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Best portable DAC / AMP integrated combo?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

My portable source is a MacBookAir 11inch 2011 playing ALAC via Decibel.

My portable headphones are Earsonics SM3.

I listen most to Rock, Hardrock, Progressive, Pop, HipHop and Jazz (relevance descending order)

 

What should I put between the source and the headphones to improve sq and keep portability (low weight, battery power). I already have a nice desk setup, so let's not go that way.

 

Money is not a restriction.

 

post #2 of 11

The built-in headphone jack should be sufficient for your SM3. I also have a MacBook Air and it powers my JH11 nicely with no background hiss to speak of. If you absolutely must have a dac/amp I suggest the UHA-4 from Lekerton Audio. I use one of these as well.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yep, the amp of the MacBook air is powerful enough. Does the Leckerton DAC deliver any relevant improvement?

post #4 of 11

I would say there isn't much of an improvement. It's a just a basic dac. If portability is you're priority just skip the amp/dac.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

post #6 of 11

TTVJ Slim Is awesome if you want something small

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Vanhornmp View Post

TTVJ Slim Is awesome if you want something small



I'll second that

post #8 of 11

Pico dac/amp and rsa predator are both amazing amps with dac.

post #9 of 11

Leckerton Audio UHA-4 is a nice piece of kit with plenty of bang per buck.  

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Originally Posted by chef8489 View Post

Pico dac/amp and rsa predator are both amazing amps with dac.



+1 for this

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by chef8489 View Post

Pico dac/amp and rsa predator are both amazing amps with dac.



IMO the Pico makes the RSA sound like a toy by comparison (listened to both).

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