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Does anyone know much about DAC's (digital to analogue converters) and have any recommendations when it comes to ones with lightning adapter connection and aren't battery pack powered headphone amplifiers? Looking for lightning adapter and powered by phone, not 3.5mm headphone jack and battery pack powered. I'd like to know whats good to buy or if there are any worth buying on the market yet.
The best I can come up with is the system that I use consisting of iPhone 5s/MBP, Airport Express (which contains a DAC but will also feed a digital signal to an external DAC) and a Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus.

I haven't looked too closely at it but the Cambridge Audio XS might serve your need. AFAIK it has the same DAC chips as mine. I don't know whether a Lightning to USB adapter will work but hopefully it will give you a point to start looking.