I already have my bases covered for my main setup (audio-gd Compass 2) and at work (Fiio E7) and I got a Fiio E9 that I sometimes use in my bedroom, but I'm now looking for a secondary setup to listen to music on my laptop at night.
I want recommendations for a portable (either battery powered or preferably USB powered) DAC/AMP to pair with my MacBook Pro and my beloved HD650. I can use USB input or optical, via the MBP optical out.
I was hesitating between the
- AudioQuest DragonFly USB
- Fiio E07K (which I could sometimes pair with my E9)
- Fiio E17
- Meridian Explorer (a little over my budget)
- CEntrance DACport
- HRT microstreamer
- Arcam rDAC
- ...Anything else I missed?
I want good value, but I mostly want to have fun and expand my choices (which is why I did not go straight ahead and bought Fiios to match with my E9). I prefer not paying too much (obviously), but for the right piece of equipment, who knows? ;P
I am mostly listening to as many variations of electronic music as I can find, but I don't want something that will only pump the bass over anything else (i.e.: I hate Beats, but I have a pair of Grado SR225 which are way lacking in the bass section to my taste).