I have 3 questions about portable headphone amps/DAC's:
1. I drive my headphones off an IPhone 4, and I've heard a lot about DAC's not working with I-products because of software incompatibility. Is there any truth behind this?
2. I'm running a tight budget, and am in between 3 amps right now: Fiio E12, Fiio E18, and JDS Labs C5. If It turns out that DAC's are incompatible with the IPhone, I will most likely buy the Fiio E12.
3.Which Amp/DAC is better- JDS Labs C5 or Fiio E18. The C5 is $190 on www.jdslabs.com (the only place they seem to be for sale other than amazon), and the E18 is $160 on www.adorama.com and amazon.com. I am REALLY strapped for cash right now, and if the C5 isn't really worth those $30, I won't buy it. I do prefer a neutral sound.