I'm seeking advice on how to get the most out of my music collection and Roxanne's I will be ordering. I am only looking to get one item at the moment to improve my audio experience, should I get a DAC or a amp? Or a audio player that's not my iPhone 5? I have heard a lot around here about the X5, but it appears not to be for sell in the US yet?
Or should I spend the money on some kind of DAC+ amp like the HP-P1? I'd like to keep my purchase under or around $500 at this time, as I am about to take the plunge on what I believe the most critical component is, the headphones.
I'd like whatever I get to improve my audio to be very portable and somewhat small. Please give me your input as this forum seems to be the best of the best of the most knwoedgable audiophiles! I am not very knowledgable about all this, but I like a strong thumping base with warm and detailed mid and highs, I listen to a lot of modern R&B with some rap and country, along with some oldies such as CCR, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and pink Flloyd, etc.
I look forward to hearing opinions, and thank you so much in advance!