I've been PM'ing about this with tupac and AJ, but I would like to know opinion of more 5way users.
Which DAP would you reccomend for 5way?
Currently I have DIY modded iPod Video with DIY class A amp (in my view it is technically on pair with Leckerton Audio UHA-760 w/ AD8620). I have owned dx90 (but before RB was developed on dx90). I had Studio V 3ANW and FiiO X5 (2.0 firmware) on a long-term loan.
I don't want to change the sound signature of 5way (although a little bit decrease of warmth/thickness of 5ways would be preferred). I just want to have a DAP which will squeeze out the best from 5ways. I'm not looking for a decent or just good pair for 5ways, it has to be one of the best sources for 5ways.
I don't care about UI, although I would prefer not have such primitive UI like the one which Studio V 3 ANW has (Studio's UI is actually okey but the fact that while playing a given song I can't go back to the previous menu and I have to go back to to the initial menu disqualifies this player for me). I don't care about any special features like WIFI, bluetooth etc.
The battery life should be at least 10 hours, but 7-8 hours is acceptable. DAP will only feed 5ways and in the near future Harmony 8 Pro as well, so I don't care about headphones etc.
From what I gathered dx100/hdp-r10 would be the best (although a top class amp like Portaphile 627 or Lear FSM-02 could add a little more refinement to the sound). Are there any other choices? I've read that Sony ZX-1 is a good pair for 5ways, but it seems to lack power to be considered as squeezing out all the best from 5ways. Maybe ZX-1 with a good amp (but not the Sony PHA amps) will do the trick? Maybe Hifiman HM-802?
Unfortunately I can't spend more than, let's say, USD 700-800 (although less would be better), so I will not be able to buy Hifiman HM-901, Chord Hugo, Calyx, AK240 or AK120.
Of course I'm interested in second hand DAPs and not only new ones.
Edited by shakur1996 - 9/16/14 at 3:33am