I’m still looking for a way to upgrade my AD-18 with as few boxes as possible. For the desktop. BT is a must, and a good headphone amp. I seldom use my speakers, so they’re less of a priority. Now it occured to me that both the FiiO Q5S and the Xduoo XD-5 (with the BT module) are dac/amp combos with BT. There aren’t many of those on the market. And they have line outs. Meaning, if I want to run speakers I can connect them to the AD18 or another small amp (or get active speakers), but otherwise they do everything I need them to do.
So maybe I have two questions for y’all:
- Can anyone comfirm that either of these or both has better headphone sound than the AD18?
- Do they have enough power for HD650s, running single-ended? I think the answer is yes for the XD-05. Not sure about the FiiO.