I meant no offense - and did not know you were a musician. Also, my use of 'you' was much more the rhetorical use, than attacking you or your expressed opinions.....
Let me ask it this way. If you owned all of these players, and had all the same music loaded on all of them, would you not care which one you listened to? Do they all bring you equally good listening experiences? (ergonomics, etc. aside)... Do you think all of them would provide a similarly 'authentic' recreation of a live musical event for the listener? I ask this because I find that 'reviewing' is a very different experience than 'listening for enjoyment'. I try to pay attention to whether or not songs seem longer or shorter, whether I am tapping my toes, am I wondering what's on TV, or reaching for my phone to check my mail.... can I read while I am listening, or is the music too damn distracting to pay attention to the words on the page, did i listen to the whole song, or just the short clip I use for 'testing' - did i just lose 3 hours of sleep because I listened for waaay longer than I intended....
I am not saying you don't do those things, but I am saying that they provide very different 'data points' than other ways of 'testing'. I respect your posts, and enjoy your writing. Please accept my apology for wording my post in a way that conveyed a critical attitutde I had not intended
No offense taken! I just wanted to express my stance and how I based my evaluations.
Honestly, I don't know which one I'd take. With the same files, they all sound so darn close. If anything, I'd still use my iphone. I have all my music loaded on it, and I always have it with me. I wouldn't have to carry an extra device.
From my experience, musical immersion depends on these factors in this order:
Headphones/Source files >>>>>>>>>Daps/Amps/Cables/etc.
I'd take the SR-009 plugged into my iphone's line-out/ Woo WES over the HD800 on the GS-X MK2 and the Invicta DAC. Actually, at the meet in Dallas, my iphone 4's headphone out -> BHSE -> SR-009 was the best thing I've ever heard, by a Usain Bolt type margin. The HD800 and LCD-3 sounded like toys in comparison, even on the best Decaware and Cavalli amps.
Last night, while I was wrapping up studying for today's exam, I was listening to a few of my favorite albums and I was transported into a world of musical bliss. I love music, not the gear, and I feel like people lose their way in this hobby between the jargon and hyperbole.
But long story short, invest in better music and better gear. Amp your Clip+ if you need more power.
All IMO, of course.
Edited by eke2k6 - 3/20/14 at 9:03am