Hi, just joined Head-fi recently, definitely one of the best forums I've seen - on any subject matter.
just getting back into audiophile world after many years. Lots has changed. so many options its making my head spin.
I share my home office (iMac based) with my wife, and I can't fit a comfortable chair to fully relax. (this will change maybe next year - not my wife ;-), but might be able to dedicate a room to office/listening).
For now, I thought I'd begin with portable device + dac/amp and great headphones (maybe JF13 IEM, maybe Audeze phones). That way I could find a quiet room, with a nice chair , for more critical listening. plus it might help me audition products in stores, etc.
Some have said that a portable system won't due justice to top rated IEMs and planars, and either build a proper desktop system to support them, or spend a lot less on IEM/phones. OK, I get it. Out before I try to imagine a different strategy, budget and compromises, I thought I'd ask you folks to chime in.
After all, there are a lot of reviews (like Jude's) that seem to indicate portables can perform well with Audeze, et al. Also, I'd like to reduce the number of upgrade cycles that I will likely go through.
Advice requested: Put the priority on the desktop, good sealed phones, and a chair? or portability with phones that are more "matched" to say a HiFi M8, RSA or other quality portable products?