This is my secondary setup. Frequently use the dt880 600ohm so solution must support. I need optical and USB so I’m thinking an E30 feeding a portable dac/amp. Im after the a DAC with filters. This methodology will allow me to use dac/amp on the go but still have a quality DAC to support my in home connections will also have a decent AMP at home.
I’ve seen posts going the opposite way aka portable DAC. However, I’m needing to reverse due to input options that I’m needing.
Honestly you could just grab a ifi idsd micro black label used and it would drive the 880 600 ohm very well for a portable, should be pretty great as a desktop dac as well. It has both usb and optical (via mini toslink in the coax jack), and does have adjustable dac filters. Also full size line out, would most likely check all your boxes and be a compact size, used they should be around 400, would be an all in one package. That way you wouldn’t need to grab another dac either
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So it’s good in concept but I think the hard part is finding a portable that will actually power the 880 well imo. It generally is something most portables struggle with, and also having to used single ended also limits your options as most portables tend to favor balanced these days.
I guess the options I would recommend besides the bl are the xduoo xd05 plus, perhaps with a burson opamp swap, which while not really as good as the bl does still sound nice and would get the job done. An going even cheaper an earmen tr-amp if you don’t mind a bit of brightness is a decent choice although it might not be the ideal pairing there
Ah ok that can allow for a few more options, but on 2nd thought what was mentioned above would still be my primary recommendations actually imo as the other options would be daps which wouldn’t fit what you are looking for, and a few other portable dac amps like a fiio q5s but honestly that’s not going to go well with an 880 anyways
No, with portable DAC option I wouldn’t need the power at the portable unit but I would still need USB, optical, and filters. My needs at the DAC is the reason I was thinking the opposite way unless told different.
To answer your question… I’m relocating A3 setup due to footprint issues.
You would still need a portable dac/amp that at least has some juice to drive the headphones when needed, but at home you can focus on using a higher quality amp with the portable acting as a line out dac. In this case with your budget then, the xd05 plus checks your boxes, as that can be your portable when needed, and when you get home you can use it as a dac into a more powerful desktop amp. If I’m understanding you correctly (I’m a bit tired so I’m probably not lol)
Desktop amp personally, and would say something like a lake people g103s but that might be a bit too much, perhaps an el amp ii might work as well but might be similarly too much? A monolith liquid spark is a pretty good pairing with the 880, not asgard 3 quality but still pretty nice