Hey guys, I've been reading and reading and my mind is going to explode. The more I read, the harder it seems to make a decision. At first, I thought I would spend a $1000 and get some decent equipment and see how I go from there. But then I came to my senses and decided I shouldn't get ahead of myself and risk all that money, considering I haven't heard any sound yet!
So, I've decided to buy a set-up on a tight budget and finally listen to some music, which is why I'm doing this in the first place. So basically, I'm looking for a set-up that can function both as a home laptop PC set-up, and a portable one because I skate to work everyday and gym 5 days a week. I don't want IEM's as I actually like having a pair of head-phones on my head (ok, maybe not while gymming). I listen to all kinds of music from John Mayer to Caribou to Jose Gonzalez to Paul Kalkbrenner. Love hip hop/R&B too as I love dancing (i.e. Trey Songz). Don't mind classical when I'm trying to be intellectual, or Rock when I'm trying to get amped for the weights. I've been stocking up on FLAC music so I can't wait to get into the audio-orgy.
This is what I'm sort of looking at now: Grado SR-60i's for the "Grado sound" which I haven't heard yet, but apparently it's good. However, the bass isn't good according to comments and not very good outdoors. I like the Grado look though, and I'm not terribly fazed about the retro-look, in fact I think it's beautiful. So I'm thinking I will need to pair it with an amp. So I hear that the Fiio E5 is the way to go for entry-level amps (a bit more volume and bass boosting?). As for the source, I'm thinking bout getting the Sanza Clip 2GB, however can this play FLAC music? If not, does that mean I have to get rockbox? Is this hard to do? With 2GB, I could probably only fit a few songs in, I don't mind as I don't intend to carry my whole library around with me. Apparently the Sanza Clip sound is not too shabby?
And with amp to source connectors, is that what you call an LOD? Are there any differences in LODs? Can I just use a standard mini-mini connector?
Pardon the silly and noobish questions, my audio dreams are probably dwarfed by your mega collections. You may not think it, but I would absolutely loveee to hear your opinions and put-downs. Your opinions will be very valuable to me and my journey into learning more. I would also love to know some of the music you guys listen to everyday, swear by it and helped get you through thick and thin. I'm always up for good chill-out indie music.
Please, audio-gurus, with your power of hindsight and experience, I would like to hear what you think!