Hi, I hope I'm in the right topic to ask this sort of question.
For starters, I'll try to summarize what it is that led me to initially purchase the er4s.
- Highly recommended.
- Described as analytical.
- Something I could grow with.
I've had them for 8 years now and have loved them more and more over time. This brings me to my question. I'm looking for a portable setup. Out of the mp3 player itself, I have the following preferences.
-SDHC or SD compatible
-At least 4 hours of battery life. I would love to have 8 hours.
-No touchscreen or video. (this is the lowest importance, if there is the slightest increase in quality elsewhere, I would take these two things over my preference for not having them.)
-Size makes no difference to me.
I'll now try to describe my child-like perception of what I appreciate in audio.
-I'm not knowledgeable, so I can only describe my sound preference as being "like" the er4s. I would describe this as being opposed to something that tries to be "complementary" to the er4s, or something that will mean to affect the er4s to be other than flat or more "warm".
-I listen almost exclusively to piano and string.
-I could care less about bass.
-Size is meaningless to me, I would have no qualms carrying around a brick if it was competitively priced and better quality than a smaller amp.
I plan to purchase a music player, amp, and interconnect cable (is that everything?). My budget right now is ~$100. I realize that this price setup will not take full advantage of the er4s. I'm looking to start low, and eventually I may get a nicer setup. I was thinking about purchasing the following.
-This cable? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3-5mm-to-3-5mm-plug-headphone-cable-for-headphone-amplifier-Black-cable-/281044134669?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item416f892b0d
So, on to the questions.
-Is there anything that stands out here as being unnecessary or clearly limiting? (besides everything to the er4s)
-Are any of these on the edge of a jump in quality? Is there one of these components that I could spend ~30-40 more on and gain a noticeably appreciable difference in sound quality?
-I've read that the Clip+ can push the er4s by itself. Am I wrong in assuming there is good reason to use an amp with it? Sound quality?
I saw a post where a person had an image that showed "clip+amp+er4s=love", so I am feeling a bit confident in this proposed setup.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my post.