I agree with some of the earlier threads in that "to each their own". To the extent that anyone wants to leave portable hifi because it is too silly then be my guest. I for one think it is a valuable pursuit. I am currently stuck on an extended business trip and I am currently listening to my UM Miracles with Clas Solo and Pico Slim and iPod classic and it is great to have this quality of sound in a "portable rig" or "transportable rig". It means I can have a high quality sound that will tide me over until I can once again listen to my two channel rig at home.
That pretty much sums up my feelings nicely.
I still remember putting on my first cassette walkman in 1980 and being blown away. As a music loving kid that travelled a lot good portable audio is a godsend.
I've been through, cassettes and cd walkmans then iPods. I still re ember upgrading my sony walkman headphones to Koss port pros when they came out.
Not long ago I was snowmobiling through deep snow in sun blasted High Arctic fjords while listening to Chopin's nocturnes in high quality audio; an experience I treasure and no doubt will remember for a long time to come.
I'm not done looking for better sound and a better way to consume it. The journey is half the fun and I'm enjoying myself considerably.
I think the thread title is silly and sounds hilariously pretentious. I only read the title--just too silly to read further... Just reading some comments for fun. I agree with IceClass. I enjoy walking on campus and/or snowboarding where there's tons of ambient noise. Ill just use the best i can and enjoy all the more. I'm sure I haven't heard the best of the best in audio, but that's fine with me...guess I'm just silly like that or not hifi enough.
EDIT: Haha, looks like I read the book by its cover..just read the original post and it makes a lot of sense in many ways. I've come upon some of these conclusions myself and have come to love my $25 purchase of my second hand hfi-550 the most pretty much, after starting off trying to find the most balanced headphones in my price range I'd say DT880....and the most neutral DAP (debatable)..iPod 5.5 gen, but found that I love a warmer coloured sound more.
Anyway, I guess I'm among the scores of newbie headfiers who've invaded this board. I think the OP is choosing to live in harsh reality when it comes to portable hifi, while I am choosing to live in ignorant non-hifi bliss.
Edited by hyogen - 5/26/12 at 1:50am