Firstly, I should say that I am very much on the noob end of the spectrum here technically - I know I like good music sounding great, but that's about it. That said, I have done a bit of research, so hopefully I am not starting with a totally blank canvas,
Basically, at the moment I am using a Samsung Note 3 smartphone as my main MP3 player, although I have an Ipad I sometimes use too. My first question is: does that matter if I were to get a good headphone amp and set of headphones or would I be better off getting a dedicated player - will the difference in quality be sufficiently noticeable? Any recommendations of players that would be worth paying the extra for and would produce a noticeable improvement and have at least 16GB memory, preferably 32GB or more?
Secondly, I am looking at a Fiio E12 amp and Grado sr125i headphones to go with my setup (either the Note 3 or another MP3 player) - is that a sensible outlay if I am looking at the best sound quality I can afford at the moment. My budget for everything is approx £350 max if I need an MP3 player, but I would prefer to keep it to approx £250 if possible if I just need the Amp and headphones.
Thanks in advance for any advice / suggestions.