Hi, I'm currently interested in trying to get better portable gear for mobility around the house and walks. My current source is an ipod video 5g rockbox that sounds great to my ears, and I don't use any headphones/IEMs that are more demanding than the Hifiman HE-400 currently, altho I suspect I'll eventually break into more demanding cans. I have been thinking of getting either the Fiio E12 to amp my ipod, or to try out a new DAP that'll offer better output than my altoids amp or Fiio E6. Currently I'm looking at the Fiio X3 or perhaps the Hifiman HM-700, but I can't seem to find all that much information on that one. I don't know if its just too new, or if its just a niche product that most won't bother with. The appeal for the HM-700 to me is as far as IEMs go I don't have anything particularly spectacular, my Ety HF5 and Monster Turbines being the best in that route, and have been eyeing the RE-400 for awhile.
I certainly don't mind spending a little more if there's good reason to do so, my top limit most likely being around $400. Any suggestions or comments are welcome and appreciated. I must admit I'm utterly noobish as far as portable DAPs go, so I'm sure there are a ton of options I'm overlooking. Thanks in advance for any help offered!