To the OP, you just made me spend $160! :)
After plunking down full cost for my Note 3 on Verizon (in order to keep my unlimited data) I decided to maximize my smartphone by picking up a pair of ATH-M50 ($115). Not too impressed with the flat sound I picked up the FiiO E11 ($53). Big improvement for such a small price but I decided to give the Mont Blanc E12 a shot ($106) since they seem to increase performance for a still modest sum. Well that hasn't even arrived in the mail yet but the temptation of a 3,500 mAh battery in the E18 vs. the E12's ~800 mAh's was too great to resist. I spend 15+ hours a week on trains, busses and take at least one 3 hour flight per month. I also craved the convenience of track selection without having to mess with the Note 3's screen. I got too used to that convenience from my LG Tone BT headphones, as well as its AWESOME battery life. The ability to adjust volue by turning a knob from inside my coat or without having to look down is nice on the FiiO's as well.
Great forum, I was completley new to any audiophile anything up until like two weeks ago. I can't believe I put up with bad sound for so long. It's amazing how many new sounds I can hear from my usual playlists with just the $50 E11.
My strategy was to maximize my phone's functionality. First I picked up the Chromecast for use at home (awesome for YouTube addicts), then I picked up the Nexus 7 wifi tablet (feeding LTE via FoxFi) for downloaded/pinned movie watching. Last night I watched "1" a Formula 1 documentary and the M50's and E11 completely changed the experience, the engines never sounded so alive.
No I didn't. Since I already own the C5, I am not sure I'll want to get the C5D as the two should be pretty much identical sounding on the amp section.
Haha, enjoy your toys!
I want a dac/amp combo for my portable headphone/iems but I'm not sure if I should get the E18 for my Galaxy S4 or the X3 DAP. The X3 costs $40 more but comes with a free Brainwavz R3 iem which retails for $130 on Amazon. I don't really need another iem so I might sell it to cover the price difference. Is the DAC and amp on the E18 so much better than the one on the X3 to warrant getting it?