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Noob looking for solid portable DAP to push B&W P3/P5 headphones

  1. jag88
    So I am new to all this audiophile gear, no idea what most of the tech specs mean so I am having trouble finding appropriate gear.
     
    I am looking for a portable DAP with a good built in headphone amp. I have a set of Bowers and Wilkins P3's and may purchase a set of P5's in the near future (or something equivalent, B&W is def expensive). I have had these P3's for a little over a year and was always bummed by how mundane the sound quality was, not much of an improvement over my in ear workout headphones. But recently I got a chance to try my P3's while connected to a friends DAC off his macbook pro and I was blown away, the P3's are capable of so much more than what an iphone 5c can provide (my phone). After hearing that, I have this itch I need to scratch... I want to listen to all my favorite music like that!
     
    So any suggestions on portable DAPs with a solid performing headphone amp built in? I want something that would give these B&W P3's justice and leave some room to step up the headphones later. I also have a set of Mackie powered studio monitors so a line out function would be nice. I was looking at the FiiO X3 and X5 (2nd gen) but those are kinda big, I am looking for something more portable. I like the Sony NWZ-A17 size, but it is out of my price range... I would like to spend < $200
     
    Thoughts, suggestions?
     
  2. Monsterzero
    while you do probably need a new DAP so you can discover 24 bit FLAC,your main priority should be a portable amp.
     
     
  3. jag88

    I would really like an all in one device, I would rather not have to charge and carry around 2 separate devices. Know of anything like that?
     
  4. Monsterzero
    I dont.....which isnt to say that a viable solution doesnt exist.
    The other option (that im aware of) is a get a different,easier to drive headphone
     
  5. jag88
    I am leaning towards an ibasso dx80 ... it is out of my price range and is not as portable as I would like but otherwise it seems to tick all the other boxes. The price makes me gag a bit, but if it lasts awhile then it could be worth it. It is quite a nice piece of kit as far as I can tell.
     
  6. Monsterzero
    could work,dunno.....

    I was going to suggest this product here,as I have heard it,and it drives everything Ive thrown at it

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hifi+m8

    But if youre gagging on the price of the other amp,you will surely lose it on the price of this one....tho it is totally portable
     

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