Be amazed how good modern portables sound.
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Yes, it’s a good idea. Some of these players have excellent DAC chips. Couple that with the ability to play DSD and high-rez PCM files, along with no AC wall connection, and you are left with a very capable source. I’m using an Astell & Kern right now and it has replaced my (entry/mid-tier) CD player and preamp for the time being. It’s the most detailed, warmest sounding digital I’ve ever got out my system. I attribute a lot of that to being battery powered and having good specs. I use line-out straight into my amplifier. I sit close enough to my system and have a long enough cable that I can control the DAP from the listening chair. I believe you can also control the player from your phone if you install the app. Some of these players have excellent specs. I’m talking signal to noise ratios of 120 dB or greater, crosstalk in the 130s, THD+N ratings in the ten-thousandths of a percent range, extremely low clock jitter, etc.