with iTunes. Select “Check for Updates” in iTunes to make sure that you have the latest firmware.
How should I clean my product?
Use a dry polishing cloth or a free cloth to wipe the exterior only. Be careful not to use water or get any liquid inside the product. Solvents will damage the finish, do not use them.
What if the connection is not made after a few seconds?
When you dock your iPod, the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB first initiates a handshake with the iPod. Sometimes the cable connection is not complete or an application error has occurred on the iPod. Try restarting the iPod and try the connection again. Make sure you have attached your output cables to the correct input jack on your amplifier or DAC.
How come I can’t hear my music immediately when I dock my iPod?
When you dock your iPod, the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB first initiates a handshake with the iPod and the iPod verifies communication with the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB. Once the handshake has taken place, the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB has access to the audio stored on your Apple device and will stay synced until it is undocked. The communication usually takes just a second or two. You will note the charging symbol on the Apple Device indicates it is receiving power.
I want to play music without using an amplifier. Can I do that?
Not really. The analog line level output volume is not adjustable. The line level out is best used for delivering the audio stream to powered speakers or an amplifier, either a headphone amp or home amp.
How is the battery life of the iPod when using the AlgoRhythm Solo -dB?
As you know, batteries are ubiquitous and are long lasting these days, but power management is complex. Even Apple forums are filled with comments and questions about battery run times, life-span, etc. We all know that real world experience will vary from theoretical or laboratory data. At the end of this section, we’ve included some recommendations for getting the most out of your Apple and Cypher Labs batteries. When beginning with a fully charged iPod or iPhone you should expect to get over 14 hours of continuous play time, and at the end of the battery life your iPod or iPhone will still be fully charged. If you begin with a less than fully charged iPod or iPhone then play time will vary. The battery has a high capacity and recharges quickly. Apple Device model,
OS version, temperature, altitude, age, type of file used, device settings, etc. all impact power usage. Apple Device USB output processing requires more power since it does not allow the Apple Device to go into low power mode. This is overcome by providing a large capacity battery to charge the Apple Device while playing.
• Asynchronous USB audio conversion to analog for extremely low jitter
• High capacity lithium-polymer battery – isolated AC switching
• Volume gain settings optimized for all headphone types
• Fast re-charge time about 3.5 hours
• High end AKM 24 bit DAC model 4396
• Designed and assembled in the USA