Portable DAC/AMP for IEM's
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Hey guys, i need a portable dac/amp for my laptop. It'll only be running IEMS (dm6 + p1's). Reason is because my laptop 3.5mm has considerable noise. I need something that doesn't have a battery or the battery can be bypassed when plugged in as it'll be plugged in 8-10 hours a day. Budget is around $150-200, used to have an SMSL idea which i lost, that was good but had crazy amount of driver issues.
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ElectronicVices
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Jul 18, 2019
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You will want something with an output impedance at or below 2.5 ohms. The ifi nano black label falls in that budget and is a fairly solid all-rounder. The only issue is very very sensitive iem's may have some hiss on the standard output. If you move to the iem match side of things it jumps to 4 ohms which will mess with your DM6's frequency response. Audioquest Dragonfly Black isn't a bad choice but I'm not familiar with the 1.5 version out now, I have a 1.2 which outputs more voltage. I don't get much usable volume when paired with my K10. FiiO Q1 should work and charge simultaneously but I would validate that. I use a KANN Cube for this purpose these days but that is a bit outside of your budget.
Jul 18, 2019