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Desktop Andriod DAC/AMP

post #1 of 8
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I'm looking for a Dac/Amp for my son. His primary source is his S4. This combo will be used with NVX XPT100's.

Portability is not a concern. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

My quest is to slowly upgrade his sources and equipment to appreciate quality recording, so this is my starting point.

FYI, he is a freshman in high school.

 

Thanks again,

Richard

post #2 of 8
Budget?

If portability is not a concern, then if he has a computer, I would focus on a setup for that. My son is about the same age, I also got him the XPT100s, and then this Fire Phoenix DAC/headphone amp so he could also plug his speakers into it. smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I saw that unit mentioned in another thread. Can he use it with his S4?

Thanks for the reply.

post #4 of 8
I have no idea if it will work with his S4. It can be sort of hit or miss with DACs and Android phones. Try this thread at XDA to discover DACs that do: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2252618

The FiiO E18 is specifically designed to work well with Android. Of course for what it costs, you are close the price of the FiiO X3 DAP which can also be used as a DAC/amp with a computer.
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Originally Posted by rulery View Post
 

I'm looking for a Dac/Amp for my son. His primary source is his S4. This combo will be used with NVX XPT100's.

Portability is not a concern. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

My quest is to slowly upgrade his sources and equipment to appreciate quality recording, so this is my starting point.

FYI, he is a freshman in high school.

 

Thanks again,

Richard

 

You should consult this thread, there's a link to a Google docs every five pages (every page that ends in 0 and 5) with an updated table. AFAIK, when the S4 came out, it had some incompatibilities vs the S3, which I've tried with and worked with any self-powered DACs (ie every chip of it is driven by its own battery and power supply). 

 

In any case here's my system now...this amp was made back in 2008 or thereabouts, and its USB DAC is powered by its own power supply. No drivers needed and the current from the USB OTG is enough to power the input indicator lamp. Any dock that can sync can work with an OTG cable as the data pins are wired from the male plug going into the phone to the port in the rear.

 


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 5/17/14 at 9:16am
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Tried that site and they are about video output.  I actually ordered the E18 but after reading the reviews, I will be returning it.

For the money, if it is compatible, the Maverick D1+ looks very interesting

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

ProtegeManiac,

 

Thanks for the link. Many, many pages to go through.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by rulery View Post

 

Many, many pages to go through.

 

Just check the latest page whose page number is a multiple of 5, DanBa will have a post there to the updated Google Doc with the list of DACs that were tested, whch phones worked (or vice versa), and if they needed a powered hub or not.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 5/17/14 at 10:37am
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