I am new to the forums. I am trying to compare audio hardware on phones and tablets.
Specifically, I am considering LG3, Vivo X5 Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Vivo Xshot, Meizu MX 4 Pro, HTC One (M8), Will these phones send a good signal into my after market amp (arc-audio) out the headphone jack, or do i still need a line driver. If I buy a line driver, for not much more money, can I get one with an on-board dac? If that will also charge the phone, isn't that rendering the phone's dac irella...I would consider the iPhone with the iStreamer 12V in that situation. This would also give me charging, and thus, one less cable dangling around the dash area. Not a head phone question, I know, but the discussions on Head-Fi seem closer to what I am interested in, then elsewhere.
I have a new barebones cargo van, for work, that can't be sidelined with the door panels off and the dash apart etc, so I am simply going to bypass the factory install all-together. This also makes removal easier when I sell the van. I can scribe/mold my shapes, then do the messy stuff outside the van. I have aftermarket speakers, amp etc and will construct something that looks passable, which is easy placement wise cuz the van is so bare-bones. I should say that I am not interested in bluetooth or highly compressed files; done my listening, in my car, and that is my opinion!
I would also like a list of comparable tablets, dac-wise. A comprehensive list of cell phones and tablets with stated dac capabilities is hard to find. Usually not mentioned in general product reviews like cnet's review of the HTC One, for example where they tested the low quality music file preloaded by Sprint, and talked about the front face speakers, two things I don't care at all about. There is a lot of confusion because of apps and bloatware. I am really only interested in the hardware. Even the manufacturer's websites don't clarify what the audio hardware is capable of.
Thanks for your suggestions