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Digital Audio Players (DAP) - Your experience

I am looking to get one mainly for travel. I have read reviews but I'd like to hear from long-term owners.

I plan to get a new wired over-ear closed-back headphone in the Shure SRH1540 largely because I find them quite comfortable which for me is the number one thing for headphones.

The main specs are:

Sensitivity. @ 1 kHz. 99 dB/mW.
Impedance. @ 1 kHz. 46 Ω

I do not want external headphone amps - so I want a DAP that will power these without noise (Fiio has some complaints in this regard with certain headphones).

I do not need streaming or Bluetooth (it's okay if it is there but not really needed) and would prefer long battery life - my flight to Canada and train, bus, ferry, and taxi is a combined 16-17 hours so something approaching this (or that has a fast battery charge) would be ideal.

My front runners are the

Astell and Kern A&Norma A25MKII ($5,900 HKD)

ibasso DX240 ($6,500 HKD)

Sony NW-ZX507 (4,990 HKD)

I do like an easy user interface so I prefer spending a bit more on these with nicer screens and an android interface over scrolling of clunky MP3 players.

I am leaning toward the Sony because it's the cheapest and like the others has a lot of supporters. Albeit it doesn't have a nice volume wheel.


Edits: 10/09/22

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Topic - Digital Audio Players (DAP) - Your experience - RGA 22:56:13 10/09/22 (8)


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