I've been suffering with the 3GS and RE2 during my 1+ hour commute for the past several months. I had originally chalked this up to the RE2, but had a revelation after playing around with an LOD, several amps and headphones today:
Headphones: SR125i, KSC75, RE2
Amps: LD 1+, Headroom Micro
The RE2 isn't the culprit. It's quite usable with other amps and sources. I've been using it all a.m. to block out the sound of the air conditioner. It certainly doesn't match the SQ of my CD player/DAC and SR125i, but it would be good enough for commuting with a decent source.
SQ using the 3GS headphone out is dreadful - shrill and lifeless. Essentially unusable IMO with any of the headphones listed above.
SQ using the 3GS/LOD and any of the above amps/headphones (including RE2) is acceptable for commuting.
I need recommendations for a transparent amp that will allow me to use the 3GS with an LOD and fit in my front pants pocket. Really just something that will allow for use of the LOD. Obviously, smaller is better. Any thoughts about the Fiio E5?
Or do I look for a cheap DAP (Sansa Fuze? Clip?) that will fit in my shirt pocket and just use the 3GS for its other features (all that good 32GB gone to waste...)?
Edited by nycbone - 7/16/10 at 8:10am