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post #31 of 70
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
I would suggest that the cables going from the dock to the portable v-cap be silver instead of copper. Of course this is a personal thing which you may or may not like.
A credible suggestion since the portable V-cap uses silver in silk wiring inside it. Would you also recommend to use a silver mini to mini from the dock to the amp? Ken shows cryo copper cables on all pictures of his portable V-cap dock. Would you recommend using these instead of silver?

Another question: Is the Pacemaker a true audophile player or is it more a sort of DJ toy? It has lots of features that will most probably never be used by the audiophile listener.
post #32 of 70
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Originally Posted by OverlordXenu View Post
Why recommend an iMod? An iMod + LOD is the same price as a pacemaker, and it doesn't have a digital out. And the Pacemaker also has a line-level out, and a HP out...

Match that with a D1, and it should be great.

Edit: Oh, I'd also reccomend a Cowon Q5W for movies. It also has a digital out (coaxial), so you can hook it up to the D1 also.

And if you really wanted to, you could use the D1 as a DAC and something like the LISA III as an amp.
The Pacemaker isn't even out yet so we really shouldn't be recommending it.

However the Imod is a tried and true audiophile device.
post #33 of 70
If you have some interest in recording, I recommend sound devices 722 or 744t. They are all-in-one devices, have unparalleled recording and playback quality without compromise to portability, and can handle any headphones. The most important thing is, what they produce is unsweetened, REAL sound.

post #34 of 70
If you seriously have $3K ($4K as you said in another post) to spend, the most discerning rig would be a laptop with an Emu card, whatever amp, and IEMs or your can of choice. Everything else is crap. Maybe add a terabyte drive if you want more space or dedicated space.

That's sitting right at your budget. You'de have LOTS more storage, more versatility as you can use CDs that you already have, as well as digital files. You have a rediculous sound source/card, and whatever amp you choose. You can do everything except play vinyl.

That, without a doubt, is the "best" solution out of everything posted. You have the power to drive full sized cans or just IEMs, can be plugged in or run on battery, and have enormous space.
post #35 of 70
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Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
If you seriously have $3K ($4K as you said in another post) to spend, the most discerning rig would be a laptop with an Emu card, whatever amp, and IEMs or your can of choice. Everything else is crap. Maybe add a terabyte drive if you want more space or dedicated space.

That's sitting right at your budget. You'de have LOTS more storage, more versatility as you can use CDs that you already have, as well as digital files. You have a rediculous sound source/card, and whatever amp you choose. You can do everything except play vinyl.

That, without a doubt, is the "best" solution out of everything posted. You have the power to drive full sized cans or just IEMs, can be plugged in or run on battery, and have enormous space.
I'm pretty sure he said that it need to be able to fit in a cargo pants pocket... I'm not sure a laptop would.

I doubt that we're ever going to hit his budget with whatever we recommend for him. Unless of course we recommend him some nordost cables for his imod
post #36 of 70
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Originally Posted by BigSurSpoon View Post
I'm pretty sure he said that it need to be able to fit in a cargo pants pocket... I'm not sure a laptop would.

I doubt that we're ever going to hit his budget with whatever we recommend for him. Unless of course we recommend him some nordost cables for his imod
I'm sure Patrick would approve
post #37 of 70
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Originally Posted by shomie911 View Post
I'm sure Patrick would approve
Only if he wrapped himself in ERS paper and put magix levitation feet on the bottoms of his shoes.
post #38 of 70
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Originally Posted by BigSurSpoon View Post
Only if he wrapped himself in ERS paper and put magix levitation feet on the bottoms of his shoes.
Of course, how could you make a portable rig without those.

It would not be extreme otherwise
post #39 of 70
Pacemaker is 120gigs, and has a digital out. Even if it sounds like crap (which I doubt, because of its price, it is either overpriced to hell, or it uses good components). So he could pair it with a D1, which some say is on the LISA II level with the right OpAmps...
post #40 of 70
How much is the Pacemaker going for? It looks really weird but if it truly sounds good and coupled with the large 120GB HDD I would be happy. The spdif is also a plus.
post #41 of 70
My dream portable,which just may happen is...

OQO Pocket PC - http://www.oqo.com/products/

Pico/Predator or whatever is the best amp/dac at the time

Grado RS1 for non-noisey environments

Sennheiser HD650 also for non-noisey environments

IEMs for noisey environments

Real good cables.....altho at the short lengths,it doesnt make a huge difference,but if im going to spend that kinda money,ill buy good ones.


With the OQO PC, you have all the music listening comforts of home. It has a built-in 120 GB HD, but you can always plug in whatever external HD you want in the USB port,so its unlimited. You can also bring an extra battery or external battery booster.

As far as fitting in a cargo pants pocket, it may,but you better tighten your belt well,or wear suspenders

I cant see anything beating this setup for a portable. Its practically a portable/home set up.
And its wireless also and you can download songs on the fly and look at head-fi while listening, cuz its a real PC mini laptop. You can have a real EQ,or use Winamp ,ITunes,Zune Player,Foobar,or whatever you want to play your music. Listen to internet radio,watch a movie,etc.

Heck you can be gaming portable also,or chat,etc.

One day ill have it (hopes).
post #42 of 70
5.5G 80GB iMod ipod
XIN refference or XIN Supper Micro IV
ALO iMod Supper Cotton Dock cable
UE 11Pro, UE10(CSTM IEMs) or Sennheiser PXC450
Also if you want best sounding compact portable rig without using external AMPs and cables then go for Kenwood new 60GB DAPs. It has internal AMPs and it's simply one of best sounding DAPs.
post #43 of 70
My Personal Ultimate:
80GB iMod
Super Cotton with charging capability
vCap dock
Salt and Pepper RCA
LISA III
UE-11

I would also through in an iMod super cotton dock and Corda Move for smaller and more portability in a hurry. If you don't like the UE11, try the ultrasone edition 9.
post #44 of 70
have any of these even reached his 4.5k budget?
post #45 of 70
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Originally Posted by Sparda View Post
How much is the Pacemaker going for? It looks really weird but if it truly sounds good and coupled with the large 120GB HDD I would be happy. The spdif is also a plus.
520 euros.
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