Originally Posted by hecxa
Dac only? Do you try Odac? It's cheap but SQ is excellent. Hardly to find any individual portable dac better than odac in this price range. I think you don't need to care much about all your money will go for dac not a combo dac/amp. Most of highrated portable dac under 300 is in the package of a combo dac/amp :D . I personally saw many rich audiophiles use centrance dacport as a pre amp for headphone and speakers. At this price range, it's not a big deal dude ^^.
I've own dacport (with no LX) and odac/o2 combo both. They share a similar sound signature which is natural ,clean and open. I think Odac deserves the best "value" dac under 300. Centrance dacport is better in the depth of soundstage. More boost in sub bass. On the other hand, odac produces the most natural and clean sound i've heard in this price range. Odac focuses more on midbass. I found odac is more fun dac to my ear.
However in term of best "portable" and "fun" dac, I highly recommend Dragonfly . I tried my friend's several time. At the first time, I thought he made a bad bad very bad purchase when I saw the dac look like an usb with a ridiculously high pricetag. Then I must say I was so wrong after few tests. I was very impressed in how amazing this sound signature is. Smooth treble and mid range .Bass is full ,solid and a little bit attack. Detail is great . Soundstage is decent .Although it's not so natural to my ear, it's very musical and addictive. Vocal ,pop and jazz sound absolutely wonderful.
Thank you for the substantive reply.
I have been considering those three DACS; ODAC, Dragonfly, and Dacport. The reason for my DAC-only desire is that I had spent plenty on my iBasso P4 Warbler amp, and am very happy with it (unless someone tells me why I should not be in comparison to something better. I am open to changes.)
iBasso's web site makes it difficult for me to identify a DAC-only device that would pair well with the P4 amp.
That the Dragonfly can perform so well in such a diminutive package is quite an achievement. Pure portability is not the highest criterion for me, since the objective is to pair with my iPad+CCK, or a laptop.
I need something a little more portable than my HRT iStreamer plus battery, need not be as portable as the dragonfly.
I will do some more research into the ODAC...
any suggestions on an iBasso DAC-only ?
Edited by Angular Mo - 11/24/12 at 7:14pm