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post #16 of 25

The G2 has USB OTG meaning it might work with some DAC/amps. Could give you much better sound quality than an ipod would offer if that's the route you want to go, but you'll have a 'box' attached to your phone.

 

Else, there are also the 'audiphile' players that have good SQ. Some options: Ibasso DX50, Fiio X3, Fiio X1 (not released yet), Sandisk offerings (cheap but good).

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by GrmanRodriguez View Post

...In terms of music quality when compared to a smartphone

 

Yes.    One main reason - battery life.   I have an iPhone 5S but prefer listening to my music of a dedicated music iDevice.

 

Re the "better quality" - it is true that audiophile-oriented DAPs have more power and are better designed to work with a variety of headphones.   But if you are going to be listening to the music with a high-quality headphone, you'll probably want to get an amp.    And if you are amping, the iDevices work very well as a transport.

 

The best case is using an external DAC - esp now that iOS 7 lets you extract digital audio out via a CCK.    

 

However, even if you have an iPod Classic with a 30-pin connector and use its LOD, you'll be hard-pressed in a double-blind test to tell a significant difference between that and the line out from something like a DX50 or X3 - the differences are smaller than the variance introduced by user bias and placebo.   The user interface of the Apple devices makes the device so much easier to use.

 

I own a DX50, an X3, an AK100, 2 Classics and an iPod Touch.   The differences in the line-out from them (except the Touch, which doesnt have a pure lineout) are very, very small.    If Apple makes a 128GB Touch, the DX50 and X3 are both gone.   Life is too short to spend days and weeks trying to get a player to read your memory card.


Edited by vkalia - 2/16/14 at 8:21am
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
I think a small portable amp will work better than an iPod (since I can't get both) thanks guys smily_headphones1.gif
Using Spotify as my main music solution hinders the quality too much? If so, where could I get the music from?
post #19 of 25
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I think a small portable amp will work better than an iPod (since I can't get both) thanks guys smily_headphones1.gif
Using Spotify as my main music solution hinders the quality too much? If so, where could I get the music from?

A lot depends on your budget.

 

In terms of sound quality, start with the headphones/earphones. Think about what you're currently using, you may be able to get a decent upgrade with your existing kit if you get the right ear gear, then think source or amp, depending on the demands of your chosen ear gear. I think spotify peaks at about 320 kbps which should be pretty good until you get into serious gear then it's either rip your own lossless or go for the Flac suppliers (HD Tracks, etc, see the hi res wiki for plenty of options).

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by GrmanRodriguez View Post

I think a small portable amp will work better than an iPod (since I can't get both) thanks guys smily_headphones1.gif
Using Spotify as my main music solution hinders the quality too much? If so, where could I get the music from?

You want a DAC/amp, as your phone has no line-out, but usb otg. You should check for compatibility, but something like the fiio e17 or e07k would be nice.

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

You want a DAC/amp, as your phone has no line-out, but usb otg. You should check for compatibility, but something like the fiio e17 or e07k would be nice.

see also http://www.head-fi.org/t/647838/jds-labs-c5-c5d-pg96-portable-amp-amp-dac-appreciation-discussion-thread

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

You want a DAC/amp, as your phone has no line-out, but usb otg. You should check for compatibility, but something like the fiio e17 or e07k would be nice.
What about the fiio E6?
post #23 of 25
That is only an amp, don't think it will benefit you
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
Why do I need the DAC?
post #25 of 25
2 reasons:

1. It is better quality than the DAC in your phone

2. If you use an amplifier directly from the headphone jack of your phone you will be amping the signal twice, because you are using the phone amp too

With an amp/DAC you'll be bypassing both the amp and the DAC of your phone
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