Here's my custom shield design:
It's for my gaming clan (as mentioned before), we're BPaq cuz we've got eachother's backs (or at least I can count on picking up ammo from their dead bodies XD), the q was used because, well, sometimes I get in a funny mood, and it made the other guys laugh, and it's stuck for like 3 years now. We've got a couple of ex-MLG guys in our crew, I personally have never been but we keep talking about taking our game to the next level and start making content and seeking a sponsor. We might end up being the Chicago Cubs of the MLG scene... But gosh darn it we have fun playing!
So I was also reading up on the Verza after my purchase (link was suggested), apparently they DO have (and include) a Lightning to USB short cable to allow the Verza to be used as a DAC. WELLL, ain't that a massive relief. Of course $600 is a lot and pushed out from my immediate future (car down payment, actually a Verza is worth more than my current car's trade-in ), but it's good to know going forward there is a clean output option. I noticed that the Verza can also be used as a USB DAC for my PC (Mac & Windows), and that it supports optical/toslink output if, say, I wanted to connect it to my home receiver. I don't know if the Verza offers a Line-Out option, but the iPhone 5 needs an external DAC to get some form of LO (straight to the Verza amp section in this case) since the new iOS devices don't have LO capability as part of their dock connector (purely digital connection).
Well yeah...the O2 is another amp so I'm comparing an amp with an amp, not a DAC and amp with an amp. If I wanted to compare a DAC, I simply switch out the ODAC. You cannot do so with the VERZA so you're essentially comparing two different things. I used the ODAC as a common DAC between my O2 and C5 comparisons, or the iPhone DAC for those comparisons. The only thing I changed for my comparisons was the amp and the amp only; cables, sources, DAC were all the same. You're comparing the VERZA amp and DAC to an iPhone DAC and E11, and using different cables if that makes a difference.
The VERZA is your reference DAC and amp, not just an amp. The ODAC is my reference DAC and the O2 is my reference amp.