I got the OK to buy a Bifrost 2, but there’s some other options that I need your experience to help me decide if that’s what I want to do. Let’s assume my budget is $700.
I am also considering an upgrade to my portable rig as part of this. I could go with iFi iDSD Micro Black Label and use it to feed my RNHP, ESP95X, and iLoud micro monitors and then unplug it to be used as a portable rig. How is that as a DAC? Or is it a better amp than RNHP? I have no idea.
Another option I’m looking at would be XDUOO XD05+ for portable, and some other DAC (balanced would be nice) with the remaining $340.
It cuts out frequently, but not frequently enough to prove that anything is wrong with it. It’s more annoying than broken, but it is dead to me. haha. Using an earstudio es100 in the meantime. Never filled out a warranty card or anything like that, so I don’t think so.
It’s a solid dac, not the same tier as the bifrost 2 but it is good (I think it’s more on the same tier as the su8), warmer smoother leaning, pretty enjoyable. The amp portion in there is also very good and will power mostly anything you throw at it, and the bass boost is great. I don’t think it’s as refined as the rnhp, but I do think it handles more hungry headphones and iems better than the rnhp