Let me start with a disclaimer; I’m a virgin poster, so please be gentle with me. The reason for my post is that I am increasingly dissatisfied with my current portable gear, namely iPod Touch driving a set of Sure 535 IEMs. I started looking at portable headphone amps, but then realized , for about the same money I could get a DAP, which seemed therefore to be a bargain.
All of my music is currently managed by iTunes and, while I enjoy the simplicity this gives me, I would like to improve the SQ.
So, would I be best getting an external amp (or even an amp+DAC), or should I go straight to a DAP? My budget isn’t great, but circa $250 would be ideal.