Question Which DAP ?

DJM1976

Active Member
Hi all,

After years of using my phone as my music device for on the go, I have decided that it is high time that I got myself a DAP for DSD and other high resolution audio formats. Ideally the DAP will need to have plenty of battery life for long journeys should it be Train / Coach / Plane, also another essential for me would be Playlist compatibility like M3U etc. I have a number of playlists which get used to what mood I am in & so it would be brilliant to have this facility at hand, rather than searching through track by track.

Now I am set to go away in a couple weeks and will be doing around 10hrs of travelling, so do need to get a device ASAP. I do have a budget in mind of say no more than £300. I have seen a few makes like Sony, Cowon, Fiio etc, but have seen so many mixed reports on Playlist compatibility that I really don’t know what would be good to go for or shortlist.

i am not too worried if the DAP has Spotify capabilities as I do have my phone for that, but really don’t want to be killing the phones battery before I get to airport security.

is there anyone here that can suggest a DAP with the needed requirements within my price range ?

Many thanks
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Why not buy an external USB battery charger for the trip rather than rush into a dap decision?
 

dannnielll

Well-known Member
No experience with others but the Sony NWA 40 series is a nice machine. I never bothered with playlists, and just run the device on random pot luck,with in excess of 7000 pieces, of music ,I never get bored.
 

Pecker

Distinguished Member
I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday and that’s exactly what I did.

The only real issue was not being able to charge my iPhone whilst listening to it, but I was usually savvy enough to avoid this.

This is the power block I used:


A smashing feature is the digital read out telling you on a %age scale how much power was left. It charged my phone very quickly, and has outputs to charge two devices at once, though I never needed that.

I would listen to my phone (Amazon Unlimited Music), then if the power was running low, I’d read from my Kindle Fire tablet while I recharged.

If I’d wanted to I could have set up my phone as a wi-fi hotspot while recharging and listened to the music app on the tablet. Not as good quality, but okay.

Hope that helps.
 
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