Hey Guys, looking for some advice on these DACs. Getting ready to upgrade my phone when the S20 preorders open next week, and will need some kind of device to plug in my IEMs. Also going on a trip next month and intend to use my phone as a source to test headphones. The few I’ve looked at are
SMSL IDEA - in the too good for its price thread here
xduo link - recommended by zeos
E1DA 9038S - recommended by some guy in zeo’s comments
IBASSO DC01 - tbh i don’t remember how i came across this one
They all seem to be fairly similar in price. Curious if any of you find one to perform better than any of the others. Not married to any of these particular models or even the dongle dac solution so if you have any kind of suggestion I am open to it.
Typical use case for me would be at work (office environment) and out and about while running errands, grocery shopping, that kind of thing. As mentioned above also planning to use it to test headphones/travel although that’s not a primary use as I typically don’t travel more than once a year if that.
Currently I use the blon-bl03’s. Also considering an upgrade to a nicer sub 200 IEM but am still weighing pros and cons between that and something like the sony WF-1000. Probably a separate topic altogether. Genre I generally listen to would be drum and bass, hip-hop, and various other edm, also dabble in other genres but those would be my main ones. Pretty low on priority for the device but would also be nice if I have the option to use it with my headphones on the rare occasion I would take them out of the house which are currently 660s and X00 PH. Not that important as I can’t see that being a typical use case but a good nice to have option.
All the dongle dacs seem fairly similar (and maybe they are) but curious to know if one stands out in terms of performance, build quality, or any other metric.