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Portable DAC for iPOD?

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I'm interested in a high quality portable DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) for my iPod. I'm currently using a FiiO e12 Mont Blanc, so I don't need an amp/DAC combination.


Will a DAC enhance the sound quality over what I'm currently using? If yes, any recommendations on which brand is best? 



Edited by NE14MUS1C - 9/1/13 at 11:50am
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You want that thread. "Best" depends on (a) personal perception (b) system synergy and (c) budget and consideration of price / value ratio to the individual


You may wish to arrange a local retailer demo depending on your location

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I think you can increase the SQ by going with another DAC.  Most if not all ipods use the highly acclaimed Wolfson DAC. I don't know which generation iPod you own, however, last week I was researching which generation iPod has the best sound quality.  It seems the 5th gen. iPod won the hearts of many as producing the best SQ of all iPods.  I own a 5th gen. and I can say the Fiios E07 has increased the SQ noticeably. Even though the E07 uses a Wolfson DAC,  I am hearing puncher bass, mids brought forward and a greater sound stage on my M50s.  Wolfson makes many DACs with various outputs for the consumer market.

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cypher labs algorhythm solo original -r or -db

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I also thought about adding a DAC in the chain, but since I used the Meier Audio Quickstep I am happy without a DAC. Used at home with a Sennheiser HD 700 and a Sennheiser IE 80 outside.

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