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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
How much are you prepared to spend?
The portable sounds market is primarily driven by price,style,funtions,storage,size.
But not sound.[I know this can be applied to most mass markets]
At least the standalone audio market has a sound quality driven
sector.
But I know we and no doubt plenty of people given the chioce
would prioritise sound quality,but that as you know comes at a price premium.
People in all walks of life are prepared to hock themselves to the
eyeballs for all sorts of material goods if the motivation and financial confidence is there.

I am not necessarily advocating Wadia portables[yum yum]
but with the growth of super memory systems etc [see fuji,s site]
sacd etc + conventional cd,the development of super quiet power
supplies,battery technology etc,it is all there.

It is just down to consumer pressure. I know I am probably being
naive but you live in hope, or try to assemble some kit in the way
some of us do to try to optimize what already exists.

Anyway I love portable audio even with the attendant problems
that the listening enviroment can bring.

I would [cash allowing] be prepared to spend up to $2000
on a blinding cd player with a full complement of outputs and the ability to drive most phones.
ie portable Arcam cd23 sound price point.

Obviously headphones have got to fit into the total equation some where and I belive Kevin Gilmore [seen at headwize]
uses a Stax Omega2 in his portable rig and I would just bet he
would like to complement that with a better cd unit.

miniaturized Omega/ wadia rig... dream...dream
post #2 of 6
I think today's portables (MD, PCD, even MP3@128kbit) are actually at higher sound quality than the consumer market demands.

Most people use the supplied earplugs, and someone who spends $20 on new portable headphones can be considered a relative 'audiophile'.

While commuting daily in the subway, I hardly ever notice someone who wears non-****ty headphones with their portable.

I think due to the small market of true high quality portable audio, a realistic way might be modification of existing hardware f.e. with better components by enthusiasts, although I must admit that I do not know in which respect that is possible with today's highly miniaturised hardware.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by pawwh98
I think today's portables (MD, PCD, even MP3@128kbit) are actually at higher sound quality than the consumer market demands.

Most people use the supplied earplugs, and someone who spends $20 on new portable headphones can be considered a relative 'audiophile'.

While commuting daily in the subway, I hardly ever notice someone who wears non-****ty headphones with their portable.

I think due to the small market of true high quality portable audio, a realistic way might be modification of existing hardware f.e. with better components by enthusiasts, although I must admit that I do not know in which respect that is possible with today's highly miniaturised hardware.
Yup
I sadly agree.......thank the Lord!
post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally posted by pawwh98
Most people use the supplied earplugs, and someone who spends $20 on new portable headphones can be considered a relative 'audiophile'.

While commuting daily in the subway, I hardly ever notice someone who wears non-****ty headphones with their portable.
I agree as well, i tend to notice a lot of Coby users...lol. COBY?!

George
post #5 of 6
hehehe, I recently noticed that brand too . . .
post #6 of 6
No way! I've never see anyone wearing Coby's! (Thank God!)
Maybe they're only sold in Canada?
I see lots of stock earbuds, Sony 'w.ear' q33's, sony streetstyles, sony e818's, and stock earbuds.
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