I'm not quite sure which forum this belongs in, but this seemed like an ok start.
About four three years ago, I got myself a pair of HFI-580s, and I've loved them ever since. I listen to at least three hours of music a day, and making music is a very big part of my life. I've been powering my headphones from my Windows Phone, which has a Dolby audio chip, for whatever that's worth.
Recently, I swear I've been able to hear distortion in my music, particularly on snare and cymbal hits. I can hear the weird echo-y shimmer of an overly compressed mp3. The thing is, I'm all my music files are of relatively high quality. Flac is inconvenient for me, so I keep all my files as wavs which presumably get converted to mp3 when I copy them to my phone. I want to know where to go from here. What is my best option for a high quality very portable music rig? I have an iPod, so would it be worth it to get a dac that can read the raw files off the player? Should I get a player that can play wavs? Should I just ditch portable and get used to listening through a dac connected to my computer? Or are my audio files really the problem? Thanks for reading! I can't tell you how much I love this forum.