Ladies and Gentlemen,
7 months ago, I purchased UE 18 Pro and a FiiO E7 to accompany my iPhone 4S. Idea was simple; Some brilliant CIEMs to accompany me on a daily basis while strolling, training, etc. After getting married, I wanted music on the go as "time" to sit down listening - like in the "old" days - are none existent.
Anyway, the UE 18 Pro and the E7 was a tremendous step forward for me - in any way - compared to the Grado GR10 and iPhone alone. Now I want to take it one step further soundwise and I'm looking for a good amp / solution to partner up on my daily routines.
Cost is not an issue, portability is somewhat important, battery life and good sound is important. And I still want the iPhone 4S (or 5 when that arrives) as "storage" in order to not have both a phone and a stereo on the go; Although I live too close to the artic circle for my liking, I don't want another backpack just for my music...
Mostly listening to hip hop, r&b, some pop and rock, as well as more progressive metal (like Linkin Park). Using Apple lossless format. Like open airy sound with clarity, separation and punch but need to be holistic. Dont play to loud and in general like low volume to be able to listen to details and lyrics. Headphones are not an option after receiving the 18 Pro.
So far I have been looking at loads of reviews and somehow ended up with the Pico slim and TTVJ slim. And now also the ALO RX MK III. And after all this research, I still dont know what to do. And there are not any stores carrying this kind of stuff around here, so buying upon your advice is my only choice.
The pico and TTVJ will definitely be easier handling on the go but how is the sound compared to the mkIII? Are both a significant step up from the E7? Are both on par with the Fostex P1-H1 soundwise or there around? Will both pair well with UE 18 Pro?
And then it is the MKIII. How will that fit? Is it to powerful/to much gain? How to handle that? Just to much in general? To big? Batteri life?
Although I see that this forum have a preference for JH 16, did I go wrong with the UE 18 Pro and need to replace these with JH 16 or Heir 8.a to be able to get further?
Any thoughts and help for new setup is welcome.
+1 with the Fostex as an all in one solution vs. MKIII and CLAS