due to the fact that my Echo Indigo no longer works in my new laptops, I am in search of something new. Either I would need a DAC/AMP combo or two seperate devices. Due to portability and the price I ended up aiming for a DAC/AMP combo.
I narrowed the list down to either the Fubar IV/4, the Carat Ruby 2 or the super portable Headstage Arrow 12He.
The Carat Ruby 2 and the Headstage Arrow 12He seems to get a lot of loving, the Fubar is always recommended, but there does not seem as many fanboys out there for it ;)
The Carat Ruby 2 looks very well built, the Arrow too, just way smaller and the battery and volume pot are not my taste - but seems a lot of people had the same concern without a reason.
The Fubar does not look as good internally compared at least to the Ruby.
I cant really decide right now as all of the three seem to be a good choice. I would be using them when I am in the office or in a hotel while on a business trip. Headphones would be Beyerdynamic DT-250 250, AKG K701 or Etymotic ER4P.
What would you recommend? Btw. I narrowed it down to the three as they are basically the same price here in Germany/EU.