I'm going to be going on vacation to Japan this summer so I've been looking for a good portable music player with good sound quality. I currently just use my iPhone 4S (with Ultrasone HFI-580's) and I hate the sound quality it has when connected to my phone. I'm not an extreme audiophile, but I can tell good sound quality. I currently use my HFI-580's most of the time connected to my desktop w/ a sound card (HT Omega Striker 7.1). The bass is almost nonexistent connected to my iPhone and the clarity suffers as well.
I consider myself an audiophile because I can definitely tell good from meh from bad sound quality.
So bottom line, I'm looking for a portable music player (around or under $200 would be great). I'd honestly want to keep it under 150, but I'm not sure if there's anything out there for that cheap of good quality. So, if there is something under 150 please let me know, otherwise <$200 is fine.
I mainly listen to EDM and rock/metal, about 85% EDM though.
I've been looking at Cowon's and they're all pretty expensive...the i10 is appealing but it is a little over $200 and I just want to make sure I look at all the other options first. Thanks for any help and if you need more info please ask :)