Best Upgrade- iPhone DAC or apple Airpods Max

Jamesie M

Active Member
Morning,

looking to spend some allocated cash and find myself a Father’s Day gift!

I use my home cinema solely for AV duties but I’m listening more to music since lockdown. Can’t justify getting a separate home stereo system so was looking to upgrade my headphone experience.

I use my iPhone with Apple Music to listen mostly through AirPods Pro but also with my old bang and olufsen H6 over ears.

Was thinking of getting the apple over ears AirPods Max (to get lossless(maybe?) and spatial sound) OR an external Dac such as the ifi ones, hopefully to either hard wire or Bluetooth to my existing AirPods (will the dac work with the new apple losslee?)

I’m quite fortunate not to have a fixed budget but always believe in getting the best bang for buck or quality up to the point where improvemts become diminishing and really not worth the cash. I also want something that will last £200-£1k

Any thoughts on best upgrade? New cans or a dac?
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Bluetooth headphones have their own built in DAC. Pairing a Bluetooth headphone with a USB DAC/amp is not the best use of money
 

Jamesie M

Active Member
Bluetooth headphones have their own built in DAC. Pairing a Bluetooth headphone with a USB DAC/amp is not the best use of money
Cheers, was thinking of the best upgrade. The B&O are wired, what’s your thoughts on dac & B&O or just go for a simpler AirPod max?
 

WhiteHartMart

Distinguished Member
Depends (imho) if you want convenience as a priority or sound quality. I have the APM and love the convenience and integration with all my Apple devices but if sound quality were the priority, I'm thinking the £550 could go further if your happy dealing with cables etc ;)
 

Jamesie M

Active Member
Depends (imho) if you want convenience as a priority or sound quality. I have the APM and love the convenience and integration with all my Apple devices but if sound quality were the priority, I'm thinking the £550 could go further if your happy dealing with cables etc ;)
It’s just for the house, sitting in quiet away from my kids and the wife watching catch up tv!

I’ve got the AirPods Pro for out and about and travelling.

is a £2-300 headphone dac really going to improve my B&O or start with better headphone?

really need to get something as promised my wife she wouldn’t have to look for a Father’s Day gift for me from kids
 

Thumpermawer

Active Member
If you're near somewhere that will let you try out a few things that's the best way to know before you open your wallet.

I managed to try a few dac/amps with my iPhone to see what I liked the most. Picked a Dragonfly Cobalt after also trying the black/red ones and a Mojo.

FiiO and others have a good range of alternatives, but couldn't find anywhere near enough to try them out. Maybe one of the online retailers would send a few things out for you to try and keep your favourite?
 

steve iow

Active Member
Hi how is the Dragonfly Cobalt doing, I’ve been reading reviews and it’s getting good ones ,but what’s it like in the real world is it worth the asking price and does it actually work and can you hear the difference
 

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