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iBasso vs. HRT vs. Fiio

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I recently purchased a Fiio E07k to pair with my Samsung Galaxy Note 2.  However, I was unable to get the units to work correctly after trying multiple OTG cables.  I returned the E07k and picked up an E7.  It works but it's definitely a step down from the E07k.

 

 

I researched all of the Galaxy Note 2-compatible DAC/Amps on DanBa's most recent list to check out options within my (now slightly expanded) budget.  It looks like the iBasso D-Zero and HRT Headstreamer Mobile are my only other viable options.  Any thoughts on these units vs. the E7?  I really liked the sound of the E07k when using my laptop as the source so I'd like to get something on par or better than that.

 

I'm very intrigued by the upcoming Fiio E18 but that won't be around until mid-late summer and who knows what the price will be.  In the meantime I need something to tide me over.  ClieOS recommended the Leckerton Audio UHA-4 in another thread awhile back, but it's just outside of my budget window and hasn't been tested as a positive pair with the Note 2.

 

Would it be worth paying a bit extra for one of these two units or should I just stick with the E7 for now?  If so, I'll still have to have my new E7 replaced as it is faulty and only powers on when connected to an active USB port.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Anyone have any insight on this?  I currently don't own any 24/96 music but would it be dumb to limit myself for future listening?  Is the "asynchronous" USB on the HRT unit a big deal?

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