I have narrowed down a few DAP, read reviews but want to reach out to the seniors over here for your opinion and advise.
Though I understand sound is very subjective, do share with me which of them in your view, can be more full-bodied and darker sounding?
Otherwise you can recommend a make/model.
1) Must have 4.4 mm Pentacomm output
2) Must have two way Bluetooth radio with LDAC support
3) Enough juice to drive budget to mid tier planar headphone
Choice of DAP I have narrowed down:
1) Hiby R5
2) Ibasso DX160
3) Hiby R6 pro
4) Fiio M11 pro
5) Ibasso DX220
Some of the above may be more expensive than mid tier but I figure out that they are within my budget.
I currently use a Fiio M11, and find the treble a bit too harsh and "digital" like. Not natural...
If I have to squeeze out more "blood" (money), then maybe the M15 but the lack of volume indication is a big minus point
I solely use headphone only and so pairing with IEM is not a concern for me.
My current collection of headphones are:
- Sony MDR-1A
- Meze 99 Neo
- Hifiman Sundara
- Hifiman Deva
- AKG K7XX
I listen to a lot of synth pop music via Spotify so hoping to have a DAP that helps to bring in some weight to the overall sound
Based on the sound you're after, I'd opt for the R5 or DX160. Both use the same Cirrus Logic dac chips, which I find more full bodied and slightly darker than ESS chips. Saber sounds more harsh and analytical to my ears - not as smooth. Of course, how they are implemented plays an important role as well.