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Do I need a DAP?

Fahad

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I have never used a digital audio player but got a bit intrigued to see a local dealer selling DAPs like FIIO and Sony at quite attractive prices. Dont have options of testing them out cause they are doing 100% online sales at the moment.

I listen to my music using my iPhone or MacBook with a topping NX4S DAC+amplifier in the middle. Music sources are TIDAL HiFi and PLEX (lossless FLACs of all my CDs stored on a NAS). I have a HiFiMan Sundara coming in this weekend which will eventually be the primary headphones.

Now I know quality is a bit subjective and to be honest, not sure if I can add anything to the music quality other than a "better" quality DAC with a DAP like FIIO M11. Still checking in with people who have more experience.
 

Fahad

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Would you not be better off financially by replacing the Topping in your system with a better DAC / headphone amplifier, like the one below, rather than spending out on a DAP itself?

I know, that's what I was thinking. I was just wondering that considering everyone has a phone and a computer and adding a good DAC financially makes more sense, why is there a market for such expensive DAPs?

For the FIIO, it was a choice between that one and the topping, went for topping, having never heard the FIIO, I just went by the opinion of the dealer. I do like it though. But I know somebody who has the FIIO you just mentioned. Maybe will try it out.
 

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