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post #16 of 25

Ok so here is some basic knowledge. 

 

DAC: Digital to Analog Converter. This tool converts digital files (bits, bytes, ect) into analog (sine wave) and then pushes that analog signal to some sort of amplifier. 

 

Based on what you said you really want is a portable source. Any of the DAPs listed will work. There is probably something you could use that has no Gui that you just plug a USB stick into and it reads the files and plays them in order. 

 

Take a look at DAP - Digital to Analog Players. iBasso, Sansa, Fiio, ect are good manufacturers to start with. 

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Guess the x3 is the only option.

Probably a Raspberry Pi device that will work with a flash drive plugged in.
post #18 of 25

Indeed. Would a DAP with expandable storage work? It would just be microSD cards instead of a USB drive.

post #19 of 25
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Guess the x3 is the only option.

 

I guess that depends.

 

I use a 7" tablet with the app PowerAmp for flac playback and I love the interface and ease of use. I just load MicroSD cards with my music on it.

 

Alternatively, you can look into something smaller. I have a portable that I use for pocket use, the Sansa Fuze V2 (rockboxed) with a Fiio E11.

 

But you can make use of different devices for playback. The X3 is not the only option, at all.

 

Very best,

post #20 of 25
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Probably a Raspberry Pi device that will work with a flash drive plugged in.

 

Raspberry Pi + Music Player Daemon + any ios/android device

 

It's complicated and time consuming to setup but may very well worth the effort.

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
 

 

I guess that depends.

 

I use a 7" tablet with the app PowerAmp for flac playback and I love the interface and ease of use. I just load MicroSD cards with my music on it.

 

Alternatively, you can look into something smaller. I have a portable that I use for pocket use, the Sansa Fuze V2 (rockboxed) with a Fiio E11.

 

But you can make use of different devices for playback. The X3 is not the only option, at all.

 

Very best,

 

Ill look into those but I'm searching for something with digital output.  Gracias!

post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Probably a Raspberry Pi device that will work with a flash drive plugged in.

 

Now this seems interesting.

post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by laon View Post
 

 

Raspberry Pi + Music Player Daemon + any ios/android device

 

It's complicated and time consuming to setup but may very well worth the effort.

It seems it should be, thanks!

post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Probably a Raspberry Pi device that will work with a flash drive plugged in.

 

It only has RCA out as far as I see.

 

EDIT: Never mind, Thanks!!


Edited by Trunks159 - 9/30/13 at 3:39pm
post #25 of 25

Not to derail, but I was thinking of the same thing. One portable or Desktop transport for your music. 

 

A device to just hold music, to output to DAC (portable or desktop) to AMP (portable or desktop) to what ever you like speakers, headphones.

 

you must connect this device to dac then to amp or dac amp combo, to output of your choice. 

 

What I was thinking of. 

 

1. Just holds music with removeable storage. 

2. Output to usb, spdif, and or balanced. streaming wifi 

3. simple user interface like fubar2000 , deadbeef, audacious, gmusicbrowser.

4. Running  custom linux android  

5. long battery life

6. touch screen, size like ipod 

8. does nothing other then store and output music.   

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