I am looking for an extremely portable DAC/Amp for my MacBook Pro.
Right now I am currently using the Leckerton UHA-4, it is quite small, but I would prefer to not use USB connections as my MBP has a pretty good optical out.
To explain why I need it to be so portable, I basically bring my MBP everywhere I go, commuting downtown to daily classes and labs. I have my UHA-4 Velcro'd to the lid of my MBP, (looks cool and natural) but somehow I am not satisfied with this setup's sound signature/presentation and it taking up one of my two USB ports.
As far as I know there is the Audinst HUD-mx1 and mx2, and the FiiO E17 that sounds decent and have optical in. I feel pretty ashamed that I only know these three that fit my needs. I was wondering if there are any other that are around the same size as the aforementioned three DAC/Amps. Please inform me with similar sized but better DAC/Amp combo WITH OPTICAL IN.
Also, can anyone verify for me if the UHA-4's DAC is better or worse than the UHA-6S MK II's? Former is Texas Instruments PCM2706, and the latter is Cirrus Logic CS4398. I cannot tell for sure which one is better even from some research on impressions on Head-Fi forums. It would be best if some discussion about that would arise in this thread.
Any help or recommendation would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by stuartfang - 12/9/13 at 11:53am