Been lurking for a while trying to figure out my next step on the road to audiophile, and having failed to find the answer I'd value your advice please.
I'm a long-time OSX/iTunes user (since the beginning) and had been using an iPhone with a pair of Bose IEMs. Music taste is very mixed, often dance/trance when commuting but classical/rock at work, 20+ hours a week with 'phones on. Much of my music has been bought from iTunes store in the past, but I've been re-ripping my CDs in ALAC and am now only buying on CD rather than download.
I started with a pair of Monster Turbine Copper IEMs, big mistake - couldn't make them fit with any of the supplied or 3rd-party tips. Then tried a pair of Westone 4r's and I was hooked, absolutely love them.
I've now added a Fiio E12 to my iPhone, which is great, but I want to take the next step. I could try a portable DAC with an iPod classic, which would allow me to carry all my music, but is a bulky solution when wearing a suit. I'm very tempted by the Astell and Kern AK100, I'll have to lie to the wife about what it costs but it's a neat DAP and looks like it'll last the course.
Any suggestions please?