You sure about the Clip and Shadow? Because some affordable DAPs are out now that would make your rig lighter, not to mention you won't have two devices strapped to each other. Or if your phone supports USB audio, you can get a DAC-HPamp and stream digital audio from your computer or the phone if you're traveling and don't have a laptop with you. I don't doubt the quality of the Clip's decoding components, but the thing is instead of a true lineout circuit, you're hooking up the signal out of an integrated audio chip (DAC-HPamp in one chip), and really that's what makes a difference more than half the time, even among the better CDPs and DACs (since some of them have deliberately colored line output circuits).
If you get just the player, some of them can still function as a DAC-HPamp with a computer, so that allows you to listen through online content through the same system and headphone, as well as the rest of your music collection stored on the HDD. On the go, you just take the player and an IEM. If you get the DAC-HPamp in one box, you can use your IEM on the go with your phone if you pick one that works well enough with it, and leave the DAC-HPamp with the headphone at home. If you'll be away for a while, you can pack both, and maybe even hook up the mobile phone with it if you don't bring your laptop.
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 2/6/14 at 5:12pm