This is my first post in the forum, so apologies it's a bit long; I thought it best to describe the audio set up I have first to give you guys an idea...
Rented Room: PC with Creative Audigy Sound Card/2010 Mac Mini/Lenovo X-Series Laptop/Grado SR-60s
Portable: Motorola Defy (UK) Mobile/Sony NWZ-E454 8GB DAP/Sennheiser PMX 60s (can't use IEMs)
In Storage: NAD seperates/Kef Q1s
Music: Built up collection of mostly 192-320Kbps MP3s, with the odd OGG and WAVs thrown in.
I'd like to rebuild my collection of CDs to be FLAC and keep all my highest quality MP3s. My music taste it eclectic, including Rock/Indie/Classical/Jazz/Comedy/Pop.
At the moment, my Sony DAP doesn't have enough power to drive the Aux In on my car stereo and I'm having to use my mobile phone. Low and behold, the headphone socket on that is now starting to break (again).
So, I'm looking for a good robust DAP with line out (or equivalent headphone volume) that'd do my music more justice. It'd be nice to have more storage space/support higher bitrates and if it upgrades my room setup as well, that'd be a bonus.
I appreciate that I'm not going to notice much difference in music quality with my PMX60s or when I'm in the car, but when at home, I may want to use the new DAP with my Grados and if the new kit gives better sound out of my computers, that'd be a very nice bonus.
From looking round the forums and reading the reviews, something from the Fiio lineup might just be the ticket. So far I've narrowed it down to a few options:
a) Fiio X3 as an all in one solution for portable use and as a DAC/AMP for my MAC and laptop (not too fussed if it doesn't improve my main PC sound much). Cost approx £200 inc. SD Card.
b) Fiio E10 as USB DAC/AMP for the PCs/laptop and a 2nd Hand Gen 5.5 Ipod Classic with Rockbox for portable/car use.
What do you guys think? Any other suggestions for a similar setup/price?
Thanks in advance. :)