Originally Posted by StringBoi
I'm using a pair of Logitech UE 500's atm, nothing high end or hard to drive. But I did notice since getting them a few weeks ago that I have to turn the volume up to almost max on my iPhone to hear some songs, especially while walking here in the city with the cars passing bye. I saw some info about the D-Zero before and someone has stated that something like the JDS C5 would be far superior as an amp. Wouldnt the DAC on a DAC/Amp combo unit get bypassed anyway making the C5 a better buy?
Thanks for pointing out the Canlanta event....I didnt even know that was going on. I will most definitely try to get out there! Thanks again for your help.
You've got it all wrong.....it's the phone's DAC or AMP that is bypassed not the DAC in the DAC/Amp combo unit that is bypassed.
For iDevices(iphones,ipods...etc) you can get an LOD(line out dock) cable which bypasses the amp section of the iDevices but still uses the iDevices DAC and you can use an AMP then which the C5 is definitely a great buy for that.
To bypass both the DAC and AMP section of iDevices unfortunately requires a DAC/AMP(expensive) unit which is Apple certified (e.g. the Vmoda Verza/Vamp,Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo...etc)
But once you go for an android phone the only way to go portable is with DAC and AMP or combo unit(see danba's list for all the DAC/AMP that's compatible) using an OTG cable.
Some DAC/AMP combo do work with both Apple and Android but it gets expensive.
I know all this is confusing but if your going from Apple to Android and just starting out like others have said getting the iBasso D-Zero/TCG U-SKIN is a great first unit to have as you can use the Amp section of the iBasso D-Zero/TCG U-SKIN with an LOD cable first with your iPhone and when you get the S4 then you can fully utilize the iBasso D-Zero/TCG U-SKIN DAC and amp.
My recommendation would be to get the iBasso D-Zero for price,size,SQ,the ability to turn off charging mode while connected to an android phone and it comes with a short USB OTG cable(not so easy to get one).
The TCG U-SKIN is a great unit too but it does not have the ability to turn off charging mode while connected to a Device and that will drain your device battery faster and it does not come with an OTG cable.