Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman
LoveAndHonor, this might be slightly unrelated to thread topic but how portable do you find your Ipods with the D12 and Pro 900s are? I am looking to eventually get a similar setup, and i have almost saved up enough for the Pro 900s. After that I think I will try to get the Ibasso Toucan and glean the benefits of balanced circuitry. I am very excited by you descriptions of the Pro 900s sound!
I was going to write a lengthy description of how portable the D12 is... However, I think pictures will do a much better job.
I paired the D12 with both the iPod Classic and Touch (both of them are protected in hard cases). Judge by yourself.
As you can see, there is a significant difference in portability between the two combos. For a daily use, I'd recommend using the iPod touch + D12 rather than the Classic + D12. However, I still haven't used this combo outside. This is because I think the sound quality is much better with the Classic (I compared both of them using the LOD). Moreover I would have to carry a bag around because I would be worried about dropping it or damaging it. On top of that, I rarely sit through an entire album these days and I'm always switching between songs. That means I'd have to reach my Classic + D12 inside the bag almost every 4-5 minutes. Doesn't seem too practical, right? But if I had to go on trips, etc... then I definitely recommend this combo.
All of this is just my opinion and maybe the latest generations of iPod Touch are much better sounding. Mine is from the 2nd Generation (supposedly built with a Wolfson chip and not a Cirrus chip like other iPods) but for daily use, I think you're better off with an iPod touch. Although I don't know how big the Toucan is...
I'll mod my Pro900s soon. If the sound quality happens to increase noticeably, I'll report it here.