I am interested in recommendations to use with a latop, or my iPad and CCK, which I understands bypasses the iPad's internal DAC. I am interested in a DAC only without an internal amp, so I can swap different amps in the future. Today, I use the iBasso P4 Warbler or a FiiO E17, or add an external USB SONY battery to power my HRT iStreamer as my iDevice DAC.
It appears that the Leckerton UHA-6S.MKII has one of the best values, though I read its DAC is merely OK. This seems to be a good candidate for a future amp.
The Centrance DACPort LX may be a possibility, but I read it has the same internal amp as the DACPort with a fixed level-out. So, I don't want to pay for the amp section.
I prefer to have the money go for the DAC only.