I myself wondered that same thing when I was heavily researching DAC/Amp combos. I think the D1 may be considered a bit more "portable", putting it in another category, but compared to others, it's still not that small.
The Fubar products certainly look nice. Well constructed and a reputable company AFAIK. I think, as with all forums of this type, there is a type of "pack mentality" (for lack of a better term) that makes certain products extremely popular for awhile. During that time, they overshadow many other perfectly good products. After a bit of time has passed, you'll start to see some D1's FS I think. I know there's a cute term for this phenomenon, but I can't think of it right now.
BTW, I ended up going with a simple SuperPro DAC707. It was really cheap, yet has pretty good internals for the price. I already had a serviceable amp, so all I really needed was a DAC.
Originally Posted by souperman /img/forum/go_quote.gif "Flavor of the Month"
. I personally didn't like the Fubar III, and many of us, that have tried it, don't like the sound sig very much, so the Fubar isn't mentioned.
Many thanks for your responses. Souperman, I noticed that you had/sold the iBasso. Can you offer additional suggestions for a USB/DAC AMp in that price range. I am aware of the Leckerton, iBasso, Fubar and Sheck H1. Perhaps the iBasso is the best of the bunch.
Originally Posted by jpstereo /img/forum/go_quote.gif Many thanks for your responses. Souperman, I noticed that you had/sold the iBasso. Can you offer additional suggestions for a USB/DAC AMp in that price range. I am aware of the Leckerton, iBasso, Fubar and Sheck H1. Perhaps the iBasso is the best of the bunch.
I sold it because I needed the money more. I think the D1 would be your best bet right now. Or you can wait for the D2 to come out next month. It should be smaller, and possibly a better amp section as it's using 4-channel technology. Personally I'm waiting for the D2 (part of the reason I sold the D1). The D2 should be cheaper according to sources (<$200) because of the lack of other inputs (I don't use any other than USB anyways), but don't quote me on that. I would wait
The D2 is supposed to have the same amp section as the P2. It has a discrete output and has plenty of get up and go. I don't think the D2 will have any problems driving most phones and the amp section of the P2 is shaping up to be extremely good. The D2 is supposed to also offer dip's so you can mold the sound to your liking. While not being as small as a Pico or Predator the price and other options are very alluring. I have also been impressed with the soldering and component layout of the newer iBasso products. As with the RSA and HeadAmp qualities of build and components, others are also joining this higher end of portability.