Request for assistance/opinions - portable DAC to be used with MacBook Pro and headphones
Being relatively new to the world of computer-based audio playback (as opposed to iPod based audio playback), I hope to benefit from the collective experience/wisdom of this forum...
My wife and I will be travelling in continental Europe for about three months, based mainly in Italy. In preparation, I have copying my Apple lossless audio files across to a MacBook Pro. Obviously, as we're travelling, space will be at a premium, so in terms of the gear I'm taking:
- MacBook Pro with Retina 15"
- Bose QuietComfort 15 (mainly due to the long-haul flights from Australia)
So my question is: should I buy a portable DAC (ie have people got a similar setup and noticed an improvement) and if so, which DAC do people recommend based on their experience?
I should also mention that I auditioned an Arcam rPac today and my impressions were as follows:
- using the Bose QC15s plugged into the MacBook Pro's headphone jack, the orchestral soundtrack music that I mainly listen to sounded a bit bright
- using the Bose QC15s plugged into the Arcam rPac reduced the brightness of my music files
Many thanks in advance