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Power fiio e10 via USB from dell venue 8 pro?

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I'm about to purchase one of the new windows 8.1 dell venue 8 pro tablets. It has a micro USB port which you can use to connect flash drives, mouses, etc. My question is, has anyone tried connecting a USB dac / headphone amp to it? I'm ready to sell my ipad mini if this new tablet works out. It's about $320 for a 64gb version of the tablet and you can get a 64gb micro sd card for it too.
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Hey, I just got a Venue 8 pro and I'm using it to drive my Burson Conductor.  My experience with it has so far been pretty good.  Using the desktop, you can run apps like Foobar2000 to get bit-perfect playback (not something you can apparently do in Metro.)  I'm playing files mostly over wi-fi on my home network and I've been pretty happy with the performance / lack of jitter with USB audio out /etc.  

 

That said, I've noticed that the power output from the USB connection is pretty low.  The Burson Conductor uses a Tenor USB chip and seems to work pretty well.  However, I also have 2 DACs which use the CMedia USB chip, and neither of them can work with the Venue 8 pro because it doesn't output enough power.  I think they might work if I used a powered USB hub, but haven't tried.  So, net-net is that you results my vary especially if you try to go direct from the USB out.  But, if you can get it working it's nice. 

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