I'm looking to buy a new portable player soon and would appreciate some advice.
Most important factors are, storage space, build quality and sound quality with ease of use coming in very close behind. I'd also prefer something with a decent size screen for navigation (i.e 2.5" or similar rather than 3 line display some have)
I've got around 60Gb of music all in 256Kbps AAC format (non DRM) and I will be using either TDK EB900 IEMs, Panasonic RP-HTX7 phones or Sennheiser HD448 phones. I plan on getting some new IEM's later this year though and am considering Soundmagic E10, Beyerdynamic DYX 101i or if I can stretch to it, RHA MA600 / M750
I've come up with the following options that will fit budget and seem to be ok. I've put my thoughts about the cons of each one as well.
1. iPod classic 160gb with LOD cable and amp (JDS labs CMOY or maybe Fiio E11).
Not sure about the sound quality of this combination but can fit my entire music collection on with room for expansion also not
sure about how long the iPod will last
2. Ibasso DX 50 with 64Gb San disk ultra class 10 card
Sound quality should be good, a little concerned about buginess of the UI on this
3. Fiio X3 with 64Gb San disk ultra class 10 card
Sound quality should be good but some concerns about the build quality based on some reviews I've read.
Any feedback anyone can give about these 3 options (or alternatives that fit within the £250 budget)?