Hi guys, I am new member of head-fi. I've reading numerous threads on head-fi for about 2 years before I decided to be a member (LOL, why I took so long haha). So here is the situation, I am becoming a university student this august and looking forward to build a decent audio set up in my dorm. I am interested in both earphones and headphones ( speakers aint suitable since i dont want to annoy my roommate.. open headphones are fine - not me as loud as speakers ). I alr own 2 pairs - Fischer Audio Eterna v2 and a Panasonic Rp-htx7a. I love the sound sig of the eterna and the extra bits of details from the Pana phones. However, the pana seems to produce annoyingly harsh treble when paired with my noobish Nokia 520 :)) . My sources are all sub-standard ( painful truth :(( ). I usually listen to my Nexus 7 2012 and my Nokia 520 on the . Always avoid using my laptop for audio since the internal DAC is pure trash with terrible current noise. With a budget of 200 to 250 dollars for my future audio rig, I face a few number of choices:
1. The Takstar pro 80 + Topping D1 dac . This will cost around 180 USD. I bet both the headphones and dac-amp are decent enough to make a noticeable improvement over my current system.
2. Just get the Matrix Rip USB DAC_AMP for 169 USD. With this, I have to stick with the current headphones and save up for a nicer headphones such as the Senn HD 598 ( tried it with my tiny Nokia, it alr sound so good ~~~, Gosh if i pair it with it with a nice dac, that would be heavenly :)) )
3. Just get the new V-moda XS and stick with the portable sources. uhmm, this option is okay.. but I never own a external DAC and feel really curious about their performance ... ARHHH .. curiosity kills me XD
4. Get the fiio X3, I guess this player and my current iem - the Eterna will be a good match. I can upgrade to other phones later on. btw, I heard X3 can be a USB DAC. Can anyone confirm that ? :)
PS: I hate beats and bose, not because I want to appear like an audiophile ( which I am not ) but they are really bad lol. Listening to my 320 kps albums of The Temptations and The Top Fours with Beats Mixr and Bose OE makes me realize how bad headphones can ruin your music. I dont like the ath-m50 either, hahah dont know why :))). Love the Custom one Pro ... ohhh, almost forgot, the Custom One Pro should be my option 5.
PPS: really sorry if any of you have troubles understanding my text. English is not my first language. :D . Thanks alot guys !!!