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I'm quite new in this audiophile world and i want to know which gear to upgrade first

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As of today, i am using my old ipod touch 3rd generation, fiio e06 and sony MDR-ZX600. I plan to upgrade one of my gear soon, should i get a new DAP, Headphones or ampli/dac? :) My budget would be not more than $250.

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Here is what I always do when upgrading.  Listed in order of importance.

 

1.) Better source material ( well recorded music )
2.) Better headphone ( go from the Koss Porta Pro and end near the LCD-3 or HD800 )
3.) Better DAC ( especially if you do computer listening )
4.) Better Amp ( some amps deliver less noise and a cleaner low end while extending the treble )
5.) Lastly let your brain filter have time to understand the new sound signature

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Thank you for the fast response. Regarding the first one, does it include the audio player itself or the music per se. As of now, I have my 3rd gen ipod touch, and have songs which are at 320kbps. Should i upgrade my DAP first? and any suggestions? :)

 

Thank you in advance

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As of today, i am using my old iPod touch 3rd generation, Fiio E6 and Sony MDR-ZX600. I plan to upgrade one of my gear soon, should I get a new DAP, Headphones or ampli/dac? :) My budget would be not more than $250.

Buy a good enough DAP and you will not need to buy a separate DAC/amp.

 

Budget DAP setup

Get a Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip ($40) and add a 16GB or 32GB micro-SD memory card ($10-$20),

get the free Rockbox firmware for the Clip Zip and spend the rest of your budget on headphones.

Or for a good value, JVC HA-S500 headphones, $60.

 

I'm also assuming you could make some cash selling off the iPod, E6 and ZX600.

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cant i use my e6 on the JVC? 

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Can't I use my E6 on the JVC? 

I tried using my Fiio E6 with my Clip Zip and JVC headphones, I figured out the E6 really did not improve audio quality over just plugging the JVCs HA-S500 directly into the Clip Zip.

A Fiio E11 might be a better amplifier to use, over the Fiio E6.

 

I had to switch over from the Clip Zip to a Sony E465, because my 49 year old eyes needed a larger screen.

So now I plug the JVCs direclty into the Sony E465.

 

I believe the Cowon DAPs are a step up from the Clip Zip (and Sony E465).

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Originally Posted by Jojo Manahan View Post
 

Thank you for the fast response. Regarding the first one, does it include the audio player itself or the music per se. As of now, I have my 3rd gen ipod touch, and have songs which are at 320kbps. Should i upgrade my DAP first? and any suggestions? :)

 

Thank you in advance

 

Music primarily, but source can matter if you are using a portable player.  This moves onto the amp / DAC section, but the headphone would be next once you have some higher quality music.

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