Question Is there a USB powered DAC with Bluetooth?

I would appreciate some help looking for a DAC/AMP to pair with my AKG 712 Pro's. I am currently using a ASUS Phoebus Xonar sound card and it does a good job, I can live with its performance but it is annoying that it lacks an equaliser if not using Dolby. However I would like to be able to easily use the headphones with my iPhone (Bluetooth), laptop and maybe XBox. I found one which nearly ticks all the boxes https://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x7-limited-edition but it requires a power plug which will be quite inconvenient. I see other DAC options without Bluetooth that are USB powered, I would prefer it is USB C powered but that's not essential. For budget I would like to keep under £300 as I dont believe the headphone warrant anything more expensive and they are only 64ohm. Ease of moving around is my key requirement here. I don't need 'gaming' but a mic input would be a nice bonus but is not a show stopper as I can go wireless modmic or other options.

Thanks
 

anort3

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Absolutely great headphones. Criminally underrated. Comfort and that wonderful soundstage make them my currently most used pair. They work for any music and are 10/10 for gaming.

You're looking for an amp/DAC combo that's USB powered?
 
Absolutely great headphones. Criminally underrated. Comfort and that wonderful soundstage make them my currently most used pair. They work for any music and are 10/10 for gaming.

You're looking for an amp/DAC combo that's USB powered?
I am looking for an Amp/DAC combo that is usb powered and has Bluetooth connectivity. These are my minimum requirements. A mic input would be a bonus.

I've been really pleased with them, I like a neutral sound and from what I could find these are very good in that respect and compete with headsets at twice the price. I have tried to stop myself going down the rabbit hole of paying for better audio equipment so I am trying to use this headset to good (even if not full potential) across all devices instead of buying multiple headsets.

Thanks for helping
 

hang-the-9

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How about the Fiio Q5?

https://www.fiio.com/q5

I have one of their portable lossless players and a Q1 headphone amp from them. Both are quite good.
I don't think the cost for that thing justifies the performance unless you are dealing with hard to drive headphones. The Fiio BTR5 is probably a better pick for cost/performance https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-BTR5-384K-Bluetooth5-0-Headphone-Unbalanced/dp/B07ZK3M6XK/ref=pd_lpo_23_t_2/147-8433428-7513944?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07ZK3M6XK&pd_rd_r=b8ad9b38-dbf1-4bd1-b6d8-eb3c2b27f920&pd_rd_w=uYP7c&pd_rd_wg=YlMTK&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=3SB1R8HEKY4829PAY42D&psc=1&refRID=3SB1R8HEKY4829PAY42D

$300 on a portable dac/amp is getting into the range of "well I already bought my 3rd Rolls now where do I spend money on" LOL
 
I don't think the cost for that thing justifies the performance unless you are dealing with hard to drive headphones. The Fiio BTR5 is probably a better pick for cost/performance https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-BTR5-384K-Bluetooth5-0-Headphone-Unbalanced/dp/B07ZK3M6XK/ref=pd_lpo_23_t_2/147-8433428-7513944?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07ZK3M6XK&pd_rd_r=b8ad9b38-dbf1-4bd1-b6d8-eb3c2b27f920&pd_rd_w=uYP7c&pd_rd_wg=YlMTK&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=3SB1R8HEKY4829PAY42D&psc=1&refRID=3SB1R8HEKY4829PAY42D

$300 on a portable dac/amp is getting into the range of "well I already bought my 3rd Rolls now where do I spend money on" LOL
That does look good and at a very attractive price. In all honest this would most likely do what I want but I do have a nagging now, do I want optical input to connect to console? Hmm thinking to be done.
 

hang-the-9

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That does look good and at a very attractive price. In all honest this would most likely do what I want but I do have a nagging now, do I want optical input to connect to console? Hmm thinking to be done.
You can get a cheaper desktop AMP/DAC with optical in https://www.amazon.com/FX-Audio-Digital-Decoder-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B07TW2JQNN/ref=pd_di_sccai_2/147-8433428-7513944?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TW2JQNN&pd_rd_r=8a1d95af-fb27-4d18-9e5d-1c14f0d4b66d&pd_rd_w=zr78e&pd_rd_wg=jjToi&pf_rd_p=5415687b-2c9d-46da-88a4-bbcfe8e07f3c&pf_rd_r=FWN9C9ZG2P2YWH19QF7W&psc=1&refRID=FWN9C9ZG2P2YWH19QF7W and the cheaper Fiio or earstudio for bluetooth on headphones.

Plenty of options out there.
 

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