At this stage $300 is too much, but the ad700 at under $100 is tempting, especially in the short term. I could upgrade from there without too much "lost money".
Yes, this place is evil, very evil! No shortage of opportunities to spend your money. I may save up for a better open can though, if I can resist the temptation long enough.
Huh. I haven't rockboxed my 6g as I use it in my car stereo, and rockboxing breaks that compatibility. I have however rockboxed a 5G 30GB. However, it had some HDD issues, and I was only able to copy about 2 songs onto it. I didn't notice any night and day differences between the two DACs, but then again I didn't do any extensive A/B testing though. Just quick "how do both of these sound going into my O2 and out to my HD600s" type of test.
Hmm, I'm doubtful that the AD700 will sound as good as the MD, and I actually found the overall sound of the MD to be superior to the HD600.
See my post above to Matt regarding my opinions on the HD600 and AD700... Maybe save up your money for something from HifiMan?
Or just buy another set of Mad Dogs!
I've read a lot of good things about the HifiMan so I might just put a pair on the "need to try" list.
If you're looking to get a similar sound in an open can, my only real recommendation is the HD650. It's possible to find a used HD650 for $250 or less, especially if you don't mind one with a little bit of the paint chipping (that's what I did). If you're looking for something you could also use for an alternative sound signature, then Grado could be a decent alternative.
Yeah, the HD600/650 seem to come up quite a bit. I guess I should give them a listen and see what all the fuss is about.