So what are the differences? I am primarily using my Shure SE535LTDs. I have a Fostex HP-P1 on it's way to me Tuesday and I also have a Gen5.5 DIYMod coming but don't have access to a SR-71B to try it out. I will end up either keeping the Fostex or sell/swap it in for a SR-71B. I do have a Tomahawk but not sure if Tomahawk can match SR-71B in balanced output sound quality wise? Reason I ask is no matter how good this Fostex HP-P1 is, I honestly LOVE my Tomahawk's sound to bits so I can't help wonder what the SR-71B has to offer. I also may go with some high end headphones later on such as HS650's and would love to try balanced output.
So basically we're talking
1) Ipod 5.5gen Wolfson WM8758 16bit/44Khz, amp bypassed DIYMod style, DIYMod LOD into the phase splitter in the SR-71B, quad mono amp into balanced output custom cables to Shures
2) Ipod 6th or 7th gen Cirrus DAC chip into Fostex's 32-bit DAC (AKM4480) and inbuilt amp to single ended output to Shures
I know there's a lot of info on the CLAS vs Fostex debate, but I cannot bring myself to carry 3 devices so I think it's out of the question. Besides I wonder how much better a separate DAC is compared to a DIYMod with Wolfson DAC? Doesn't the CLAS have a Wolfson DAC chip too? Surely it can't be leaps and bounds better than the difference between a single and balanced output? But I digress...
I've basically done a google search and read the first 3 pages of results and have not found anything conclusive other than what member EvolutionX has to say about it here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/577387/clas-protector-or-fostex-hpp1-for-jh13s
ALSO: is there any hissing on the HP-P1 with sensitive IEMs? I guess I will find this out on Tuesday
Any additional info would be great help!
Edited by Lillee - 2/23/12 at 4:37pm