I've been looking to get a new portable source to play my flac files. I got my self a Sansa Clip + on which I installed Rockbox and it's great but I hate just how small it is. So I keep looking for something better for my headphones and music file type. My headphones are as follows:
V-Moda M-80 Shadow
Westone 1 (now need to be replaced since my Assistance dog brought them to me and crushed one of the earphone and the driver got damaged)
Beats Solo HD ( I know, I know!!! in my defence I got these before I started learning about headphones and the wonderful world of audio. I was a sucker for the looks and the hype)
Might be getting the Atomic floyd SuperDarts (Have not yet researched these)
I mostly have 320kbps mp3 since my portable sources are Apple products (iPhone 4 8gb, iPod Touch 5th gen 64gb, iPod Classic 120gb 6th gen, a dead iPod Video 60gb 5th gen and an iPod Nano 16gb) Yes I will be selling some of those. Since I started following this forum about 3 monts ago, I also started updating my music collection to Flac and using Amarra instead of iTunes on my Macbook. So I want my player to support Lossless file types.
So I'm looking at HiFiman's DAPs HM-601, HM-602 and the Roccos. But there is the Rocco-BA and the Rocco-P and I'm not sure which would be better for my headphones? I also heard of Cowon but I can't find where to by them. I could also get my broken ipod fixed and completely customize it but I'm not even sure what's wrong with it and if I have to start by changing the board or the hard drive, it might be cheaper to find a used one and start modding right away.
There you have it, as you can see I am really at a lost here. A couple months ago, I only knew of Apple and SanDisc as portable players. But now, I'm devoting time, money and mind to learning and enjoying my music in high quality sound. So what would you suggest a wannabe audiophile with a budget of around 300$.
Your insight will be much appreciated
Thanks for your time