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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Are there any recommendations for a DAC (and amp) powered via USB? Ideally something small and portable.

 

I have a work supplied laptop and travel quite a lot, so carting around additional power supplied is a non starter. I did try a Dragonfly, but it lasted 2 days before it went back. I found its sound to be very shrill, shouty and quite offensive. For balance, I did try it on 2 different PCs and with 3 different sets of headphones. It was crap everywhere.

 

If it makes any difference, I listen mainly to rock and EDM.

post #2 of 8
what is your budget?

have you heard of fiio products?

maybe the fiio e17 or e07k.(both portable dac via usb,and amp)
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Happy to go up to £100 ($150). I thought the Fiio were battery powered. Dont they need an additional charger?

post #4 of 8
the fiio e17 is battery powered and charges via usb.(also the e07k and e7)
post #5 of 8
E17 seems your best bet.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bob2299 View Post

the fiio e17 is battery powered and charges via usb.(also the e07k and e7)

Ahh, Excellent. Thanks.

post #7 of 8
You could try an iBasso D7.
post #8 of 8

FiiO E10 or Topping D1 MK2 are also good choices and USB powered.

Or if you want to spend more you can look into the Leckerton dac/amps, though I don't personally rate them highly.

I suggest check out the Topping D1 MK2, it's a nice piece of kit for about $100.00

Here's a review:  http://www.headfonia.com/topping-d1-mark-ii/

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