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post #91 of 128
I certainly can't say that it's the best, but here's a contender:

80G iMod
Portable VCap Dock
Westberg Audio RCA-RCA interconnects
Lisa III
Audio Technica ES w9

No, I can't pop it in my shirt pocket, but, like several people on the thread, I travel a lot, and this fits beautifully into my messenger bag: I have a wonderful sound system on the plane or in the hotel.
post #92 of 128
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Originally Posted by Michael Jennings View Post
I certainly can't say that it's the best, but here's a contender:

80G iMod
Portable VCap Dock
Westberg Audio RCA-RCA interconnects
Lisa III
Audio Technica ES w9

No, I can't pop it in my shirt pocket, but, like several people on the thread, I travel a lot, and this fits beautifully into my messenger bag: I have a wonderful sound system on the plane or in the hotel.
Wow, those phones don't really need an amp at all typically and are the cheapest of everything in the chain, with the exception of maybe a few interconnects. They are one of the top in portability and look absolutely stunning, but I don't hear the best of things about the price to sonics ratio. I would stick them in a more portable setup that will stick in your pocket (maybe a little kenwood) and upgrade your phones. They seem to be the weakest link and IMO, the phones are the most critical link and what you would probably want to build your system around. You'll probably love whatever you get considering what the LISA III should be capable of.
post #93 of 128
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Originally Posted by manaox2 View Post
Wow, those phones don't really need an amp at all typically and are the cheapest of everything in the chain, with the exception of maybe a few interconnects. They are one of the top in portability and look absolutely stunning, but I don't hear the best of things about the price to sonics ratio. I would stick them in a more portable setup that will stick in your pocket (maybe a little kenwood) and upgrade your phones. They seem to be the weakest link and IMO, the phones are the most critical link and what you would probably want to build your system around. You'll probably love whatever you get considering what the LISA III should be capable of.
I think you're probably right; but what would you suggest that is still reasonably portable? I'm thinking of buying a pair of AT W1000's, but they don't seem like something I'll tote around. I listen to classical and acoustic jazz...
post #94 of 128
What are the criiteria for portability? For example, must the definition include IEMs?
post #95 of 128
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Originally Posted by Michael Jennings View Post
I think you're probably right; but what would you suggest that is still reasonably portable? I'm thinking of buying a pair of AT W1000's, but they don't seem like something I'll tote around. I listen to classical and acoustic jazz...
A LISA III should be able to power just about anything out there. I actually thought the w1000 as well. If you could stand something thats still classy, good sound, and not screaming for too much attention so you will feel comfortable in public, maybe you would like the Denon D5000, its really comfortable and lighter then the w1000 by accounts I read. The D5000 can pack a punch in bass though which might not be something your looking for. I guess your main concern would be that both of these phones are noticeably larger.

I have the LISA III for my UE11. It you could stand an IEM, I would even recommend the UE10 for portable purposes with sound. The LISA III for portability reasons really makes for a hard decision with what phones to pair with it if you don't want to wear larger full size phones which is what it was designed for. It really is a hard answer based on the options out there to me.
post #96 of 128
I thought the Lisa III wasn't the best choice for IEMs?

also- I am having trouble finding information on the audio technica's just mentioned.. the "WS e9"s- All I want to know is their impedance rate
post #97 of 128
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Originally Posted by Luminette View Post
I thought the Lisa III wasn't the best choice for IEMs?

also- I am having trouble finding information on the audio technica's just mentioned.. the "WS e9"s- All I want to know is their impedance rate
I often read that the Lisa tends to hiss with sensitive headphones like IEMs.

If you mean the ESW9 then look at these pages:

ESW9 @ Audiocubes


Japanese ESW9 Homepage

With their sensitivity of 103db/mW they should not hiss with the Lisa III, imo.
And their impedance is 42 Ohms.

Seems like Audiocubes made a mistake with their impedence.
post #98 of 128
I'm loving my portable setup.

iPod Classic 80gb
ALO cryo iPod dock
RSA tomahawk
UE-11

just around the 2k mark.
worth every penny
post #99 of 128
As it stands now:
4th gen DIY iMod->Sonicap Dock->Minibox E+->Triple.fi 10 Pro

But I am in the middle of revolutioning everything.
post #100 of 128
My transportable/portable:

iRiver ihp-140 (optical out) HR Microdac-> iQube/Voyager-> (soon-to-be-recabled HFI-780)

I'm v.happy with the sonic quality that I sold my home setup.
post #101 of 128

My shirtpocket portable

My shirtpocket portable:
3rd Gen Nano (considering Samsung P2, but hard to beat UI of iPod)
Predator (SR-71a as soon as released)
Shure SE530's (gotta at least try Triple-Fi's)
This is my daily driver, and not bad for a modest $903.67.
Looking for better. I have high hopes for the upcoming Blackbird.
Impossible to get info on a DAP that has the best SQ and doesn't hiss like a basket of snakes, but for now this rig will bust your head (thump) with the proper music!
As Antonyfirst describes it , a religious experience(literally for me) sometimes, but still don't have the band in my pocket.
post #102 of 128
Well, I am very close to my end goal.

I would exchange the Headsix for the predator (in Gold + Silver) and then add a set of ESW9's for a change of pace in terms of sound (switching between the freQ Show and those).

The LOD I have now is basically the best that you can get and would exchange it between the other LOD I have depending on taste ( it is a very nice silver DIY).

Although right now I am already walking around with about $1125 in my Pocket!!!
post #103 of 128
Best portable rig possible at the moment(for SQ):
UE 11
5.5g 80 gig iMod (Apple Lossless files)
ALO portable V-cap dock
Pico/Predator
ALO jumbo copper/silver iMod cables
post #104 of 128
Recent rig I've put together

1. iQube Amplifier
2. Ultrasone Edition 9 (No. 1013)
3. iMod - For Now
4. ALO 22G Cryo iMod Cable
5. Grado 1/4 inch to 1/8 cable adapter
6. 10' Silver Dragon Headphone Cable
7. Furutech FP 704 1/4" interconnect
8. Tamrac Adventure 8 backpack
post #105 of 128
My best portable rigs have been:
-diyMod + Sonicap dock
-Minibox E+
-Triple.fi

and

-diyMod (Blackgates hp out)
-Headsix
-Yuin OK1

Now though I am downsizing to put more money in a home rig.
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