So you know the score.....you've got your rig at home, you've your source and collection sorted....and what with location/portability not being an issue, all is fine and dandy. But what if...
you gave it all up, quit the rat race and went round the world for 8 months? What would you take? You've 23kgs (plus some of another 23 if you can sneak into your wife's/partner's/husband's bag), so you have got to be frugal. Chances are you'll want to have the whole rig with you all the time (i.e. not leave it to the baggage handlers in Bogota!) so it'll have to fit into a carry on back pack.
Let's assume "money no object", but temper this with a "realistically would I be able to listen to them happily?" frame of mind. E.g. all well and good having a pair of open backed headphones as your full set, but on a flight, that would be useless. Wouldn't a pair of Bose QC15s (pause for audiophile snickering) be better for the films and then a pair of quality IEMs for when you want to sleep. IEMs are so small, they'd be easy to carry (I am doing it and it works).
Anyway, before I ramble on....(I seem to have already)....I wondered if the highly opinionated bunch out here would have an idea ;o)
Current set up:
iPod Classic 160GB
Graham Slee Voyager
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth
1) gaping hole in the DAC section.....I use the Voyager to up the output of the iPod to the Soundlink speaker and give the films a bigger soundstage on the QC15s, but realise I am reliant on the DAC of the iPod and MBAir. Currently trying to discover the delivery estimate on the HiFiM8 and a delivery address to correlate with this. Loving the look of the HiFiM8
2) Could squeeze in one more full size pair.....open backed or closed?
3) Reliance on Bose....nicht gut! Unfortunately nobody does active sound cancelling better than them and if you're going to actively noise cancel, then what's the point of super hifi sound reproduction amongst that white noise? The Soundlink is simply the best sounding portable rig out there for the size. Would love the portable rig that Centrance do....very sexy, but would need my own jet for that!
4) Cables need upgrading (using duty free store bought cables at the moment)
Over to you .....now I pause, draw breath and wait for the tumbleweed :)
PS - Source = Mac so MUST have ability to draw the encrypted digital output of Mac sources
Ray Sammuel sr71b or ALO RXMkIII with CypherLabs AlgoRhythm Solo -dB