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The most highly regarded portable DACs?

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I was looking into getting the CLAS -db to pair with my ALO Audio "The International" but I'd like to get some opinions of the community as to some other highly regarded portable DACs.

 

Thanks

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Also, it would be nice to have the same kind of form factor as The International/CLAS

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Im also curious about this one... So far its Cirrus (i dont know the exact variant CLAS has), Wolfson 8740, the one used by RSA Intruder (again, i dont know what is it) and etc? 

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/4/14 at 11:31pm
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Originally Posted by seeteeyou View Post

Since your source is IPC, that means you should have eliminated well over 90% of the choices available.

 

Not that many companies went for that MFi certification by Apple. Basically you might end up with a dozen brands (or less) to boot.

 

Then you further limited your options to match the form factor of The International. The only thing remotely close to that would be VentureCraft GO-DAP DD SOCKET 1 at the moment

 

http://venturecraft.jp/gadget_en/gddd.php

 

HRT iStreamer is bigger than what you want.

 

CEntrance HiFi M8 / Fostex HP-P1 / Sony PHA-1 are too large because they already have an amp included. Finally there are maybe a handful to choose from:

 

3 flavors of CLAS

 

1 more from VentureCraft


Thanks! I would also use it for my laptop a lot as well

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I would rank l3 to be one of the top

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I would rank l3 to be one of the top

Are you referring to the Triad Audio Lisa 3? If so, that's a portable amp... Not a DAC.
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