Thanks for sharing this Erik. Seems like a very attractive unit and price point. As a different alternative and one that likely skews warmer/fuller sounding by virtue of its use of an AKM DAC chip, the Xduoo XP-2 Pro is worth a look if your tastes or setup might match better with that sound profile. At $150 it’s a little cheaper and a bit more powerful if that matters. Personally I’d probably skew to the BTR7 as I tend to prioritize neutrality and detail, but the Xduoo is another good option depending on sound preferences.
Whatever portable amp/DAC you choose, if you’re using an iPhone or iPad as a source I’d highly recommend ditching the Apple Camera Adapter and getting this silver dongle from LavriCables. I experienced significant increases in detail, transparency, 3D imaging, and soundstage expansion and overall sense of space. At $78 it’s a great bang-for-the-buck and substantial upgrade. Not sure if they make an Android version, but as LavriCables is open to custom builds it’s certainly worth asking. Anyway, just my $0.02 FWIW.
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