I'm considering purchasing an Audioquest Dragonfly.
Can anyone here tell me how it compares to alternatives like Fiios, Creative X-Fi Go, Asus Xonar U3, Stoner Acoustics UD1000 etc? Basically, it needs to be very small. Can't be more expensive than 200$, but I'd rather spend around 100$, preferably even less. And If the best option is to get two - one for music, one for gaming, let me know. My current iem is a Soundmagic E30, though I'm saving up for a GR07. If I end up getting something cheap for the dac/amp, I'll probably purchase a UE 900. My current source is from my realtek soundcard for games/movies and from my Nexus 4 for music, so basically its very very lacking. I don't understand my own needs too well due to a lack of technical understanding of how audio works, but I reckon that a better dac will help me more than a better amp will. I'd rather purchase one device that'll help me for computer and mobile
There's basically 4 factors that will affect my decision, listed by priority:
1) Price/Performance Ratio - I'm a university student. All my money comes from Subway shifts. I'd rather not waste too much money.
2) How good they are for Gaming/Movies - Primary use.
3) How good they are for Music - Secondary use.
4) If they will be compatible with my Unrooted Nexus 4 (USB OTG?) - My hopes aren't too high, I know it'll be difficult to make it work. But if one of these will work with the Nexus 4 (I heard Jelly Bean brought about a USB Audio update, I'm not sure what that means for me), then I'll purchase it without a second thought, as it'll save me from an extra purchase.
Oh, and I'll probably never go beyond a UE900.. I'm not too much into headphones (though I do eventually plan to indulge in them), but for now I find them too uncomfortable. I know that I'll have to pay for this picky-ness in terms of sound quality, but I guess that'll have to do.
Edited by tquickbrownfox - 10/19/13 at 11:51pm