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I'm getting a new smartphone tomorrow. What kind of output do I need to connect to a DAC? I've heard a USB audio out is good, but is it the best? If need be, I'll buy a separate DAP if no smartphone can deliver the best quality. Right now I have V-moda m100's and a Fiio e11 amp if that makes any difference, and I'm planning to keep adding and adding to my setup. I know the sound will only be as good as the original source, which is why it's so important to me to have the best kind of output from my smartphone (or DAP if needed). Also, any recommendations on specific smartphones or DAP's would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Depending on your phone, you may be able to connect it to a DAC/AMP such as the Fiio E18. These are relatively low in price, and although they represent great value they aren't the best in terms of sound quality when compared with Cypher Labs kit for instance. If you want the best then be prepared to be poor!

 

I think though that a smartphone/E18 setup will be fine with the VModa headphones or anything else which you're likely to wear on the street.

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If you're going with an android smartphone, make sure it has USB audio output compatibility (most recent phones do, but some older/cheaper smartphones do not).

 

If you're going with an iPhone, it should have USB audio.

 

A digital output is going to be the same no matter what, so long as you're not forced to use the headphone/line out and can use USB OTG with a cable such as this one:

 

 

then you'll have the best possible quality output to your DAC.

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