Hi...... I have been looking to purchase either the Astell & Kern 120, the newest HiFI Man portable, and the others mentioned here and really can't ascertain which is the best. I like the ability of the A&K to be used as a DAC but think it's overpriced and wonder if it needs to be altered by ALO with better chips. I live on Long Island and would love to audition all of them but have no idea where! I would bring my Sennheiser 650s and Grado RS1s with Moon Audio silver dragon cables if I knew where in NYC to go. Does anybody have any recommendations of which sounds the best? I use the Predator portable amp with ALO cable to drive my equipment. I'm really confused when I see somebody here with the A&KSLA & SLE 120 looking to buy something I know little about. My regular equipment is the original Marantz tubed model 7 preamp, model 8 amp, 10b tuner, California Audio Icon MK2, going through my mirror imaged Dahlquist DQ 10s. I have Cary SLA & SLE tube amp and preamp as backups. Almost as good as Marantz!
I listen to headphones a lot; which portables deserve to be auditioned for Folk, Jazz,Classic Rock, and some Classical. Thanks, Bob