My name is Edoardo, i'm 17 years old and i live in Italy, near Rome.
I started searching for everything concerning about hi-fi music listening because since i've started playing guitar i noticed that i'm quite disappointed about the quality of my listening on my iPod.
First: i own an iPod Classic 5 g (the last with the hard drive and the DAC Wolfson WM8975) 60 gb and the Akg K518LE and i listen most to Heavy Metal, Hard Rock but i listen also a lot to Prog Rock/Metal, Folk Metal, Southern Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion and some Country (i think i've wrote down every genre, but that's it).
I've to say most of time i listen to music in my room, with the home theatre and the CDs and i am quite satisfied with that but, as i said, i want to improve my "itinerant" listening.
At first i thought i had to change my iPod with a newer version hoping it would have sounded better but i've tried the new iPod Touch 5g and i found out that is not like that. I mean, i think it's better in someway but not in someothers. Imho (remember i'm a newbie ) the iPod Touch sounds brighter, with a general more definition while the Classic i have, sounds warmer and darker someway. In addition i removed the volume limit imposed by EU on my iPod (i saw that on the Touch 5g you can disable it just by going into settings but, i assure, it's not the same) and mine is much louder and this is important for me because i use my iPod mostly on busses or trains and i have to cover the noises (i know it depends from the headphones too, but i find the k518 quite suitable to this, even though they're not loud).
Then i began to search for others audio portable hi-fi devices and i found Astell & Kern products, which have a various price range and i don't know how to move in this field. Then i decided to try the iPod as a source, connecting it to the home teatre and i found out that is not so bad as it seems to be hearing by headphones (even tough they're mp3 320kbs and the differences with the CDs quality are, to my ears, enormous). So i tought the problem was due to my headphone and i started searching about that and i read about portable amps (i didn't even know they existed!).
The point is: i do not know what to change. The iPod? The headphones? Should i buy a portable amp without changing anything? Should i buy an amp and new headphones? Should i re-convert my CDs to a better quality than 320kbs mp3s? (please answer "no" because it's a lot of work! I've like 35gb of music in my iPod and it took a lot of time to convert every single CD in mp3, i don't want to imagine what it would mean to re-do everything converting in a higher quality format, even considering that i don't know if 60gb would be enough).
Considering that my budget is around 400-500 €, what do you suggest me?
Sorry if i wrote a lot and sorry if there are some grammatical errors.
Thank you very much!
Edited by Edo2 - 11/27/13 at 6:00am