I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to high end audio. My previous earphone was Westone UM2 and it crapped out on me a couple of months back. I decided to treat myself and spring for the Westone 4 for my 25th birthday in April. I love them and don't regret the purchase at all. I've got a couple of questions I was hoping you guys could help me with though. My current MP3 players are a Sansa Clip+ for FLAC, 80 GB iPod classic (5th gen), and my phone (HTC Desire HD). I am currently just using those and my IEM. No amp, no modifications, nothing. I've started to think I haven't even come close to listening to the W4's full potential.
Would a portable amp, like the iQube, or modifications, such as an iMod, really improve my listening experience? If so, by how much? I'm not scared of spending a couple hundred dollars on them - if they're really worth it - as long as I use them all the time. Whatever upgrades I make must be portable. I pretty much live out of a backpack at the moment. I travel for work and when I'm not working I travel for fun :D
What's the cheapest upgrade I can make that will make the biggest difference? What's the best upgrade, period? Any upgrades that might be considered essential?
If it makes any difference, I listen to everything. Classical, pop, rock, indie. Even the odd country song. Not much rap, but occasionally I dig 90's hip-hop.
I should mention that I've tried a couple of different tips of which tri-flanges and shure olives (the smaller size - considering ordering a set of the larger to see if they'll make a better seal) are my favourite. I don't think there's much room for improvement there.
Anyways, I know this is my first post but I've been reading these forums for a long time. It was because of reviews on here that I decided to goet the Westones in the first place. Any help is greatly appreciated.