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Any ~$100 player with digital out?

post #1 of 4
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I'm looking to find a decent portable player to replace my phone (Moto android). if possible, I'd like something that has digital out so I can upgrade to a better dac/amp combo in the future. Perhaps I'm missing it, but can't seem to find this. I'm using 16/44 Flac files for my media. 

 

The Sansa Clips look great for the price. Not sure if they are significantly better than my phone. But for $25 it's worth a try. They have no digital out as far as I can tell. The Colorfly looks better - also no digital out that I can see. 

 

What are people generally using as a source for their portable DACs? 

post #2 of 4

First the Sans Clip will probably be better than your phone. I haven't used the Moto that you have but I have a Sans Clip and I have Rockbox on it and it has a very nice sound. Very clean especially when compared to a phone. I wouldn't recomend it if you are going to be upgrading to some nicer DACs in the near future. 

 

I use an Ipod classic 5.5 Rockboxed and it supports Flac, the Ipod won't support Flac using Apple software though. Using a Line out you can then throw it through a DAC. I've seen some of these players at Gamestop for under $100. I use the Ipod with a LOD to my Fiio E07K Andes and in my opinion it sounds much better. 

 

Hope this helps.

post #3 of 4
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That does help. I have an old iPod classic sitting around somewhere. Assuming I can find it, I'll Rockbox it and see how it goes. 

post #4 of 4
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Just realized I should have posted this is the Portable source Gear forum. Any way to move it? (Sorry about that.) 

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