Good DAC/AMP for portable/iPhone setup?

Ano recommended nyo na portable setup for dac/amp? Para sa iPhone sana. Tinitingnan ko yung NextDrive sana:

https://www.amazon.com/NextDrive-Spectra-Portable-USB-DAC/dp/B07HRNQ9VP/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?

or yung FiiO A5 sana.

https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-A5-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B01MS4RTWM/ref=pd_sbs_23_4/144-3611976-4186639

Would appreciate any recommendations, or quick reviews. Salamat!

jaydee 05 aug #

Not sure if compatible with an iPhone but also check out the iBasso DC01. Price is Php 2,999 from the shop along Taft avenue but at least you can test and audition it.

http://www.ibasso.com/cp_xq_dy.php?id=8745

If you are planning to use bigger headphones or don't mind bringing a bigger device, then also check out the FiiO Q1 Mark 2. The FiiO Q1 is specifically designed for iPhone. Price at the same shop is Php 6,199 and you can audition as well:

https://www.fiio.com/q1mkii

sleepygeepy 07 aug #

If you are planning to use bigger headphones or don't mind bringing a bigger device, then also check out the FiiO Q1 Mark 2. The FiiO Q1 is specifically designed for iPhone. Price at the same shop is Php 6,199 and you can audition as well

thanks @sleepygeepy. iniisip ko gamitin sana with yung massdrop na HD 58x. first time ko rin lang sa high fidelity audio, so di ko rin kelangan pa siguro yung sobrang sophisticated na gear :D gusto ko lang gumanda tugtog ko, and ok lang rin ba na spotify lang source ko?

jaydee 07 aug #

Fiio Q1 Mk2 should be a good pair with your iPhone (slim siya).

Or if you prefer bluetooth use, check out Radsone Earstudio 100. (Bluetooth receiver/player siya). Reaaally good battery life(8+hrs DAW) and tons of customization thru the Earstudio app.

rnbltzr 07 aug #

iniisip ko gamitin sana with yung massdrop na HD 58x. first time ko rin lang sa high fidelity audio, so di ko rin kelangan pa siguro yung sobrang sophisticated na gear :D gusto ko lang gumanda tugtog ko

Maganda ang sound ng MassDrop Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee. Probably siya na yung one of the better sounding headphones in its price range and considered "gateway drug" na siya to high-end audio hehe. Yung impedance niya is lower at 150 Ohms so mas madali siya i-drive ng mga mobile devices. But they will definitely sound better if paired with a more powerful headphone amplifier and higher quality DAC. Ang Sennheiser HD58X and HD6xx series tend to "scale" well with better gear so the better the amplifier and DAC combination the better it will sound. So no worries in spending a bit more on the AMP/DAC if may concern ka on overspending.

But having said the above, siguro mas maganda if you share how much you are willing to spend. Also when you say "portable setup" do you mean may plans ka to listen to the headphones on the go? Like while traveling or commuting? Or you just want something na easily stowed in a bag then easy to setup on a desk like for office listening?

Kasi if you want a portable setup na hindi hassle i-carry then look for a very small USB type AMP/DAC like yung iBasso DC01 or FiiO K1 or even the Audioquest Dragonfly (expensive). These are small USB flash-drive sized devices so very portable and you do not need to worry too much about battery life.

But if you are looking for a portable AMP/DAC and you mostly listen at a desk with a laptop or computer, then you can go with slightly bigger AMP/DAC devices that are about the same size as your phone or an external USB harddrive. They are bigger and bulkier to carry, but they often sound better and can drive large headphones easily. The downside of bigger portable devices is managing their battery life so you are always thinking of the remaining charge of your iPhone + your AMP/DAC. You cannot listen to music on your iPhone if drained na ang battery ng AMP/DAC mo right? So for that reason hindi sila masyado convenient for on-the-go listening. They are more practical to use on a desktop or coffee table where you can easily plug them to a laptop or AC outlet for constant charging.

and ok lang rin ba na spotify lang source ko?

Definitely and ito yung preferred source of most mobile listeners. Although some "audio purists" would like to bring their own super high bitrate / DSD / FLAC etc music files with them, hindi naman practical at all times and they take up a lot of storage space. Iba parin kasi ang "infinite library" ng Spotify and you can listen to any music track based on your mood or feel for the day. Also Spotify allows you to discover fresh new music because of suggestions and playlists of others, which is an advantage. While listening to the same list of pre-downloaded music files over-and-over on a MicroSD card can be tiring despite having higher quality.

A good combination would be Spotify + your own small collection of music / favorite tracks. So in case you lose internet connection you can still listen to music that is downloaded on your iPhone or laptop.

sleepygeepy 07 aug #

https://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/if-iphone-7-ditches-the-audio-jack-these-three-dacs-will-keep-the-music-spinning-1321629

I hope this helps. I personally use a M-audio 2x2 dac kaso stationed lang sya sa PC haha. Once you go dac you never go back.

Price_is_Rice 24 aug #

Definitely and ito yung preferred source of most mobile listeners. Although some "audio purists" would like to bring their own super high bitrate / DSD / FLAC etc music files with them, hindi naman practical at all times and they take up a lot of storage space. Iba parin kasi ang "infinite library" ng Spotify and you can listen to any music track based on your mood or feel for the day. Also Spotify allows you to discover fresh new music because of suggestions and playlists of others, which is an advantage. While listening to the same list of pre-downloaded music files over-and-over on a MicroSD card can be tiring despite having higher quality.

A good combination would be Spotify + your own small collection of music / favorite tracks. So in case you lose internet connection you can still listen to music that is downloaded on your iPhone or laptop.

Salamat! I'm based sa SG, and so far, ok data services dito, and currently, subscribed ako both sa apple music and spotify. Kelangan ko lang talaga is good enough na setup for streaming siguro. I don't think i'd be bothered to create my own FLAC collection, parang wala na akong oras or pasensya :D

jaydee 25 aug #