I have been fond of listening to music for a long time, but never invested much in it. I have always preferred listening to music with earphone from mp3s stored in my phone. But now I'm planning to upgrade my music listening experience.
Here is what I use for listening to music right now:
[+] Macbook Pro 13" = I listen to music at home from my mac. I sometimes listen to the stored mp3s (mostly 128 kbps, some 256 kbps) and most of the times from youtube.
[+] Bose Companion 2 Series II = This is what I mostly use with my Macbook to listen to.
[+] Phone = Earlier I used to have an iPhone 4, then I switched to Nokia Lumia 920. I listen to my Lumia a lot via Samsung EHS49AS0ME (one of the cheapest ear bud in the market) a lot - while traveling and also while in my office. I have my phone and my mac mp3 collection in sync.
[+] iPod nano 7th gen = I recently got this during thanksgiving (this was the first upgrade I made). So I kind of replaced my Lumia with this iPod for listening to music. I use it with the Apple ear pod that came with it.
Here is what I am planning to upgrade to right now:
[+] Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones = I wanted to get a decent headphone for quite a long time. I have been researching for some time and going through a lot of posts in this forum as part of my research. Initially I zeroed down to Audio-Technica ATH-M50 as my first headphone. But after going through a lot of pages in internet and this forum, I decided to go for Sennheiser HD 598. Comfort and music quality (as it was recorded) is preference for me.
[+] Fiio E17 = I want to use this DAC + Amp with HD 598 hoping it will substantially increase the 'quality' of music.
[+] JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones = This is the ear bud that I chose. Bluetooth is not a preferred option for me, but I would like to get something to wear during my workouts too. Two pairs of ear buds (one for general outdoor use and one for workout) seems a little too much for me. So I need to get one good ear bud which I can use for work out as well as general outdoor use. If I get to use it to make and receive call, that would be preferable for me.
I decided to get these items without listening to a single of them. I don't think I have option to do that for each one of them. That is the reason I wanted to give a back ground of my music listening experience as well as what I am planning to upgrade to. I want to know the opinions from the experts so that I can get some guidance. Any opinion or criticism will be highly appreciated from novice like me.
Thanks a lot for your time. :)