Portable DAC

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    I am getting my wife a set of Sennhiser headphones for xmas and was looking at a portable DAC to drive them with off her phone which is a Galaxy S7. Looking at threads here, I do not see much about DAC's. Is the Dragonfly Red or Black a good choice for portable DAC that would drive Sennhiser Momentum 2 headphones, or are there other choices which are not real bulky or hard to pocket?
     
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    Sorry about that - she has a Galaxy S7
     
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    hmmmmm, OK, so I presume she will listen to MP3......so why would you want to add a portable DAC?
     
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    Not being an audiophile, I have been reading about getting best out of mobile platforms. From what I have gathered, m[3 does ok, bit to better appreciate the music from the S7, a DAC would be great. So, bbrks - is this even worth the venture and price? She stays with android and Windows, while I have moved everything over to IOS, so I am not even sure there is a logical comparison. Just trying to sort out possibilities and recommendations here. Thx
     
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    OK, fair enough.....I am an audiophile, for the last 30 years or so, have to admit :).
    Anyway, I am not familiar with android platform, so I will have to guess, that she will be able to load some lossless music format on it, of course depending of how much free memory her phone has. If she can, than a portable DAC could help to get a better music quality through the headphones. But, if you are only talking about MP3 music, I honestly think, there is no reason to waste any money on a DAC.
     
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    OK, that sounds reasonable. Now a twist, as I have been reading more since posting and have found that my iPhone 7 does not support APTX. Is this an issue if I was to consider going with similar headphones? I really like listening to 60's and 70's rock, but don't want to go through diminished sound with great headphones, This is sort of a journey for me as this is my first iPhone. Also, I keep reading about other files like flac, etc. If mp3 is not the greatest way t go, for music, what is a good recommendation for using with good headphones?
     
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    On a mobile device, you wont have any luck, I am afraid...it's just not the type of device you would use to get a high quality music sound..flac, or lossles, same thing btw :).....MP3 goes to max 320 kb, whereas flac format starts from about 800 kb and rising......
     
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    Thanks - learned a bit from this exchange.
     

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