Originally Posted by altaxc
My source will be a portable hard drive run from my laptop playing lossless, and yes I think the laptop doesn't have the greatest soundcard.
Assuming I had $300 to spend on used equipment, what would your advice be?
Right now I was thinking along the lines of a used ibasso amp/dac w/ etymotics or triplefi10. What would you do in my situation?
How much will the used iBasso set you back?
Also depends on what you were using before too. For example, you could be using lower end stuff so the moment you go to the 200 price point, you'll experience a real difference. But if you've been using stuff that costs 50-100,the difference in the sonic difference will be less.
Let me know what the used cost is first and then I might be able to give a better input. Thing is though, if you haven't heard better, you'd still be able to appreciate gear without spending too much.
I'd say, think about how much you value sonic differences, how much you are willing to spend without feeling uncomfortable (I assume the budget you stated).
I'd definitely look at getting a dac though, at the very least and the lower to mid tier earphones don't benefit a whole lot from amping so an amp, if it doesn't come with the dac, would be the lowest priority for me.