Originally Posted by BassInMyFace
I have explored the world of desktop rigs for awhile and am now thinking about building a portable rig of my own. The standard for desktop rig setups is as follows:
Lossless Audio Files -> DAC -> Amplifier -> Headphones
I have been researching portable rig setups for some time now and am curious to know if there is a similar standard algorithm to follow. Is there one? For example, it seems like some people use DACs, while others do not use them. I don't understand the logic behind that choice because in the desktop world, a DAC is always required for an optimal setup...
My two cents
To hook up a DAC (external Digital to Analog Converter) to a source(s) device, that device needs to have a digital output interface that can output a digital audio signal (not the same as file transfer)
Computers come standard with a digital output interface that can output a digital audio signal.
Most portable audio devices come with a digital interface, but for file transfer only (or recharging)
(most devices come with at least a low cost DAC chip already)
Recently more portable audio devices are coming with a digital interface that can out the digital audio signal, that can connect to a external DAC.