First of all, let me congratulate you for this forums. I have learned more about portable audio this last week than in the last 33 years, and I am having incredible fun dwelling in all this info lying around here.
Of course, I won't say that I consider myself an audiophile. But I know that I do love music, and that find my standard portable audio experience lacking. As my recently lost my old mp3 player, I am looking forward to acquiring a new one, but this time spending some more money in order to get better sound.
After a bit of reading around here, I think that I have decided on an Ipod Classic 6th gen with a Fiio e11. The Ipod mainly because i really like the physical interface and that I do need to carry all those megs around. And the Fiio e11 because it seems to me it is the option that suits me best after reading the great "10 portable amps under 100". As it seems that the general consensus is that the Ipod DAC is pretty decent for entry level I am going to skip buying one, and dedicate around 150 euros on a good (well, I mean better than I usually had) pair of headphones. Wich is where I got a little lost and would really like some advice about.
First of all, I have rather sensible ears. I love snug headphones, but those witch are too fit or a bid hard on the ears hurt me a lot after one hour. And IEMs do hurt even more after a while. Another handicap is that I have a rather big head, and quite a few of the medium sized (portable? like WESC ones) ones don't even have enough headband (is that the correct term? sorry, English is not my main) to fit over my head. So, I think I need a big, snug, pair.
The music I mainly enjoy is very eclectic. To narrow it, I would say that I enjoy most the noisier tints of Pop, but have room for a lot of the music made in the last 40 years. If it serves as and example, while writing this I jumped from Beach Boys to Divine Comedy, to Teenage Fanclub, to Guided by Voices, to Built to spill, to Sonic Youth. So I'd like something which lets me feel the full strength of Thurston Moore hurting a guitar but doesn't leave out enjoying Brian Wilson vocals.
As I said before, I am looking forward to spend around 150 euros on a good pair. I could try to wait one month and make it to 200 if the difference would be quite noticeable. And would really appreciate any advice I could get from the community. Of course, If you thing the choice of the rest of the rig could be much better than the Ipod/Fiio combo, please do tell me.
I understand I may come as a bit rude to just create an account an come asking for all this help in one day, but I hope this will be my very first step in a community I really want to be a part of.
Thanks in advance for any help given. And nice meeting you all.