Originally Posted by reddragon
mind explaining why the dx100 didnt work out for you? because it may be a hidden dealbreaker thats not going to work out for me as well... so was it sound quality not quite up there? UI?
Originally Posted by lee730
I'd have skipped the Bose all together lol. That would have saved me at least $500.00. I kinda did make a big jump starting with the IE8s IMO. In those terms I don't regret the purchases as it gave me a feel of each tier so I knew what I was dealing with. But you do end up wasting some money selling and repurchasing items. But for me it wasn't really a waste in terms of experience you gain. So there are pros and cons.
Regarding customNuts comments I agree on a good desktop setup (also quite expensive depending on what you get) outclassing any portable rig. But I'm also curious what firmware was on his DX100 as it wasn't worth owning up until 1.1.7. Then 1.2.7 made it at least comparable to my desktop rig in terms of overall sound quality. Having this in a portable rig is amazing for me. I didn't expect to get such performance out of this product but ibasso has really done it with the latest firmware update. Using it with a portable amp just makes it all the more better.
I'm not sure of the number on the firmware but it would have been the earlier one. I was an early adopter and only kept it for a month. So that's assuring as firmware can improve things noticeably. So Reddraggon your best listening to guys like lee730 who has had both firmwares. Also, to consider was I own balanced desktop rigs that blew the dx100 out of the water so my ears had been devirginised so to speak! But when I compared it to even cheaper components like the Yulong d100, the ibasso felt short. The D18 was another big step up.
@reddragon, I have spent a fortune going up the ladder in head-fi. Now I highly recommend the journey, you don't want to go straight to the top - but - I could have saved heaps by skipping a few steps. I would highly recommend going straight for that awesome value section around 4-500 bucks give or take. So iem's go for the likes of senn ie8/ie80. Dacs - Yulong D100 and up, Audio-gd nfb-10se and up, headphones senn hd600/650, grado ps500, denon d2/5/7000 . And if going desktop, go balanced! You can for peanuts these days.
I have bought and sold a lot of devices/cans around this value so if you have any questions, let me know.