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RE: DAC under $200 for Samsung Note 4

The first hurdle that you have is getting any DAC to work with your Samsung Android device. The USB output will not normally pass audio. Even later iterations (I have a Galaxy 7 phone ) require the installation of a special audio player app and the use of a special micro usb/USB A female connector that allows one of the, otherwise unused, USB pins to function (an OTG cable). There is also a question of which Android version you are running. You may also need to allow audio output in the device settings, look in the developer's menu. However I am unsure about your particular model.

Look at the Audioquest Dragonfly Red which is terrific and within your budget. However even if you decide on another DAC do read the AQ page in the link which explains the technical needs (see FAQ Android). The issues will largely be common irrespective of the DAC that you choose.

BTW the latest software for the Dragonfly does deal with some of the issues and you may be able to get audio passed via the USB output without a special player ( again subject to the Android version). You will still need the Dragontail for Android though.

Edits: 07/13/17 07/13/17

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