First of all, thank you for the help you already provided to me via different sections and guides on this forum.
Thanks to you, I have upgraded my audio gear and I am quite happy with the result but I won't surprise anyone by saying that I am looking for better gear already, I might have a bad case of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrom).
So, I used to listen to 128Kbps on an iPod classic with Sennheiser CX 300 II. I stil use the CX300 every once in a while but I followed the recommandations here and got some HD-25-1 II and I love that stuff. I also got a Fiio E-18 (using the line out of the iPod) and could notice a huge improvement, even if sommething is still missing (more on that later).
I am a bass player and get "aroused" by some frequencies you will usually find in clarinet, cello and some bass guitars (my Kramer 250B is by far my favourite one).
So I m pretty happy with my setup now but I would like to improve some aspects:
-No EQ means that some types of music are not played the way I like them (I have a Samsung Note2 but the E-18 is not convenient to use with it and I don't like darining my phone battery by using it as a music player anyway)
-My digital music collection was started nearly 20 years ago so lots of my tunes don't have ID3 tags and it makes the use of a library based player quite painful, I am looking for something with a UI allowing directory browsing
-Don't even get me started on iTunes or equivalent! (I use MediaMonkey but it is still very unconvenient)
-You can't polish a turd and let's be honest, the iPod classic is not a great player, far from it
-My music colleaction is already 150GB and is expected to grow fast as I try to have more and more high quality files and replace my 128Kbps encoded mp3s
-I am very happy with the high frequencies of the HD-25 (I am rediscovering most of my tunes and climax everytime I listen to Rodrigo Y Gabriella) but the bass seems a bit dry to mytaste, I blame the lack of EQ here since I noticed the same with my AKG 240 Studio
-I have a GrooveShark full account so any player allowing GrooveShark and WiFi would be a great plus for when I simply want to listen to something new/different
-Not an improvement but I love the battery life of my current setup
I almost forgot: Do I need my E-18 to drive my HD-25 II or my AKG K240 Studio with a Fiio X5 or any other DAP you could recommend?
For these reasons, I am currently looking for a proper DAP to replace my current setup (not sure yet if I ll keep the E-18 or not).
The Fiio X5 looks like a cool option on paper, especially since it has a DAC and powerbank just like the E-18, supposidely a similar clean sound as the E-18 and would be affordable for me. Unfortunately, it is not available yet and since I am in Europe, I am not sure when I ll be able to get it. I am a bit concerned by the battery life and charging time mentioned in some reviews. I also wonder if other players would fit the bill as well. My budget is not unlimited but I would consider going up to 1000$ including the SD cards (so 900-950$ for the DAP).
Edited by Apatride - 3/12/14 at 6:01am