I juts changed jobs recently and will be spending more time with music on while I work (office setting). My first DAP was an iRiver H120 (loved it until it died) and since then I have been mainly an Apple guy (once I updated all my digital music in iTunes, it seemed to make sense to stay with Appled products). I have a classic 120, 16Gb Nano and 64Gb touch that I use with all my music recorded at 256 VBR MP3. I use Sennheiser HD428's with my iPods.
Now that I am spending more time with my music, I know there has to be better SQ out there. I have been reading through these forums the last couple of days and now have a better idea of what's out there and I now have some questions:
1) Looking to get a Cowon - wanted to go cheaper at first just to see what they are like - I can get an iAudio9 for $130 or an iAudio10 for $140 - would either be better (both are 16Gb)? I only care about playing music.
2) I am debating a 8Gb Clip+ and Rockboxing it - seems cheap to try at $54
3) I was looking at headphones upgrades - in particular the Audio Technica ATHM50 - only $113 online - would these be a solid improvement over the Senn's I have?
4) FLAC or OGG - I'm guessing I would need to re-rip my audio files (I own all of them on CD so I can re-rip them) - suggestions on settings to rip them for better quality?
Any suggestions you guys could offer would be most appreciated. Thanks!!!!