Right, so I'll make this as clear and concise as possible. I need to figure out what headphone amp/DAC I need for my setup. My budget for both the headphones and amp/DAC is about $250-300. I need my DAC/amp to be portable and preferably iPod line out compatible. I would like it to be battery powered, as well. If anyone wants to give me alternate headphone suggestions, I'm completely open.
Grado SR80i/SR125i/225i (I don't know which yet)
iPod Video 5th Generation (Wolfson DAC)
MacBook Pro 2011
The problem I'm having is with the different sizes of the Grados. The SR80's have a 3.5mm jack, while the other two have the 6.3mm full sized jack. I realize I can just use an adaptor, but I would prefer if the DAC/amp matched the jack of the headphones. Of course, this doesn't matter if the box is compatible with the iPod's dock output.
I've been eyeing the Fiio E7 and the NuForce Icon Mobile, but both of those have a minijack. In addition, I've been thinking about the NuForce uDAC-2 and Icon Mobile. Out of all of these, which provides the best portability-to-sound-to-price ratio? Of course, these are just the products of my rather limited research.
Edited by k0r3andud3 - 8/8/12 at 6:51am