Looking for a head phone portable DAC like thing I ran across some new gizmos called portable digital music players and or portable Head Phone DAC.
The issues I’ve had with streaming files from my NAS are as previously said, lossless files are gonna have issues with drop outs, depending on distance,and the interface for thru put. Even on cellular it’s a dicey prospect. Compressd files? Not nearly as much.
These self contained needing only head phones or powered speakers. They are about the size of a SATA HDD. Open up to allow installation of an onboard 1 TB flash drive (user choice not included). They run on batteries with headphones. Some work as USB DACs too.
Do a Google Search for something like Portable HP DAC, or the like. You’ll start seeing results.
Aurender “Flow” is one model. Cord make some. Or is it Cort? There are many more all with varying degrees of ability.
I’d not foresee issues with std lossless file palyback. Some will do lots more formats including MQA, DSD, etc.
They have a LCD window for accessing the on board files. Of course, a personal confuser can send whatever to these thingys too.
Some I liked ran about a grand or a bit more. Although I did not care for how the files were accessed without a pc. That little bitty window and I would not get along at all.
Like anything else the SQ and functionality changes from model to model. On battery playback time is long. 8 – 12 hours before needing recharge, and they recharge from USB. Not sure if the DC power sup is proprietary or one can use std Lithium replacements.
Violin! No PC needed!
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