I am looking for something for my iPhone and Dunu Zen. I have a BTR5, which is fine as a bluetooth/AAC streamer. However, wiring it isn’t practical due to the camera connection kit requirement.
Here is the absolute ideal:
Bluetooth/AAC (must have this)
MFi for single wire (no CCK)
Airplay / Wifi
Not pay an arm and a leg.
This is a surprisingly hard list to fill in the audiophile world at any price. I have found a few that qualify or mostly qualify. I have to basically give up MFi or airplay. That is ok, since only one or the other is necessary
Here are the things I have found that mostly qualify:
Shanling m2x (no MFi)
Shanling m5s (no MFi)
Fiio Q5s (no airplay)
Fiio M15 (no MFi, too expensive)
It should be noted: I ordered the Fiio M6 based on it’s “for iphone” marketing. I assumed it would have the same iPhone friendlyness as the Fiio Q5s. It doesn’t support bluetooth/aac or MFi wired according to the specs. It hasn’t even arrived yet and I know it is getting returned based on that.
I also have the Fiio Q5s-TC incoming to see if I can live with it wired. If I can, I don’t need airplay. If I can’t live with it the shanlings are the only reasonable options I have found that have bluetooth/aac and airplay.
The other way to go, is a DAP that has android/google play/apple music. This would fully eliminate any need for bluetooth/airplay, and take the job entirely away from the iPhone. But, this appears to be another rare thing?
Fiio daps don’t support bluetooth/aac until you get to the M15. Are these spec errors?
Thoughts? What is out there that I am missing?