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What is the next step in my journey?

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I'm at bit of an impass in my Head-Fi journey, I can't decide where to further invest. My portable/only rig consists of a 7th gen iPod classic, a LOD, JDS Labs C5, and my M-100's. I have over 100GB of digital music most of which is Lossless and encoded with Aiff or ALAC. I also have a collection of about 70 or so CDs.

I want to know what my next upgrade or piece of equipment should be. I've had my eyes on the Marantz CD6005 which I could use to listen to my CDs but it also has a USB input which I could use to listen to my iPod through. Also I've been seriously considering purchasing a turntable and investing in vinyl, but my main problem with it is that I have never actually listened to a record before, so I have no idea what to expect. All the research I've done about the benefits of vinyl has been fairly inconclusive. It seems that the analog vs digital argument is subjective.

My music collection covers many genres but most of my music is electronic. So I guess my questions can be boiled down to does vinyl sound better than digital/CDs? Would I be better off investing more in my portable rig or investing in home equipment? (Most of my listening is done at home regardless.) or would I be better off getting a PC and an external DAC/amp rather than a CD player or turntable. Thanks for any help!
Edited by chuckle490 - 1/22/14 at 7:45pm
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If you don't have a PC, how do you transfer music to your iPod?

 

Instead of a CD player, just use your iPod or computer as a source, out to a DAC/AMP, and better headphones. Not that the M100's are bad, but a better pair of open headphones for home would be a lot more beneficial than a CD player. Or if you still want to get a CD player on top of that, get something like the Emotiva XDA-2 to plug all your sources in.

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If you don't have a PC, how do you transfer music to your iPod?

Instead of a CD player, just use your iPod or computer as a source, out to a DAC/AMP, and better headphones. Not that the M100's are bad, but a better pair of open headphones for home would be a lot more beneficial than a CD player. Or if you still want to get a CD player on top of that, get something like the Emotiva XDA-2 to plug all your sources in.
I have a PC in my room but it's unreliable (crashes a lot), and I sync my iPod to a Mac in my family's office. What DAC/Amp would you recommend? And would the HE-400 be a good upgrade from my m-100?
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