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Are there any portable amps that would replace the onboard dac of an Android phone?

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I'm a bit ignorant to portable market gear.  I'm wondering what would work well with a Droid Bionic, although I plan on upgrading in a few months (probably to one of the new motorolas), the same time frame in which I'll actually be getting this dac/amp.

 

Westone W4Rs are my current portable headphones, so what quality in an amp would I be looking at?

 

I understand recent Android updates allow for a usb dac to replace Android audio, so what options would I have?  I figure that since the IEMs are easy to drive, the DAC function is more important than the amping function (any phone can drive these headphones to a solid volume).

 

http://www.fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000038732625&MenuID=105026001

 

That looks pretty interesting and has a nice form-factor, but appears to be amp-only, which doesn't really help I suppose

 

Can someone point me in a good direction, or a faq/thread if this is a commonly asked question

 

Price-range is less than $250


Edited by DivergeUnify - 9/26/13 at 6:10pm
post #2 of 12

I would think just to get the Fiio X3 and load it up with your music files, plug your headphones directly into the X3.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I would think just to get the Fiio X3 and load it up with your music files, plug your headphones directly into the X3.

 

If I would be doing anything with a dedicated media player it would be an iPod.  Just because I would rather have the space, and have external audio components added. 

 

However, I'd much prefer my phone, because I happen to still have an unlimited plan, with all of my music on cloud, and an entirely different collection through Spotify, making my phone by far most capable of the best music collection

post #4 of 12

It is actually less important on the USB DAC you want to use but more important on whether the Android phone you are going to use truly support USB Audio or not.

 

Let assume your smartphone does support USB DAC, then the upcoming FiiO E18 will do what you ask.

post #5 of 12
There's also the hifimediy android dac, which may work for you phone.

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=124
Edited by thegunner100 - 9/27/13 at 7:53am
post #6 of 12

as long as the amp bypasses the internal amp and dac to just use said amp, then i would go for it. otherwise you are you just amping the internal amp

post #7 of 12

V-MODA VERZA.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

It is actually less important on the USB DAC you want to use but more important on whether the Android phone you are going to use truly support USB Audio or not.

 

Let assume your smartphone does support USB DAC, then the upcoming FiiO E18 will do what you ask.

 

Exactly what I'm interested in.  Thanks.  Guess I have to wait for a little bit

post #9 of 12

Check the Portable Source Gear forum, there is an Android devices and USB audio thread there with dozens of devices confirmed working, no need to wait until E18.

post #10 of 12

E18 will be available pretty soon, within a few weeks probably. It is actually more than just an USB DAC for Android. It also works as a power bank (though not at the same time as a DAC) as well as having a dedicated buttons to control music playback on the smartphone.

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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

E18 will be available pretty soon, within a few weeks probably. It is actually more than just an USB DAC for Android. It also works as a power bank (though not at the same time as a DAC) as well as having a dedicated buttons to control music playback on the smartphone.

 

It think it might have been better to have pointed that out in the first instance then as an advantage over the many DACs that are already available and do work, then the OP could make a more informed decision. Just a thought.

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Originally Posted by NZtechfreak View Post
 

 

It think it might have been better to have pointed that out in the first instance then as an advantage over the many DACs that are already available and do work, then the OP could make a more informed decision. Just a thought.

 

Those info was released by FiiO between the time of the two posts.

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