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Best battery powered dac/amp

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So I'm new to the external dac/amp world.  I recently got a nuforce icon ido paired with a pair of denon ah-d7100 cans and it was an ear opening experience.  Now I want to do the same on the road.  The nice thing about the nuforce icon ido is as steve job's used to say "it simply works".  Designed for iPhone/ipod/ipad use and plug and play.  Is there an equal unit for the battery operated portable world?  Designed for apple products, long battery life, etc?  I've researched and read many threads here but it doesn't seem like there is a go to design.  The fiio's are lower end and mainly amps and I can't tell if they are plug and play with apple devices.  I've read a little about a Fostex hp-p1 but seems the battery life is poor, sounds is good, case is bad.  Shouldn't there be a go to solution here.  Thanks

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One follow up question.  The nuforce I have uses a 30 pin out and a usb into the dac.  Do any of the portable dac/amps have the same set up so I can use a standard iPod/ipad cable?  Most of the ones I see reviewed here appear to have a 3.5 pin input so how does that work?  I assume you can't run a headphone out into a dac so really need to take the 30 pin out to a 3.5 pin input?  Is this a standard cable?  Thanks

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