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Best portable rechargeable DAC/headphone amp w/ spdif coaxial input

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Well, after trying to find the software for my Cowon Q5W to enable usb sound through it's host in order to run/recognize a usb dac, I'm throwing in the towel. It just doesn't exist from what I can see. And it seems no one has done anything to go in that direction with windows CE 5 operating system. Am I wrong? Please correct me if you know of third party software that will recognize usb devices in Win CE 5. It would be optimal to go this route for me as I already have a Udac-2. Plan number 2: use the spdif cable and get a rechargeable dac/headphone amp with a coax spdif input. I am looking for the best portable in that department. No holds bar. The cream of the crop unit. Budget will be up to $600. Does anyone have suggestions for one that has a better dac than the Q5W and a headphone amplifier capable of running better, less efficient headphones? I am looking for high end and substantial improvement over the stock Q5W onboard dac if possible. Thank you in advance.
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I've done a lot of reading and found a few articles stating how good the iBasso D1 is with the Cowon Q5W. However, that was 2007. Surely by now iBasso has a sleeker, higher end DAC/ amp that is rechargeable with coax spdif. Does anyone have a recommendation for the latest, greatest iBasso with these features I'm after?
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I'm looking at the Matrix Mini Portable. does anyone have experience with this unit?
 

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at that price point , you should actuall change dap instead of trying to keep using your cowon q5

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at that price point , you should actuall change dap instead of trying to keep using your cowon q5


I definitely considered that but I like the 40 gig of storage and the incredible video quality it has. Not to mention support for FLAC files, which is all I use. Just have this terrible disease that keeps me wanting more. Also want to have more power to run higher end headphones and not be stuck to only high sensitivity phones designed for portable players. Basically, I want my home stereo to go with me everywhere essentially.

 

Do you know of a better unit with rca coax spdif input that runs off a rechargeable that will give substantially more output than 34mW per side into 16ohm? I am definitely willing to look at everything. I don't know much about the Matrix but I do like it's looks a lot and that is important to me too.


Edited by hatrack71 - 4/11/13 at 7:36am
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actually you can just go and get a dx100 , sure it will be 200 dollar more expensive , but it does everything , that you described that the q5w will do , it also came with an OS that people still make apps in general for rather than getting stuck on windows CE

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actually you can just go and get a dx100 , sure it will be 200 dollar more expensive , but it does everything , that you described that the q5w will do , it also came with an OS that people still make apps in general for rather than getting stuck on windows CE


Windows CE is definitely a drag. That's for sure. The Q5 is pretty nice sounding on it's own though. I really am just trying to get more power to drive my AKGs. I figured might as well try to get a better outboard DAC too. Why not, right? I'm not looking for a new DAP. There is a Leckerton too, but I can't recall the model offhand. Does Ray Samuels make anything like I'm trying to find?


Edited by hatrack71 - 4/11/13 at 8:30am
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