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post #3451 of 6166

Damn.. we are all doing it wrong. Just buy an iPhone 5 = audio nirvana

post #3452 of 6166
For portable setup, should we invest from most to least in below order:

1.iem/ciem
2. Amp
3. DAC
4. Transport
5. Cables

Of coz you can combine 2-4, 2-3 or 3-4
post #3453 of 6166

0. Music.

post #3454 of 6166
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0. Music.

+1,000,000! After all, what is the whole point of all of this stuff! wink.gif
post #3455 of 6166
A little more on the Van Nuys Case for the AK120, latched onto my satchel shoulder strap.

post #3456 of 6166
Music is not gear so separate budget... Operating budget
post #3457 of 6166
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A little more on the Van Nuys Case for the AK120, latched onto my satchel shoulder strap.

-_-, sigh... I hate you soooo much...

post #3458 of 6166
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

For portable setup, should we invest from most to least in below order:

1.iem/ciem
2. Amp
3. DAC
4. Transport
5. Cables

Of coz you can combine 2-4, 2-3 or 3-4


My choice is 1>4>5 as I prefer minimal set-up.

But the transport needs to have good built-in Amp and DAC.

post #3459 of 6166

Source is the most important piece of all - no question about that. If you can diymod, I am sure you can find a amazing source with your favorite caps with little cost including a diylod. Spend another 1 grand or even less for both iems and amp you can simply forget about what other head-fi'ers are doing. But true audiophiles are never satisfied with gears even they are satisfied with music. That's different.

post #3460 of 6166
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Source is the most important piece of all - no question about that. If you can diymod, I am sure you can find a amazing source with your favorite caps with little cost including a diylod. Spend another 1 grand or even less for both iems and amp you can simply forget about what other head-fi'ers are doing. But true audiophiles are never satisfied with gears even they are satisfied with music. That's different.

 

I would dispute that. I’ve heard lots of sources - both home setups and portable - and differences are minor compared to the massive changes in sound quality from different headphones / IEMs.

 

We’re honestly at a point where very capable and good sources (portable or home use) are available without spending a fortune. I’m not saying there’s zero differences between sources. I’m saying they are absolutely minor compared to the differences in transducers.

post #3461 of 6166

I agree the IEM or headphone itself would be the biggest upgrade. But then again having the appropriate sources to drive them to their full potential can also be quite large. Add it all up and it's nothing small IMO.
 

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I would dispute that. I’ve heard lots of sources - both home setups and portable - and differences are minor compared to the massive changes in sound quality from different headphones / IEMs.

 

We’re honestly at a point where very capable and good sources (portable or home use) are available without spending a fortune. I’m not saying there’s zero differences between sources. I’m saying they are absolutely minor compared to the differences in transducers.


I speak from my own diymod experience. I have tried many many different caps from 4.7uf to 3,000,000 uf and some difference made is big (hate to use the words day and night). It makes me to appreciate the iems and amps I have. No iems or amps will clean the dust created by the circuit, period. Even the lod's make quite difference immediately before amping. I am glad I can experiment and hear all these differences myself.

post #3463 of 6166

It is very likely that RWAK120-S  ($1890) will be the best source available in the market. How much does one need to provision for amp, earphone/headphones and cables to sort of reach a very short but highly satisfying "end game" state?

post #3464 of 6166

That's really all subjective and will come down to you. Personally if I was to go to that extreme to forsake using my DAP as a standalone and requiring an amp I'd go for a TOTL amp to get all that I can. Along the Lines of the Triad L3. Otherwise I wouldn't bother as the amp section would still be a limiting factor in the equation. But I guess it's all about balancing portability and sacrificing some sound at the same time. Just depends on what your needs are.
 

post #3465 of 6166
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

It is very likely that RWAK120-S  ($1890) will be the best source available in the market. How much does one need to provision for amp, earphone/headphones and cables to sort of reach a very short but highly satisfying "end game" state?

 

This is a question impossible to answer without knowing the wants, needs, budget of the listener as well as his or her experience in audio.

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