I need help help finding a new portable Wolfson-based DAP that can work with a portable amp, or a DAP (doesn't have to be Wolfson-based) that will work with an external Wolfson-based DAC/Amp combo. My current headphones (Bowers & Wilkins P7), do not require much power to push, but I am looking at getting some higher ohm headphones that will probably require some amping. My current DAP is just a smartphone that has a Wolfson DAC in it with the Voodoo sound running on it, but that phone is dying and it's time to move on.
What I am specifically looking for is an all touchscreen-based DAP that has a Wolfson DAC in it, or can be connected to a DAC/Amp combo that does have a Wolfson DAC in it. My dream DAP would really be another touchscreen Android phone that can run sound through an OTG cable to a portable amp or a DAC/Amp combo (because the sound quality is better through the OTG cable). The reason that I'd like another smartphone is that I love having full touch screen controls, and I love using Poweramp. I tried going with an iPod Touch 4G and the FiiO e12, but I just did not like the lack of bass in the Cirrus DAC chip. Even with bass boost turned on (on the FiiO e12) and the bass eq'ed up (using an app), the bass just wasn't strong and punchy, and it actually got distorted and muddy sounding. I am not at all "Beats bass head", but I do like strong tight bass with my music.
So my requirements are:
1. An all touchscreen DAP (preferably a smartphone, but it doesn't have to be a "brand new" model since it will only be used as a DAP).
2. The phone must be able to connect through OTG to a Wolfson-based DAC/Amp combo (if no Wolfson DAC is in the phone) or an external amp (if the phone does have a Wolfson DAC in it).
I looked at the FiiO e18, but the issue with that DAC/Amp is that it does not have a Wolfson DAC in it and it lacks an eq (the Poweramp eq will not work since the sound is being processed by the FiiO e18 DAC). I have heard that the FiiO e17 has better sound than the e18 (as well as some eq abilities), but I do not know if that DAC/amp combo will work with any Android phones through the OTG cable.
If anyone can provide any suggestions/help for me I would very much appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Illustrator76 - 6/26/14 at 5:34am