I am interested in music, not interested in gear. I got a couple of Ipod
classics--one 5th, one 6th gen--an RS P51, and Westone 3 (replace with 4R,
at some point) and forgot about it. This arrangement sounded good enough that
the equipment didn't get in the way of the music, so I was happy.
But I suspect a lot has happened. I know about the Centrance dac, and the
competitor or two it has. I know there are some new highend players, but don't know
anything about them.
At any rate, it may be time for me to make a move. It would be excellent to have
a one small box solution. I use uncompressed files, so I need something that has
large capacity, but I would consider configurations of whatever kind, as long it is
of a size that can be conveniently carried (I walk a lot). What's out there? As
far as I am concerned, good musical gear should be good for all music. So
neutral is good.
I am not one to spend a lot of money just for the sake of spending it. It has
been my experience (being in audio for a long time) that the most expensive
gear is not always the best.