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There are a lot out there. Just look for MFI certified, just like what you look for when buying a cable. One that I like because of its tiny, very protable size is the Cozoy Astrapi. It is made for iPhone/iPad (MFI). It makes amazing sound for a DAC its size, or any size. I have an iFi Nano iDSD, and the sound from the Cozoy Astrapi is just as good as the iFi. Now, if size is not a concern, then an iFi Nano DSD is a great device as well, and it can be considered a benchmark them for portable DAC's. I would not buy a new one though. For one, they are really tough, so odds are, it is good. Second, the list price and the used device price have drifted pretty far apart, mostly because of people speculating what the new iFi Pro would cost. So, a good used one is available for a great price for someone starting out. Check the classifieds on Head-fi.org for good used gear ( http://www.head-fi.org/f/6552/source-components-for-sale-trade/-filter-/RmlsdGVyJTVCdHlwZSU1RCU1QjElNUQvMS9GaWx0ZXIlNUJ0eXBlJTVEJTVCNCU1RC8xL0ZpbHRlciU1QnN0YXRlJTVEJTVCT3BlbiU1RC8xL0ZpbHRlciU1Qm9yZGVyX2J5JTVEL0NsYXNzaWZpZWQuYnVtcF9hdC9wYWdlLzA,/ ) Now, it IS NOT MFI certified. But, I have learned that many of the MFI certified devices just use a MFI certified cable, which is not that much different than having to get an Apple Camera Connection Kit. I would prefer that the device have the MFI chip in it, and that any cable be able to be used, but that is not the case for many, if not all of the devices. So, re still tied to the value of the cable they send you, which may not be as strong in many cases. Back to the Cozoy Astrapi. It can give big DAC sound quality in a micro DAC size. You will most likely need an amp, and there are lots of good micro amps available too. It makes for a very portable and easy to use set-up. URL: http://www.cozoyaudio.com