Well, what are Christmas Bonuses for?
Just treated myself to an iPod classic (silver). Now I'm in absolute heaven... sumptuous, high-fidelity music *and* the ability to skip songs and playlists. Joy.
Listing right now on my (actually surprisingly decent) Sony earbuds.
WOW. I'm in awe of what this Fostex/iPod combo can do. Finally my years of compression all my music losslessly is paying off, and the thing I've been dreaming about for years... portable high-end d/a conversion/amplification for on-the-go listening is in the palm of my hand.
Ok folks, what's next? What headphones should I be considering to audition to really get the most out of this?
By the way on the earbuds I hear *obvious* differences between filter 1 and 2 on the d/a section. Filter 1 sounds a little brighter, a little more colorful with a tad more "bite", but also there's a sibilant edge to many female vocals... the usual "digital audio" sound many of us are used to. But filter 2, while slightly tamer and more laid-back (at first can sound a little less invigorating) really opens up with natural, non-fatiguing vocals that have no sibilance or "ring" and just sound smooth and silky. The difference is subtle, but obvious, and one that makes a difference with any listening session lasting longer than 5 minutes.
Ready for some headphone suggestions folks. Oh, and keep in mind I want to use the Fostex as the amp section... no need for suggesting high-end phones that need beefy desktop amplification (or another amp).
Everything I've thrown at the HP-P1 sounds fantastic. I would recommend the V-Moda M80. Very good sounding portable headphone. V-Sonic GR07 is a really good iem.