Yesterday I did some listening on my new setup Rockboxed iPod Classic 6G with the Fiio E17 via Fiio LOD. Used the AKG K550 for the occasion while I normally listen using Shure SE215.
Though not entirely bad sound missed some air, soundstage and was a bit dark. I plugged my Macbook Air to feed it with exact samen music through the USB E17 DAC to confirm. After that tried some listening through the Shure SE215 and it was even more unpleasant to my ears. Probably to the extent that I could only do shorter listening sessions. Tried the Macbook-E17-SE215 before which was actually quit good for the IEM. Though using the K550 in that combination rocked ;)
So I want a portable rig, though I can use the macbook sometimes. But would like to upgrade SQ to be able to enjoy.
What would be the best route to upgrade?
replace fiio E17
replace shure SE215 headphone?
Have some 400 Euro in mind but less would be grade of course. If you have some advice please also include some make/model of the proposed DAP, DAC/AMP or headphone.
thxs in advance