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^ Counterfeit?
^ LOL  YMMV  
Battery technology is pretty much state-of-the-art in every recently designed product. To my knowledge, no one company has any edge over another in terms of energy density.   In the end, it boils down to how heavy and bulky a rig you are willing to carry.  It might seem silly that I'm taking the time to say this, but it seems to escape some people:   If you want the convenience of a longer battery life, you'll you have to carry a heavier, bulkier device that has a...
 For those who have a DAC that requires 5V power from the USB Regen, try testing this $5.00, 6-inch Belkin USB cable as an alternative to the hard adapter or anything else you've tried using between the USB Regen and your DAC.   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000067RMY It's only five dollars. Try it and draw your own conclusions, with an open mind and diligent listening. I am thrilled with this cable, personally. YMMV, but if it doesn't make an improvement, you can...
 What you know for sure is that one of those cables doesn't work with your A25 - the one that you received from Amazon.   The A25 and A17 are nearly identical.  I have one of those cables, purchased from Amazon and it works fine with my A17. My advice would be to request an exchange - if nothing else, just to rule out the possibility that you received a bad cable.  You might be surprised to find that the next one works fine. Mike
^ I've never heard the Mojo, but the consensus seems to be that the sound difference isn't anywhere near as great as the price difference (ignoring the HA-2's size and feature advantages.)   That said, a properly designed pair of shoelaces costs a lot more than two pieces of cotton twine.  They function pretty much the same, but who would go for the twine instead of a new pair of shoelaces?  Answer: Someone who can't afford the shoelaces.    Among others, that would be...
I've not yet heard the HA-2 SE, but I've long preferred the DAC section of the HA-2 to any other DAC I own, including the HA-1, Metrum Acoustics Octave  MkII, CEntrance DACmini CX, DACport LX and the FiiO X5's DAC (sold, but that thing has a great DAC, too - far outshining its amp).   I can imagine people rolling their eyes every time I say the HA-2's DAC is so much better than my low-fi and mid-fi desktop DACs, but I think it's the price factor that sways opinions....
 Don't miss the 1st footnote on the page you linked:  FLAC is not supported. As you concluded, above, in my experience, ALL of the outboard storage products out there that are made for iDevices, can only play files using an included proprietary player.  I suspect, but you would have to test it, that the proprietary player would send S/PDIF to the HA-2's USB A port, no problem. But how polished is the UI of that player?  I'd bet it's a buggy piece of junk. Again, you'll...
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