Portable USB DAC/AMP with Bluetooth for CA Andromeda.
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I am looking for a decent portable DAC/AMP that can be used as a USB DAC or Bluetooth DAC with my Campfire Andromeda IEMs. Currently, I am using Dragonfly Cobalt with IEMatch which is quite good for in-home use but is extremely annoying on-the-go when I attach everything to my Android smartphone. Because of that, I am looking for a replacement that will allow me for Bluetooth connectivity and quality on at least a similar level to Dragonfly Cobalt. Additionally, I would like to switch to a balanced cable so balanced output is required. MQA support is welcome.

I am thinking about:
  1. Fiio BTR5
  2. Fiio Q5s
  3. Qudelix-5K
  4. iFi xDSD
Do you have any other recommendations? Which one from these devices will be the best for Andromeda? I heard that Astell&Kern SR25 is good for Andro but I don't want to have another Android device.

Additionally, do you have any recommendations regarding balanced cable for Andromedas? I prefer light and dynamic sound with wide stage, good separation, and detail retrieval.
 
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I am looking for a decent portable DAC/AMP that can be used as a USB DAC or Bluetooth DAC with my Campfire Andromeda IEMs. Currently, I am using Dragonfly Cobalt with IEMatch which is quite good for in-home use but is extremely annoying on-the-go when I attach everything to my Android smartphone. Because of that, I am looking for a replacement that will allow me for Bluetooth connectivity and quality on at least a similar level to Dragonfly Cobalt. Additionally, I would like to switch to a balanced cable so balanced output is required. MQA support is welcome.

I am thinking about:
  1. Fiio BTR5
  2. Fiio Q5s
  3. Qudelix-5K
  4. iFi xDSD
Do you have any other recommendations? Which one from these devices will be the best for Andromeda? I heard that Astell&Kern SR25 is good for Andro but I don't want to have another Android device.

Additionally, do you have any recommendations regarding balanced cable for Andromedas? I prefer light and dynamic sound with wide stage, good separation, and detail retrieval.

If you look for a quality wireless connection, you might want to see what we did with BT in xDSD:

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/ifi-audio-xdsd-the-official-thread.873787/page-29#post-14210251
 
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