I lost my Cowon J3 with FIIO E17 and I feel very empty. So I plan on rebuilding another humble gear to completely fill the void. The question is whether to hunt for a used J3 or just move on to whatever is out there.
Cowon J3 was perfect for my needs. It can withstand abuse of tight jean pockets, complete tactile buttons, and really good battery life. Aside from SQ, the latter 2 are what gets me hesitant to go for either Fiio X3 or iBasso DX50. I need long battery life for my usage. There's Cowon X7 but size, lack of tactile buttons, and screen I don't really care about (I'm not fond of paying for features I won't use... like a big screen for a music player). There's the X9 too, that solves my tactile button problems, but imagining it attached to another portable amp like a FIIO E11 (or something else), just looks like mismatch, along with the screen I don't really like.
I'm still saving up for the gear, I'm a little flexible with price but don't ask me to get AKs. I noticed that the longer time passes, the more J3 seems to get expensive, to the point they go against the prices of X3 and DX50. X3's downfall for me is battery life. 10 hours simply isn't enough. DX50's battery life might not satisfy me but I read that its battery is just the same as Samsung S3 (which I got some batteries of those).
So I don't know where to start and I'm asking for input. Should I keep looking for a used J3 or should I just get one of the new models coming up?
BTW I use Beyer 770 Pro 250 and ATM50. I don't use IEMs and have plans of getting HD800 to rock with this future gear. And uhh... I chose E11 amp because of its replaceable battery although I'd really want an O2 too... but I guess that's should be decided some other time.
Help me fill the void please.
Edited by Phoenix Jackson - 11/14/13 at 1:00am