I currently listen on my home rig, which uses a NOS DAC into one of several custom built SE tube amps. I prefer to listen on a 2-way Open Baffle speaker setup. I love the very open and spacious sound. I listen to almost anything. I have an iPod touch and an iPod Classic to start things off as a source.
Quitting my job, selling my house and taking my wife and 4 kids on a one year world tour.
I need a full portable rig. After spending a little time looking through the forum here I'm amazed and overwhelmed by the amount of information and knowledge.
Since there doesn't seem to be a venue to ask for the sort of advice I need it looks like I will have to split up my questions into the separate components I will be needing to acquire.
I tend to lean towards getting an IEM for all the benefits that they offer for my application: supreme portability, noise isolation, small size.
I am also open to getting a small DAC to go with a portable amp. But things need to be small. I'll be carrying it all(and a lot of other travel related junk) literally all over the world.
Which IEM should I go with and why? After reading a little it seems like the EarSonics SM3 would be a good option. But I need something that is robust and will stand the test of continuous travel. Opinions?
After I get settled on this question I will move on to source, possibly a DAC and an amp.