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It is interesting that you say this -- I have not tested the microStreamer with and without additional battery power, but I suspect that the limits of the iPhone power supply could affect the output stages of a DAC/amp in terms of its amplification performance.  It is clearly the case that the CCK/Lightning-to-USB does not provide full current to the USB spec; otherwise there wouldn't be the "too much power" message in the first place.  I also doubt that the microStreamer's headphone out was designed with power limits in mind (the iPHone capability was only made available after a firmware update).

 

What I usually do with the microStreamer now when using it with the iPhone is pair it with an amp, in this case a FiiO E12DIY.  This makes a mini-stack that is still pretty compact.  The microStreamer is ideal in this case as it has a dedicated line out -- not all portable DAC/amps do.  I think this gets over any remaining issues with power to the microStreamer as only the DAC on the microStreamer is in play. 

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Thanks for the reply. It won't surprise you to hear that iPad --> microStreamer --> Magni sounds very good.  I had thought to look for a battery dac/amp but perhaps a battery amp would be better -  probably less money and certainly more options.  Thanks again.

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Fiio E07K works with iPhone 5 - review here :o2smile:

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