I end up at the same hotel for 72 hrs each month on business with thousands of flacs on the HD and no dac amp combo to use with them. I'm looking for a dac /amp combo for $300 ish to use on the layovers. I sleep on the plane so battery power is just a bonus. Headphones will be either Shure e4-c's or Shure 840's. The laptop does NOT have an optical out in the headphone jack, so no optical or toslink at all. USB only. Silly Lenovo. I've considered the following..
AQ Dragonfly easy to carry. Nice Dac
Meridian Explorer Don't know a lot about it
Leckerton uha6s-mk2 Nice amp, weaker dac, but battery powered
Schiit Magni/Modi Heavier and need a power cord.
Audio GD 11.32 Larger/heavier needs a power cord
Audio GD 15.32 Larger/heavier needs a power cord
I'd give up a little sound quality for weight, but then again, I listen to flacs in the hope they sound a bit better. I'd appreciate any thoughts you folks have. If you have other suggestions on hardware for 300 ish please make them. Thanks.