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Portable Player WIth a Bypassable DAC

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I have a iBasso D4 Mamba, and I'm looking for a portable music player that I can use my DAC with , or should I consider a player with a high end DAC and amp instead?

I've been reading about using the iPad with the camera connector kit, and was wondering if the first generation one (that's currently on sale) still works and if it sounds good.

(Headphones are AKG 701 and Head-Direct RE0 buds)

post #2 of 8

BriBri,

 

You might want to check out the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo. It will bypass the DAC in all newer ipods, ipads, iPhone and iTouch.

 

Thanks

 

Ken

post #3 of 8

You'll need to upgrade to an ibasso with optical or coxial input. Otherwise not much else but the ipad. maybe some small linux based computer


Edited by Nagasaki_Kid - 3/13/11 at 11:13am
post #4 of 8

I suggest you take a look at the cowon v5, cowon d3 and the iriver h120

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Doesn't the Mamba have only USB input? You'd have to get the D10, D12 or DB1 first; I don't know of any portable device that can output digital signal via USB (they're usually just for file transfers and charging.) Then you can take a look at, say, the upcoming Fiio X3.

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The D4 Mamba has both USB and headphone/RCA inputs.  It's a great headphone DAC/amp.

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Originally Posted by feds27 View Post

The D4 Mamba has both USB and headphone/RCA inputs.  It's a great headphone DAC/amp.

 

TS was was asking about using it with a portable transport as a complete DAC-Amp. So far only phones and tablets stream audio via USB - old iRivers and the upcoming X3 only have SPDIF. The latter though at least uses the same DAC chip so it's very likely (same chip doesn't mean identical SQ) he'll like the as much as the D4's.

post #8 of 8
I believe the iBasso model in question is confirmed to work with the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Via a USB OTG cable, which costs like $5 you can use it with those devices.
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