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Portable DAC/amp advice needed: iPhone 5/Macbook Pro to LCD-X

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I'm a newbie and a new member here.   I just bought some Audeze LCD-X, and would like to send a better source signal to them than what my phone and computer provide while I'm on the road.   So, I would love a recommendation for a small, portable, battery powered DAC/amp that I could pair with both my iPhone 5 or Macbook Pro.

 

I've been doing some searching, but I'm not sure that I've been able to find what I need, which is this:

 

- Battery or device powered.

- Relatively small.

- Preferably not more than $300.

- Perhaps some basic EQ?

 

Does such a thing exist?


Thanks in advance, I really appreciate the help.

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Thread Starter 

I'm now thinking about a simple Dragonfly for my MBP for starters, but what about my iPhone 5...is it worth getting a better DAC/amp for that?  Appreciate your opinions...

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I haven't heard of any DAC/amp all in one solutions that'll work with an iPhone that cost less than $500+ USD. The cheapest option would probably be a V-Moda Vamp Verza for your iPhone, but it's still above your budget. To power my LCD XC (before I sold it) at my desktop I was using a Schiit Vali amp paired with a Schiit Modi DAC. My portable solution only used an amp since ipods already have a decent built in DAC. Here are some pictures of my portable:
 

 

 

 

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