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If it helps making a decision, the AK4490 is what the new Schiit Bifrost is based on.
Well I own the DACport Slim already from the first drop and love it I just like brand matching and I like the look of the stacked units I like stacking audio equipment.
I was just wondering would this be a downgrade or potentially an upgrade that would actually make me want to purchase it aside from wanting the look/same brand units... basically would it be worth the $120 they are asking which is $20 more than the DACport Slim.
The AKM is a bit more flexible at it supports higher bitrates (up to 192kHz). That itself doesn't make the DACport better. The implementation matters and I would worry about the DACport's choice of using a class A amplifier in a miniaturized solution. I own the Geek Out 1000 and I can honestly say that it isn't an ideal solution as it needs time to warm up to sound its best and can be a pain to use. The entire system is a start to end solution alone with DAC and amplifier built into a compact form factor, so while convenient, seems like a less flexible solution when broken down to components. The O2 and ODAC are matched to work together and the O2 can be used as a portable amplifier as needed. I just wish I knew what makes the ODAC so remarkable when all that is said and done it's just a 24bit-96kHz USB DAC. I already own a USB DAC which I picked up from ebay for 25 bucks and it too sports a ESS ES9023 chip and AUX out with USB power and supports the same 24/96. I wish I knew if this thing is worth it since I just put money down for the O2.
It might be similar to the amazon link I posted ^ right?, the one you bought from ebay?
How does the unit you purchased sound with the ESS ES9023?
Massdrop could we get a picture with the ODAC outside the enclosure?